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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
25964 Tokens in an Indian Graveyard FC 11 H-57 102 Linda Hussa The First Camp McGarry On the shores of Summit Lake the U.S. Army built a camp in 1866. Ruins of the barracks, barn, parade ground. The officer's quarters had a fireplace in each end. Army, soldier camp, rodeo, judgment
25965 porse
25966 Tokens in an Indian Graveyard FC 11 H-57 23 Linda Hussa Fort Bidwell Indian School 1898-1940 prose
25967 Tokens in an Indian Graveyard FC 11 H-57 59 Linda Hussa The Story They Tell Is This prose
25968 Tokens in an Indian Graveyard FC 11 H-57 95 Linda Hussa Night Walking Woman prose
25970 Brush Poppers: Original Cowboy Poetry FC 11 P-38 1 Dale Page Meat's Not Meat 'Til It's in the Pan Dan saddled up his gray to ride And caught the bay for packin'. A norther hit the night before And snow makes easy trackin'. Charles M. Russell, pot, diamond, snow, horse
25971 Brush Poppers: Original Cowboy Poetry FC 11 P-38 4 Dale Page The Good Samaritan The roundup's done at Cimarron And just like ev'ry fall, With winter just around the bend, Sam's prospects ain't too tall. Luke 10, Cimarron, wind, God, doctor
25972 Brush Poppers: Original Cowboy Poetry FC 11 P-38 8 Dale Page The Good Shepherd The place where I stand was Arapaho land 'Til my Gramps smoked a pipe with the chief. For forty years hence, fence, goverment, sheepman, poor
25973 Brush Poppers: Original Cowboy Poetry FC 11 P-38 11 Dale Page Jack's Cabin In the gath'ring dark at Miranda Park Sits an old cowboy named Jack, And he dreams of youth and a girl named Ruth, dance, educated, stars, moon
25974 Brush Poppers: Original Cowboy Poetry FC 11 P-38 13 Dale Page Ruth's House In a shotgun shack 'cross the railroad track Lives a lady known as Ruth, Where she sits tonight ina dim lamp's light Dennis Nazelrod, Jana Sinclair, Cimarron, wife, Jack, smile, widowed
25975 Brush Poppers: Original Cowboy Poetry FC 11 P-38 16 Dale Page Cyclone in the Pines We rode to gather horses from the herd Which wintered in a canyon east of Lusk And started out at noon without a word Fort Robinson, trail, canyon, explosive, crime
25976 Brush Poppers: Original Cowboy Poetry FC 11 P-38 19 Dale Page The Bear Facts I was near Tolby Meadows, in elk camp, alone, And was resting my soul for a spell. I was dreaming of antlers Angle Fire, New Mexico, hunter, fright, rifle, swish
25977 Brush Poppers: Original Cowboy Poetry FC 11 P-38 21 Dale Page What Might Have Been On a dark summer night with the herd to my right, My pard, Johnny, was circling left. See, that night we were those luck, work, dreams, propose
25978 Brush Poppers: Original Cowboy Poetry FC 11 P-38 23 Dale Page In Memory of Shorty O'Hare By the river I stood 'neath an old cottonwood Where a cowboy lay, there all alone. And where few ever came, Benson Canyon, abuse, Boss, new man
25979 Brush Poppers: Original Cowboy Poetry FC 11 P-38 26 Dale Page The Prodigal Son A friend of mine from out near Roy had two sons with his wife. Those lads were all his pride and joy, a comfort in his life. Luke 15, peace, friends, brother
25980 Brush Poppers: Original Cowboy Poetry FC 11 P-38 31 Dale Page Jenny's Colt I roll out of my bed before daylight And the sun never finds me asleep, But his morning's a tough one to rise to, promise, tasteless, Doc Bar Horse, troops, pistol
25981 Brush Poppers: Original Cowboy Poetry FC 11 P-38 34 Dale Page Keep Your Powder Dry A bunch of the boys from the Double-U-Bar Were sitting around one night. They tired of the talk of the broncs they rode war, debate, vows, salute
25982 Brush Poppers: Original Cowboy Poetry FC 11 P-38 36 Dale Page The Virgin and the Lamp Adobe bricks are melting back to earth Where once a fine young cowboy hung his hat. And though one load of wire could fence his ranch, Mattew 25, society, preacher, affection, train, pray
25983 Brush Poppers: Original Cowboy Poetry FC 11 P-38 39 Dale Page Once We Were Kings It's a half day's ride to this cabin door Where I spent my eighteenth year. There are spur marks still on the old wood floor, gang, fly-specked, regret
25984 Brush Poppers: Original Cowboy Poetry FC 11 P-38 41 Dale Page The Widow's Mite When the widow awoke, she donned slippers and cloak And coaxed fire from the black iron stove 'Cause a norther rolled in, Mark 12, Sunday, God, sorry, bless, shame
25985 Brush Poppers: Original Cowboy Poetry FC 11 P-38 44 Dale Page The Thoroughbred Filly I have ridden these ranges for ten years or so, Ev'ry trail, all the canyons and mountains. It's a long time in coming, treasure, self defense, daughter, desert, fortune
25986 Brush Poppers: Original Cowboy Poetry FC 11 P-38 47 Dale Page His Seat at the Table I remember the day; spring was well under way When a stranger rode in from the west. That young feller looked coarse run, job, celebrate, foreman, glass
25987 Brush Poppers: Original Cowboy Poetry FC 11 P-38 51 Dale Page Brush Poppers The weaning's done again another year But now we find, like every other fall, That crooked-horned old brindle cow ain't here. Tom Browning, outlaw, war, escape, caboose
25988 Brush Poppers: Original Cowboy Poetry FC 11 P-38 54 Dale Page At the End of My Rope I packed two hundred pounds of salt on Turk, And started up the trail to Aspen Park. I had a half a day to do this work knock, loop, drag, deer, armed, outlaw
25989 Brush Poppers: Original Cowboy Poetry FC 11 P-38 57 Dale Page The Choice The pen where his two weanling heifers stood, All covered ankle deep in last night's snow, Contained the dreams which, calves, circumstance, pride, heifer, cattle