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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
1927 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 82 Bob A. Carson Back Home I'll be glad to be home again.
1928 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 82 Bob A. Carson Horse Language The language of a horse is his eye.
1929 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 83 Bob A. Carson The Cowboy Now a cowboy will I ever be.
1930 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 83 Bob A. Carson Drink Like Other Things Flowing rivers drink up the rain.
1931 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 84 Bob A. Carson Picture Tower above the desert.
1932 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 85 Bob A. Carson Life Knows Life knows no dead so beautiful.
1933 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 85 Bob A. Carson Judge Not In men whom men condemn as ill.
1934 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 86 Bob A. Carson Friends Our friends are uncountable, I'll say.
1935 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 87 Bob A. Carson The Horse Herd The horse I was riding on.
1936 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 88 Bob A. Carson Bronc Land Way out west in bronc land.
1937 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 89 Bob A. Carson Best Way to Ride a Bronc Best way to ride a bronc I know.
1938 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 90 Bob A. Carson Different Ranches and Different Horses Different bronc at different ranches in large numbers be.
1939 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 91 Bob A. Carson Rainbow Under My Saddle In the saddle in the moonlight.
1940 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 92 Bob A. Carson A Dream I dreampt sic I saw great herds around me stand.
1941 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 92 Bob A. Carson The Old Bronc That old bronc's eyes in his head.
1942 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 93 Bob A. Carson Bronc Land Head over heels in the saddle in bronc land.
1943 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 94 Bob A. Carson Riding Broncs All Day Riding broncs, toils at his work all day.
1944 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 94 Bob A. Carson Fortune His fortune came too late.
1945 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 95 Bob A. Carson Strangers Meet You can brag about the famous horses you know.
1946 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 95 Bob A. Carson Tell Him Tell him when night isn't day.
1947 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 96 Bob A. Carson Even Light On the evening skies of wonder.
1948 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 96 Bob A. Carson My Baby The world is home every day.
1949 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 97 Bob A. Carson The Job Makes the Day There may be finer pleasures than tramping bronks.
1950 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 98 Bob A. Carson Bull Dogging Started God made little rough and tumble cowboys for every play.
1951 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 117 Bob A. Carson Love Your Horse I love the horse from hoof to head.