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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
2202 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 141 William Lawrence Chittenden The Southern Girl Her face is like a tropic sea. silence, lovely voice, guitar, gentle
2203 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 142 William Lawrence Chittenden The California Girl There's a wild rose breath of beauty. beauty, impulsive, generosity
2204 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 143 William Lawrence Chittenden The Ladies of Dixie If the ladies of Dixie had marched to the field. Yankees, gentle, North, warfare, peace
2205 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 144 William Lawrence Chittenden The Old MacKenzie Trail Stretching onward toward the sunset. scout, soldiers, loss, hope, love, hate, Indians, past
2206 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 146 William Lawrence Chittenden Lines to an Artist in New York There's a snug little nook in the city's great heart. painter, studio, curiosities, plunder, paint
2207 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 147 William Lawrence Chittenden A Song We are tired of new-fangled verses. music, rhymes, age, sonnet
2208 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 148 William Lawrence Chittenden A Memory of Washington Square When I was a bachelor -- long, long ago. happiness, youth, dreams, mousquetaire glove, memories
2209 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 149 William Lawrence Chittenden Ye Bachelors, Beware! She is pensive and pouting and pretty. woman, idol, mistress, rivals, love
2210 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 151 William Lawrence Chittenden A Bar Harbor Idyll Farewell, gentle lady, the season is o'er. vanished hope, memories, ocean, passion, truth
2211 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 152 William Lawrence Chittenden Acrostic God grant thee much success, my boy. Gano, birthday wishes, blessing
2212 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 153 William Lawrence Chittenden The Shrewsbury River Onward rolls the Shrewsbury river. tales, story, legend, rhythmic flow, water, Great Spirit, sea
2213 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 155 William Lawrence Chittenden Rondeau -- Ye Friendly Books Ye friendly books -- old friends of mine. patience, comradeship, wisdom, knowledge, learning, literature, reading, comrades
2214 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 156 William Lawrence Chittenden A Stockman's Adventures in New York - epic When I give up trail-herdin', an' thought I'd jes' vamoose.
2215 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 162 William Lawrence Chittenden To a Lady Playing the Guitar As I pensive sit and listen, while her jeweled fingers glisten. memories, past, music, emotions, longing, love
2216 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 163 William Lawrence Chittenden The Vikings of Cape Ann Ye fishermen of Gloucester. Neptune, Norsemen, Scotland, Yankee, seamen, Iceland, sailors, ocean, danger, New England, rough men,
2217 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 165 William Lawrence Chittenden To Summer Decked with her roses, roses rare. sun, warmth
2218 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 166 William Lawrence Chittenden Texas Types -- "The Bad Man" He has a drooping winged moustache. gambling, Rio Grande, shooting, bars, law
2219 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 169 William Lawrence Chittenden The Florida Keyes Far away in the land of the graceful palmetto. warmth, summer, tropical islands, paradise, sea, flowers, birds
2220 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 170 William Lawrence Chittenden Texas Types, "The Tenderfoot" You can tell him by his "weapons!" fashion, dress up, braggart, greenhorn, show off, youth
2221 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 176 William Lawrence Chittenden Broadway, N.Y., 6 P. M. Alone in the crowded thoroughfare. city, fast life, restlessness, expressions
2222 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 172 William Lawrence Chittenden Reflections at a Young Ladies' Tea Party There's a beautiful home in a realm that I know. Montclair, autumn, Five o'clock Tea, beautiful women, laughter, joy, past, memories, old days, youth, sadness
2223 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 175 William Lawrence Chittenden Farewell, Farewell, My Lady Farewell, farewell my lady. The mournful zephyrs sigh. seasons, separation, summer lovers, city life, art, fashion, glitter
2224 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 177 William Lawrence Chittenden Al Fresco! A romantic youth of Bar Harbor so fair. love, romance, serenade, vacant house
2225 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 167 William Lawrence Chittenden To the Memory of Gen. R.S. MacKenzie MacKenzie, the war is o'er. hero, soldier, Grand Army, death, sadness, eternity, tribute
2226 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 177 William Lawrence Chittenden To The Memory of Major Daniel Gano His life was a poem of kindness and grace. altruism, kindness, generosity, gentleman