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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
25846 At Home On The Range Charles W. Bell FC 11 B-71 111 Charles W. Bell Dust Sixty seven days and there's been no rain, The grass and browse is on the wane. Dust devils blow across the land,
25847 At Home On The Range Charles W. Bell FC 11 B-71 113 Charles W. Bell Wyoming Where the mountain peaks are whitest, And the air is rare as wine, where the flowers are the brightest, That's Wyoming, Land O' Mine.
25863 Stubby Pencil Poems of Rural Livin' Doin's FC 11 G-41 1 G.B. Griffith Denim as a Buisness Suit My closet is a mess. At organizing clothes, I just ain't perfect. There's all sorts of stuff on the fllor; my shoes along with all my boots. clothes, work, nature
25864 Stubby Pencil Poems of Rural Livin' Doin's FC 11 G-41 3 G.B. Griffith Bindin' the Corner With a truck load of railroad ties and heavy timbers for the posts and braces, And digging bar and post hole digger to assist with the diggin' building, working, fencing, barbed wire
25865 Stubby Pencil Poems of Rural Livin' Doin's FC 11 G-41 5 G.B. Griffith Chicken Pen Trouble Up real early, well before twilight, Got to get up, get my butt in motion. Sun's still snoozing. Moon's not out, a lanter's useful; hoping not to take a tumble. nature, work, chickens, animals
25866 Stubby Pencil Poems of Rural Livin' Doin's FC 11 G-41 7 G.B. Griffith Country Christmas Morning Rabbit tracks crisscross the snow; laid down late last night. Jacks and cottontails are busy, looking for food and shelter to fend off the morning chill. Christmas, horses, chores
25867 Stubby Pencil Poems of Rural Livin' Doin's FC 11 G-41 9 G.B. Griffith Desert Peach during the winter months, it is one homely looking thing; all ugly, spindly, and brown. Branches sticking up in all sorts of directions, with no rhyme or plan. seasons, trees, blossoms
25868 Stubby Pencil Poems of Rural Livin' Doin's FC 11 G-41 11 G.B. Griffith Haunted Wood Pile Winters are long and sometimes mean out here at the place. Snow's been known to come in by the feet and the wind takes braches off the trees. weather, wood, goblin, beast
25869 Stubby Pencil Poems of Rural Livin' Doin's FC 11 G-41 13 G.B. Griffith Last Hunt We were out for a ride, it was late afternoon. Decided to stay in the valley to stretch 'em out a bit, to let 'em have a look around. coyote, death, hunting
25870 Stubby Pencil Poems of Rural Livin' Doin's FC 11 G-41 15 G.B. Griffith Mormon Crickets As ugly a creature as God ever made. Repulsive by nature with no value to be gauged. An eating machine whose sole purpse is to raid. crickets, pests, mother nature, God
25871 Stubby Pencil Poems of Rural Livin' Doin's FC 11 G-41 17 G.B. Griffith Move On Mustage stud was at the outer wire fence. He had bad intentions, His mood was as dark as his all black muted hide. stud, horse, pride
25872 Stubby Pencil Poems of Rural Livin' Doin's FC 11 G-41 19 G.B. Griffith Mustang Foal It was sight that would'a torn at the hardest of human souls. A small pile of sun whitened bones all scattered about. Bones so small it was easy to see that it must'a been a foal. death, horses, foals
25873 Stubby Pencil Poems of Rural Livin' Doin's FC 11 G-41 21 G.B. Griffith Pogonip There's ice crystals on everything, nearly one half inches deep. Clouds settled down hard, wet and freezing onto the valley floor. winter, ice, cold, freeze
25874 Stubby Pencil Poems of Rural Livin' Doin's FC 11 G-41 23 G.B. Griffith Rattlesnake Diamondback coiled, the threat was made. Defenses at the ready, ager rose to a pike. Its rattles were buzzing, the tail was raised. The venom in the fangs loaded, the snake was ready to strike. fear, venom, snakes
25875 Stubby Pencil Poems of Rural Livin' Doin's FC 11 G-41 25 G.B. Griffith Ringo the Duck The pond was quiet; the birds were finished with their morning feed. That's when Ringo the Duck went on the prowl; then the noise rose to a swell. birds, love, ducks, geese
25876 Stubby Pencil Poems of Rural Livin' Doin's FC 11 G-41 27 G.B. Griffith Sage and Rain A spring rain soaked the high range, through and through. Cleaning layers of dust away from the desert brush. Renewing the old and bringing in the new. rain, reawakening, calm
25877 Stubby Pencil Poems of Rural Livin' Doin's FC 11 G-41 28 G.B. Griffith Showdown It ws the showdown; combatants locked in a steely, bug-eyed stare. Ears laid down flat on their backs, ready for their foes next move. jack rabbits, territory, fight
25878 Stubby Pencil Poems of Rural Livin' Doin's FC 11 G-41 30 G.B. Griffith The Old Foundation The old foundation sits proudly of cement and rock. Not really certain of how old it is or who built it or their purpose why. buildings, old, history
25879 Stubby Pencil Poems of Rural Livin' Doin's FC 11 G-41 32 G.B. Griffith Trap Line I felt the need to go for a ride. The need was urgent, go right now, I swear. Took a look at the dogs but they were asleep, lying in the sun. dog, horse, bond, friendship
25880 Stubby Pencil Poems of Rural Livin' Doin's FC 11 G-41 34 G.B. Griffith Turnout The day started out calm for us in a stand of juniper tree. The dog was having a ball chasing after quail. Running from tree to tree, he was happy as a hunting dog could be. dog, horse, freedom
25881 Stubby Pencil Poems of Rural Livin' Doin's FC 11 G-41 36 G.B. Griffith Wildfire It's the thick gray to black smoke that is the rural dweller's bane. Natural or be it man caused, it really doesn't matter. Once that smoke is seen, the heart beats faster, the body starts to strain. fire, fear, firefighters
25882 Stubby Pencil Poems of Rural Livin' Doin's FC 11 G-41 38 G.B. Griffith Bladin' Time The horses seemed to sense that spring was about to make its presence known soon. They shed out fast, looking all mangy, none of that usual, healthy horse coat glow. horses, grooming, hair
25883 Stubby Pencil Poems of Rural Livin' Doin's FC 11 G-41 40 G.B. Griffith B.P.S.: Barn Positioning System She swallowed up air as I snugged up her cinch. Gon'na have to lunge her some to draw up the saddle some before we can ride. home, barn, horse
25884 Stubby Pencil Poems of Rural Livin' Doin's FC 11 G-41 42 G.B. Griffith Conversing with Horses It's all based on the trust built up between a human and a horse. And that takes time and patience on both parts 'cause neither is perfect, on that I swear is right. relationship, friendship, love
25885 Stubby Pencil Poems of Rural Livin' Doin's FC 11 G-41 44 G.B. Griffith Short Legged Mare She's blessed with a gorgeous face. On a shapely tapered head. Pretty as Chantilly lace. Over a four poster bed. beauty, personality of a horse