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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
2277 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 86 Charles Badger Clark God's Reserves One time, `way back where the year marks fade. land, west, space, progress, desert, conservation, belief, God
2278 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 89 Charles Badger Clark The Married Man There's an old pard of mine that sits by his door. longing, pity, woman, wife, child, children, home, family, nesting
2279 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 92 Charles Badger Clark The Old Cow Man I rode across a valley range. wire, fencing, nester, fences, real estate, land, progress, cowman
2280 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 95 Charles Badger Clark The Plainsmen Men of the older, gentler soil. land, freedom, love of land
2281 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 98 Charles Badger Clark The Westerner My fathers sleep on the sunrise plains. generation, equality
2282 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 101 Charles Badger Clark The Wind is Blowin' My tired hawse nickers for his own home bars. longing, love, love lost, lovers, BW
2283 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 103 Charles Badger Clark On Boot Hill Up from the prairie and through the pines. Boot Hill, dead, maverick, death
2284 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 107 Charles Badger Clark The Coyote Trailing the last gleam after. coyote, howl, night, wilderness
2285 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 109 Charles Badger Clark The Free Wind I went and worked in a drippin' mine. money, work, mining, wind, outdoors, city, settle, youth, desert, BW
2286 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 112 Charles Badger Clark The Medicine Man The trail is long to the bison herd. rain, medicine man, gods, thunder hawk
2287 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 114 Charles Badger Clark The Piano at Red's `Twas a hole called Red's Saloon. piano, music, saloon, thoughts
2288 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 116 Charles Badger Clark A Ranger He never made parade of tooth or claw. murderer, ranger, law and order, tracking, gunfight
2289 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 121 Charles Badger Clark On the Drive Oh, days whoop by with swingin' lope. cattle drive, cattle trail
2290 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 123 Charles Badger Clark Saturday Night Out from the ranch on a Saturday night. dance, Saturday night, girlfriend, courtship
2291 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 125 Charles Badger Clark Southwestern June Lazy little hawse, it's noon. June, spring, relaxation, wasting time, laziness
2292 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 127 Charles Badger Clark The Night Herder I laughed when the dawn was a-peepin'. night-herding, night, love apart, thoughts
2293 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 129 Charles Badger Clark Hawse Work Stop! There's the wild bunch to right of the trail. wild horses
2294 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 132 Charles Badger Clark Half-Breed Fathers with eyes of ancient ire. half-breed, Indians, White
2295 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 134 Charles Badger Clark To Her Cut loose a hundred rivers. love, devotion, woman
2296 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 136 Charles Badger Clark The Locoed Horse As I was ridin' all alone. horse, loco weed, death
2297 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 138 Charles Badger Clark The Long Way Two miles of ridin' from the school, without a bit of trouble. courtship, memories, youth
2298 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 141 Charles Badger Clark Freightin' Forty miles from Taggart's store. chuck, luck, freighting, wagon
2299 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 144 Charles Badger Clark The Rains You've watched the ground-hog's shadow and the shiftin' weather signs. spring, rain, water, seasons, rejuvenation
2300 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 148 Charles Badger Clark The Border When the dreamers of old Coronado. border, Spaniards, padres, religion, Indians, colonization, progress, invasion
2301 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 151 Charles Badger Clark The Bad Lands No fresh green things in the Bad Lands bide. Bad Lands, evolution, past, ancient history, prehistoric