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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
1377 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 190 E.A. Brininstool The Land of the Sage There's something about it that "gits you." allure, sagebrush, desert, attraction
1378 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 191 E.A. Brininstool Why Zack Feels Chesty Zack Briggs is feelin' chesty fer a plain cow hand, by gum. Zack Briggs, motion pictures, Sagebrush, Lazy K, acting
1379 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 193 E.A. Brininstool Out of His Element A-walkin' down yer city streets. city, streets, walls, loneliness, lonesome, friends
1380 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 195 E.A. Brininstool The Grub-Pile Call There's lots o' songs the puncher sang in roundin' up his herds. song, music, food, grub, chuck, roundup, chuck wagon, call
1381 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 197 E.A. Brininstool The Old Line Shack There wasn't much style about it. shack, Three-Circle, rough-hewn, cabin, hospitality, comfort
1382 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 199 E.A. Brininstool Remarks by Bronco Bob I wouldn't make no Wall-street king. Wall Street, finances, money, knowledge, cows, roping, cowboying, Sagebrush, work
1383 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 201 E.A. Brininstool My Bunkie Who trailed it with me, year on year. Dr. F.C. Shurtleff, bunkmate, bunkie, friend, friendship, tribute, admiration, loyalty, death, eulogy
1384 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 203 E.A. Brininstool The Homesteader The homesteader comes from a land that is fair. homesteader, sod shack, sod shanty, soil, blessings, plow, farm
1385 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 204 E.A. Brininstool Trouble for the Range Cook Come, wrangle yer bronco an' saddle him, quick. chuck wagon, mired, trouble, help, cook, quicksand, sinking, food
1386 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 205 E.A. Brininstool Back to the Range I've played the movin' pitcher game. motion pictures, acting, actor, stunts, occupation, work
1387 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 207 E.A. Brininstool The Old Cowman The old cowman, with pipe aglow. past, dream, day-dream, reminisce, aging
1388 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 209 E.A. Brininstool A Locoed Outfit The new schoolmarm on Bear Paw Creek. school, teacher, education, Bear Paw Creek, love, female, courtship, attraction
1389 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 211 E.A. Brininstool The Range in Spring The grassy trails they lead me out where Springtime breezes fall. spring, desert, contentment, nature, sleep, dream, contentedness
1390 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 213 E.A. Brininstool The New West No longer in the West. West, past, badman, outlaw, frontier, gun, law and order, plow, nester, settler, nesters
1391 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 215 E.A. Brininstool The Cowman's Saddle It is big and wide and roomy and it's solid, every bit. saddle, gear, seat, leather, cinch, latigo, ride, roping, occupation
1392 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 217 E.A. Brininstool A Bunk House Revery Heaven may be a finer place. bunkhouse, reverie, earth, heaven, life, belief, friendship, Slim
1393 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 219 E.A. Brininstool The West When you have lived out in the West. home, West, desert, sunset, land, expanse, beauty, nature
1394 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 221 E.A. Brininstool The Inevitable I've packed my war-bag full o' duds. change, tenderfoot, city folk, subdivide, aging, fate, land sale
1395 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 223 E.A. Brininstool The Call of the Range Nothin' but man-made canyons. city, mortar, steel, brick, fast pace, smog, cement, pavement, rush, bustle, homesick
1396 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 225 E.A. Brininstool His Trademarks The cowboy ain't no dandy. clothing, dress, hat, boots, bandana, cowboy dress
1397 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 227 E.A. Brininstool The Moving Picture Cowboy The cowboy game is busted 'cuz the cattle biz is dead. motion pictures, change, times, acting, actor, Hop-a-Long, Happy, Bony, Chip, money, earnings
1398 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 229 E.A. Brininstool The Desert Prospector O'er miles and miles of arid plain. prospector, desert, gold, alone, prospecting
1399 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 231 E.A. Brininstool A Cowpunch Courtship She got me clean stampeded. courtship, flirt, girlfriend, love, lovesick, love triangle, married woman, two-timing, betrayal, affair
1400 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 233 E.A. Brininstool The Bunkhouse Boys Who are a mighty happy crew. bunkhouse boys
1401 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 235 E.A. Brininstool The Cowman Jubilates The sodden slopes are turnin' green. spring, nature