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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
2177 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 111 William Lawrence Chittenden Never Despair Give up vain regretting, don't sigh for the past. memories, time, success, hope, glory, future
2178 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 112 William Lawrence Chittenden To Katherine I know a gentle maiden. idol, beauty
2179 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 113 William Lawrence Chittenden The Question Fair lady, though proud cavaliers. courting, admiration, first love, loyalty, lost love, dreams, courtship
2180 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 115 William Lawrence Chittenden Youth In the Ocean of Time there's a wonderful isle. hope, life
2181 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 116 William Lawrence Chittenden Age Lost, lost, youth's dreams of long ago. vanished air, past, time, eternity, love, hate, life
2182 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 117 William Lawrence Chittenden The "G" Strings of the Heart This life iz full uv muzic. song, tune, art, melancholy, cheerfulness
2183 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 119 William Lawrence Chittenden Highland Evening Song Twilight blushing o'er the hillside. memories, time
2184 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 120 William Lawrence Chittenden Lines to a Picture Fair lady, when at thee I gaze. youth, perfume, idol, affection
2185 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 121 William Lawrence Chittenden Forevermore When Aurora's rosy kisses. thoughts, longing, time
2186 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 122 William Lawrence Chittenden Bar Harbor Days Alone, far away by a fire to night. memories, ball, woman, romance, love, loneliness, Texas, marriage
2187 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 125 William Lawrence Chittenden A Sonnet to the Sea Roll on, thou proud majestic everlasting Sea! eternity, ocean, storm, mystery, unknown
2188 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 126 William Lawrence Chittenden Persevere Brace up, my dear fellow, push on, never fear. hope, positive attitude, ambition
2189 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 127 William Lawrence Chittenden To the Memory of Gen. Sam Houston Thy memory is blessed in this proud Southern land. hero, Texas, patriot, pride, history
2190 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 128 William Lawrence Chittenden To-Day Let's woo the flying hours -- to-day. unknown future, dream, old-age, peace
2191 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 129 William Lawrence Chittenden Lines to a Lady Nay, lovely lady, you are wrong. optimism, grief, suffering, strength
2192 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 130 William Lawrence Chittenden Waiting Alas, for the whim of a proud beauty's ways. rejection, pride, heartache, pain, suffering, love, affection
2193 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 131 William Lawrence Chittenden Misunderstood Burn on, proud soul! No matter the cost. optimism, hope, fate, ignorance
2194 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 131 William Lawrence Chittenden Texas Types -- The Sheriff He's a quiet, easy fellow, with his pants tucked in his boots. ranger, Rio Grande, justice, courage, law
2195 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 135 William Lawrence Chittenden To an "Unknown Friend" -- "A.M." Fair lady, though we "never met." love, devotion, poet, love song
2196 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 133 William Lawrence Chittenden Texas Types -- The Cattle Queen In the lonely land of Texas. woman, widow, Mistress Breeze, wealth, bachelor
2197 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 136 William Lawrence Chittenden The Ranchman's Ride Hurrah for a ride on the prairies free. race, open range, untamed horses
2198 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 137 William Lawrence Chittenden The Ladies -- A Toast God bless the ladies -- everywhere. women, chivalry, special gifts, characteristics, admiration, adoration, praise
2199 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 138 William Lawrence Chittenden The New York Girl I have known dark senoritas. Creole maidens, British beauties, Parisian ladies, Gotham girl, charm, fashion, flirt, literature, art
2200 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 139 William Lawrence Chittenden The Boston Girl She usually wears glasses. Voltaire, knowledge, science, truth, brains, intellectual
2201 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 140 William Lawrence Chittenden The Western Girl I heard the deep bass-viol's cry. warmth, dance, kisses