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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
1727 Farm Ballads FC 11 C-02 120 Will Carleton The Fading Flower There is a chillness in the air. death, winter
1728 Farm Ballads FC 11 C-02 128 Will Carleton Picnic Sam You youngsters who haven't heard of Picnic Sam. Picnic Sam
1729 Farm Ballads FC 11 C-02 137 Will Carleton One and Two If you to me be cold or I be false to you. love, companionship
1730 Farm Ballads FC 11 C-02 139 Will Carleton Death Doomed They're taking me to the gallows, mother -- they mean to hang me high. Allen Bayne, hanging, gallows
1731 Farm Ballads FC 11 C-02 141 Will Carleton Up the Line Through blinding storm and clouds of night. railroad
1732 Farm Ballads FC 11 C-02 143 Will Carleton Forward The beast that counts a heart can feel it beat. progress
1733 Farm Ballads FC 11 C-02 146 Will Carleton The Ship Builder Across the foaming, word lashed sea of thought. ship, ship builder
1734 Farm Ballads FC 11 C-02 149 Will Carleton How We Kept the Day The great procession came up the street. Independence Day, 4th of July
1735 Farm Ballads FC 11 C-02 154 Will Carleton Our Army of the Dead By the edge of the Atlantic, where the waves of Freedom roar. army, war, nation, America
1736 Farm Ballads FC 11 C-02 156 Will Carleton Mending the Old Flag In the silent gloom of a garret room. flag, stars and stripes, America
1737 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 11 Robert V. Carr The End of the Trail 'Tween the old time and the new, I have sung heart songs of you. progress
1738 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 15 Robert V. Carr The Old Cowboy's Lament The range's filled up with farmers an' there's fences ev'rywhere. progress, fences, passing of an age
1739 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 16 Robert V. Carr The Irrigator Was ridin' down a-past his place. irrigation, mud, garden
1740 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 17 Robert V. Carr The Smell of the Sage Brush in the Mornin' Oh, the old, red sun is risin' an' the air is clean an' fine. sagebrush, morning, perfume, scent
1741 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 19 Robert V. Carr Father and Son His tough old dad was wont to drive. father, son, sissy, bully, modern dude
1742 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 21 Robert V. Carr Waterloo of Poker Bills Oh, he hailed from the Hills, Black Hills, Black Hills. Black Hills, poker, Poker Bills
1743 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 24 Robert V. Carr When Dutchy Plays the Mouth Harp When Dutchy plays the mouth harp, ev'ry puncher gathers 'round. music, stomping, mouth harp
1744 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 26 Robert V. Carr The Bronco Buster You rough-necks think it plenty fun. bronc busting, observe, audience
1745 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 27 Robert V. Carr A Cowboy in the City Hain't much diff'rence, as I see, 'Tween the city man an' me. city folk, country folk
1746 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 28 Robert V. Carr Roobiyat of Pigin-Toed Pete Hain't Life queer? To me she seems. fate, dance
1747 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 29 Robert V. Carr Doc Pierce's Choice My friend, Doc Pierce -- well, Doc an' me. friendship, music, fiddle music, fiddler, violin, Sunny Southern Skies, homesick, doctor, sky
1748 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 32 Robert V. Carr An Oracle of the Plains A bow-legged cowboy sat rolling, one day. cigarettes, smoking, cheerfulness, advice, bowlegged
1749 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 33 Robert V. Carr The Widow's Lot Mis' Pike jes' called -- the first time fer. widow, courting, suitors, men, handyman, courtship
1750 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 35 Robert V. Carr The Chuck Wagon Cowpuncher's cafay. food, foodways, chuck wagon, cook
1751 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 36 Robert V. Carr Branding Pen Gossip Lem Scobey says to me one time. brag, braggard, branding