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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
2252 Singing Sioux Cowboy FC 11 C-10 72 Ann Clark Wild Hay We our good to our cattle. hay, haying, rake, rack, rick
2253 Singing Sioux Cowboy FC 11 C-10 80 Ann Clark Rodeo At the fair grounds there is a rodeo. rodeo, Sioux, prize
2254 Singing Sioux Cowboy FC 11 C-10 86 Ann Clark Rodeo Song A red silk shirt and goat skin chaps. rodeo, clothes, gear, clothing
2255 Singing Sioux Cowboy FC 11 C-10 90 Ann Clark Weaning the Calves In the Fall we round up the cows. weaning, roundup
2256 Singing Sioux Cowboy FC 11 C-10 96 Ann Clark To Market My father drove some calves to market. market, cattle sales, boots
2257 Singing Sioux Cowboy FC 11 C-10 100 Ann Clark Cowboy Outfits My father said to me, "Cowboys take care of their outfits." gear, care
2258 Singing Sioux Cowboy FC 11 C-10 102 Ann Clark Winter Winter comes. winter, snow, ice, cold
2259 Singing Sioux Cowboy FC 11 C-10 106 Ann Clark My Last Song I sing this song for you before I say, "Goodbye." sing, song, occupation
2260 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 39 Charles Badger Clark Ridin' There is some that like the city -- Grass that's curried smooth and green. city, riding, envy, satisfaction, pinto
2261 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 42 Charles Badger Clark The Song of the Leather When my trail stretches to the edge of the sky. saddle, work
2262 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 45 Charles Badger Clark A Bad Half Hour Wonder why I feel so restless. restlessness, Annie Laurie, singing, night-herding, guard, memories, lost love
2263 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 47 Charles Badger Clark From Town We're the children of the open and we hate the haunts o' men. town, mail, city, rocky trail
2264 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 50 Charles Badger Clark A Cowboy's Prayer Oh Lord, I've never lived where churches grow. God, belief, creation, churches, gratitude, values, freedom
2265 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 52 Charles Badger Clark The Christmas Trail The wind is blowin' cold down the mountain tips of snow. Christmas, seasons
2266 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 55 Charles Badger Clark A Border Affair Spanish is the lovin' tongue. love lost, mi corazon, Mexican, sadness, memories
2267 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 57 Charles Badger Clark The Bunk-House Orchestra Wrangle up your mouth-harps, drag your banjo out. music, bunkhouse orchestra, firelight, Turkey in the Straw
2268 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 60 Charles Badger Clark The Outlaw When my rope takes hold on a two-year old. roping, outlaw steer, man, breaking horses, taming
2269 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 62 Charles Badger Clark The Legend of Boastful Bill At a roundup on the Gily. throwed, breaking horses, broncbusting, boasting
2270 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 66 Charles Badger Clark The Tied Maverick Lay on the iron! the tie holds fast. maverick, love, marriage, branded
2271 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 68 Charles Badger Clark A Roundup Lullaby Desert blue and silver in the still moonshine. night-herding, song
2272 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 71 Charles Badger Clark The Trail O' Love My love was swift and slender. love, love lost
2273 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 74 Charles Badger Clark Bachin' Our lives are hid; our trails are strange. bachelor, women, men
2274 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 77 Charles Badger Clark The Glory Trail `Way high up the Mogollons. High-Chin Bob
2275 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 81 Charles Badger Clark Bacon You're salty and greasy and smoky as sin. bacon, grub, foodways
2276 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 83 Charles Badger Clark The Lost Pardner I ride alone and hate the boys I meet. pardners, death, sadness, loss