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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
2302 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 154 Charles Badger Clark The Springtime Plains Heart of me, are you hearing. spring, seasons, rain, valley
2303 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 156 Charles Badger Clark On the Oregon Trail We're the prairie pilgrim crew. west, pioneers, luck, wagon train
2304 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 159 Charles Badger Clark The Forest Rangers Red is the arch of the nightmare sky. forest, forest fire, fire, forest rangers
2305 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 161 Charles Badger Clark The Yellow Stuff By the rim rocks on the hill. prospector, gold, mining, cave in, trapped
2306 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 163 Charles Badger Clark The Sheepherder All day across the sage brush flat. sheep, wolf, poetry, imagination, thoughts, loneliness
2307 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 167 Charles Badger Clark The Old Prospector There's a song in the canyon below me. prospector, choices, options, seekers
2308 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 169 Charles Badger Clark God of the Open God of the open, though I am so simple. God, belief, city, country
2309 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 171 Charles Badger Clark The Passing of the Trail There was a sunny, savage land. rovers, history, past, progress, change
2310 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 174 Charles Badger Clark Latigo Town You and I settled this section together. settlement, youth
2311 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 176 Charles Badger Clark The Buffalo Trail Deeply the buffalo trod it. buffalo, bison
2312 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 177 Charles Badger Clark The Camp Fire's Song I reared your fathers long ago. heritage, past, history, knowledge
2313 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 183 Charles Badger Clark Plains Born Westward from the greener places. freedom, solitude, nature, land
2314 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 185 Charles Badger Clark The Old Camp Coffee Pot Old camp-mate, black and rough to see. coffee pot
2315 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 187 Charles Badger Clark My Enemy All mornin' in the mesa's glare. friendship, enemy
2316 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 189 Charles Badger Clark The Fighting Swing Once again the regiments marching down the street. war, regiment, marching, soldiers
2317 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 192 Charles Badger Clark The Smoke-Blue Plains Kissed me from the saddle and I still can feel it burning. war, loss, sadness, parting
2318 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 194 Charles Badger Clark Others The day break comes so pure and still. war, apart, freedom, land, country, sadness
2319 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 196 Charles Badger Clark Jeff Hart Jeff Hart rode out of the gulch toward. war, death, loss
2320 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 198 Charles Badger Clark Battle Do you mind that old fight in The Rattles. death, sorrow, loss
2321 Sun and Saddle Leather FC 11 C-12 200 Charles Badger Clark In the Hills The shadow crawls up canyon walls; the rim rocks flush to pink. war, cities, sorrow, progress
2322 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 11 Captain Jack Crawford To Thomas F. Walsh Dear comrade, my soul is busted. friendship, partner, comrade, gold, memories
2323 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 16 Captain Jack Crawford Whar' the Hand o' God is Seen Do I like the city, stranger? `Tis n't likely that I would. city, noise, rush, hurry, nature
2324 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 18 Captain Jack Crawford God's Ante Room O canyon, grand and wild and free! awe, nature, canyon, God
2325 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 20 Captain Jack Crawford The Songs Unsung Oh, I wish I could sing the real songs that oft spring. music, song
2326 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 22 Captain Jack Crawford Inspiration I scale imagination's dreamy heights. inspiration