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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
1827 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 155 Robert V. Carr Twilight on the Range To soft subdue the wide wastes to its thrall. twilight, evening
1828 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 156 Robert V. Carr The Crocus Shadow-shapes of skulking wolves along the bluffs crocus, hope, spring, wolves, nature, snow
1829 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 157 Robert V. Carr Tiger Lilies Warrior flowers, with tossing plumes of red. flowers, tiger lilies, nature
1830 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 158 Robert V. Carr Sage Brush A dusty trail, a burning sky, and splotch of leprous alkali. sagebrush, nature, landscape
1831 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 14 Bob A. Carson A Cowboy's Prayer Oh Lord, I've never lived where angels grow. belief, God, prayer
1832 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 15 Bob A. Carson Sell the Pony My pony has grown too small. growing up, pony
1833 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 16 Bob A. Carson The Little Runaway When the winter snow began to fall. thoroughbred
1834 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 17 Bob A. Carson Expecting Something There's a little fellow at the corral mighty good. children, childhood, Christmas
1835 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 18 Bob A. Carson Many a Slip Between Cup and Lip Many a slip between cup and lip.
1836 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 19 Bob A. Carson Never Alone in the Corral I'm never alone in the corral with horses. horse training
1837 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 20 Bob A. Carson For Me, My Friends Be for me, friends, now that I am here. freedom
1838 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 21 Bob A. Carson My Journey My journey, and the darkness of night. encounter, attraction
1839 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 22 Bob A. Carson A Horse and Day My horse and I wake upon a morning fair. riding
1840 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 23 Bob A. Carson Sage Brush on the Flats When good old days to evenings turn. sagebrush, comfort, fire
1841 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 24 Bob A. Carson Schooled Horses Schooled horses get praise. horse training
1842 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 25 Bob A. Carson At the Corral At the corral we play and have lots of fun. corral
1843 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 26 Bob A. Carson The Hay and Grain Man The hay-man is a peaceful man. feeding livestock, patience
1844 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 27 Bob A. Carson Horse Values In determining a horse's worth. bank account, money
1845 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 28 Bob A. Carson Independence I said, "No one can change my mind." independence, opinion, logic
1846 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 28 Bob A. Carson Just Remembered Under a bronc and how.
1847 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 29 Bob A. Carson The Little Horse I Say Today I passed a little horse today, the one who's color was blue. horse, riding
1848 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 30 Bob A. Carson Sipping At Your Bottle Sipping at your bottle, you think its mighty hard to beat. bottle, alcohol, drinking, drunk
1849 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 31 Bob A. Carson Horses Horses first and almost all, no measure of odds put even. horses
1850 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 32 Bob A. Carson Horses Know Horsie nickers when the feed pail rattles.
1851 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 32 Bob A. Carson Tomorrow You start out feeling almost dead.