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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.


Poetry table.

First Previous Next Last
IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
26890 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 105 Will Ogilvie Swagmen Through the dust of scorn and sorrow and self-pity, through the drought of disappointment and regret, we have borne our bitter burdens from the city God, deathless, portion, tongue, fate
26891 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 106 Will Ogilvie The Road To Adelaide The Coorong lay beside us as placid as a pong; The horse ran before us, and who so gay as we, with mallee to the right of us, a desert waste beyond, token, unbroken, battle, prime, pretty, cheerful, smile
26892 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 108 Will Ogilvie The Bend O' The Creek Here is roaring flood in Winter when the storm-flag flies, and the quick-fire lightnings splinter gold from night-black skies. And the rain-clouds flood, winter, ocean, bride, scream, raiment, sing
26893 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 110 Will Ogilvie The March Of The Flood There's a whisper away on the Queensland side of the Barwon a banker, the Warrego wide spread from range to red range; thunder, dayight, past, camp, rain, death
26895 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 113 Will Ogilvie Crossing The Warrego The river was running a banker in flood they day that we mustered the Irrara Plain, and a hundred good horses, all beauty and blood, train, hurricane, pride, tide, silver
26896 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 115 Will Ogilvie Linden Lea Garstin rode on a chestnut colt that bucked to beat the band, but Garstin needed no monkey-holt, for his seat on a horse was grand. star, sweet, restlessly, handsome, whirl, bolt
26897 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 117 Will Ogilvie The 'Ninety Flood Who can remember the 'Ninety Flood when the Darling King came down, riding the bends, and out for blood, on his bridleless horse of brown; When close on his heels sheep, helpless, torrent, dream
26898 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 119 Will Ogilvie How The Fire Queen Crossed The Swamp The flood was down in the Wilga swamps, three feet over the mud, and the teamsters camped on the Wilga range and swore at the rising flood; mails, struggle, spoonbill, softly, westward, hoofs
26899 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 123 Will Ogilvie Willanjie We were travelling down the Bogan, where the scrubs are deep and dense with a thousand head of Tyson's from the Queensland border fence- watercourse, wires, thunder, horn, guide, trust
26900 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 126 Will Ogilvie Off The Grass They were boasting on the Greenhie of their nags of fancy breed, and stuffing them with bran and oats to run in Gumleaf Town, horseflesh, lion, overweight, journey, honour
26901 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 129 Will Ogilvie How The Chestnut Horse Came Home Twenty miles across the ranges there's a patch of cane-grass clears half-a-mile of tangled mulga; hides a score of native spears, while the horseman sings a love-song, dead, note, doom, buggy, sunset, feet, game
26902 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 131 Will Ogilvie The Outlaw Our realm was the fenceless ranges. We fed in the bluegrass swamps. The green of the branching wilga was the roof of our noonday camps. We drank at the pools in the lignum, danger, weak, blood, pride,rider, afraid, awake, bitter, strength
26903 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 135 Will Ogilvie Rainbow In The Yard There came a knock at Greyson's door one stormy winter night, and Greyson flung the bolts across and peered into the gloom; A woman, drenched and shivering, nags, dawn, vain, God, fate
26904 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 137 Will Ogilvie The Team Bullock The sunrays scorched like furnace fires; The sagging wool-bales dipped and swung; The sand poured off the four-inch tyres; The dust upon the float-rails clung. sandhills, fortune, hide, skeleton, fate, fear, snake
26905 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 140 Will Ogilvie The Pack Horse My hoofs were hid by the dew-wet clover, the tops of the blue-grass touched my girth, from the river-timber a wind came over, sweet with the scents of the warm, wet earth- dust, heat, spider, rider, weather, cry, dead
26906 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 143 Will Ogilvie A White Man There was a man on the Western side with a heart as big as his lands were wide; For his squatter friends he had open door, and a helping hand for the weak and poor; hill, rest, dead, soul, friend
26907 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 145 Will Ogilvie Where The Brumbies Come To Water There's a lonely grave half-hidden where the blue-grass droops above, and the slab is rough that marks it, but we planted it for love; hopes, greenhide, comrade, hate, moon
26908 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 147 Will Ogilvie The Overlander I knew them on the road: red, roan and white, cock-horned and spear-horned, spotted, streaked and starred; I knew their shapes moon-misted in the night dreams, reins, prize, heart, motion, beasts
26909 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 151 Will Ogilvie Ben Hall's Stirrup-Irons A lithe young squatter passes in the dust. His buckles gleaming and his bars aglance; But laden with long years of old romance the quaint old stirrups covered with red rust! trust, stars, bound, journey, wild
26910 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 152 Will Ogilvie From The Gulf Store cattle from Nelanjie! The mob goes feeding past, with half-a-mile of sandhill 'twixt the leaders and the last; The nags that move behind queensland, flood, cattle, steer, spears, awake
26911 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 154 Will Ogilvie Kelpies Out where the scrubs stand dark and dense and the great plains blaze in the sun, where the wide sheep-paddocks, unmapped, immense, reach out to the Queensland border fence- dustclouds, glow, fancy, sheep, friends, fame
26912 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 156 Will Ogilvie Lothair This is our trial horse, bred on the station, and ready to race with the young or the old, to flatter performance or spoil reputation as he sets them a pace to the tune he is told. sand, dance, swear, mob, trial, dare, confident
26913 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 157 Will Ogilvie The Land Of Dumb Despair Beyond where farthest drought-fires burn, by hand of fate if once befell, I reached the realm of No-Return that meets the March of Hell. death, blood, curle, slake, fortune
26914 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 159 Will Ogilvie Taken Over The banks are taking charge, old man!-I knew how it would be; The flags are flying half-mast high for death of Tringadee; The boss has left; loyal, pride, smoke, drink, broken, smile, street
26915 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 161 Will Ogilvie The Ballad Of Devil-May-Care Well known on the Border; tall, handsome and straight; A reckless hard-liver, but true-hearted mate; What his name was I'm not in position to swear, but we called him-it suited him-Devil-May-Care! death, sun, armful, careless, gay, roses