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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
1852 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 33 Bob A. Carson Shadows Tomorrow Shadows that shroud the tomorrow, glists from the life that is within.
1853 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 33 Bob A. Carson Strange At times our tastes will change.
1854 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 34 Bob A. Carson Winter Cold A winter in the cold.
1855 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 34 Bob A. Carson Old Rancher Old rancher filled his belly.
1856 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 35 Bob A. Carson Night Riders Cowboys, arise! Saddle quick, saddles by your side.
1857 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 36 Bob A. Carson Pack of the Winding Trail Saddle horses and pack mules we are winding. packing
1858 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 36 Bob A. Carson I Traveled with Him I traveled with him and the darkness of night was one color.
1859 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 37 Bob A. Carson Ranch and Range A cowboy am I of the ranch and range.
1860 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 37 Bob A. Carson Thoughts My thoughts are of nothing that knows.
1861 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 38 Bob A. Carson Separation The cause of separation.
1862 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 38 Bob A. Carson Troublesome While I said in my grief.
1863 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 39 Bob A. Carson Dark Night Days bring nights, nights bring ghosts.
1864 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 40 Bob A. Carson Dripping Still Barrels are set, and the room is still.
1865 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 41 Bob A. Carson Actions Plainer Than Words Mysterious sounds unheard. sound
1866 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 42 Bob A. Carson Rain Upon the Roof The rain is beating upon the roof.
1867 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 43 Bob A. Carson Love is Blind Calling his love "Poor blind maid."
1868 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 43 Bob A. Carson Dates We hush like the sound of the winds.
1869 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 44 Bob A. Carson Careful and Kind Oh speedy time's advancing wing.
1870 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 44 Bob A. Carson Identity In the great storm, in a house of fire.
1871 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 45 Bob A. Carson Young and Old Fair and lovely blooms of youth.
1872 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 45 Bob A. Carson Ramble About Me Ramble about me, high winds of Autumn.
1873 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 45 Bob A. Carson Blossom Land In the blossom land it began.
1874 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 46 Bob A. Carson Not as Others Are Not as others are, of means or a star.
1875 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 47 Bob A. Carson Enemies May he fall into the flames of fire.
1876 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 47 Bob A. Carson Arizona I would court content like a lover lonely.