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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.


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Poetry table.

First Previous Next Last
IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
1327 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 88 E.A. Brininstool Wyoming I'll give to you the whole round earth. homeland, Wyoming
1328 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 90 E.A. Brininstool My Old Sombrero Comrade of frontier glories. hat, sombrero, memories
1329 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 96 E.A. Brininstool Oh, Desert Winds! Oh, desert winds, you sing to me in accents mild and low. wind, desert, spring, nature, sagebrush
1330 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 94 E.A. Brininstool The Dying Cowboy Ol' pal, I'm goin' away off Yonder. afterlife, belief, death, heaven
1331 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 92 E.A. Brininstool The Short-Grass Country Out in the short-grass country. sagebrush sea, peace, peacefulness, rest, calm, pollution, air, freedom, prairie -::
1332 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 98 E.A. Brininstool The Prospector My cabin walls are rough and rude. solitude, memories, gold, mining, miner, cabin, mountains, wilderness
1333 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 100 E.A. Brininstool The Frontier Marshall The frontier marshal wa'n't no saint. law, trigger, six-gun,, shooting
1334 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 102 E.A. Brininstool To an Old Branding Iron You're a warped and rusty relic of the days of Long Ago. past, progress, ode, branding, branding iron, brand, fencing, fences, nesters
1335 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 105 E.A. Brininstool The Old Yellow Slicker How dear to my heart was that old yellow slicker. rain, cowpunching, yellow slicker, gear, dress
1336 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 107 E.A. Brininstool Sunset on the Desert There ain't no artist paints it with his pallet and his brush. sunset, sun, sundown, desert, God, art, artist, clouds, color, splendor, nature, range, paint
1337 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 110 E.A. Brininstool The Old Bunkhouse 'Tis empty and silent, all sagging and creaking. bunkhouse, shelter, building, memories, past, reminisce, sadness
1338 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 112 E.A. Brininstool Where the Sagebrush Billows Roll My mind turns back on the beaten track to the days of the Long Ago. past, West, sagebrush, prairie
1339 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 114 E.A. Brininstool Frederic Remington He knew the West as only few have known. art, artist, West, painter, Remington, paint
1340 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 116 E.A. Brininstool The Lure of the West I want to go back where the greasewood grows. sagebrush, city, traffic, West, Mother, nature, longing
1341 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 118 E.A. Brininstool A Range Rider's Appeal Guard me, Lord, when I'm a-ridin'. pray, prayer, God, danger, protection, duty, belief
1342 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 120 E.A. Brininstool The Desert's Lure You think the desert's lonely, pard. desert, vastness, sagebrush, home, nature
1343 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 122 E.A. Brininstool The Cowgirl She ain't inclined to'rds lot so' things. female, cowgirl, West, girl, woman
1344 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 124 E.A. Brininstool To a "Triangle" Calf I've chased you through the chaparral. , cattle, bawl, meat, butcher, veal, cutting
1345 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 126 E.A. Brininstool Unrest on the Range This movin' pitcher bizness it has got to quit, by gum! motion pictures, motion picture, actor, punchers, Hollywood cowboy
1346 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 128 E.A. Brininstool Only a Bronco I'm only a bronco, an unruly bronco. bronco, cow pony, pinto
1347 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 130 E.A. Brininstool A Cowboy's Version When I'm ridin' alone in the night-time way out on the desolate range. God, belief, Creator, solitude, night, stars, flowers, blossoms
1348 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 132 E.A. Brininstool To a Bacon Rind We packed you along when we tamed the wild West. ode, bacon, rind, grease, grub, food, chuck, foodways, pioneers
1349 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 134 E.A. Brininstool The Mirage Over the sun-scorched, glaring sand. desert, mirage, parched, dry, heat waves, sun, arid, wasteland
1350 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 136 E.A. Brininstool The Call from the West Where the grass-lands roll in stretches like an endless, tossing sea. nature, West, Progress, solitude, home
1351 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 138 E.A. Brininstool Our Fading Characters The West is no longer the wild, woolly place. past, motion pictures, heroes