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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
1477 Songs of the Saddle and Trails Into Lonesome Land FC 11 B-19 4 E.A. Brubacher Songs of the Saddle and Trails into Lonesome Land Give me the trails that lead into lonesome land. trails, God, belief, peace
1478 Songs of the Saddle and Trails Into Lonesome Land FC 11 B-19 4 E.A. Brubacher Song of the West Sing me a song of the West, tonight. trails, West, peace, campfire, night
1479 Songs of the Saddle and Trails Into Lonesome Land FC 11 B-19 5 E.A. Brubacher Songs of Cattle Land These are the songs of cattle land. West, song
1480 Songs of the Saddle and Trails Into Lonesome Land FC 11 B-19 5 E.A. Brubacher Guardian of the Pass High on the wind-blown crag. tree, sentinel, War Eagle Pass, guardian, vanguard
1481 Songs of the Saddle and Trails Into Lonesome Land FC 11 B-19 6 E.A. Brubacher Tired Little Cow Towns Tired little cow towns, strewn across the west. cow town, gathering, West, Diamond Bar, Rust, Salt Grass, Flying T, Hat, fights
1482 Songs of the Saddle and Trails Into Lonesome Land FC 11 B-19 8 E.A. Brubacher Stars of the Western Portals Stars of the Western Portals, light the path for me. stars, West, moon, belief
1483 Songs of the Saddle and Trails Into Lonesome Land FC 11 B-19 9 E.A. Brubacher The Cow Man of the West A cow man is a funny kind of critter. cattlemen, cowman
1484 Songs of the Saddle and Trails Into Lonesome Land FC 11 B-19 10 E.A. Brubacher Cowboy Philosophy Come on, Old Paint, we're heading for town. Old Paint, horse, luck, cards, poker, gambling, money
1485 Songs of the Saddle and Trails Into Lonesome Land FC 11 B-19 11 E.A. Brubacher Lighting the Camp Fire I saw him bend with easy grace. cowboy, campfire
1486 Songs of the Saddle and Trails Into Lonesome Land FC 11 B-19 12 E.A. Brubacher Code of the Cattle Land There's a tension in the air tonight. tension, town, cow town, gunman, gunfight, lynching, law, code, ethics
1487 Songs of the Saddle and Trails Into Lonesome Land FC 11 B-19 13 E.A. Brubacher Blest Hands of Pioneer Women Blest hands of the pioneer women that found no task too long. women, hands, pioneers, settler, housework, home fires, God, belief
1488 Songs of the Saddle and Trails Into Lonesome Land FC 11 B-19 13 E.A. Brubacher Diamond in the Rough I always was tough -- a bit too rough. appreciation of nature
1489 Songs of the Saddle and Trails Into Lonesome Land FC 11 B-19 14 E.A. Brubacher Arizona and Mexico Arizona was a wrangler, his spread, the Diamond Hand. Arizona Kid, Diamond Hand, wrangler, ranch hand, hombre, horse thief, Mexican, Mexico, belief, God, repentance, thirst, heat, desert
1490 Songs of the Saddle and Trails Into Lonesome Land FC 11 B-19 17 E.A. Brubacher Old Branding Irons Old branding irons, chaps and spurs. gear, bunkhouse, Elkhorn Pass, aging, old-age
1491 Songs of the Saddle and Trails Into Lonesome Land FC 11 B-19 17 E.A. Brubacher The Red Moon Burns Black are the crags, out-cropping, reaching up to a star. night, moon
1492 Songs of the Saddle and Trails Into Lonesome Land FC 11 B-19 18 E.A. Brubacher Old Leather Saddle There's an old leather saddle that hangs on a peg on the bunk house wall. saddle, bunkhouse, gear, leather
1493 Songs of the Saddle and Trails Into Lonesome Land FC 11 B-19 19 E.A. Brubacher The Kid was a Killer The kid was a killer, cold and sure. killer, singer, gunman, aging, old-age
1494 Songs of the Saddle and Trails Into Lonesome Land FC 11 B-19 20 E.A. Brubacher The Hanging They're hangin' us in the morning on the cottonwood tree in the glen. hanging, horse thief, religion, belief, prayer, God, hanging tree, condemned
1495 Songs of the Saddle and Trails Into Lonesome Land FC 11 B-19 22 E.A. Brubacher Texas Kid Square, he was, and soft spoken, and friendly, all knew him to be. temper, White Line, Texas Kid, whiskey, Six-Gun, gunfight, shoot out, death, killing
1496 Songs of the Saddle and Trails Into Lonesome Land FC 11 B-19 24 E.A. Brubacher When Cow-Man and Sheep-Man Met I'm old now, but I well remember the men I met in the draw. West, Englishman, sheep, range, disagreement, shoot out, monacle, duel, burial, death
1497 Songs of the Saddle and Trails Into Lonesome Land FC 11 B-19 26 E.A. Brubacher Lost Out of a nameless desert. desert, dry, watering hole, thirst, water, mirage, dry river bed
1498 Songs of the Saddle and Trails Into Lonesome Land FC 11 B-19 27 E.A. Brubacher To Wash Down the Alkali We're hitting the breeze for the cow-town. thirsty, bourbon, hot, dry, Circle Y, drinking, scarves, clothing, dress, soap, satisfaction
1499 Songs of the Saddle and Trails Into Lonesome Land FC 11 B-19 28 E.A. Brubacher The Ringo Killers They were known as the Ringo Killers. Ringo Killers, brothers, Wild Horse Glen, Ringo Brothers, water holes, spread, gun, bullets, gunman
1500 Songs of the Saddle and Trails Into Lonesome Land FC 11 B-19 30 E.A. Brubacher Song of the Bottle Trailin' the hills with the riders, roundin' up the strays. stray, camp, trail riding, whiskey, bottle, drinking, night-herding
1501 Songs of the Saddle and Trails Into Lonesome Land FC 11 B-19 31 E.A. Brubacher The Call I've heard the call that points the lone trail winding. death