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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
2627 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 35 Clyde Robertson The Yellow Witch of Caribou The hills are high in Caribou. gold, prospecting
2628 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 37 Harriet L. Wason The Slide at the Empire Mine All day a steady snow had drifted down. 1880,avalanche, snow slide, death, friendship, roof cave-in
2629 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 39 Alfred Castner King The Miner Clink! Clink! Clink! miner, mining, occupation
2630 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 40 Don Cameron Drilling Missed Holes There's a death-dealing custom. mining, miners
2631 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 43 Don Cameron Song of the Leadville Mine Boss "Wake up! Wake up! You bloomin' lot." Leadville, Colorado, mine, mining, mine boss
2632 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 45 Cy Warman Creede Here's a land where all are equal. Creede, Colorado
2633 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 46 Cy Warman The Rise and Fall of Creede A thousand burdened burros filled. Creede, Colorado
2634 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 47 Marion Muir Richardson The Gold Seekers The dim stars wheeled above the frontier post. gold, prospector
2635 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 48 Thomas Hornsby Farril Old Men on the Blue I know a barn in Breckenridge on the Blue. Breckenridge, Colorado, aging, men
2636 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 53 John M. Kuykendall A Veteran Cowboy's Ruminations Oft times I get to thinkin' of the changes times has wrought. memories, aging, old days
2637 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 54 S. Omar Barker Code of the Cow Country It don't take sech a lot o' laws. values, cowboy code
2638 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 55 Frank Benton Old Buck's Ghost Down in New Mexico, where the plains are brown and sere. spectral steer, ghostly steer, dude, tenderfoot, greenhorn, phantom, ghost
2639 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 56 Ralph Rigby The Branding Iron Herd Waal, yass, stranger, them's fine cows. cattle herd, maverick, branding iron
2640 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 58 S. Omar Barker Hot Ir'n! The thumpin' sound o' hosses hoofs, the clack o' runnin' cows. branding
2641 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 59 Anonymous Invasion Song Sad and dismal is the tale. Wyoming, Rustler War, 1892, Johnson County War, cattlemen, Frank Canton, Nate Champion, Jack Flagg, Red Angus, rustling
2642 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 61 E. Richard Shipp Eighteen-Ninety The old Cowman, cross-legged, sat before the fire. cowman, sheep, cattlemen
2643 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 62 Wallace D. Coburn The Stampede Did you ever hear the story of how one stormy night. stampede, tough, escaping death, trampled, BW
2644 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 64 Earl Alonzo Brininstool The Stampede A lowering night, with muggy sultry air. stampede, storm, lightning
2645 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 65 Sarah Elizabeth Howard The Round-Up The lovely days of spring have clothed the plains. roundup, cattle drive
2646 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 67 Wallace D. Coburn The Cowboy's Fate One night on the fall beef round-up. roundup, 1893, barbed wire, night-herding, death, Great Divide
2647 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 71 Robert V. Carr The Roundup Cook There's good cooks and there's bad ones. cook, chuck
2648 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 72 Sarah Elizabeth Howard Wild Horse Jerry's Story All over this unsettled country, bands. wild horses, remuda, stallion
2649 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 74 Wallace D. Coburn Cowboy Fun Yes, stranger, them was red-hot times. cowpuncher, drink, liquor, characters, red-eye, whiskey
2650 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 77 Robert Carr When Dutchy Plays the Mouth Harp When Dutchy plays th' mouth harp. music, cheerfulness, dance
2651 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 78 Robert Carr Bill Haller's Dance They're tunin' up the orchestray down at old Bill Haller's. square dance, caller, fun, music