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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
24191 Cowboy poetry and passel of western paintings FC 11 H-49 25 Jake Holster Horse We should never forget what the horse has done, many great men of history have had at least one.
24192 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 91 Yvonne Hollenbeck A New Year Dawning With the dawning comes a New Year, and a farewell to the old are you ready for what might be around the bend?
24193 Cowboy poetry and passel of western paintings FC 11 H-49 26 Jake Holster Cars of long ago When I was a kid, cars and horses were mixed, more or less. In a car, horses and buggies were hard to miss.
24194 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 92 Yvonne Hollenbeck Halloween Headlines She had been outside all day repairing fence the calves tore down when she noticed it was getting late and she must go to town
24195 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 95 Yvonne Hollenbeck Prairie Patchwork There's a faded, handmade quilt on the sofa in her room, and she always had it neatly folded there; and when I'd ask about it, a smile'd come on her face; it pleased her so to think that I would care.
24196 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 97 Yvonne Hollenbeck Grandma's Homemade Aprons I remember Grandma, and I guess I always will; I remember how she welcomed me to her house up on the hill.
24197 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 99 Yvonne Hollenbeck The Thimble I found a pretty thimble in a box down in a drawer and knew at once it was the one my mother always wore.
24198 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 100 Yvonne Hollenbeck Nanny Needed I'd like to find a nanny that would live here in our home to take care of my hubby 'cause he hates to be alone.
24199 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 102 Yvonne Hollenbeck Quilter's Paradise In these days of mass confusion, dreams of false hope and illusion there's an never-ending search for better life.
24200 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 103 Yvonne Hollenbeck Grandma's Rocking Chair There's a little wooden rocker, and as I see it there a lot of special memories come springing from that chair.
24201 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 107 Yvonne Hollenbeck Patchwork Of The Prairie She called it "patchwork of the prairie" and I never understood how one who had so little could make quilts that looked so good.
24202 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 108 Yvonne Hollenbeck Ode To Smithsonian My friend Mary and I were looking around in Walmart in Norfolk one day, when a light started flashing and over the speaker we heard a screechy-voiced lady say:
24203 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 110 Yvonne Hollenbeck Our Guild's Next Quilt Show He sits all alone in his old easy chair; a-flippin' the channels; his wife is not there.
24204 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 111 Yvonne Hollenbeck Her Feet Would Rock A Cradle Her days were long and lonely when they settled on the range on a new and virgin homestead out where everything was strange.
24205 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 112 Yvonne Hollenbeck The Christmas Quilt The first time that I saw it I was probably five years old. In fact, I don't remember it, but that's what I've been told.
24206 Cowboy poetry and passel of western paintings FC 11 H-49 28 Jake Holster To kids Darling come sit here beside me there are a lot of things I would have you see.
24207 Cowboy poetry and passel of western paintings FC 11 H-49 29 Jake Holster Graduation day I don't have the words to say how much I love you. And how proud I am of every little thing you do.
24208 Cowboy poetry and passel of western paintings FC 11 H-49 30 Jake Holster Empty saddle I sit here looking at an empty saddle in my den, on the table is a scrap book of where I have been.
24209 Cowboy poetry and passel of western paintings FC 11 H-49 32 Jake Holster Times gone by I received a letter from my home town today and I found a little time to see what they had so say.
24210 Cowboy poetry and passel of western paintings FC 11 H-49 33 Jake Holster The portrait They brought the stately mother to me, wanted a portrait of her, you see.
24211 Cowboy poetry and passel of western paintings FC 11 H-49 34 Jake Holster The cowboy's Christmas prayer Lord, here it is Christmas time again when you sent down your only son to save men.
24212 Cowboy poetry and passel of western paintings FC 11 H-49 35 Jake Holster An old fashioned Christmas Come along with me to those old fashioned days with a potbelly stove providing a friendly blaze.
24213 Cowboy poetry and passel of western paintings FC 11 H-49 36 Jake Holster Christmas memories If I could go home for Christmas again: help sing the songs of Silent Night goodwill towards men;
24214 Cowboy poetry and passel of western paintings FC 11 H-49 37 Jake Holster Christmas past Come share with me those times long past childhood days that could not last.
24215 Cowboy poetry and passel of western paintings FC 11 H-49 38 Jake Holster The day I saw Santa Claus It was a cold bluesterous winter, snowed piled up at my window