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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.

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IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
23463 Tales of the Old West Bane K. Wilker FC 11 W-33 v. 3 no. 4 16 Buck Allen Arapaho Facing Buffalo Soldier See young blond captain ride before The hoard of troopers, faces black! The Buffalo Soldiers come once more Our women, children, they attack!
23464 Tales of the Old West Bane K. Wilker FC 11 W-33 v. 3 no. 4 17 Glenn Sheldon Journey South of Mexican Hat, Utah Old woman sits on one diamond- shaped rug busy working hooked fingers through skeletal strings of another rug: blue expanding sky
23465 Tales of the Old West Bane K. Wilker FC 11 W-33 v. 3 no. 4 18 Joan Schernitz Dakota Rising Rising out of the belly of the Black Hills, the raging ball of sun breaks through shoals of morning mist. Kitchen windows glow a mute gold, like the eyes of some great wolf.
23484 Riding the Range With Floyd FC 11 O-09 6 Floyd Oyhus The Cowboy and the Model T He was riding home at sunset The days work nearly done When he saw this thing a comin' It was comin' on the run.
23466 Tales of the Old West Bane K. Wilker FC 11 W-33 v. 3 no. 4 19 Skinny Rowland Days of Wood and Rawhide Now a long time ago, away way back in years, Montana state was settled, by determined pioneers.
23467 Tales of the Old West Bane K. Wilker FC 11 W-33 v. 3 no. 4 21 Donna Jean Tennis One Life to Give Prose: "I can remember it," she began, "as though it were yesterday - that blistering August day. Everyone we saw along the trail mentioned that it was the hottest August in memory.
23468 Tales of the Old West Bane K. Wilker FC 11 W-33 v. 4 no. 2 2 Dusty Richards A Sioux Widow's Lament The wind would erase the tears and wails of the Sioux warrior's widow who had lost her man in battle. The young brave had ridden with Chief Gall from the camp of the Siouux and Cheyenne to meet the long knives.
23469 Tales of the Old West Bane K. Wilker FC 11 W-33 v. 4 no. 2 4 L.E. Payne Contested Harvest Prose: Widow Duncan and her eldest were tired, but happy, It had been a long day of berrying, moving from clearing to clearing to harvest the precious bounty for the coming winter.
23470 Tales of the Old West Bane K. Wilker FC 11 W-33 v. 4 no. 2 5 Birney Dibble A Glass of Ice Tea Prose: "Been dead a long time," Art said, peering down from his cow pony at the coyote. "Lookit how he'd just dried up and shriveled
23471 Tales of the Old West Bane K. Wilker FC 11 W-33 v. 4 no. 2 10 Buck Allen Shawnee Soliloquy Once we did rule the Dark and Bloody Ground, That land below the river flowing west, And we were warriors, hunters of renown,, Who hunted well, put nature to the test,
23472 Tales of the Old West Bane K. Wilker FC 11 W-33 v. 4 no. 2 11 Joan Auer Kelly The Sheriff of Clay County I'm the Sheriff of Clay County, and my shootin' hand is sound, as fifteen men could tell ya -- if they wasn't underground! I growed up in Clay County,
23473 Tales of the Old West Bane K. Wilker FC 11 W-33 v. 4 no. 2 12 David Alan Nankin If I Could Go Through Life Again If I could go through life again I'd live out in the woods And strip myself stark naked Of all my worldly goods.
23474 Tales of the Old West Bane K. Wilker FC 11 W-33 v. 4 no. 2 12 Mel Waldman Like a Candle in My Head My mind is blowin' in the sand, Achin' in the cold of your eyes, A distant land, of good-byes, and Baby, it hurts to see you leave,
23475 Tales of the Old West Bane K. Wilker FC 11 W-33 v. 4 no. 2 13 Skinny Rowland Days of Wood and Rawhide Now a long time ago, away back in years, Montana state was settled, by determined pioneers.
23476 Tales of the Old West Bane K. Wilker FC 11 W-33 v. 4 no. 2 14 Jean Calvonne At Bent's Old Fort Beside the River Arkansas the Cheyenne tipis rise, Tall and painted tipis reaching toward the skies, Just beyond, a fortress stands, and from above Old Glory flies
23477 Tales of the Old West Bane K. Wilker FC 11 W-33 v. 4 no. 2 15 Dr. Richard H. Peterson Before the Rush Before the gold discover of '48 unleashed a force ands fury whose sirens call invited the world to rush in, California enjoyed colorful, carefree days of fiestas and fandagos
23478 Tales of the Old West Bane K. Wilker FC 11 W-33 v. 4 no. 2 16 Joan Schernitz Hombre Shadings, he was all shadings burnt siena . . .polished oak gun-metal grey of thunder-ridden skies. Shadings. . .
23479 Tales of the Old West Bane K. Wilker FC 11 W-33 v. 4 no. 2 17 Rane Arroyo March The black tree has never heard the sea. It is busy shivering. Until spring. Then it pumps life to limbs as numb as islands.
23480 Tales of the Old West Bane K. Wilker FC 11 W-33 v. 4 no. 2 17 Rand Arroyo Try Angles The blue vein in her pale left arm branches out like a Brazilian river. Ready to be mapped, it dives back into her shoulder.
23481 Tales of the Old West Bane K. Wilker FC 11 W-33 v. 4 no. 2 18 Aaron Schneider The Last Wagon West As you left on the last wagon west, Squatting happily onh the china, I humped my feather bed bundle to the pierhead
23482 Tales of the Old West Bane K. Wilker FC 11 W-33 v. 4 no. 2 19 Steven C. Levi Slick - fFingered Willy and the Blue Ticket Hanging Prose: "I think we oughta string him up -- sort of," muttered Marshall Cullihan as he reshuffled the battered deck of painted lady game cards from Paris
23483 Tales of the Old West Bane K. Wilker FC 11 W-33 v. 4 no. 2 23 Joan Schernitz Tenet Down corridors carved through the Santa Ana's the seasonal windsift sweeps. Heightening senses. . .engulfing flesh in its' coral billows. .
23485 Riding the Range With Floyd FC 11 O-09 9` Floyd Oyhus Cowboy Romance Listen and I'll tell you Of how the West was won. How the cowboys won their ladies And just how it was done. Now this rancher had a daughter
23486 Riding the Range With Floyd FC 11 O-09 11 Floyd Oyhus The Cowboy and the Dentist The cowboy awoke with a toothache, Like he'd never had before. He moaned and groaned and held his jaw As he restlessly paced the floor. I'll have to go to that dentist,
23487 Riding the Range With Floyd FC 11 O-09 13 Floyd Oyhus Brands When I was a lady of twenty-four, The country was full of brands galore. From the old HT to the Open A, The open range had many a stray. You'd see a new brand then go take a look;