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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
27102 Dry Crik Review (Environmental Issue): Fall 1991 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 26 Audrey Hankins Consequences Jake made the change quite easily when the ranchers were forced from the land. In spite of a "cowboy mentality", he's a busy construction man. windmill, fools, slaughter, eagle, silent
27103 Dry Crik Review (Environmental Issue): Fall 1991 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 28 Audrey Hankins Friends Of The Wild Cow If cattle are banned from public land, watch some do-gooder switch cows in mid-stream. She'll solicit donations for her new vocation, congress, law, inhumane, steak, species
27104 Dry Crik Review (Environmental Issue): Fall 1991 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 29 Audrey Hankins The Granny Cow We found her on Silver Mountain, in the oakbrush way up high. A freckled-faced old granny cow with murder in her eye. She shook her bony, toothless head, comfort, care, wisdom, trailer
27105 Dry Crik Review (Environmental Issue): Fall 1991 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 30 Kell Robertson The Old Man Goes Home Under the discount store the fast food place the furniture outlet under all that asphalt is one of the best chunks of black bottom farm land kiss, womanhood, garden, diapers, parking lot
27107 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 5 Griff Crawford Give me the West Give me the roll of a broncho's lope, the swing of the open way
27108 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 6 Sweet Genevieve O, Genevieve I'd give the world to live again the lovely past!
27109 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 7 Rega Kramer McCarty Time Twenty-four hours of time each day, and yours the power to direct it.
27110 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 7 Claribel Weeks Avery Fulfillment This is the thought that makes me proud and glad, my children have the things I wanted.
27111 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 8 My gal is a high born lady Thar is gwine to be a festival this evenin' and a gatherin' of color mighty rare
27112 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 9 Samuel Minturn Peck Swinging in the grapevine swing When I was a boy on the old plantation, down by the deep bayou,
27113 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 10 Daisy Bell There is a flower within my heart, Daisy, Daisy!
27114 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 11 George L. McDermott The Canyon Those giant walls of pictured rock, have filled my heart with wonder;
27115 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 12 The man who broke the bank at Monte Carlo I've just got here, thro' Paris, from the sunny southern shore, I to Monte Carlo went, just to raise my winter's rent.
27116 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 13 Richard LE Gallienne Song She's somewhere in the sunlight strong, her tears are falling in the rain,
27117 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 13 I'll remember you, love, in my prayers When the curtains of night are pinned back by the starts, and the beautiful moon sweeps the sky
27118 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 14 Her eyes don't shine like diamonds: Three little lads love-story Three little lads were seated one day, and their love stories did tell, Tom told of Kitty, who was so pretty
27119 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 15 Ballade of Boot-hill In silent tombs the killers sleep on naked, sun-burnt desert land
27120 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 15 W. A. Ward Envoi Sleep, killers, sleep in Boot-hill's sod
27122 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 16 Where did you get that hat? Now how I came to get this hat 'tis very strange and funny
27123 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 17 True Love Last night I held a hand in mine, so pink and small and fine!
27124 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 17 Sweetes' Li'l Feller Frank L. Stanton Sweetes' li'l feller, everybody knows; dunno what ter call 'em but he mighty lak'a rose!
27125 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 18 Robert W. Service My Madonna I haled me a woman from the street, shameless, but oh, so fair!
27126 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 19 Bryan Waller Procter (Barry Cornwall) Life We are born; we laugh; we weep; we love; we droop; we die!
27127 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 19 L.E. Thayer Keep your grit Hand on! Cling on! No matter what they say
27128 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 20 Little Annie Rooney A winning way, a pleasant smile, dress'd so neat but quite in style