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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
24612 Scribblings FC 11 R-42 37 Norman Edward Rourke The King's Return III Years have gone, And still the tale is told: Of battles fought by common men For land and home to hold.
24613 Scribblings FC 11 R-42 38 Norman Edward Rourke Artist (For Pomona) She paints with colors hued of earth, Of things others do not see, Of vastness and lostness amid the space where winds blow strong and free.
24614 Scribblings FC 11 R-42 39 Norman Edward Rourke Conquistadors They conquered in the name of Grace, These men in helmets with blades of steel, Claiming all for Realm and Right, Bringing death and darkest night.
24615 Scribblings FC 11 R-42 40 Norman Edward Rourke She Called His Name She called his name, Hoping for reply, As there he lay; Surely he would die.
24616 Scribblings FC 11 R-42 41 Norman Edward Rourke Christmas Comes in a Chevy Truck (Christmas 2001) The old truck shuddered in the wintry wind As it struggled through the snow, A young couple huddled inside Knowing where they must go.
24617 Scribblings FC 11 R-42 42 Norman Edward Rourke Mary's Donkey (Christmas 2000) "Ella is sure excited." "I don't know what for. Here it is two days from Christmas, and you bring home a worthless donkey!"
24618 Scribblings FC 11 R-42 51 Norman Edward Rourke A Cowboy's Christmas (Christmas 1999) The night was cold and as dark as ten feet down a well. The stars twinkled like campfires on the prairie.
24619 Duke The Poems as told to Laurance Wieder FC 11 W-32 11 Laurance Wieder The Searcher Any man who'd burn his draft card Will also burn his bra. Thoe birds Who squawk loudest about justice Haven't got the sand to stand up
24620 Duke The Poems as told to Laurance Wieder FC 11 W-32 14 Laurance Wieder Buffalo Gals Hellow there, little lady. That dress looks mighty pretty On you, not the gingham But that way you fill it.
24621 Duke The Poems as told to Laurance Wieder FC 11 W-32 15 Laurance Wieder Shot Down I didn't want to act the goof For our guys who took the Sugar Loaf On Okinawa.
24622 Duke The Poems as told to Laurance Wieder FC 11 W-32 16 Laurance Wieder Tara Sunrise in the High Sierra, First light dents the summer glacier. A timber wolf slinks off.
24623 Duke The Poems as told to Laurance Wieder FC 11 W-32 18 Laurance Wieder Kachina The hidden grows. Those chants and steps, The magic circles the old shaman drew Inside the tent of skins
24624 Duke The Poems as told to Laurance Wieder FC 11 W-32 19 Laurance Wieder The Classics Spend over half a century In the motion picture business And you're bound to wonder About truth and power.
24625 Duke The Poems as told to Laurance Wieder FC 11 W-32 22 Laurance Wieder Borderland To the south, a cloudburst Slicks the peaks, here Heat lightning flickers
24626 Duke The Poems as told to Laurance Wieder FC 11 W-32 23 Laurance Wieder Hello, Pilgrim A little man might have to get A little drunk to speak his mind. A big man might have to get A whole lot more than drunk
24627 Duke The Poems as told to Laurance Wieder FC 11 W-32 25 Laurance Wieder Hard To Believe Waking up each morning With a million dollars in the bank Feels good, no argument. Lose the getting up, A hundred million doesn't mean much.
24628 Duke The Poems as told to Laurance Wieder FC 11 W-32 26 Laurance Wieder Grauman's Chinese Sid, there are no words For what it feels like to stand In cowboy boots, in wet Cement.
24629 Duke The Poems as told to Laurance Wieder FC 11 W-32 27 Laurance Wieder Big Medicine This poor excuse for a singing cowboy Never shied away from a woman In war paint, or a showdown, or a hoedown.
24630 Duke The Poems as told to Laurance Wieder FC 11 W-32 29 Laurance Wieder Soundtrack My music was the crack Of jaw against a fist, The splintered straight Back chair against a bar
24631 Duke The Poems as told to Laurance Wieder FC 11 W-32 31 Laurance Wieder Overland Stage Don't think back much To early times When shooting dimes Off tree stumps pleased The girls, especially Louise.
24632 Duke The Poems as told to Laurance Wieder FC 11 W-32 33 Laurance Wieder The Needful It's lonely off the reservation, Bad flats and white man's water, but better Riding out at sunup to a showdown with my nature
24633 Duke The Poems as told to Laurance Wieder FC 11 W-32 34 Laurance Wieder The Letter "C" An easy way to take off weight, But it's tough to sit up straight. Doc said, "Good thing You never were a dancer."
24634 Duke The Poems as told to Laurance Wieder FC 11 W-32 36 Laurance Wieder Black Hat, White Hat Marlene didn't like it when I rode Out of town any better than The others did. I liked her smell.
24635 Duke The Poems as told to Laurance Wieder FC 11 W-32 39 Laurance Wieder Afterword Just because a man doesn't wear his heart on his sleeve, people think he has no inner life.
24636 Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk FC 11 R-39 1 Roger Ringer Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk Travel, if you will, to the ends of the earth, All kinds of people you will meet. Each one has a story to tell And most will if you wait long enough.