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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
23664 Echoes Of The Dawn FC 11 B-63 7 Belvina W. Bertino April Thaw The chinook winds came a-romping In the middle of the night And all day had been a-chomping At the snowbanks left and right.
23665 Echoes Of The Dawn FC 11 B-63 8 Belvina W. Bertino Easter A holy hush o'erspread the hill Where a light shone 'round the cross so still; "Forgive them, Father," the Master plead "For they know not--" and His spirit fled.
23666 Echoes Of The Dawn FC 11 B-63 8 Belvina W. Bertino The Glorification An angel rolled the stone away At dawn that blessed Easter day, And Jesus, dressed in raiment white, Arose and walked in aural light.
23667 Echoes Of The Dawn FC 11 B-63 9 Belvina W. Bertino One Wish If I could have one wish And it would be granted today, By the grace of our Father above With bowed head I'd humbly say:
23668 Echoes Of The Dawn FC 11 B-63 9 Belvina W. Bertino Don't Forget To Pray In the road of Life, 'mid the rush and strife, Trouble may come your way; As you wade right in with a will to win Just don't forget to pray.
23669 Echoes Of The Dawn FC 11 B-63 10 Belvina W. Bertino Works of Art We cannot all be artists Of fortune and renown, But all of these-- A well-turned furrow
23670 Echoes Of The Dawn FC 11 B-63 10 Belvina W. Bertino Rainbow Reflections Why must a rainbow flung on high, Boldly arched 'gainst a somber sky With vivid colors rare and gay Be destined soon to fade away?
23671 Echoes Of The Dawn FC 11 B-63 11 Belvina W. Bertino Our Mother She is strong in her love, Her devotion and care; She has courage and grit And strong in faith and prayer-- Our Mother.
23672 Echoes Of The Dawn FC 11 B-63 11 Belvina W. Bertino My Mother's Hands In memory I see her work-strong hands That kneaded, smoothed and shaped the fragrant bread, Or held the reins as plowshares sliced rich bands Of pungent earth across the prairie bed.
23673 Echoes Of The Dawn FC 11 B-63 12 Belvina W. Bertino My Mother's Hymns Though years have flown and memory dims, I cherish still my mother's hymns Learned as we all stood at her knee, Sweet songs of faith and charity.
23674 Echoes Of The Dawn FC 11 B-63 12 Belvina W. Bertino Portrait of Mother Her picture stands on the mantel, Curls framing her sweet young face; She's only sixteen and so lovely-- Full of eager life and grace.
23675 Echoes Of The Dawn FC 11 B-63 13 Belvina W. Bertino Tribute To Mother She never did aspire To pomp or wealth or fame, Yet her role of wife and mother She played with high acclaim.
23676 Echoes Of The Dawn FC 11 B-63 13 Belvina W. Bertino My Mother Though small and frail and full of grace, The strength of Job shines in her face, Her gentle voice soothes every fear, She's dearer with each passing year-- My mother.
23677 Echoes Of The Dawn FC 11 B-63 14 Belvina W. Bertino Dad's Hand On The Plow Ever stalwart, staunch and sterling, As a child, I see him now-- The furrows steady, straight and true With Dad's hand on the plow.
23678 Echoes Of The Dawn FC 11 B-63 14 Belvina W. Bertino Our Dad To some he may be just a guy Who does his work without a fuss From day to day, but here is why Our Dad's a "reg'lar king" to us:
23679 Echoes Of The Dawn FC 11 B-63 15 Belvina W. Bertino Our Little Boy He's not quite two, our little boy, With eyes of blue, a ragged toy One ear squeezed hard as out he goes To scout the yard on questing toes.
23680 Echoes Of The Dawn FC 11 B-63 15 Belvina W. Bertino Growth That plain old board by the chimney We wouldn't trade for gold, Because it's notched with birthday marks Since son was one year old.
23681 Echoes Of The Dawn FC 11 B-63 16 Belvina W. Bertino Character Whatever your job, Be it humble or high, Don't be content With just "getting by."
23682 Echoes Of The Dawn FC 11 B-63 16 Belvina W. Bertino Criticism Some folks will argue -- even fight -- Because they think their ways are right; They'll ridicule and minimize And want to whittle down to size.
23683 Echoes Of The Dawn FC 11 B-63 17 Belvina W. Bertino Prairie Guests Two most unusual strangers Strolled into the ranchyard today, Their fur coats gleamed in the sunshine As they paused rougishly to play.
23684 Echoes Of The Dawn FC 11 B-63 17 Belvina W. Bertino Ranch Garden Hoeing in the garden is joy On a breezy, sunlit morn With brigh-winged birds a-singing To their babes so newly born.
23685 Echoes Of The Dawn FC 11 B-63 17 Belvina W. Bertino Washday Wealth A Poet may sing of rainbows And pots of gold so fine-- I have a rainbow all my own Out on the old wash line.
23686 Echoes Of The Dawn FC 11 B-63 18 Belvina W. Bertino Rain Clouds The heavy overcast settles down over the edge of the horizon like a broody hen smoothing her ruffled feathers.
23687 Echoes Of The Dawn FC 11 B-63 18 Belvina W. Bertino Ranchyard Fishin' On a quiet summer morning Just before the sun is up You slip off to the ranchyard dam With your fishin' rod and pup.
23688 Echoes Of The Dawn FC 11 B-63 19 Belvina W. Bertino Branding Time In the cool of early morning When the grass is wet with dew, The cowboys ride the ridges Rounding up each steer in view.