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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
1902 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 66 Bob A. Carson Kingman Cookie She was good looking, kind, and fair.
1903 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 67 Bob A. Carson Out Our Way I thought I'd never see.
1904 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 68 Bob A. Carson A Desire I wouldn't care for a store of wealth.
1905 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 69 Bob A. Carson Patronage I think the ranchers need my work.
1906 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 69 Bob A. Carson Races and Booze Have a good time, my boy, another race.
1907 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 70 Bob A. Carson Poverty Stricken Unfinanced minds, a storm of miseries.
1908 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 70 Bob A. Carson Live and Die I am an old cowboy with experience of years.
1909 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 70 Bob A. Carson Fragrance of the Day The rocks and mountains sleep.
1910 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 71 Bob A. Carson Plenty of World Here is beef steak for the belly.
1911 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 71 Bob A. Carson Drink, Devil, Drink Why do we wait for invitations.
1912 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 72 Bob A. Carson Land of Mystery A wild land of mysteries.
1913 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 73 Bob A. Carson Ranches and Range Come to my sunland, come with me.
1914 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 73 Bob A. Carson Sea to Sea Here we sit by the sundown seas.
1915 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 74 Bob A. Carson Said a Cowboy to the Boss Said a cowboy to the boss.
1916 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 75 Bob A. Carson High and Low Gazing upon Heaven away above.
1917 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 76 Bob A. Carson Once Said, I'll Say It Again Once said, I will say again.
1918 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 76 Bob A. Carson Wealth An owner of wealth made in haste.
1919 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 76 Bob A. Carson Friendship He is no friend who has a heart of pride.
1920 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 77 Bob A. Carson The Gift of Art Having the wonderful power of art.
1921 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 77 Bob A. Carson Of Appearance The man who never declares his art.
1922 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 77 Bob A. Carson Farewell Glass Farewell, whiskey glass.
1923 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 78 Bob A. Carson Before the Ride The bronc grew wilder each minute.
1924 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 79 Bob A. Carson Boasted Wife The wife I had, as a wife she ain't.
1925 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 80 Bob A. Carson Recall If I could but recall.
1926 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 81 Bob A. Carson Cousin Pete (Knight) With the greatest of all men's courage and skill.