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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.

First Previous Next Last
IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
2227 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 178 William Lawrence Chittenden To a Dallas Lady I sing this song to one who long. woman, idol
2228 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 179 William Lawrence Chittenden The Lonely Congaree Long ago in South Carolina. plantation, sun, memories, homestead, beautiful woman, peace, rest, love, happiness, romance, proposal, sadness
2229 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 182 William Lawrence Chittenden The Squall -- Off Sandy Hook, N.J. High o'er the bowsprit flies the brine. ocean, sailing, storm, weather, sails, wild sea
2230 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 184 William Lawrence Chittenden Farewell Farewell, farewell, ye summer flowers. fall, death
2231 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 184 William Lawrence Chittenden Outward Bound Proud Southern land, farewell, farewell! Concho, steamer, Maine, ocean
2232 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 185 William Lawrence Chittenden A Question of Profit When the curtain rolls down, and thy life's farce is ended. death, contemplation, past, doubt
2233 Ranch Verses FC 11 C-09 186 William Lawrence Chittenden The Dying Scout Come, Pinto, ole feller, creep close to me side. cold, wind, Jim Basset, love, memories, past, boyhood, mother, care, homestead, childhood, grave, partner
2234 Singing Sioux Cowboy FC 11 C-10 2 Ann Clark My Home I live at Payabya. Sioux country, prairie, landscape
2235 Singing Sioux Cowboy FC 11 C-10 4 Ann Clark My House My house stands on a hill top. sun, wind, grass, nature, stars, logs, trees
2236 Singing Sioux Cowboy FC 11 C-10 10 Ann Clark My Tent My tent stands on the hill top. tipi
2237 Singing Sioux Cowboy FC 11 C-10 12 Ann Clark My Family My father lives in my house. mother, baby, sister, dog
2238 Singing Sioux Cowboy FC 11 C-10 14 Ann Clark Our Horses We have two horses to ride. pony, wind, rain, sun, snow, bay
2239 Singing Sioux Cowboy FC 11 C-10 18 Ann Clark Our Team We have two work horses. strength, wagon, hay rack
2240 Singing Sioux Cowboy FC 11 C-10 20 Ann Clark The Horse Barn Down in the draw the creek water runs. shelter, trees, wild hay
2241 Singing Sioux Cowboy FC 11 C-10 22 Ann Clark Cattle My father has twenty head of cattle. cattle, Herefords
2242 Singing Sioux Cowboy FC 11 C-10 26 Ann Clark The Cow Shed Down in the draw the creek runs. cow shed, outbuildings, ramada
2243 Singing Sioux Cowboy FC 11 C-10 28 Ann Clark Winter Nights Cattle should be penned on Winter nights. winter, snow, cold, night, care, responsibility
2244 Singing Sioux Cowboy FC 11 C-10 32 Ann Clark Cattle and Horses Cattle and horses are not alike. differences, cows, horses
2245 Singing Sioux Cowboy FC 11 C-10 36 Ann Clark The Range My father's cattle graze on the hills. herding, grazing, song, singing
2246 Singing Sioux Cowboy FC 11 C-10 40 Ann Clark My Cowboy Song Yip-yip-yip-e-yi. song, singing, Sioux
2247 Singing Sioux Cowboy FC 11 C-10 46 Ann Clark Calves The mother cow has a calf. cows, calves
2248 Singing Sioux Cowboy FC 11 C-10 50 Ann Clark The Round Up We round up the cows. roundup, branding
2249 Singing Sioux Cowboy FC 11 C-10 54 Ann Clark Branding Cowboys cut the calves from their mothers. branding, magpies, brand
2250 Singing Sioux Cowboy FC 11 C-10 64 Ann Clark My Brand is Lazy A My father writes my brand like this. Lazy A, brand, branding
2251 Singing Sioux Cowboy FC 11 C-10 68 Ann Clark After the Round Up Song One leg over the saddle horn. harmonica, home