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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.


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Poetry table.

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IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
22312 West Word Ho! The western poetry of Doris Daley FC 11 D-23 62 Doris Daley 100 years from now 100 years from now, if the world's still in the game, May the earth recall our footprints, may the wind sing out our names.
22313 West Word Ho! The western poetry of Doris Daley FC 11 D-23 64 Doris Daley End Times Do not go gentle into that good night. Well, Mr. Thomas, your admonishment is wise. But when I cross the bar, it will be without a fight For I plan a metaphysical surprise.
22314 Piled Higher and Deeper on the Cariboo Trail FC 11 P-36 20 Mike Puhallo Ode to Robbie Burns Och Robbie, how your verse and rhyme, Try a wit and tongue like mine.
22315 West Word Ho! The western poetry of Doris Daley FC 11 D-23 66 Doris Daley The Millionaire When you're snug around the Franklin stove and the mercury's dipping low, When the phone rings and a friend says, "just called to say hello."
22316 West Word Ho! The western poetry of Doris Daley FC 11 D-23 68 Doris Daley Shades of the West Out where the wind sweeps the prairie, out where the wild eagles fly, When God sends a rain to scrub the world clean, a rainbow gets hung in the sky.
22317 Piled Higher and Deeper on the Cariboo Trail FC 11 P-36 21 Mike Puhallo A Cowboy's Guide to Gravity Jack Drake taught me about shoeing nags, when I was just a kid. He claimed teaching young folks to shoe horses, was the meanest thing he ever did.
22318 West Word Ho! The western poetry of Doris Daley FC 11 D-23 70 Doris Daley Goodnight to the Trail Come with me to a place out west Where all who trod are Nature's guest We'll ride to the top of a piney crest And gaze at the valley below.
22319 West Word Ho! The western poetry of Doris Daley FC 11 D-23 72 Doris Daley Wild Roses Dear Friends, I beg you, please permit, How can I helpl but crow a bit? I have a friend--what a heart! what grit!
22320 Piled Higher and Deeper on the Cariboo Trail FC 11 P-36 22 Mike Puhallo Resilience. . . Is a trodden blade of grass, though bent, it is not broke. A trait that's often found as well, among ranch and farmin' folk!
22321 Piled Higher and Deeper on the Cariboo Trail FC 11 P-36 23 Mike Puhallo Northern Lights A silent call, I could not sleep. So I took a walk by moonlight, instead of counting sheep!
22322 West Word Ho! The western poetry of Doris Daley FC 11 D-23 75 Doris Daley The Signs That I Keep I give thanks for the waiting times, for simmering soup on the fire, For winter's cloak and a lazy smoke and a watchful lhawk on the wire.
22323 West Word Ho! The western poetry of Doris Daley FC 11 D-23 76 Doris Daley What If? In the Christmas crush, in our to-and-fro'ing, When the grand commotion is overflowing. When the chill of a winter wind blows stiff, There's a still, small voice that asks, "What if?"
22324 West Word Ho! The western poetry of Doris Daley FC 11 D-23 77 Doris Daley I am the Crocus, We are the Corn In the gold of October the harvest is sweet The prairie lies quilted in corn and wheat The geese hurry south in their age-old retreat... Give thanks for the season of bounty.
22325 West Word Ho! The western poetry of Doris Daley FC 11 D-23 78 Doris Daley Light The Way Home The road is long, the trail is steep The hills are dark and high. The evening light begins to seep And velvet is the sky.
22326 West Word Ho! The western poetry of Doris Daley FC 11 D-23 82 Doris Daley Christmas in Alberta Sure is pretty here tonight; exceitment in the air, Busy shoppers hustle home through Central Park. The tree must be ten stories tall in Rockefeller Square, A million lights are sparkling in the dark.
22327 West Word Ho! The western poetry of Doris Daley FC 11 D-23 83 Doris Daley A Barnyard Christmas Eve 'Twas the night before Christmas and down by the gate All the critters were stirring as the hour grew late.
22328 West Word Ho! The western poetry of Doris Daley FC 11 D-23 84 Doris Daley Mary, Merry Christmas! My friend Mary was a pistol in her day. Kept her eye on Jesus and she kept the wolves at bay. She never let her troubles get her down Now Mary's kids have moved her into town.
22329 Piled Higher and Deeper on the Cariboo Trail FC 11 P-36 24 Mike Puhallo Chrome Steel Cowboys Performing cowboy poetry for bikers, It sounds crazy I suppose! Gold Wing riders and Harley Hoggers, Enthralled by rustic prose?
22330 West Word Ho! The western poetry of Doris Daley FC 11 D-23 86 Doris Daley Name That Tune I go out walking after midnight with a boy names Sue That burning ring of fire turns my brown eyes blue.
22331 Piled Higher and Deeper on the Cariboo Trail FC 11 P-36 26 Mike Puhallo Smilin' A flicker of movement caught my eye, as I watched that great regal hawk. It was my wife's little cat pressed flat to the ground, intently beginning to stalk.
22332 Piled Higher and Deeper on the Cariboo Trail FC 11 P-36 27 Mike Puhallo What Did you Feed that Dog? Four cowboys and a Red-Heeler dog, off on a rodeo run.
22333 Piled Higher and Deeper on the Cariboo Trail FC 11 P-36 29 Mike Puhallo Vancouver Island Round-up We was on the north end of the Island, when we spotted the first few strays. Pards they was the prettiest thing, I'd seen in many days.
22334 Piled Higher and Deeper on the Cariboo Trail FC 11 P-36 30 Mike Puhallo Horse Drawn Tour Some might think it boring for Diamond and Pat to plod the same rounds every day. Their teamster turned tour guide, chats with the passengers, and points out the sights on the way.
22335 Piled Higher and Deeper on the Cariboo Trail FC 11 P-36 32 Mike Puhallo The Hunter The Highway Patrolman's out hunting, high risk for minimal pay. He thrills to the roar of his engine, as he hunts his fleet quarry all day, and busts all the truckers and cowboys, who happen to drive the same way!
22336 Piled Higher and Deeper on the Cariboo Trail FC 11 P-36 33 Mike Puhallo Is This Global Warming? The Canada Geese are pairing off, real early again this year. The ice is gone from the round corral, spring time must be near.