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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
2677 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 134 Arthur Chapman Beecher Island All's peace today at Beecher Isle. memories, battle, death
2678 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 137 Eugene Field The Pioneer Fill up your glass, O comrade true. toast, honor
2679 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 138 Lyman H. Sproull The Stationed Scout High on the bold, gray granite shelf. solitude, Ute, loner, pathfinder, trapper
2680 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 140 Lyman H. Sproll The Emigrant's Child Far out in the hush of the mountain land. grave, gold, grief
2681 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 140 Floyd B. Small Root Hog or Die There was some jolly drivers on the Denver City Line. oxen team, ox-drawn wagon, overland route, ox
2682 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 142 anonymous Baldy Green Come listen to my ditty. stage line, Ben Holladay, robbery, gold, shooting
2683 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 143 anonymous Old Balaam Where great Pike's Peak his summit rears. Great Plains, mule, trail, poet, Narrow Gauge, Rio Grande, train
2684 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 150 James Barton Adams A Tough Cuss from Bitter Creek He'd take a human life as soon as he would take a drink. Bitter Creek, tough, Colorado, reform, church
2685 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 152 Anonymous The Lay of the Vigilantes Not a bark was heard, not a warning note. hanging, vigilante
2686 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 154 James Barton Adams The Ruin of Bobtail Bend In the early days in our own wild way we hurried the time along. Colorado, settlement
2687 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 155 Eugene Field Casey's Table D'Hote Oh, them days on Red Hoss Mountain, when the skies was fair `nd blue. Rockies, gold camp, boarding house, restaurant, Miners' Hotel, Boulder County, Colorado, food, Rocky Mountains
2688 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 147 John G. Neihardt The Shooting of the Cup They would have fought again. Mike Fink, shooting, quarrel, gunfight
2689 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 158 Cy Warman Old Red Hoss Mountain I've been to Red Hoss Mountain, where Field once dwelt and wrote. Place de Casey, Gosh-all-Hemlock Mine, Martha's younket, death, sorrow
2690 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 159 Jack Leahy How We Built a Church at Ashcroft Come all ye Irish gentlemen, a story I would tell. St. Tim's Church, Deacon Perch, patron saint, Father Placid, argue, Pine Creek, Hunley's, quarrel
2691 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 163 Lawrence N. Greenleaf The Lodge Room Over Simpkin's Store The plainest lodge room in the land was over Simpkin's store. Friendship Lodge, Masons, help
2692 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 165 anonymous The Fight at Nevadaville Nevadaville upon a hill. dance, Russell, ball, booze
2693 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 166 O. J. Goldrich Grand Opening of the People's Theatre Pike's Peakers! All! From whatsoever climes. drama, stage, Dramatic Hall, pioneers, Fremont
2694 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 169 anonymous Carrier's Address Dear Friends and Patrons of the Denver News! carol, New Year's, secession, Union, soldiers, Lewis Ledyard Weld
2695 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 172 anonymous The Camels Have Come "The Camels are coming," huzza, huzza! camels, hoax
2696 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 173 Cy Warman Doing Railroads for the Rocky Mountain News It was sometime in the P.M. of the fall of '92. Creed Chronicle, Democrat, newspaper, Navajo, reporter
2697 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 176 Jeane Milne Gower The Curtain (Old Tabor Grand Opera House) "So fleet the works of men, back to the earth again. columns, ancient scenes
2698 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 176 Clyde Robertson The Woman in the Wagon She stares from out the wagon as. dreams, tortures, lover, love, adventure, sadness, tragedy, pain, grief, conquest, pride, respect, courage, pioneers
2699 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 179 Gene Lindberg The Home Winner Prophets, gazing toward the mountains. promised land, women, strength, hardship, wife, pioneer
2700 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 180 Harold Hersey Lay of the Last Frontier Hickok rests by Calamity Jane. western hero
2701 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 185 James Barton Adams The Dust of the Overland Trail O'er the wide-spreading plains rolled the emigrant trains. pioneer days, Missouri, heroes