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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
1702 Riding the Dim Trails FC 11 C-01 55 Austin Campbell Ride the Pale Horse It's time for you to quit Old Timer. The Big Divide, death, aging, old-timer
1703 Riding the Dim Trails FC 11 C-01 56 Austin Campbell The End I was setting all alone with nothing left to do. writing, poetry
1704 Farm Ballads FC 11 C-02 2 Will Carleton Betsey and I Are Out Draw up the papers, lawyer, and make 'em good and stout. divorce, marriage, argue, disagreement, temper, life, husband, wife
1705 Farm Ballads FC 11 C-02 21 Will Carleton How Betsey and I Made Up Give us your hand, Mr. Lawyer: How do you do today? lawyer, divorce, reconciliation
1706 Farm Ballads FC 11 C-02 27 Will Carleton Gone with a Handsomer Man I've worked in the field all day, a-plowin' the "stony streak." practical joke
1707 Farm Ballads FC 11 C-02 35 Will Carleton Johnny Rich Raise the light a little, Jim. storm, chores, drink, alcoholic
1708 Farm Ballads FC 11 C-02 43 Will Carleton Out of the Old House, Nancy Out of the old house, Nancy -- moved up into the new. home, house, memories
1709 Farm Ballads FC 11 C-02 51 Will Carleton Over the Hill to the Poor House Over the hill to the poor house I'm trudgin' my weary way. aging, poverty, widow, mother, abandonment
1710 Farm Ballads FC 11 C-02 59 Will Carleton Over the Hill from the Poor House I, who was always scouted, they say. mother, son, poverty
1711 Farm Ballads FC 11 C-02 63 Will Carleton Uncle Sammy Some men were born for great things. reason, logic, argument, argue
1712 Farm Ballads FC 11 C-02 69 Will Carleton Tom was Goin' for a Poet Tom was goin' for a poet, an' said he'd a poet be. poet, son, poetry
1713 Farm Ballads FC 11 C-02 71 Will Carleton Goin' Home Today My business on the jury's done -- the quibblin' all is through. jury duty, home
1714 Farm Ballads FC 11 C-02 73 Will Carleton Out o' the Fire Year of '71, children, middle of the fall. fire, elope
1715 Farm Ballads FC 11 C-02 77 Will Carleton The New Church Organ They've got a brand new organ, Sue. music, organ, church
1716 Farm Ballads FC 11 C-02 82 Will Carleton The Editor's Guests The editor sat in his sanctum, his countenance furrowed with care. editor, newspaper
1717 Farm Ballads FC 11 C-02 89 Will Carleton The House Where We Were Wed I've been to the old farmhouse, good wife. vows, marriage
1718 Farm Ballads FC 11 C-02 91 Will Carleton The Mother's Return The white-winged Winter storm swept swiftly past. death, mother, children, home
1719 Farm Ballads FC 11 C-02 96 Will Carleton How Jamie Came Home Come, Mother, set the kettle on. war, son
1720 Farm Ballads FC 11 C-02 101 Will Carleton The Clang of the Yankee Reaper The clang of the Yankee reaper. grain, England
1721 Farm Ballads FC 11 C-02 105 Will Carleton Why Should They Kill My Baby? Why should they kill my baby? assassination, President Garfield
1722 Farm Ballads FC 11 C-02 107 Will Carleton The Old Man Meditates Nay, Maggie, let my old-style fancies be. grandfather, grandchild, memories, progress, meditation
1723 Farm Ballads FC 11 C-02 117 Will Carleton Apple Blossoms Underneath an apple tree sat a maiden and her lover. proposal, courtship
1724 Farm Ballads FC 11 C-02 119 Will Carleton Apples Growing Underneath an apple tree sat a dame of comely seeming. wife, mother, marriage
1725 Farm Ballads FC 11 C-02 121 Will Carleton The Christmas Tree Where grows the Christmas tree. Christmas, holiday, Christmas tree
1726 Farm Ballads FC 11 C-02 125 Will Carleton Autumn Days Yellow, mellow, ripened days. autumn, fall