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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
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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
26244 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 10 Joel Nelson Ridin' With Ol' Figment I rode beside him several years or was it just one day out here I've found that calendars and clocks get in the way time was of no consequence cattle, voice, Ph.D, horses
26245 Reflections of the West cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 12 Banjo Paterson The Story of Mongrel Grey This is the story the stockman told, on the cattle camp, when the stars were bright; The moon rose up like a globe of gold and flooded the plain with her mellow light. puzzle, fishing, shooting, swim, homestead
26246 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 14 Wally McRae Eminent Domain From the Highland Sod, with faith in God, to this land, young and profane, grandad was drawn, long ere the dawn of Eminent Domain. regrets, dust, fear, enterprise
26247 Reflections of the West cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 15 Badger Clark The Outlaw When my loop takes hold on a two year old by the feet or the neck or the horn, he can plunge and fight till his eyes go white but I'll throw him as sure as you're born. boss, crazy, happy, dollars
26248 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 16 Red Steagall The Shank of the Evening That new batch of heifers we got in today come off of the truck in a run. They scattered and split like a covey of quail we're lucky, we found every one. boss, rain, cattle, shank
26249 Reflections of the West cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 18 Robert W. Service Just Think Just think! some night the stars will gleam upon a cold, grey stone, and trace a name with silver beam, And lo! 'twill be your own. greet, life, time, gain
26250 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 19 Henry Herbert Knibbs Where the Ponies Come to Drink Up in Northern Arizona there's a ranger trail that passes through a mesa, like a faery lake with pines upon its brink, stream, playful, faithful, border
26253 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 20 Joel Nelson Once in a Blue Moon Do you think that it might be all over; Have you ever felt we've moved beyond where just merely being "out there" touched by some strange magic wand hypnotize, sunset, wine, horseback, season
26254 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 22 Yvonne Hollenbeck Plum Blossoms in the Spring When at first I married this cowboy I had a lot to learn about the style of life he lives and the money that we'd earn. christmas, valentine, flowers, spring
26255 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 24 John Dofflemyer Cloud Waves Forecasts vary, computer models change: dry rain of fiery leaves, stirred and torn from the honey locust tree, cloud waves in all shades of gray- ribbon, canyon, slopes, moon
26257 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 26 John Dofflemyer John Cutler's Cowboys I know the place my grandfather's grandfather found to escape the drought, heard the voices of his vaqueros when i got turned around in the tight pines Ellis Meadow, ghost dance, granite cut, river talking
26258 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 27 Buck Ramsey By the Spring By the River The fall down Scanty on the scattered trees lighted in their color our way to the endline camp. No one could know, I did not and you did not, guitar, orchestral, D note, stars
26259 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 28 Henry Herbert Knibbs Boomer Johnson Now Mr. Boomer Johnson was a gettin' old in spots, but you don't expect a bad man to go wrastlin' pans and pots; killing, punching, snake, peculiar style
26261 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 30 Rod Miller A Bolt of Broomtails Across alkali flat and sandhill, over the sage-covered plain the mestenada flows like fabric, dancing ahead of its dusty train. coyote, paint, ghost white, buckskin
26262 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 31 Lisa Quinlan The Hawk and the Hay Field "Ah, there you are, I was looking for you." I watch him circle and hover over the windrower, waiting for a frightened mouse or claws, wave, powerful wings
26263 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 32 Badger Clark From Town We're the children of the open and we hate the haunts o' men but we had to come to town to get the mail. And we're ridin' home at daybreak- temper, bold coyotes, bobcat
26264 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 34 Virginia Bennett Ah, Pacifica! Three branches, heavily laden with velvet moss, arbored over the two-laned paved road like an entrance to some Hobbit-filled sanctuary, stream, platypus, pinon, ranch jobs
26265 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 35 Virginia Bennett As You Ride As you ride the high sierras with your packstring and your pony and your heart beats strong and lonely, as the waves upon the sea, saddlebag, whisper, cabin, twilight sky
26266 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 37 Linda Hussa The Staff of Life One of the buckaroos high-graded a jug of wine and brought it into camp. He filled everybody's cup. He handed one to Billy McCluskey. coffee, staff, life
26267 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 38 Joel Nelson A Trailside Boulder Story A thick fog shrouded boulder piles as darkness turned to day giving juinper and pinon pines a scattered look as they drifted softly horseback, steer, cowboy, canyon
26356 Brushstrokes & Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-60 3 C.J. Hadley Point & Drag prose
26268 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 40 Carlos Ashley That Spotted Sow Did you ever hear the story of that famous hog of mine? She's a razorback and spotted black and white from hoof to spine; hide, fight, pigs, winter, knife
26269 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 43 Waddie Mitchell What Will I Tell Him? What will I tell him, you ask me, when my son's trying to make up his mind to ride for a living like I have or explore what the world has to find. heart, courage, nature, joy
26270 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 45 John Dofflemyer Waiting for Daylight No alarm clock here, we take turns waking up on the hour before the first branding of the year, lists of implements, food and vaccines checked in asphalt, sun, neighbors, horses
26271 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 46 Banjo Paterson With the Cattle The drought is down on field and flock, the river bed is dry; And we must shift the starving stock before the cattle die. We muster up with weary hearts at breaking of the day, faith, twilight, love, prey, wind, mountain