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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.


Poetry table.

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IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
2027 Cactus Center Poems FC 11 C-06 54 Arthur Chapman Aviation in Cactus Center We have got a club in Cactus called the Conquerors of Air. aviation, club, flying, plane
2028 Cactus Center Poems FC 11 C-06 55 Arthur Chapman The Tariff in Cactus Center We've observed, down here in Cactus, all this tariff-fixin' talk. tariff, taxes, gun, shooting
2029 Cactus Center Poems FC 11 C-06 57 Arthur Chapman Cactus Center's Sky Pilot Down here in Cactus Center we have had a sudden shock. preacher, church, dupe, building
2030 Cactus Center Poems FC 11 C-06 59 Arthur Chapman Arbor Day in Cactus Center Jest to please our latest school ma'am we decided, weeks ago. trees, Arbor Day, shooting, dispute, Japanese, racial prejudice
2031 Cactus Center Poems FC 11 C-06 61 Arthur Chapman Cactus Center's Fire Brigade We organized, in Cactus, a firemen's brigade. firemen, fire fighting, volunteers, saddling horses
2032 Cactus Center Poems FC 11 C-06 63 Arthur Chapman Cactus Center's Slogan We feel that Cactus Center is the Southwest's nat'ral hub. booster's club, slogan, town
2033 Cactus Center Poems FC 11 C-06 65 Arthur Chapman Divorce in Cactus Center Down here in Cactus Center we ain't herded much in schools. marriage, divorce, lawyer, right, squaw, common law marriage
2034 Cactus Center Poems FC 11 C-06 68 Arthur Chapman Valentine Day in Cactus Center Things is quiet, here in Cactus, and our bullyvards now lack. valentines, cartoon drawings
2035 Cactus Center Poems FC 11 C-06 70 Arthur Chapman The Freighter There's a desert stretchin' on before. freighter
2036 Cactus Center Poems FC 11 C-06 71 Arthur Chapman The Sheepman's Story There's a nester at the water hole. nesters, homesteader, sheepmen, Wall Street, watering hole
2037 Cactus Center Poems FC 11 C-06 73 Arthur Chapman The Last Drift I've sold the old ranch, stock and all. selling out, range, progress
2038 Cactus Center Poems FC 11 C-06 75 Arthur Chapman The Art Student The Kid has quit the ranch, doggone it all. art, drawing
2039 Cactus Center Poems FC 11 C-06 77 Arthur Chapman The Fifty-Eighter "I came," said the stranger, "in fifty-eight." Bret Harte, train, stranger
2040 Cactus Center Poems FC 11 C-06 79 Arthur Chapman Homesickness The sagebrush ain't a handsome plant. sagebrush, homesick, West
2041 Cactus Center Poems FC 11 C-06 80 Arthur Chapman A Frontier Drama Chuckwalla Chuck was a bold, bad man. bully, tenderfoot
2042 Cactus Center Poems FC 11 C-06 82 Arthur Chapman The Hill-Man's Lullaby The city's fine and purty with its blaze of 'electric lights. coyote, howl, sleep
2043 Cactus Center Poems FC 11 C-06 84 Arthur Chapman An Oklahoma Reminiscence She's standin' there, by the pasture fence, crippled and old and gray. horse, Oklahoma, gray mare, race, reminisce
2044 Cactus Center Poems FC 11 C-06 86 Arthur Chapman The Rattlesnake No craven, thou, all silently to strike. rattlesnake, snakebite cure, snake
2045 Cactus Center Poems FC 11 C-06 87 Arthur Chapman The Remittance Man Nobody seemed to know him, and nobody seemed to care. counterfeiter, money
2046 Cactus Center Poems FC 11 C-06 89 Arthur Chapman Navajo Rough are the trails we follow, hot are the winds we face. Navajo, Indians
2047 Cactus Center Poems FC 11 C-06 91 Arthur Chapman The Santa Fe Trail It winds o'er prairie and o'er crest. Santa Fe Trail
2048 Cactus Center Poems FC 11 C-06 92 Arthur Chapman The Cattle Rustlers The spirit that lived in old Sherwood's lanes. Robin Hood, rustlers, rustling
2049 Cactus Center Poems FC 11 C-06 93 Arthur Chapman The Trail Bond They have seen the storm clouds marshaled above the spire like peak. brotherhood, bond
2050 Cactus Center Poems FC 11 C-06 94 Arthur Chapman At the Cliff Dwelling Like swallow's nest, upon the wall, it overlooks the canyon vast. cliff dwelling, child, hand-print, past
2051 Cactus Center Poems FC 11 C-06 95 Arthur Chapman The Seagulls of Salt Lake The desert hush is on all things, one hears no crash of breakers wild. seagulls, Salt Lake, dead sea, waves