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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
2152 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 71 William Lawrence Chittenden The Cynic and Poet A cynic once said to a poet. doubt, life, hope, future, positive, negative
2153 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 72 William Lawrence Chittenden Ode to the Northern Thrice welcome to the Northern. wind, cold, Labrador, storm, Viking, weather
2154 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 73 William Lawrence Chittenden The Dying Actor's Soliloquy Life's farce is nearly ended. monologue, age, sadness, grief, death
2155 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 74 William Lawrence Chittenden The Maine Coast Come away, gentle rader, to the cool coast of Maine. sea, nature, landscape, Indian, animals, flowers, smugglers, buccaneers, pirates
2156 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 76 William Lawrence Chittenden Maverick Bill I met him at the round-ups on the Double. New York, frontiersman, hero, soldier, singing, Swanee River, Annie Laurie, stars, Great Spirit, home, boyhood, family, death
2157 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 80 William Lawrence Chittenden A Barefooted Boy Exhausted to-night by the fire's dim glow. past, memories, youth, childhood, boyhood, old home, happiness, Indians, father
2158 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 81 William Lawrence Chittenden What is Life? Ah, what is life? A bubble blown. time, search, mystery of life, experience
2159 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 82 William Lawrence Chittenden I'm Sad Tonight I'm sad tonight -- alone am I. grief, sadness, autumn, lonesome, woman, love, lost love
2160 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 83 William Lawrence Chittenden Who Knows? Through the meadows she is coming. lovesong, uncertainty
2161 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 84 William Lawrence Chittenden A Texas "Lamb," or The Cowboy in Wall Street I wuz riz on a ranch in ole Texas, yer know. New York, broker, stockmen, money, stock exchange, fortune, lose money
2162 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 86 William Lawrence Chittenden A Drummer's Reverie by the Rio Grande The wild prairie flowers with their beauty so rare. open range, nature, isolation, boyhood, peace, memories, dreams
2163 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 88 William Lawrence Chittenden Brer Brown's Collection Look hyar, my Baptist breddren. religion, money, preacher, collection, afterlife
2164 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 90 William Lawrence Chittenden Remember the Alamo Fair Greece and Rome brave heroes knew. Texas, rangers, Gettysburg, Waterloo, Lone Star, honor, battle, freedom, bravery
2165 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 91 William Lawrence Chittenden A Sonnet to Night The twilight's laces fringe the sea. silence, nature,
2166 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 92 William Lawrence Chittenden Lady Belle -- A Villanelle Lovely lady, Lady Belle. music, love song, love, courtship
2167 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 93 William Lawrence Chittenden The Round-Up With the joy of the wind in our hearts and our faces. cattle, cowboys, nesters, roping, branding, storytelling, roundup
2168 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 95 William Lawrence Chittenden Christine Her voice is like the mocking-bird's. beauty, woman, admiration, love
2169 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 96 William Lawrence Chittenden The Old Log Fire Yer kin preech uv the pleasures an' joys uv the rich. home, ranch, warmth, literature, poems, Edgar A. Poe, Shakespeare, books
2170 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 97 William Lawrence Chittenden Old Fort Phantom Hill On the breezy Texas border, on the prairies far away. landscape, nature, bison, past, legend, Lee, storm, North wind McKenzie Trail, soldiers, Johnston, Grant, Jackson, Custer, war
2171 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 100 William Lawrence Chittenden Good Bye Good Bye, Sweetheart -- our dream is past. mourning, grief, sadness, fall
2172 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 101 William Lawrence Chittenden Reveries of a Bachelor Long, long ago, a careless lad. love, grammar school, admiration, marriage, heartache
2173 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 109 William Lawrence Chittenden The Hermit's Soliloquy Afar on the prairies, afar and alone. solitude, nature, memories, past, disappointment, hopeless, sorrow, mistrust, faithless love, despair, heartache, pain
2174 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 107 William Lawrence Chittenden The Waltz The wooing waltz, the wooing waltz. dance, music, kisses, romance
2175 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 104 William Lawrence Chittenden The Brazos Queen Far down in Southern Texas, where the Brazos River flows. woman, idol, beauty, courting, admiration, fashion, love, courtship
2176 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 102 William Lawrence Chittenden Ennui At a lonely ranch 'neath a lonely sky. Texas prairie, sadness, requiem, time, sorrow, hope