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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.

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IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
1452 Ballads of the Book Cliffs Frank A. Brewer and Frances Brewer Steiner FC 11 B-18 15 Frank A. Brewer and Frances Brewer Steiner The Phantom Horse There is a place where the big hawks soar over the Utah rims. Utah, Bitter Creek, mustangs, buckskin, horse, phantom horse, phantom rider
1453 Ballads of the Book Cliffs Frank A. Brewer and Frances Brewer Steiner FC 11 B-18 16 Frank A. Brewer and Frances Brewer Steiner The Reps from Bitter Creek We camped up on the mountain at the head of old P.R. camping, pack, string, Purdy boys, Squires, Johnny Mock, Dude Larson, Willow Creek, Bitter Creek, youth, T+X, kid, nine-year-old, gray horse, ugly horse, Dynamite, Jack, glassy eye
1454 Ballads of the Book Cliffs Frank A. Brewer and Frances Brewer Steiner FC 11 B-18 18 Frank A. Brewer Oh Lucky Boy Oh, I was the luckiest boy in the world for I had an old time cowboy for my dad. father, son, youth, childhood, being square, mother, family, home, lucky, aging, grandfather
1455 Ballads of the Book Cliffs Frank A. Brewer and Frances Brewer Steiner FC 11 B-18 19 Frank A. Brewer and Frances Brewer Steiner These Things Some towering rim rocks, sheer and brown. memories, family, home, mother, father, youth, childhood, aging
1456 Ballads of the Book Cliffs Frank A. Brewer and Frances Brewer Steiner FC 11 B-18 22 Frank A. Brewer Ode To a Johnnie Pansies have bright little faces that smile on the whole world the same. flowers, pansies, rose, violet, johnnies, shade, nature
1457 Ballads of the Book Cliffs Frank A. Brewer and Frances Brewer Steiner FC 11 B-18 23 Frank A. Brewer and Frances Brewer Steiner Jerry McCarty Jerry McCarty was a wolf. wolf, whelp, wolf pack, pup, bounty, pet, death, children, family, home
1458 Ballads of the Book Cliffs Frank A. Brewer and Frances Brewer Steiner FC 11 B-18 25 Frank A. Brewer and Frances Brewer Steiner As the Poppies Blossom Red The old house slumps in the quakie trees. aspen, house, home, aging, time, poppies, family, seasons
1459 Ballads of the Book Cliffs Frank A. Brewer and Frances Brewer Steiner FC 11 B-18 27 Frank A. Brewer The Legion of the Lost They come from every walk in life, they go, no man knows where. love, bums, pity, fallen woman, broken heart, hobo, judgment, stranger, suicide, end of the trail, daughter, lost
1460 Ballads of the Book Cliffs Frank A. Brewer and Frances Brewer Steiner FC 11 B-18 30 Frank A. Brewer and Frances Brewer Steiner The Little Bay Racer You can talk about your horses, of your thoroughbreds an' such. race horse, thoroughbred, bay, wild horse, racer, bucking horse
1461 Ballads of the Book Cliffs Frank A. Brewer and Frances Brewer Steiner FC 11 B-18 33 Frank A. Brewer Warden Brown He rode into the ranch at dark, he said his name was Brown. game warden, game, hunting, cat, mountain lion, prey, out-of-season
1462 Ballads of the Book Cliffs Frank A. Brewer and Frances Brewer Steiner FC 11 B-18 35 Frank A. Brewer The Arizona Line The horses they all want to buck. horses, bucking, Arizona Line, song
1463 Ballads of the Book Cliffs Frank A. Brewer and Frances Brewer Steiner FC 11 B-18 37 Frank A. Brewer and Frances Brewer Steiner Nineteen Twenty and Three We sat on the stoop by the old kitchen door. memories, reminisce, parent, child, childhood, youth, daughter, 1923,family, home
1464 Ballads of the Book Cliffs Frank A. Brewer and Frances Brewer Steiner FC 11 B-18 39 Frank A. Brewer Old Timer While out upon the ridges ridin' 'round the other day. pinto mare, aging, wild horses, fun, old-age, old-timer
1465 Ballads of the Book Cliffs Frank A. Brewer and Frances Brewer Steiner FC 11 B-18 41 Frank A. Brewer and Frances Brewer Steiner Roundup Time on the Mountain Each fall they rode the summer range to gather up the steers. roundup, John Doey, grub, food, pack, meat, butcher, father, Dad, beef, moocher
1466 Ballads of the Book Cliffs Frank A. Brewer and Frances Brewer Steiner FC 11 B-18 43 Frank A. Brewer My Garden You can't see my garden, mother. writing, garden, flowers, vegetables, planting, letter, husband, wife
1467 Ballads of the Book Cliffs Frank A. Brewer and Frances Brewer Steiner FC 11 B-18 44 Frank A. Brewer The Blue Tiger Oh, my horse is a bronchi, he runs on the range. bronco, blue horse, bucking bronco, bronc busting
1468 Ballads of the Book Cliffs Frank A. Brewer and Frances Brewer Steiner FC 11 B-18 45 Frank A. Brewer and Frances Brewer Steiner I Know a Place I know a place with a bubbling spring. memories, past, seasons, sadness
1469 Ballads of the Book Cliffs Frank A. Brewer and Frances Brewer Steiner FC 11 B-18 47 Frank A. Brewer Utah There's a land laying west of the Rockies. Utah, Rocky Mountains, belief, God, San Juan
1470 Ballads of the Book Cliffs Frank A. Brewer and Frances Brewer Steiner FC 11 B-18 48 Frank A. Brewer To a Sunbeam The days are dark and dreary, I'm lonely and feeling blue. sunbeam, sunlight, sadness, loneliness, God, belief, light, gratitude
1471 Ballads of the Book Cliffs Frank A. Brewer and Frances Brewer Steiner FC 11 B-18 49 Frank A. Brewer When a Cowboy Says I Do A wolf lost his mate, became a lobo, ran alone the rest of his life. heartache, mate, wife, loss, death, husband, Grim Reaper
1472 Ballads of the Book Cliffs Frank A. Brewer and Frances Brewer Steiner FC 11 B-18 50 Frank A. Brewer Just Ranchin' Three riders loped along a trail, their horses wet with sweat. gray wolf, wolf, prey, ranch, corral, poles, children, child's play, play, youth, childhood
1473 Ballads of the Book Cliffs Frank A. Brewer and Frances Brewer Steiner FC 11 B-18 51 Frank A. Brewer and Frances Brewer Steiner Wild Horse Chasin' Dad spotted a "wild bunch" on McCook. wild horses, Bitter Creek, children, childhood, youth, boy, girl, father, family, close-call, rescue
1474 Ballads of the Book Cliffs Frank A. Brewer and Frances Brewer Steiner FC 11 B-18 54 Frances Brewer Steiner The One That Got Away For years dad lived on Bitter Creek. Bitter Creek, father, mustangs, wild horses, hoof prints, tracking, close-call, pinned, fallen horse, broken neck, trapped, dig
1475 Ballads of the Book Cliffs Frank A. Brewer and Frances Brewer Steiner FC 11 B-18 56 Frances Brewer Steiner Dad's Mouse Trap One early spring when snow still lay in deep drifts on the ground. mice, rodents, branding mice, T+X, mouse trap, children, childhood, mischief
1476 Songs of the Saddle and Trails Into Lonesome Land FC 11 B-19 3 E.A. Brubacher Song of the Saddle A saga of Saddle and Lonesome Land. last frontier, land, cowboys