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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.

First Previous Next Last
IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
27129 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 21 Richard Hovey The sea gipsy I am fevered with the sunset, I am fretful with the bay
27130 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 21 Lonesome southerner While out for a walk I met a young wren,
27134 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 26, 28 Down went McGinty Sunday morning just at nine, Dan McGinty dressed so fine
27132 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 22, 24 Throw him down McCloskey (McCloskey's great fight) Twas down at Dan Devitt's at the end of this street.
27133 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 23, 25 Joe Bowers My name is Joe Bowers; I've got a brother Ike
27135 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 27 Duncan Campbell Scott The end of the day I hear the bells at eventide peal slowly one by one
27136 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 27 Sweet Betsy from Pike Oh, don't you remember sweet Betsy from Pike,
27137 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 29 Grifters under the skin There's the girl who is pretty and sweet, and the girl who is nifty and neat
27138 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 30, 32, 34 Sweet Marie I've a secret in my heart, sweet Marie
27139 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 31 But don't start anything Tho' you have come from foreign soil, You're welcome to our shores...if you don't like it over here, then get back over there
27140 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 33 The rosary of my years Some reckon their age by years, some measure their life by art
27141 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 35 E.A. Poe The Valley of unrest Once it smiled a silent dell where the people did not dwell
27142 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 36 She'll be comin' round the mountain She'll be comin' round the mountain when she comes
27143 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 37 Bennett Foster The last wagon Someday when the barbed wire flings its bands like a fisherman's net on the last rangelands
27144 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 38 Charlie Rutlage Anthony good cowpuncher has gone to meet his fate
27145 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 38 I'm a little prairie flower I'm a little prairie flower growing wilder hour by hour;
27146 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 39 Utah Carroll Oh, kind friend, you may ask me what makes me sad and still,
27147 Dry Crik Review (Environmental Issue): Fall 1991 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 32 Terry Henderson Rattlesnakes And Tourists I have a mountain pasture with a clear and sparking stream. It's as pretty as a picture like many artists dream. I pasture purebred cattle there. critters, snake town, camper, snooper, summer
27148 Dry Crik Review (Environmental Issue): Fall 1991 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 34 Terry Henderson Unprotected Species "Save the wolf! Save the bears! Save the big mountain lion! Remember the ferrets!" the naturalists are cryin'. This all is quite true. believe, habit, survivor, ejected, murder
27149 Dry Crik Review (Environmental Issue): Fall 1991 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 36 Katie Lee All My Rivers Are Gone My place was yours for a time time. You force on time a measure--live within units, segments, compartments, limits--Taking the joy and pain of today, future, desire, clean, Twentieth Century, scoriform, stones
27150 Dry Crik Review (Environmental Issue): Fall 1991 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 40 Virginia Bennett My Environmentalist Poem While travelin' down the road, we stopped at a gas station I bought a local paper, and began to glean its information. Something really burned me up, wisdom, outlaw, rancher, nameless, homesteaders
27151 Dry Crik Review (Environmental Issue): Fall 1991 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 42 Sally Bates Public Use Of Grazing Land Bottles, cups and plastic bags toilet paper, cans, baby diapers, cardboard box strewn by human hands. Stop signs full of bullet holes windmills torn apart cattle shot between the eyes, recreation, destruction, cowboys, culprits, trash
27152 Dry Crik Review (Environmental Issue): Fall 1991 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 44 Mike Logan Letter To Town I'd thought I'd write you folks in town who like to eat my beef, but if the price goes up two cents are plumb prostrate with grief. You don't like poisonin' gophers wolves, experts, snowballs, backyard, plan, bear
27153 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 40 The Texas Rangers Come, all you Texas Rangers, wherever you may be;
27154 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 41. 43 Vengeance 'Twas a cold winter night on the lonely plains,