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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
2127 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 39 William Lawrence Chittenden A Summer Girl She was queen of the hotel veranda. attraction, beauty, charm, romance, broken heart
2128 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 40 William Lawrence Chittenden Beyond the Harbor Bar Since thou must sail the seas of life. peace, truth, kindness, doubt, ideals
2129 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 41 William Lawrence Chittenden The Twinkle of Her Eyes Beneath dark curving lashes. woman, lady, beauty, love, affection
2130 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 42 William Lawrence Chittenden To Dives Then what of your silver and gold or estate. ideals, wealth, values
2131 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 42 William Lawrence Chittenden An April Song -- To Alice Thy world is bright, fair Alice. youth, beauty, love, age, pride,
2132 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 44 William Lawrence Chittenden Neptune's Steeds Hark to the wild nor'easter. Storm King, sea, power of water, wild sea, seaman, sailor, longing, death
2133 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 46 William Lawrence Chittenden Acrostic -- Easter Blossoms Alice is a rosebud, a blossom on life's sea. youth, beauty, women, love, idol, dreams
2134 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 46 William Lawrence Chittenden Evening Zephyrs Far, far away o'er the western horizon. nature, sea, ocean, hope, trouble, longing, past, future
2135 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 48 William Lawrence Chittenden The Ranchman's Song Afar from the tumult and turmoil of fashion. solitude, nature, prairie, hardship, pleasure
2136 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 49 William Lawrence Chittenden A Message Pretty blossom on the prairies, where the breezes play. beauty, love, longing,
2137 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 50 William Lawrence Chittenden A King's Daughter She is pretty as a picture. woman, idol, characteristics, attitude
2138 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 51 William Lawrence Chittenden To May in Paris She's a lovely fairy fay, is my pensive Cousin May. woman, thoughtful, beauty, France, romance
2139 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 52 William Lawrence Chittenden Echoes On the lonely tawny prairie. landscape, past, thoughts
2140 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 53 William Lawrence Chittenden The Old Homestead Enshrined in my heart is an old-fashioned homestead. home, warmth, sea, past, memories, fate
2141 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 54 William Lawrence Chittenden Declined "Come back, dear Tom," she wrote to say. wedding, change of mind, part
2142 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 55 William Lawrence Chittenden To a Coquette Her wit is like some diamond bright. love, beauty, charm, caution
2143 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 56 William Lawrence Chittenden The Old Texan in New York Huh! Sal, this life won't suit me. city life, fast life, homesick, Yankee husband, human roundup, suffocate, longing for nature
2144 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 57 William Lawrence Chittenden Man Man lives and dies! What more know we? youth, old-age, mortality
2145 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 58 William Lawrence Chittenden That Little Boy His merry voice is silent now. love, child, death, sadness, mourning
2146 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 59 William Lawrence Chittenden A Serenade Dear lovely lady, dream no more. love song, sea, longing
2147 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 60 William Lawrence Chittenden Texas I crave not for her cities. prairie, open range, love for nature, freedom, sea, solitude
2148 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 63 William Lawrence Chittenden The Yachtsman's Song Ho, comrades! Up anchor! sea, water, sail, sailboat, wind
2149 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 64 William Lawrence Chittenden Would N't You? I met her at dusk 'midst the clover. woman, beauty, love, lover, kisses, romance
2150 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 65 William Lawrence Chittenden The Parson Pickax Gray In ole days in Californy, in the yar uv forty-nine. likker, liquor, alcohol, fun, sinner, preacher, religion, devil, Judgment Day
2151 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 69 William Lawrence Chittenden A San Antonio Memory In old San Antonio city. Senorita, Gulf of Mexico, hacienda, Eden, memories, song, sadness, loss