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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.


Poetry table.

First Previous Next Last
IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
26859 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 50 Will Ogilvie Four-In-Hand O some prefer a single, or double not too free; But let the lead-bars jingle-it's four-in-hand for me; With a level road and a lively load, bars, dream, tears, slind, pleasure
26860 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 51 Will Ogilvie Riderless A broken bridle trailing, a saddler scratched and scarred- and Brown Bee at the railing that rings the station yard; No stockman sits astride her, home, moonlight, dead, dumb, beast
26861 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 52 Will Ogilvie In Town Where the smoke-clouds scarcely drift and the breezes seem to sleep, where the sunbeams never lift half the gloom of alleys deep, power, joys, stars, pride, life
26862 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 54 Will Ogilvie A Spin Of The Coin The Spring is warm and waking, and the wattle's bursting bud; And the longing of the rover makes a fever in the blood; desert, freedom, bridle, laughter, bid
26863 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 55 Will Ogilvie Bells Along Macqarie When the summer days grow long and the grass is turning brown, South and Eastward with a song come the shearers riding down; friends, love, discover, gay, roam
26864 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 57 Will Ogilvie White In The Eye You don't like that lift of his quarter, you don't like that white in his eye; You've been told he's a regular snorter and throws himselft into the sky. doubt, safe, good luck, senses, boots, beggar
26865 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 59 Will Ogilvie At The Back O' Bourke! Where the mulga paddocks are wild and wide, that's where the pick of the stockmen ride- At the Back o' Bourke! Under the dust-clouds dense and brown, wasted life, light, bright, train, nurse
26866 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 61 Will Ogilvie Black Wings Sextons of the Overland! Buriers of the dead, where graves are lone and shallow and winding sheets are red! Wardens of the waggon track, lagoon, death, pioneer, scrubs, beast
26867 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 62 Will Ogilvie Starry Camp When the cool night-winds are blowing and the foot-sore mob's at rest, and the camp-fire logs are glowing like a sunset in the west; friends, camp, dead, fire, lamp, twinkle
26868 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 64 Will Ogilvie The Bush Fire The sun has signed his nightly armistice, drawn a dark cloud across his crimson breast, and gone to war with other lands than this, lowering his splendid banners from the west. stars, glow, tank, nightmare
26869 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 72 Will Ogilvie Unbroken! Eyes wild with fear unspoken, tossed manes and sweeping tails, our thirty head unbroken are safe behind the rails; blossom, leader,scatter, chestnut
26870 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 74 Will Ogilvie The Picnic Races O, to be young and nine-stone-seven and riding in Picnic Races! That was as near as we got to Heaven long since in the old bush places. hack, desire, ghost, breed, good bye, smile, cloudless sky
26871 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 75 Will Ogilvie Solitude As we drove one day through the lignum swamp where the spelling horses ran, a loose horse broke from the noonday camp and trotted beside our van. beauty, absent, heart, trace
26872 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 77 Will Ogilvie The Coach Of Death There's a phantom-choach runs nightly along the Western creeks; Her four black steeds step lightly, her driver never speaks; passengers, creeks, flood, marshall
26873 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 79 Will Ogilvie Outlaws Both steady! steady, my pearl! from the crest of the range one last look behind us: the roofs of the town are lit with red fires that quiver and change township, guard, honour, moon, lagoon, sea
26879 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 81 Will Ogilvie The Dingo Of Brigalow Gap For K.G. or coronet, kingdom or crown, the boys on Kalangada care not a rap; But the honour they ask for is galloping down the red-and-white dingo of Brigalow Gap. trap, confess, extinct, joys, sickness
26880 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 83 Will Ogilvie The Near-Side Leader When the gear is on the horses and the knotted trace-chains hooked; When the last bale's on the waggon and the ropes are twitched and tied; team, weight, journey, free, camp, battle
26881 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 86 Will Ogilvie Out Of The Chains He has toiled in his place since the break of day, and the collar has left its gall; When others were faint in the holding clay and heavy the burden pains, heat, desire, eager, smart, summer, prince, tone
26882 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 88 Will Ogilvie The Station Brand Ho! you in the boots and the long-necked spurs, you've a nice little hackney there! I rather fancy that brand of hers- now, what will you take for the mate? exchange, waste, blood, witch, charms, campers
26883 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 90 Will Ogilvie A Draft From Tringadee Lead me down to the stockyard, Jim, to the butt of the old box-treee! I would like to be there when they're yarding the bullocks from Tringadee. scrubbers, blind man, angry, God, fear
26884 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 92 Will Ogilvie His Epitaph On a little old bush-racecourse at the back of No Man's Land, where the mulgas mark the furlongs and a dead log marks the stand, blame, danger, win, cheer, struggle
26885 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 94 Will Ogilvie How We Won The Ribbon Come and look around my office- floors are littered, walls are hung with the treasures and the trophies of the days when I was young; idle, ribbon, glow, beauty, desire, spurs
26886 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 98 Will Ogilvie The Last Muster All day we had driven the starving sheep to the scrub where the axes ply, and the weakest had lagged upon weary feet and dropped from the ranks to die; shame, lagoon, god, beasts, saddle, greed, bullock, heaven
26888 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 101 Will Ogilvie The Pearl Of Them All Gaily in front of the stockwhip the horses come galloping home, leaping and bucking and playing with sides all a lather of foam; But painfully, paddock, spirit, comrade, promise
26889 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 103 Will Ogilvie The Morning Gallop The dews upon the grasses lie in drops of silver sheen, the grey dawn wraps the Eastern sky with crimson bars between; tears, glow, gear, spurs, hopeful, dreams