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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.


Poetry table.

First Previous Next Last
IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
1527 Songs of the Saddle and Trails Into Lonesome Land FC 11 B-19 58 E.A. Brubacher You Have Returned You have returned to the Long and Last. peace, death
1528 Songs of the Saddle and Trails Into Lonesome Land FC 11 B-19 59 E.A. Brubacher In the Great Out There Put me, when my time comes, at the tolling of the bell. death, burial
1529 Songs of the Saddle and Trails Into Lonesome Land FC 11 B-19 60 E.A. Brubacher Where the Great Trails Wend Let me dream where the great trails wend. past, aging
1530 Songs of the Saddle and Trails Into Lonesome Land FC 11 B-19 60 E.A. Brubacher Where the Red Gods Call I seek the trails where the red gods call. alone
1531 Songs of the Saddle and Trails Into Lonesome Land FC 11 B-19 61 E.A. Brubacher Old Birch Corral The old birch corral was builded so well. corral, Cross Bar Diamond, Cross Diamond Bar, past
1532 Songs of the Saddle and Trails Into Lonesome Land FC 11 B-19 62 E.A. Brubacher The Old Gray Desert Got Me The old gray desert got me. desert, death
1533 Songs of the Saddle and Trails Into Lonesome Land FC 11 B-19 63 E.A. Brubacher Tonight Tonight I would gather the stars. God, night, mystic
1534 Songs of the Saddle and Trails Into Lonesome Land FC 11 B-19 63 E.A. Brubacher L'Envoi I've sung my saga of cattle land. west, farewell
1535 Saddle Talk FC 11 B-22 1 Owen J. Barton Albert I've had a lot of friends. friendship. special friend, Albert Taylor, West, Old Al, western law, dad, pioneer, Shoshone squaw, Injun, noble race, lean, healthy, qualities, kindness, humble, beer, drunk, alcohol, respect for women, gentleman, log shack, sod roof, city folk, happiness, freedom, simplicity, pal, God, death
1536 Saddle Talk FC 11 B-22 4 Owen J. Barton Canellie I once had a horse. disposition, jelly, tough old brute, cantankerous, unusual pony, un-predictability, own will, gymnastics, wild horse, whirlwind in hell, coot, quality, attitude, death, fondness
1537 Saddle Talk FC 11 B-22 7 Owen J. Barton Cow Heaven I am just a country boy. cattle, Diamond A, doggies, good grazing land, native grass, Sandburg, Blue Bunch, Fescue, Shad scale, Black sage, calves, seasons, scattered cattle, cow heaven,, summer, fall, winter, contentedness, mountain, desert, bureaucrats, environmentalists
1538 Saddle Talk FC 11 B-22 9 Owen J. Barton Cowpoke's Dream I had a dream the other night. cow-punching, trail boss, drover, chuck wagon, broncs, reminisce, remudas, cowboy work, fear, reality, change, differences, truck, airplanes, four-wheel drive, rodeo, gasoline, oil, old ways, new ways, modern times
1539 Saddle Talk FC 11 B-22 11 Owen J. Barton Dinger Here's a salute to a good old dog. sadness, friendship, pup, runt, playful, Australian queen, vital, energy, demon, old-age, arthritis, chase cows
1540 Saddle Talk FC 11 B-22 14 Owen J. Barton Early Morning Roundup Have you ever saddled your horse. early morning, good feelings, content, happiness, nature, sky, color, beauty, sage cocks, coyote, eagle, sun, hawk, rabbit, magpie, horny toad, izzard, rattle, cowboying, rope, hard work, heat, branding, tiredness, dust, earmarking, castrated steer, pain, muscle ache, soreness, contentedness
1541 Saddle Talk FC 11 B-22 18 Owen J. Barton Elko Lawman -- Jess Harris There's been some famous lawmen. law and order, Bat Masterson, Wyatt Earp, Matt Dillon, sheriff, de-termination, commitment, fearlessness, bad temper, reliable, respect, four-wheel drive, plane, pride, admiration, prisoners, plane crash, sacrifice to escape, honorable behavior, fairness, flying sheriff, Nevada
1542 Saddle Talk FC 11 B-22 21 Owen J. Barton Everybody's Friend To some who look at this old hat. Diamond A, trade-mark, Eric, friendliness, outdoors, college rodeo, ambitious, youth, fate, memories, thankfulness, kid, sudden death, God, heartache, mourning, grief,
1543 Saddle Talk FC 11 B-22 23 Owen J. Barton Fishing Trip I once went on a fishing trip. fishing, exaggeration,
1544 Fenced Trails FC 11 B-24 11 Bruce Brockett Fenced Trails The trails are fenced that we used to use in the days when I was young. past, time, trails, fences, extinction, memories, progress
1545 Fenced Trails FC 11 B-24 13 Bruce Brockett The Trail to Extinction The days of the buffalo are gone and passed. buffalo, extinction, past, hides, longhorn cow, transition, cowboys, farm
1546 Fenced Trails FC 11 B-24 15 Bruce Brockett My Country Nothing' but pines and cedars, canyons and coulees and knobs. nature, belief, God, progress
1547 Fenced Trails FC 11 B-24 17 Bruce Brockett The Corral Dog The corral dog's life is a dog's life, you bet. corral dog, cowboy, occupation
1548 Fenced Trails FC 11 B-24 18 Bruce Brockett If If you never suffered hunger from early morn till late at night. occupational lore, occupation
1549 Fenced Trails FC 11 B-24 20 Bruce Brockett Cowboy Sentiment When the herd's uh grazin' good and your pardner's gone to sleep. night-herding, women, settle down, day-dream, occupational lore, occupation
1550 Fenced Trails FC 11 B-24 23 Bruce Brockett The Line Rider When you've been in a line camp alone for months. loneliness, alone, line camp, winter, snow, cold, companionship, BW
1551 Fenced Trails FC 11 B-24 25 Bruce Brockett Ole Coyote Speaks Me tepee, he's got old and wore. aging, Injun, Coyote