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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
1502 Songs of the Saddle and Trails Into Lonesome Land FC 11 B-19 32 E.A. Brubacher Idaho Kid The Idaho Kid they called him, slim as a blade of grass. Idaho Kid, glove, gunman, notches, gun, killer, music
1503 Songs of the Saddle and Trails Into Lonesome Land FC 11 B-19 33 E.A. Brubacher Mirage, Mirage, in the Desert Mirage, mirage in the desert, fooling, fooling you. mirage, desert
1504 Songs of the Saddle and Trails Into Lonesome Land FC 11 B-19 34 E.A. Brubacher The Old Prospector He has wandered up the Wapoo Pass and down Comanche Trail. Wapoo Pass, Comanche Trail, Lone and Last, Wild Horse Vale, Shoofly, Oreana Pass, Bruneau Gulch, Red Horse, Wild Grass, prospector, prospecting, pick, packhorse, gold, gold pan, mine, bonanza, aging, old-age
1505 Songs of the Saddle and Trails Into Lonesome Land FC 11 B-19 35 E.A. Brubacher Contentment The old ranch seems content tonight, as I view it from the hill. contentment, ranch, harvest, grain, night, contentedness
1506 Songs of the Saddle and Trails Into Lonesome Land FC 11 B-19 36 E.A. Brubacher Top Rider Tex Tex was a good top rider for the spread of the Diamond A. Tex, top rider, Diamond A, friends, friendship, drunk, rustler, brand, law, outlaw, hanging, lynching, rustling
1507 Songs of the Saddle and Trails Into Lonesome Land FC 11 B-19 39 E.A. Brubacher Arid Desert Land Out through the desert reaches, with bleached and ghostly hands. desert, canteen, thirst, dry, mirage, bones, birds, vultures, alkali, water, rain, survival
1508 Songs of the Saddle and Trails Into Lonesome Land FC 11 B-19 41 E.A. Brubacher Song of Pioneer Women There's as song of Pioneer Women that the sage and the willows sing. pioneers, women, settler, past, song, wife, mother, frontier
1509 Songs of the Saddle and Trails Into Lonesome Land FC 11 B-19 43 E.A. Brubacher The Draw And so we stood--the bronze horseman and I. horseman, Cross Bar T, gunfight, hate, killing, death
1510 Songs of the Saddle and Trails Into Lonesome Land FC 11 B-19 44 E.A. Brubacher My Horses There they are, their long day's work is done, my horses, standing in the last of sun. horses, work, Spot, Star face, Bell, Blade, White foot, Silver, Strawberry Roan, Lady Jane, Lilly Bell
1511 Songs of the Saddle and Trails Into Lonesome Land FC 11 B-19 44 E.A. Brubacher Give Me an Old Black Fry Pan Give mean old back frying pan, some fish hooks in my hat. frying pan, fishing, fish, game, hunting, survival, prospecting, gold
1512 Songs of the Saddle and Trails Into Lonesome Land FC 11 B-19 45 E.A. Brubacher To a Cow Town Down the Line We've finished the round up and brandin' and we're lookin' for a time. cow town, roundup, branding, thirst, dirty, barber, money, drink, Circle G 9
1513 Songs of the Saddle and Trails Into Lonesome Land FC 11 B-19 46 E.A. Brubacher Cattle In A Blizzard High sweeps the wind like a rushing of wings. blizzard, north, cattle, freezing, icy, lost cattle, freeze, death
1514 Songs of the Saddle and Trails Into Lonesome Land FC 11 B-19 46 E.A. Brubacher Bronco Buster The riders tall and rangy, sit on the birch corral. rider, bronc busting, corral,
1515 Songs of the Saddle and Trails Into Lonesome Land FC 11 B-19 47 E.A. Brubacher Pinto Pony Little old pinto pony, poor little tired hoss. pinto, horse, going home, dedication
1516 Songs of the Saddle and Trails Into Lonesome Land FC 11 B-19 48 E.A. Brubacher My Blue Stone Home in the West There's a blue stone home where the poplars stand. home, stone, Owyhee, bucket, well,
1517 Songs of the Saddle and Trails Into Lonesome Land FC 11 B-19 50 E.A. Brubacher The Sheepherder You see my little tent like a white bird on the mountain side. sheepherder, tent, sheep, sheepdog, dog, coyote
1518 Songs of the Saddle and Trails Into Lonesome Land FC 11 B-19 51 E.A. Brubacher Smiling Jim Down from the iron-scarred mountains in a valley silent and dim. Smiling Jim, old-timer, Indian fighter, scout, guide, smile
1519 Songs of the Saddle and Trails Into Lonesome Land FC 11 B-19 52 E.A. Brubacher The Outlaw Up through the mountain fastness, up through the lone, bleak trails. outlaw, posse, life, ethics, choice, understanding
1520 Songs of the Saddle and Trails Into Lonesome Land FC 11 B-19 53 E.A. Brubacher Joe Weaver of Owyhee I am Joe Weaver, the trapper. Joe Weaver, trapper, Owyhee, fate, loner
1521 Songs of the Saddle and Trails Into Lonesome Land FC 11 B-19 54 E.A. Brubacher Snake River's Purple Valley There is a purple valley out in Owyhee land. Snake River, nature
1522 Songs of the Saddle and Trails Into Lonesome Land FC 11 B-19 54 E.A. Brubacher Autumn Evening on the Ranch As autumn evening settles down across the fields and hills. loneliness, autumn, nature, God, law
1523 Songs of the Saddle and Trails Into Lonesome Land FC 11 B-19 55 E.A. Brubacher Diamond Back, King of the Rattlers Coiled like a living wire, evil head a-sway. snake, rattlesnake, diamond back, venom, fangs
1524 Songs of the Saddle and Trails Into Lonesome Land FC 11 B-19 56 E.A. Brubacher An Old Song There's an old song tonight in the willows. aging, time, past, memories, phantom, Buck Horn Pass
1525 Songs of the Saddle and Trails Into Lonesome Land FC 11 B-19 57 E.A. Brubacher Bronco Buster Wild Horse Tex they called him, the bronco buster man. bronc busting
1526 Songs of the Saddle and Trails Into Lonesome Land FC 11 B-19 57 E.A. Brubacher Last Trail Homeward I'm herdin' on my last trail homeward. death