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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
2352 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 56 Captain Jack Crawford Greeting When your rainbow of hope, be it near or afar. help, New Year's
2353 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 57 Captain Jack Crawford The Sunshine Trail There's a world of satisfaction. spreading happiness
2354 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 58 Captain Jack Crawford A Cure for Insomnia There's a song that I sing, when my soul is aglow lullaby, mother, child
2355 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 60 Captain Jack Crawford Resigned I'm a-croonin' to de baby. lullaby, baby
2356 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 62 Captain Jack Crawford The Music of Life How sweet, how fair in the dawn of life. life
2357 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 65 Captain Jack Crawford Serenade in the Hills There are joy bells in the drilling. longing
2358 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 67 Captain Jack Crawford The Optimistic Warbler Sing a cheerful song, or whistle. optimism
2359 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 68 Captain Jack Crawford The Keystone of the Union O sov'reign state, thy name we hail. patriotism
2360 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 71 Captain Jack Crawford Come Back, Papa My heart was bowed down with sadness. child, parent, wayward father
2361 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 72 Captain Jack Crawford Ol' Bill Reynolds's `Dopted Boy We all looked down on the little cuss. adopted child, son, pardon
2362 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 77 Captain Jack Crawford The Veteran and His Grandson Hold on! Hold on! My goodness, you take my breath, my son. war, veteran, epic
2363 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 83 Captain Jack Crawford At the Mission Door A little newsboy, weeping, stood. boy, dog
2364 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 85 Captain Jack Crawford Thar' was Jim Wildest boy in all the village. son, war, death
2365 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 87 Captain Jack Crawford The Heavenly Telephone When baby Bess knelt at my knee to say her evening prayer. child's death
2366 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 89 Captain Jack Crawford Hello, Central It was Christmas eve and Central heard a robust voice exclaim. mother
2367 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 91 Captain Jack Crawford Sister She bore a cross on the sunniest face. war, sister of charity
2368 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 92 Captain Jack Crawford Bronte They say I am a tricky dog.
2369 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 93 Captain Jack Crawford The Shadow of a Curse I saw it first when roses bloomed. temperance, Demon Drink, liquor, alcohol
2370 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 96 Captain Jack Crawford A Message from the Dead We were playmates. sin, cigarettes, temperance, clean living
2371 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 98 Captain Jack Crawford Mother's Prayers In the dreary hours of midnight. mother, temperance
2372 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 100 Captain Jack Crawford A Plea to the Boys My most sincere and earnest prayer. reading, dime-novels
2373 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 5 Gail Gardner The Dude Wrangler I'll tell you a sad, sad story. dude, tenderfoot
2374 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 8 anonymous The Zebra Dun We were camped on the plains at the head of the Cimarron. horse
2375 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 10 anonymous The Gol-Darned Wheel I can ride the wildest bronco in the wild and woolly West. bicycle
2376 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 12 S. Omar Barker Rain on the Range When your boots are full of water and your hat brim's all a-drip.