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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
25342 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 49 Robert L. Laumeyer Effort Oh does it really matter what the struggling writer said if his writings went unpublished and his wise words remained unread? When he did is best it counted for it made him a better man. It is not a must to be great. The must is - do the best you can.
25343 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 49 Robert L. Laumeyer Growing Pains Ego, on life's butcher block, cut to pieces by each chop. Tenderized and well trimmed yet the butcher will stop.
25344 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 50 Robert L. Laumeyer I Keep For Tomorrow Books unopened, poems unread, stones uncut, wise words unsaid.
25345 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 50 Robert L. Laumeyer No Clones Please When shadows lengthen on the hill the young look forward to the dark. They'll take one another out to play, on great old pleasures they'll embark. After every night there is a day, after every winter comes a spring.
25346 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 51 Robert L. Laumeyer My Mother's Day Prayer I thank you, God, for the mother you gave. Free her spirit forever from her grave. Be as good to her as she was to me, and she'll be happy through eternity.
25347 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 51 Robert L. Laumeyer "Mom" Some there are who come among s and teach us how to live. They don't teach us how to take, they teach us how to give. They show us how to enjoy life. They are always full of fun. Such was the one we bury today.
25348 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 52 Robert L. Laumeyer Music Man From the wood, his voice, and taut strings it's beautiful music he brings. Feel the emotion from his soul from that's the music maker's goal. The birds feel envy in their heart, When they hear his loved notes depart.
25349 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 52 Robert L. Laumeyer Valentine of "99" A small grain of sand does not the tide change, as my love will not the world rearrange. But my love for you will eternally grow. You are the most lovable one I know.
25350 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 52 Robert L. Laumeyer A Wedding Wish We hope and pray ou live long and love well and there are not too many rocks on the way; that when your golden anniversary comes, you feel the strong love that you feel today.
25351 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 53 Robert L. Laumeyer Every Day A Valentine One day to express my love for you - it's like one grain of sand to make a beach. I try to put power in all my words, but that, my love, is far beyond my reach.
25352 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 53 Robert L. Laumeyer A Wish For the Newlyweds May the God of love and laughter always hold you in His hand and may your love stay as bright as gold in the wedding band. May you live long together, enjoy the love you've professed. when you are old and weary, May you know your love was blessed.
25353 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 53 Robert L. Laumeyer Poetry Defined Concise, precise, emotion.
25354 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 54 Robert L. Laumeyer Love of Poetry Devotion to concise, precise, emotion.
25355 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 54 Robert L. Laumeyer Young Lovers Oh, youth of today take courage. Love and long term commitments make. Yes, it is worth all the effort. Permanent homes are the stake. A place where security rules, where love and goodwill can abound. Select well, work hard, and love complete.
25356 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 55 Robert L. Laumeyer Proud Grandparents With the commitment of a Republican and with passions of a youth when they said "Have and to hold forever", they both knew that they spoke the truth.
25357 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 55 Robert L. Laumeyer Our Anniversary Lingering moments thoughts of the past a gift from God a love that will last. A wife of beauty a wife of delight a love that's forever a love that is right.
25358 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 56 Robert L. Laumeyer Poem's Origin The thinking poet does not create as much as he reports what's there. It is from emotions, thoughts, and events good creative poems are made, not air.
25359 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 56 Robert L. Laumeyer Honest People To honor his Honor, "Old Judge Two Pack." A retired judge told me that in 20 years on the bench no one, under oath, ever admitted to drinking more than two beers. He said most teenagers swore they found the beer.
25360 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 58 Robert L. Laumeyer Slow Forgiveness To err is human. To forgive is divine. Yes, Lord, I will forgive, but give me lots of time.
25361 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 58 Robert L. Laumeyer Can You Cope? If you worry about tomorrow and you wonder how will you cope, think back to your yesteryears when you filled your life with hope. As fast as the world changes it sure seems very strange the main component of your being
25362 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 59 Robert L. Laumeyer Relax Life is too short to work it away. Lay down your shovel, come out and play. There will be one to take up your place. So lie in the sun and end the race.
25363 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 59 Robert L. Laumeyer New Year's 2001 It's only a moment in time. It marks the end of a thousand years. This is only a little rhyme wishing you a millennium of cheers
25364 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 60 Robert L. Laumeyer Failure Flowers blooming in an unvisted bed. Beautiful poems printed in a book unread. Unique abilities that were never found. A tree falling in the forest, making no sound. Too many lives lived without effor or plan.
25365 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 60 Robert L. Laumeyer Never Proud Of failure you never need be afraid. Just draw your target after your hole is made.
25366 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 60 Robert L. Laumeyer Faith Oh, if faith is an optional thing accept then the comforts it can bring. When dogma tells your mind what to think you have no need for stronger drink.