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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
2602 A Feedbag of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 C-22 37 Bob Christensen Tree of Utah I hope that I shall never see. cement tree, Utah, EPA, Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, desert
2603 A Feedbag of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 C-22 34 Bob Christensen The Pickup Sir you really are in luck. pickup, truck, bargain, selling, humor
2604 A Feedbag of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 C-22 33 Bob Christensen The Space Shot Today they shot a rocket up. shot heard around the world, herd, space, rocket, humor
2605 A Feedbag of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 C-22 31 Bob Christensen The Feed Order Hello? Yes sir I sell feed. veterinarian, feed, humor
2606 A Feedbag of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 C-22 28 Bob Christensen Gobble, Gobble, Hobble While visiting a rancher. wooden leg, turkey, humor
2607 A Feedbag of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 C-22 25 Bob Christensen The Vet You know I'll bet that there's a vet. veterinarian, Baxter Black, feed, education, humor
2608 A Feedbag of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 C-22 22 Bob Christensen Old Jupiter Hey Doc, you've got to come right out. bull, virility, humor, doctor
2609 I Was Born in the Night, But Not Last Night Ellie Corrigan FC 11 C-23 4 C.E. Bishop And I Smiled, By Gosh As I walked into church last Sunday o' Lent. snob
2610 The Prairie Schooner and Other Poems FC 11 D-01 82 Edward Everett Dale Blind How sad you say that I should lose my sight. Armistice, sight, blindness, war, World War I, pilots, France
2611 The Prairie Schooner and Other Poems FC 11 D-01 83 Edward Everett Dale To Rosalie The years go rushing by on fleeting wings. love, aging, togetherness, companionship
2612 The Prairie Schooner and Other Poems FC 11 D-01 84 Edward Everett Dale My Son I have seen some boys at seven. parent, father, son, child, youth, hope
2613 The Prairie Schooner and Other Poems FC 11 D-01 85 Edward Everett Dale Good-Bye I've heard men say they want no moaning of the bar. death, longing, friendship, mourning
2614 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 13 anonymous The Gold Seeker's Song Take up the oxen, boys, and harness up the mules. gold rush, Pike's Peak, Argonauts, Colorado
2615 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 14 Syntax Song for the Pike's Peaker Ho! For Pike's Peak, where gold is found. Pike's Peak, Colorado, gold, power, wealth
2616 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 15 Lawrence N. Greenleaf The Pike's Peakers In `59 Pike's Peakers were a sight. 1859, Pike's Peak
2617 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 16 A. O. McGrew A Hit at the Times Way out upon the Platte, near Pike's Peak we were told. Pike's Peak, gold, root hog or die
2618 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 18 anonymous In the Summer of Sixty In the summer of sixty as you very well know. Pike's Peak, gold, fortune, gambling
2619 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 19 Syntax Soliloquy of the Returned Gold Adventurer Been to Pike's Peak, lost all my dimes. Pike's Peak, fortune, gold, money, poverty
2620 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 20 Rupe Sherwood Me and Prunes So poor old Prunes has cashed in -- too bad. gambling, card game, poker, afterlife, belief, burro, jackass, cards
2621 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 22 Reverend J.J. Gibbons The Burro When Adam named in days of old. burro, jackass
2622 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 25 Scott Judy & "Doc" Hammond Song We came to Tamichi in 1880. 1880, prospecting, mining camp, winter, Colorado
2623 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 26 Daisy L. Detrick The Ol' Jinny Mine Yep, gold's where you find it. 1882,burro, jackass, prospecting, gold, mine, Jinny Mine
2624 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 28 Daisy L. Detrick The Little Johnny Mine Old Leadville was booming in eighty-eight. 1888,Unsinkable Molly Brown, Johnny Brown, mining, gold, gold mine
2625 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 29 F.E. Vaughn The Ballad of Chicken Bill Of course you have read of the wicked ways. Leadville, Colorado, mining, gold, Chicken Bill, H.A.W. Tabor, wealth
2626 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 33 Clyde Robertson Mistress of the Matchless Mine A blinding spot burned on the snow. H.A.W. Tabor, Colorado, Matchless Mine, Fryer Hill, widow