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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
24316 Tracks in the sand: original cowboy poetry FC 11 W-36 62 Perry L. Williams Heaven's choice New Mexico, New Mexico, a wide and gracious land.
24317 Tracks in the sand: original cowboy poetry FC 11 W-36 63 Perry L. Williams A sure thing As we write our poems about the West we talk of cowboys strong. Or maybe herds of longhorn steers that drovers move along.
24318 Tracks in the sand: original cowboy poetry FC 11 W-36 64 Perry L. Williams Homeward bound An old cowboy sat rockin' one star-lit night. His hands were old and wrinkled and his hair was snowy white.
24319 Tracks in the sand: original cowboy poetry FC 11 W-36 69 Perry L. Williams Mother love Her husband yelled he needed help to put 'em in the pen.
24320 Tracks in the sand: original cowboy poetry FC 11 W-36 70 Perry L. Williams Cowboy Sit down by my campfire I'll sing you a song. About punchers herdin' wild cattle along.
24321 Tracks in the sand: original cowboy poetry FC 11 W-36 72 Perry L. Williams Standin' tall A tribute to one whose upright standin' tall there in his spot holds up to lots of pressure see, he's pulled on quite a lot
24322 Tracks in the sand: original cowboy poetry FC 11 W-36 73 Perry L. Williams Figure it out He was a Texas ranchboy and he had to go to school. Cause his daddy didn't want 'im growin' up to be a fool.
24323 Poems Mostly Cowboy FC 11 N-16 65 Dick Nichols Thoughts in the Dawn A rooster crowed in the stillness In the moments preceding the dawn I opened my eyes in the darkness Soon the night would be gone
24324 Poems Mostly Cowboy FC 11 N-16 68 Dick Nichols A Way of Life is Born The civil war was over And desperation stalked the land There were many who were starving But none would give a helping hand
24325 Poems Mostly Cowboy FC 11 N-16 74 Dick Nichols That Old She Cat and Me I had spent the winter chasin strays Like I had most every year My winters work was almost done And spring was nearly here
24326 Poems Mostly Cowboy FC 11 N-16 81 Dick Nichols Don't Mourn the Day The old grass had lived for a summer But in the fall it withered and died As we have lived out our lifetime And traveled through life side by side
24327 Cowgirl Poetry: One Hundred Years of Ridin' and Rhymin' Virginia Bennett FC 11 B-69 15 Rhoda Sivell The Range Call I'm lonely to-night for the old range, And the voices I loved to hear; Though the band in the town is playing, The music comes soft to my ear.
24328 Cowgirl Poetry: One Hundred Years of Ridin' and Rhymin' Virginia Bennett FC 11 B-69 16 Gwendolen Haste The Ranch In The Coulee He built a ranch house down a little draw, So that he should have wood and water near. The bluffs rose all around. She never saw The arching sky, the mountains lifting clear;
24329 Cowgirl Poetry: One Hundred Years of Ridin' and Rhymin' Virginia Bennett FC 11 B-69 17 Dee Strickland Johnson Herd A-Passin' I can see, this early mornin', In the soft gray light of dawn, A cloud of dust a-risin' As a herd comes movin' on.
24330 Cowgirl Poetry: One Hundred Years of Ridin' and Rhymin' Virginia Bennett FC 11 B-69 19 Maggie Mae Sharp Grass It was a single blade of new, green grass that now lay gently in her hand-- Its importance not apparent to those who may not understand...
24331 Cowgirl Poetry: One Hundred Years of Ridin' and Rhymin' Virginia Bennett FC 11 B-69 21 Delia Gist Gardner Hail And Farewell Think not on my brittle bones mingling with dust, for These Are but a handful added To those gone before.
24332 Cowgirl Poetry: One Hundred Years of Ridin' and Rhymin' Virginia Bennett FC 11 B-69 23 Virginia Bennett All That Is Left At the mouth of a redrock canyon Near the base of a sandstone cliff She stands there, a skeleton sentinel With branches arthritic and stiff.
24333 Cowgirl Poetry: One Hundred Years of Ridin' and Rhymin' Virginia Bennett FC 11 B-69 24 Jo Maseberg Roses For A Cowgirl "Don't bring me roses till I die," She told him all her life. "I'm more a lilac kind of girl, A daisy kind of wife."
24334 Cowgirl Poetry: One Hundred Years of Ridin' and Rhymin' Virginia Bennett FC 11 B-69 27 Debra Coppinger Hill The Edge "It will be a Long-day," You would say, as you checked the cinch. And with that, I would know Not to expect you Until darkness had begun.
24335 Cowgirl Poetry: One Hundred Years of Ridin' and Rhymin' Virginia Bennett FC 11 B-69 29 A. Kathy Moss Little Jo Monaghan Little Jo Monaghan, a legend in his time, Traveled to Ruby, Idaho, with gold on his mind. Back in 1868,, he rode in with all he had, At scarcely five foot tall, he was a fragile-looking lad.
24336 Cowgirl Poetry: One Hundred Years of Ridin' and Rhymin' Virginia Bennett FC 11 B-69 31 June Brander Gilman Brander Sisters Those sisters of mine were cowgirls fine Who asked no favors and wanted no pity, As they put on a show at any rodeo From Calgary to New York City.
24337 Cowgirl Poetry: One Hundred Years of Ridin' and Rhymin' Virginia Bennett FC 11 B-69 33 Gwen Petersen Lilac Time On a windswept prairie sparsely set With tiny homestead shacks, A man and a woman partnered there In work that bent their backs.
24338 Cowgirl Poetry: One Hundred Years of Ridin' and Rhymin' Virginia Bennett FC 11 B-69 37 Janet Parkhurst Heaven's Branding I dreamed one night I stood before the pearly gates. Would I know my loved ones there? Some debate.
24339 Cowgirl Poetry: One Hundred Years of Ridin' and Rhymin' Virginia Bennett FC 11 B-69 41 Janet Moore Jinglin' The Horses Home There's a place my mind may wander When the world starts closin' in, To a time when I was younger And we neighbored work with friends.
24340 Cowgirl Poetry: One Hundred Years of Ridin' and Rhymin' Virginia Bennett FC 11 B-69 43 Myrt Wallis Rain In The Night It had rained in the night Before we rode out. Our horses' feet Left perfect footprints