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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
2652 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 80 James Barton Adams At a Cowboy Dance Git yo' little sage hens ready. dance steps, promenade
2653 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 81 Henry Herbert Knibbs The Cowboy's Ball Yip! Yip! Yip! Yip! Tunin' up the fiddle. music, dance, romance, night, stars
2654 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 82 Robert Carr Romance of the Range She's bin out here a-teachin' fer this winter now a-past. teacher, romance, love
2655 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 83 Robert Carr Cowboy's Salvation Song Oh, it's move along, you dogies, don't be driftin' by th' way. roundup, branding
2656 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 84 Earl Alonzo Brininstool The Range Rider's Soliloquy Sometimes when on night-herd I'm ridin', and the stars are a-gleam in. imagination, nature, beauty, Great Divide, Home Corral
2657 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 87 anonymous Western Formula A cow-hand with a gun or two. X-Dash, Powder River, Indians, hero, story, Western Thriller
2658 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 91 William T. Butler The Gathering on the Plains From the far-off Rocky Mountains, where they meet the eastern hills. Indians, soldiers, Union, Fort Phil Kearney garrison, General Grant, scalps, New York, San Francisco, Montana, Colorado, desecration, intrusion, domination, heritage, frontier
2659 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 93 Albert Pike Song of the Navajo Who rideth so fast as a fleet Navajo? strength, brave Indians ,Piute, Coyotera, Moqui, Suri, Apache, Spaniards, Pueblo
2660 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 95 Joseph L. Westcott The Legend of Grand Lake "White man, pause and gaze around, for we tread on haunted ground." legend, Ute, epic, Utes
2661 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 102 John W. Taylor Chipeta's Ride - epic - From mountain covered deep with snow. Ouray, Captain Payne
2662 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 108 Eugene Field Chipeta She is bravest and best of a cursed race. queen of the Ute, Ouray, courage, honor
2663 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 109 Arthur W. Monroe The Chief Dwelling Sleep in your silent glory. past, ancient, mystery
2664 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 110 Stanley Wood Homes of the Cliff Dwellers In the sad Southwest, in the mystical Sunland. ancient ruins, death, haunted castle, Hoven Weep, grief
2665 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 112 Robert V. Carr The War Dance Bodies that gleam like rare bronze in the fire. drums, grace, warrior
2666 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 113 Robert V. Carr The Western Trail In the beginning the Great Spirit gave the prairie rare gifts. nature, happiness, buffalo, Chinook, destruction
2667 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 113 Lilian White Spencer The Red Ghosts Chant We are sons o of mighty Manitou. Ute, strength
2668 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 114 Ann Woodbury Hafen Mountain Liars Swapping yarns, two Mountain Men. Jim Baker, Jim Bridger, story
2669 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 117 William F. Drannan The Old Scout's Lament Come all of you, my brother scouts. reminisce, past, memories, nostalgia
2670 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 119 Stanley Vestal Kit Carson's Last Smoke Kit Carson came to old Fort Lyons. Taos, Josephine, Cross-J cattle, meershaum, Cheyenne calumet, Fremont, death, pipe
2671 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 121 Joseph Mills Hanson Laramie Trail Across the crest of the naked hills. Platte, border war
2672 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 124 Captain Jack Crawford The Death of Custer Did I hear the news from Custer? Buffalo Bill Cody, Hat Creek, General Carr, battle, Little Big Horn, war, revenge
2673 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 126 John Hay Miles Keogh's Horse On the bluff of the Little Big Horn. Custer, death, White Man, Red Man, Indians, Seventh Cavalry, General Sturgis, Adjutant Carlington
2674 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 128 Joseph Mills Hanson The Springfield Calibre Fifty I was wrought of walnut blocks and rolled rod steel. gun, Sitting Bull, Geronimo, arm, West
2675 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 131 Pvt. W.H. Prather The Indian Ghost Dance and War The Red Skins left their Agency, the Soldiers left their post. Messiah ghost, Bad Lands, Bigfoot, battle, Sioux, Short Bull, religion, Indians
2676 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 133 Robert V. Carr Remember the Promise, Dakotah Remember the promise, Dakotah. Messiah, belief, religion