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FOLK COLLECTION 11: The Skaggs Foundation Cowboy Poetry Collection

Date of Items: 1890-present
Register Prepared by: Randy Williams and Susan Gross, April 2004
Register Updated by: Randy Williams, 23 December 2009
Excel database transfered to MYSQL and uploaded (replacing PHP data): Colin Jackson, Fall 2010
MYSQL database updated: Randy Williams, January 2012
Linear Feet:20

Historical Note & Provenance

Folk Coll 11 is Utah State University's cowboy poetry collection. The collection, originally created by a generation donation by the L. J. and Mary Skaggs Foundation, includes books gathered during a fieldwork project in the early 1980s to document cowboy poetry in the U.S. west (see Folk Coll 11f). From this important fieldwork project came the impetus for the first Cowboy Poetry Gathering held in January 1985 in Elko, Nevada. Since that time, each January, the Fife Folklore Archives staff take the collection and Access database (that details each book, poem, author, first line and key words), to the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering for offsite use. Through University purchases and generation donations from poets and collectors, this collection continues to grow.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of 20 linear feet of books on cowboy poetry, including press and self published works. The collection can be accessed through USU Libraries online catalog.

As well, poem titles and keywords found in each book in the collection are included in the database below. To use, type in the search term. Tip: Try and use an uncommon word from the poem to ensure less "hits." For instance, if you enter "boots" you will get many hits; but if you enter "bones" you will most liley get fewer "hits" or poems and find the item you seek faster. To return to the search page, click "home" at the bottom of the page.


Poetry table.

First Previous Next Last
IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
1302 Rope and Pan FC 11 E-02 55 Martha Downer Ellis Book Store A book store is a most exciting place. books, authors, reading
1303 Rope and Pan FC 11 E-02 56 Martha Downer Ellis Flashback I dried a little china tea cup. dishes, cup, plate, reminisce, memories
1304 Rope and Pan FC 11 E-02 57 Martha Downer Ellis Murphey's Drug On our way to Mora and Tres Ritos. Las Vegas, drugstore, time, aging, past
1305 Rope and Pan FC 11 E-02 58 Martha Downer Ellis At Romeroville Low on a plain. dead, cemetery, wind, dust
1306 Rope and Pan FC 11 E-02 59 Martha Downer Ellis Winter's Wood I stood among the pines in the warm October sun. wood, heat, trees, warmth, winter
1307 Rope and Pan FC 11 E-02 60 Martha Downer Ellis My Little One There are uncharted seas. parent, child, waiting, patience
1308 Rope and Pan FC 11 E-02 61 Martha Downer Ellis The Question She searches every face she sees. Viet Nam, man, woman, war
1309 Rope and Pan FC 11 E-02 62 Martha Downer Ellis Praise of You I met a man in town today. praise
1310 Rope and Pan FC 11 E-02 63 Martha Downer Ellis All of Us The earth is full of our bodies. earth, home, past, future, former life, afterlife
1311 Rope and Pan FC 11 E-02 64 Martha Downer Ellis Prayer For Today Dear Lord. beauty, awareness, prayer, God, belief
1312 Ranch Tales of the Rockies FC 11 E-03 9 Harry Ellard The Ranchman's Story You see that poor broncho -- just look at him, stranger. horse, wolves, scar, rescue, bravery, chase, friendship
1313 Ranch Tales of the Rockies FC 11 E-03 14 Harry Ellard Boots In the bed rock vein at Red Cliff in the mining days of yore. Colorado, gold, silver, prospecting, mining, luck, daughter, naming, woman, food, practical joke, tease, father, disgrace, dishonor, respect
1314 Ranch Tales of the Rockies FC 11 E-03 23 Harry Ellard A Parvenu Reception Some twenty years ago there came to lucky Golden Hill. mining, wash, gold, woman, husband, wife, work, luck, snob, money, change, society, politics
1315 Ranch Tales of the Rockies FC 11 E-03 37 Harry Ellard The Anglo maniac in the Rockies We have met the Anglo maniac -- a nuisance to abate. snob, monocle, Englishman, criticism, tenderfoot, altitude, gardening, Pike's Peak
1316 Ranch Tales of the Rockies FC 11 E-03 42 Harry Ellard A Tenderfoot and the Broncho A tenderfoot to Stirrup Ranch came from an Eastern college. education, college, tenderfoot, training, bucking bronco, greenhorn
1317 Ranch Tales of the Rockies FC 11 E-03 45 Harry Ellard Leaving the Ranch Now, ever since that tenderfoot came here to stay last Fall. reading, books, education, law school, home, mother, father, son
1318 Ranch Tales of the Rockies FC 11 E-03 49 Harry Ellard Old Ephraim's Last Feed The round-up in the Rockies, in the pleasant month of June. bear, grizzly, game, skin, rug
1319 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 71 E.A. Brininstool A Rebellious Cow Camp Ol' Jim, our cook, has got in wrong. Old Jim, cook, spilled the beans, cow camp
1320 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 73 E.A. Brininstool The Desert Serenader Scavenger of Sagebrush Land! desert, coyote, wildlife, howl
1321 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 74 E.A. Brininstool A Bar-4 Bluffer Sence Andy Brown of the Bar-4. Cheyenne, Andy Brown, bronc riding, throwed, gambling, betting, bronc busting
1322 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 77 E.A. Brininstool The Trail Herd Clouded sun an' coolin' morn. cattle trail, punching cattle, cattle drive, love
1323 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 79 E.A. Brininstool The Old Log Cabin It stands alone on a treeless plain Montana, cattle country, log cabin, past, home, house, homestead
1324 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 81 E.A. Brininstool Pony Bob's Range Sermon The prod got sick of the old home ranch. city, Rome, homesick, profligate, prodigal son, chuck, home, father, dad, family
1325 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 84 E.A. Brininstool The West for Me I love the peaks with their snow-bound caps; the stately mountains grand. West, nature
1326 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 86 E.A. Brininstool The Old Trapper Speaks I've taken toll from ev'ry stream that held a furry prize. trapping, trap, civilization, nature, progress, west, freedom, wilderness