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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
1677 Riding the Dim Trails FC 11 C-01 11 Austin Campbell Watching the Stars Each Xmas I'm reminded. childhood, memories, past, father, story, Jesus, birth, celebration, star of Bethlehem
1678 Riding the Dim Trails FC 11 C-01 12 Austin Campbell A Sheepherders Vacation The winter had been long. cold, wool blind, lay off, underwear, bar, drinks, alcohol, drunk, headache, sick, booze, looser, lambing time
1679 Riding the Dim Trails FC 11 C-01 15 Austin Campbell An Old Time Christmas I remember the old time Christmas. memories, simplicity, modern times, cabin, mansion, Santa, jack pine, happiness, celebration, pines
1680 Riding the Dim Trails FC 11 C-01 17 Austin Campbell Ear Mountain You tower high above the prairies. nature, Teton country, pines, old times, past, herd, buffalo, centuries, longhorn cattle, homesteader, God, home
1681 Riding the Dim Trails FC 11 C-01 18 Austin Campbell Shipping Time Now when I spend my twilight years. childhood days, memories, autumn, homestead, old times, change, steer, sadness, rail road corral, cattle train
1682 Riding the Dim Trails FC 11 C-01 20 Austin Campbell Where the Grass Grows Greener One day when I was in town. city life, reality, rancher, idolize, illusion, hard work, office, cow manure, comfortable life, inconveniences, hard living conditions, worries, weather
1683 Riding the Dim Trails FC 11 C-01 23 Austin Campbell An Old Timer's Dreaming When the range land is locked in winter. dream, winter, loneliness, bunk, bunkhouse
1684 Riding the Dim Trails FC 11 C-01 25 Austin Campbell The Rockin' Chair You've made the long ride old timer. aging, old-age, rocking chair, old-timer
1685 Riding the Dim Trails FC 11 C-01 26 Austin Campbell When Your Wick Burns Low You have come along way old timer. aging, old-age, rocking chair, rest, old-timer
1686 Riding the Dim Trails FC 11 C-01 27 Austin Campbell Cowboy Talk - not a poem
1687 Riding the Dim Trails FC 11 C-01 29 Austin Campbell The Old Letter Today I found an old letter. letter, youth, tears, memories
1688 Riding the Dim Trails FC 11 C-01 30 Austin Campbell The Old Log Post Office As I travel down life's winding road. post office, memories, mail, change
1689 Riding the Dim Trails FC 11 C-01 32 Austin Campbell Cowboy Christmas This time each year my thoughts go back to my younger days. Christmas, holiday, foodways, Christmas dinner
1690 Riding the Dim Trails FC 11 C-01 33 Austin Campbell Rodwells They are so happy together. Rodwell Family, family, friends, happiness
1691 Riding the Dim Trails FC 11 C-01 34 Austin Campbell The Handy Work of God I never practiced much religion. God, religion, handiwork of God, guidance
1692 Riding the Dim Trails FC 11 C-01 35 Austin Campbell The Cowboy Homesteader Times have changed for you old pard, the open range is gone. range, homesteading, marriage, wife, settle down
1693 Riding the Dim Trails FC 11 C-01 36 Austin Campbell Along the Old Cattle Trail When I'm setting here day dreaming. progress, change, cattle trail, cattle drive, day-dream
1694 Riding the Dim Trails FC 11 C-01 38 Austin Campbell The Mail Order Bride The old cowboy on his homestead claim was tired of the lonely life. mail-order bride, wife, catalogue, beauty, buck teeth
1695 Riding the Dim Trails FC 11 C-01 40 Austin Campbell Our First Model T2 One day my dad he said to me. car, automobile, Model T
1696 Riding the Dim Trails FC 11 C-01 42 Austin Campbell Black Billy White - not a poem
1697 Riding the Dim Trails FC 11 C-01 43 Austin Campbell School Days Though many years have come and gone. school, youth, teacher, memories
1698 Riding the Dim Trails FC 11 C-01 44 Austin Campbell The Four Seasons The sun is swinging low. seasons, spring, summer, winter, fall
1699 Riding the Dim Trails FC 11 C-01 48 Austin Campbell Here's to the Old Timers Here's to the old timers. work, cowman, homesteader, people
1700 Riding the Dim Trails FC 11 C-01 51 Austin Campbell The Baby Sitter The wind blew cold on the bench land. calves, cows
1701 Riding the Dim Trails FC 11 C-01 53 Austin Campbell Old Bud He was just an old brown horse with a white snip on his nose. horse