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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.


Poetry table.

First Previous Next Last
IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
2327 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 23 Captain Jack Crawford A Yuletide Bouquet From out the larder of my soul. December, yuletide
2328 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 24 Captain Jack Crawford Hymn of Nature's Creed There's a glint of glory gleaming. optimism, nature
2329 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 25 Captain Jack Crawford I've Got the Brand Look where the eagle builds his nest. God, belief, heaven, hell
2330 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 27 Captain Jack Crawford Thanksgiving We thank Thee, God, the Giver of all good. gratitude, Thanksgiving, patriotism
2331 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 28 Captain Jack Crawford Mother's Way Whate'er my soul may long for. mother, God, belief
2332 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 29 Captain Jack Crawford The Scout's Retreat A cubby hole, a-sittin' on a crest. God
2333 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 30 Captain Jack Crawford The Old Kentucky Rifle I am crowdin' close to eighty, gittin' mighty near the end. aging, old-age, rifle, memories, war
2334 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 33 Captain Jack Crawford The Unseen Hand Tonight I take my humble pen in hand. writing
2335 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 34 Captain Jack Crawford The Sculptor and the Scout I felt the touch of Nature's fire. sculptor, scout, writing
2336 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 37 Captain Jack Crawford A Successful Failure There is one absorbing question. money, success, failure
2337 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 38 Captain Jack Crawford This Ain't Poetry -- It's God's Truth Don't dilly-dally, when you know you're right. politics, Teddy Roosevelt
2338 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 40 Captain Jack Crawford It Doesn't Pay We should thank the bard of Avon for this truthful sentiment. grief, optimism
2339 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 41 Captain Jack Crawford If Roosevelt Had Been Bad You never spoke a greater truth. west, son, Teddy Roosevelt, patriotism
2340 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 43 Captain Jack Crawford Does it Pay? It's easy enough to be funny. morality
2341 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 44 Captain Jack Crawford A Bit of Doggerel The most faithful dog that I ever knew. dog, faithfulness
2342 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 45 Captain Jack Crawford If You Should Die Tonight Suppose that you should die tonight. death
2343 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 48 Captain Jack Crawford What Do I Know? What do I know? Poor little me. belief
2344 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 47 Captain Jack Crawford The Soul of Song Oh, what would I give. retrospect
2345 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 46 Captain Jack Crawford The Harvest When your head is bowed in sorrow. hope, courage
2346 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 49 Captain Jack Crawford Sunshine I never like to see a mana - `rastlin'. optimism
2347 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 51 Captain Jack Crawford A Sunshine Boomerang When a bit of sunshine hits ye. spreading happiness
2348 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 52 Captain Jack Crawford If I But Could If I could clothe each jeweled thought. nature, spreading happiness
2349 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 53 Captain Jack Crawford A Sermon to Myself Don't be blue -- just be true. happiness, optimism
2350 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 54 Captain Jack Crawford A Broncho's Philosophy Don't blame the world. New Year's
2351 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 55 Captain Jack Crawford Some Broncho Philosophy I wonder is it perfume of the flow'rs I'm smelling now. spreading happiness