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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.

First Previous Next Last
IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
2102 Out Where the West Begins FC 11 C-07 30 Arthur Chapman The Magic Mulligan A rider from the Two-Bar come with news from off the range. sheep herd, woolies, hatred, dislike, food, stew, cook, convince
2103 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 1 William Lawrence Chittenden Hidden Afar on the pathless prairies. silence, ideals, nature
2104 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 2 William Lawrence Chittenden My Old Friend, "The Majah Green." In the sunny land of Texas, where Tom Ochiltree's at home. nature, people, Abilene, Southern armies, negroes, frontier, tenderfoot, freedom, independence, wilderness, Stonewall Jackson, piece, rest, slaves, Blacks, south
2105 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 5 William Lawrence Chittenden Why Not Be Happy Today? I have questioned my hopes of the future. past, doubt, dreams, life, philosophy, trouble, cheerfulness, happiness
2106 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 6 William Lawrence Chittenden Sub Rosa I have heard the robins singing. flowers, nature, love, woman
2107 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 7 William Lawrence Chittenden To the Mocking-Bird Afar from noisy, tuneless throngs. silence, harmony
2108 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 8 William Lawrence Chittenden The Ranchman's Story I long had live da lonely life. nature, youth, woman, lady, love, romance, wedding, heartache
2109 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 11 William Lawrence Chittenden A Sonnet -- The Prairies I love the prairies broad and free. nature, vast land, calm
2110 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 12 William Lawrence Chittenden The Cowboys' Christmas Ball Way out in Western Texas, where the Clear Fork's waters flow. nature, animals, Anson City, Texas Western, democracy, ladies, Abilene, music, celebration, Windy Billy, dance
2111 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 17 William Lawrence Chittenden Montclair Dear lovely mountain town, farewell. landscape, memories, past, boyhood,
2112 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 18 William Lawrence Chittenden The Difference Ten years ago, my lovely Kate. age, time
2113 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 18 William Lawrence Chittenden Galveston Where sea-gulls fair are flying. Texas, flowers, landscape
2114 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 19 William Lawrence Chittenden When the Northern Sighs When the Northern sighs, and the storm winds pour. Labrador, cold, warmth, fire, wild winds, north wind
2115 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 20 William Lawrence Chittenden In His Name In fair Virginia's Lotus Land, where sings the whippoorwill. Shenandoah, grave, soldier, death, love, sorrow
2116 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 22 William Lawrence Chittenden The Ranchman's Letter At a lonely old ranch by the fire tonight. Texas frontier, loneliness, Lady Clare, love, romance, past, memories, city vs. country, expensive life, fashion, humbleness
2117 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 24 William Lawrence Chittenden My Mother I know a dear old lady. love, kindness, gentle, comfort
2118 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 26 William Lawrence Chittenden A Bachelor's Dilemma My lady is lovely and noble and kind. woman, lady, rich, poverty, wealth, style, work
2119 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 27 William Lawrence Chittenden A Farmer's Songs Wal, I reckon I'm ole-fashioned, but them songs that Nacher sings. tunes, music, birds, animals, seasons, times of the day, nature
2120 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 29 William Lawrence Chittenden Texas Types -- The Cowboy He wears a big hat and big spurs and all that. pride, strength, loyalty, truth, dude
2121 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 30 William Lawrence Chittenden The Village Fable As Death and the Devil were taking the air. Montclair, doctor, Jolly Nick, medicine
2122 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 31 William Lawrence Chittenden Kind Words A kind word now and then, my boys. friendship, life, emotions, true, fair, help
2123 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 32 William Lawrence Chittenden Could I But Fly on Seabird's Wing Could I but fly on seabird's wing. dream, freedom, security, hope, illusions
2124 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 32 William Lawrence Chittenden The Prodigal Daughter In the springtime of youth, in life's early morning. returning home, welcome, denial, despair, death
2125 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 33 William Lawrence Chittenden The Lovely Rosalie In lively old New Jersey, where the laws are very blue. Texan, New Yorkers, Wall street broker, Montclair, beauty, love, adoration, courting, prairie, landscape, West, romance, bride, wedding, courtship, New York
2126 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 38 William Lawrence Chittenden A Cowboy to Kipling Huh! Kipling, we are unto yew. story, Indians, tenderfoot, gringo, wrong perception, misinterpretation, ignorance