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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
1352 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 140 E.A. Brininstool A Corral Soliloquy You've been roped an' saddled an' bridled an' straddled. bucking bronco, bronc busting, pitching, horse, cayuse
1353 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 142 E.A. Brininstool A Spoiled Outfit We're takin' city boarders. dude ranch, tenderfoot, tenderfeet, city, boarders
1354 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 144 E.A. Brininstool Cattle Land's Farewell There ain't no Cattle Land no more! past, fences, fencing, grazing, range, barbed wire, progress
1355 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 154 E.A. Brininstool To His Pal We've bunked fer years together, pal. friend, friendship, range riding, change, sheep, sheepmen, time, aging
1356 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 152 E.A. Brininstool Autumn on the Range Off across the wide arroyo sweeps the breezes of the fall. autumn, fall, breeze, haze, Indian summer, campfire, bacon, chuck, mess, food, foodways, roundup, branding, puncher, occupational lore, profession, occupation
1357 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 150 E.A. Brininstool To His Cow Horse You are homelier than sin! beauty, horse, friendship, pardners, cow pony
1358 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 148 E.A. Brininstool Cupid on a Cow Ranch A Boston gal, the foreman's niece. relative, niece, female, woman, courting, spruced up, courtship
1359 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 146 E.A. Brininstool Spring in Sagebrush In Sagebrush Land it's springtime, and the desert is a-bloom. nature, spring, occupation, roundup, laziness, relaxation
1360 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 156 E.A. Brininstool The Finale of the Puncher When the last great herd has vanished. cowpuncher, time, change, progress, work, occupation
1361 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 158 E.A. Brininstool My Desert Fastness I'm in my desert fastness. desert, sunrise, sunset, arroyos, buttes, smells, scent, odor, barren, solitude, quiet
1362 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 160 E.A. Brininstool A Shattered Idol When first he struck the old Bar-Z. Bar Z, bragging, braggart, courtship, cowgirl, proposal
1363 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 162 E.A. Brininstool The Fading Frontier The old frontier is fadin', and the real West is no more. frontier, past, wild west show, buckskin, boot hill
1364 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 164 E.A. Brininstool The Lure of the Desert Have you gazed on the desert when Springtime's blush was spreading across the land. desert, spring, sagebrush, wind, breeze, sand, dust storm, nature, mirage, prospecting, sand dunes
1365 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 166 E.A. Brininstool Standing on His Merits It's many a time I've plugged the lights. gun, shooting, temper, temperament, ethics, rules, morals
1366 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 168 E.A. Brininstool Christmas Week in Sagebrush It is Chris'mus week in Sagebrush, and the old town's only store. Christmas, holiday, celebration, spend, money, cold, snow, winter, festivity
1367 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 170 E.A. Brininstool On Night Herd So-ho, longhorns! night-herding, longhorn, steer, cattle, night, sleep, sing, song, stampede, Diamond Circle
1368 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 172 E.A. Brininstool The Homesick Cowboy I'm tired and sick of the city! city, homesick, alone, loneliness, stranger, noise, New York, West, pavement, town, home, lonesome, lonely
1369 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 174 E.A. Brininstool The Man from "Cherry cow" A new top hand blowed in today. Cherry cow, brag, cowcamp, Shorty Bates, foreman, blue roan, bucking bronco, bronc busting
1370 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 176 E.A. Brininstool The Wanderer I longed for the throbbing city, with its hurry and rush and all. city, traffic, business, commerce, change, dream, dreaming, land, desert, space, sagebrush
1371 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 178 E.A. Brininstool The Range Cook's Holler They sing of the puncher, that knight of the range who rounds up the bellerin' steer. cook, food, foodways, chuck, chuck wagon, grub, trail drive
1372 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 180 E.A. Brininstool His Cowgirl Sweetheart Ain't she jest a beauty, stranger. love, sweetheart, girlfriend
1373 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 182 E.A. Brininstool Bad Man Jones Bad Man Jones he come to town. Bad Man Jones, bully, outlaw, gun, shoot, wife, suffragette, woman, female, sheriff
1374 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 184 E.A. Brininstool A Change of Outfits Lord, look down on this poor sinner. Satan, devil, God, prayer, repentance, sin, sinner, maverick, remorse
1375 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 186 E.A. Brininstool Forest Conservation in Crimson Gulch Woodman, spare that tree! Six-Gun Lew, trees, rustler, lynching, Judge Lynch, horse thief, train robber, rope, judgment, law, rustling
1376 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 188 E.A. Brininstool The Coming of the Rain There's a whisper on the mesa. rain, dust, brown, summer, nature