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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
1877 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 48 Bob A. Carson Fine Fine when day is done.
1878 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 48 Bob A. Carson Lightning Dream I tell you all this did but seem.
1879 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 49 Bob A. Carson Rolling Along Rolling along, a tumble weed, rolling along. tumbleweed
1880 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 49 Bob A. Carson Brave Heart Much of love and truth and kindness.
1881 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 50 Bob A. Carson And Eternal Tents And eternal tents of snow that flash over the battlements.
1882 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 50 Bob A. Carson Love Love was before the beginning.
1883 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 51 Bob A. Carson The Rosemary Spray The flowers upon the rosemary spray. heartbreak
1884 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 52 Bob A. Carson Every Day Swiftly ride over the Western wave.
1885 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 53 Bob A. Carson Happy Man Happy man I could be with liberty.
1886 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 54 Bob A. Carson Cares We care for each other as man and horse.
1887 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 54 Bob A. Carson Friends Parted When we were parted.
1888 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 55 Bob A. Carson Drinking One more drink, then the night.
1889 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 56 Bob A. Carson Hazel-Eyed When I look into your eyes.
1890 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 56 Bob A. Carson Boy and Horse When young man has horse in possession.
1891 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 57 Bob A. Carson He Walks He rises high like the clouds of night.
1892 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 58 Bob A. Carson The Trailer I have a bed, and Horsie too.
1893 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 59 Bob A. Carson Fight On, Brave Heart, Fight On Fight onward to the breach, brave heart.
1894 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 59 Bob A. Carson That Good Pony On as cold day.
1895 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 60 Bob A. Carson Good Old Home I love a home.
1896 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 61 Bob A. Carson Sugary Gold The horse I hold.
1897 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 62 Bob A. Carson Heavy Drinking The morning after the night before.
1898 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 63 Bob A. Carson Gift of the Lost Art Some are gifted with song and some with speech.
1899 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 63 Bob A. Carson On His Hind Feet In the air like a high tower.
1900 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 64 Bob A. Carson Song of Earth Sad song of the wind in the mountains.
1901 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 65 Bob A. Carson The Real When this little life is over.