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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
2002 Cactus Center Poems FC 11 C-06 4 Arthur Chapman The Legend of the Sagebrush When the Master Workman had done his task. Creator, sagebrush, prairie
2003 Cactus Center Poems FC 11 C-06 5 Arthur Chapman Journalism in Cactus Center Down here in Cactus Center we ain't much on splittin' hairs. reporter, journalism, rustling, words, newspaper, press, slang
2004 Cactus Center Poems FC 11 C-06 7 Arthur Chapman Mother West There is a mother, legend runs, of mothers quite the best. West, home
2005 Cactus Center Poems FC 11 C-06 8 Arthur Chapman Graduation Day in Cactus Center The sharp who was expected to address our graduates missed the stage. advice, graduation, kindness, life, education
2006 Cactus Center Poems FC 11 C-06 10 Arthur Chapman Classic Dancing in Cactus Center Down here in Cactus Center we have lived a life apart. dance, aesthetics, distractions
2007 Cactus Center Poems FC 11 C-06 14 Arthur Chapman The Call Some men must follow the sea, and some must follow the plough. choices, occupation
2008 Cactus Center Poems FC 11 C-06 15 Arthur Chapman The Heart-Gift Deep in the heart of the hills I slumbered. marble, mountains, Lincoln Memorial
2009 Cactus Center Poems FC 11 C-06 17 Arthur Chapman Daylight Saving in Cactus Center Down here in Cactus Center we believe in savin' time. daylight, time, daylight savings
2010 Cactus Center Poems FC 11 C-06 20 Arthur Chapman Cactus Center and the Census Down here in Cactus Center we've been hearin' cities roar. census, population
2011 Cactus Center Poems FC 11 C-06 22 Arthur Chapman Cactus Center Learns Something Down here in Cactus Center we are bogged in puzzlement. fashion, clothes, fur, style, school marm, clothing, school teacher
2012 Cactus Center Poems FC 11 C-06 24 Arthur Chapman Cactus Center's Semi-Centennial We've been planning', here in Cactus, fer two months, or mebbe three. celebration, anniversary, Founder's Day, floats, parade
2013 Cactus Center Poems FC 11 C-06 26 Arthur Chapman Easter in Cactus Center You kin talk about your racin' with your horses neck and neck. hat, bonnet, Easter
2014 Cactus Center Poems FC 11 C-06 29 Arthur Chapman Cactus Center's Marshal We was troubled some in Cactus by a gent named Six-Gun Steve. law, marshal, trust
2015 Cactus Center Poems FC 11 C-06 31 Arthur Chapman Discipline in Cactus Center We welcome folks in Cactus if they've got an honest lay. correspondence school, scam, fake
2016 Cactus Center Poems FC 11 C-06 33 Arthur Chapman Cactus Center's War Talk Down here in Cactus Center we was called on by a gent. preparedness, armament, war
2017 Cactus Center Poems FC 11 C-06 35 Arthur Chapman Polo in Cactus Center Down here in Cactus Center we are allus up-to-date. polo
2018 Cactus Center Poems FC 11 C-06 37 Arthur Chapman The Novelist in Cactus Center We was visited, in Cactus, by a classic-featured gent. novelist, writing, work
2019 Cactus Center Poems FC 11 C-06 39 Arthur Chapman Nature-Faking in Cactus Center We pride ourselves, in Cactus, on our powers of reserve. conservatism, lecturer, fake
2020 Cactus Center Poems FC 11 C-06 40 Arthur Chapman The Debate in Cactus Center Down in Poker Bill's old 'dobe, we was talkin', gent to gent. debate, President, employment, sheepmen, cattlemen
2021 Cactus Center Poems FC 11 C-06 42 Arthur Chapman Golf in Cactus Center We was propped against the 'dobe of that joint o' Poker Bill's. golf, tenderfoot, poker, frustration
2022 Cactus Center Poems FC 11 C-06 44 Arthur Chapman Cactus Center's Telephone Girl There's a telephone in Cactus--it's a new, long-talk machine. telephone operator, long-distance calls
2023 Cactus Center Poems FC 11 C-06 46 Arthur Chapman The Peace Conference in Cactus Center We've been visited in Cactus by a most smooth-spoken gent. war, disarmament, peace, dupe
2024 Cactus Center Poems FC 11 C-06 48 Arthur Chapman Cactus Center and the Planet Mars A stranger blowed in Monday, on the stage from 'crost Three Bars. Mars, telescope, professor, drunk
2025 Cactus Center Poems FC 11 C-06 50 Arthur Chapman The Country Uplift in Cactus Center Since the Country Life Commission called upon our rival town. irrigation, upgrading, tree planting
2026 Cactus Center Poems FC 11 C-06 52 Arthur Chapman Cactus Center's Beauty Squad We have heard, down here in Cactus, how they want some handsome men. beauty, handsome, men