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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
2077 Out Where the West Begins FC 11 C-07 87 Arthur Chapman The Mother Lode In vain have the hunters of gold. search for gold, death, prospector, golden key, ambition, greed, human race
2078 Out Where the West Begins FC 11 C-07 88 Arthur Chapman The Meeting When walkin' down a city street. pavement, sagebrush, brand, smell
2079 Out Where the West Begins FC 11 C-07 90 Arthur Chapman Before the Gringo Came Before the Gringo came, senor. past, happiness, castanets, music, fandango, grief, regret, change
2080 Out Where the West Begins FC 11 C-07 91 Arthur Chapman Men in the Rough Men in the rough -- on the trails all new-broken. friends, comrades, friendship, everlasting bonds
2081 Out Where the West Begins FC 11 C-07 66 Arthur Chapman At the Outpost Men of the lonely places. isolation, nature, comrades, sheepdog, dreams
2082 Out Where the West Begins FC 11 C-07 64 Arthur Chapman The Sheepman's Plaint Cowboys are allus doin'. trouble, competition, unfamous, dislike
2083 Out Where the West Begins FC 11 C-07 62 Arthur Chapman The Sheepherder's Lament The cowboy has his bunkie. isolation, loneliness, nester, city man, bunkmate, nesters
2084 Out Where the West Begins FC 11 C-07 61 Arthur Chapman The Sheep-Herder Across the stream, from hill and plain. patience, peaceful, night
2085 Out Where the West Begins FC 11 C-07 59 Arthur Chapman The War-Horse Buyers Twenty of us ridin' bronks, headed for the war. saddle men, horses, top-hands, artillery, cavalry, powder smoke,
2086 Out Where the West Begins FC 11 C-07 58 Arthur Chapman The Pony Express The eddies swirl in the treacherous ford. darkness, night, vast prairie, Overland Trail
2087 Out Where the West Begins FC 11 C-07 56 Arthur Chapman The Blanket Injun Jest a worthless blanket Injun. Indians, attitude, turquoise, contentedness, reservation, way of life
2088 Out Where the West Begins FC 11 C-07 54 Arthur Chapman Ridin' the Chuck-Line I'm ridin' the chuck-line this winter. bread-line, Two-Bar, friendship, novels, literature
2089 Out Where the West Begins FC 11 C-07 53 Arthur Chapman In A Deserted Mining Camp The rain, gust-driven, veils the distant pines. mines, emptiness, hope, vain, vision
2090 Out Where the West Begins FC 11 C-07 51 Arthur Chapman The Man the Desert Got He rests, half buried in the drift. search for gold, prospector, desert, storm, nature
2091 Out Where the West Begins FC 11 C-07 49 Arthur Chapman Pete's Error There's a new grave up on Boot Hill, where we've planted Rowdy Pete. Cactus Center, colt, shooting, gun, left-handed stranger
2092 Out Where the West Begins FC 11 C-07 48 Arthur Chapman The Westerner I'll never go where hills can't smile. home, love for the land, landscape
2093 Out Where the West Begins FC 11 C-07 46 Arthur Chapman The Ostrich-Punching of Arroyo Al I was broke in Arizony, and was gloomy as a tomb. Star-Plume, critter, herding ostriches, U. S. A. mail train, Eiffel Tower bird
2094 Out Where the West Begins FC 11 C-07 44 Arthur Chapman Out Among the Big Things Out among the big things. timelessness, nature, city, calm, meaning of life
2095 Out Where the West Begins FC 11 C-07 42 Arthur Chapman The Old-Timer He showed up in the springtime, when the geese began to honk. cattle punching, contentedness, happiness, past, change,
2096 Out Where the West Begins FC 11 C-07 40 Arthur Chapman The Old Sheep Wagon I have heard men long for a place, but I want no such abode. Wyoming plains, roam, open range, prairie, isolation, nature, , sagebrush
2097 Out Where the West Begins FC 11 C-07 38 Arthur Chapman Old Home Week in Cactus Center Down here in Cactus Center we have had an Old Home Week. Alaska, Mexico, reminisce, home, welcome, Rare up Bill, Pack saddle , Antelope, Pecos, Rio Grandy, West Virginia Thompson, Tex, homesick, Colorado Springs, Wild Horse Kit, Jicarillas
2098 Out Where the West Begins FC 11 C-07 37 Arthur Chapman The Old Dutch Oven Some sigh for cooks of boyhood days, but none of them for me. X-Bar-T, food, grub, biscuit, epicure, appetite
2099 Out Where the West Begins FC 11 C-07 36 Arthur Chapman The Water-Carrier Steep is the trail to the mesa above her. Indians, Zuni, desert, nature, blanket, past
2100 Out Where the West Begins FC 11 C-07 35 Arthur Chapman Little Papoose Your eyes are black as twin pools at night. love, affection, past, buffalo, Indians, death, sadness
2101 Out Where the West Begins FC 11 C-07 33 Arthur Chapman The Market Train The old caboose is rattlin', and is swayin' to and fro. tales, talk, storytelling, cattle, Pecos, prime steer, prairie, heroism, Homer