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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
2702 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 186 Robert V. Carr Silhouette in Sepia The camp's asleep and thro' the gloom. wagon
2703 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 186 Pvt. George Canterbury New Mexico and Arizona Fierce Mars I bid a glad farewell. photograph, nature, reality, desert, Mormon Bible
2704 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 189 Arthur W. Monroe The Man of the West When the glow fading sunlight. range, tough, hospitality, friendship
2705 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 190 John D. Dillenback Colorado Though hast thine eyrie in the lifted lands. beauty, nature
2706 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 191 Arthur J. Fynn Land Where the Columbines Grow Where the snow peaks gleam in the moonlight. song, nature, state flower, old times, past
2707 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 192 Sunset Joe Lines On Mountain Villages O wondrous scene is Meeker. Colorado, nature, Ouray
2708 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 193 Sunset Joe Rivers Of The West The La Plata chants silver. nature, Indians
2709 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 195 Helen Hunt Jackson Cheyenne Mountain By easy slope to west as if it had. sun
2710 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 195 Elijah Clarence Hill To Pikes Peak Thou hast clothed thy steepest hillsides. nature, mountain
2711 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 198 Anonymous Pikes Peak I'm looking at your lofty head. mountain, humor
2712 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 199 Ernest Whitney Ute Pass Vast corridor through Nature's roofless halls. wilderness
2713 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 200 Jean Milne Gower Big Thompson Canon I knew you long before great motors buzzed. memories, past, story
2714 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 201 Frank H. Mayer At Timber Line The hoary mountains seem gray and cold. nature, timelessness
2715 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 202 Jamie Sexton Holme Timber Line Trees We never knew the touch of fur and feather. tree, age, weather
2716 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 202 Jeanie Sexton Holme Mountain Evenings Sunset; And the mountain tops are afire. twilight, dusk, night, dawn
2717 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 203 Alfred Castner King The Ruined Cabin There's a pathos in the solemn desolation. abandoned house, isolation, desolate, solitude, melancholy
2718 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 205 Lilian White Spencer Spring Song of Aspens They tinkle laughter at the solemn hills. nature, trees
2719 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 206 Rufus B. Sage Night on the Prairie The sable garb of darkness clothes the land. epic
2720 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 209 George S. Simpson Simpson's Rest Lay me to rest on yon towering height. solitude, grave, death
2721 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 210 Rufus B. Sage The Wanderer's Grave Away from friends, away from home. death, sickness, sorrow
2722 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 211 Eugene Field The Wanderer Upon a mountain's height, far from the sea. ocean, homesick
2723 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 212 Rufus B. Sage Summer on the Great American West Ye drairy plains, that round me lie. heat, summer, desert
2724 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 214 Arthur W. Monroe The Toll of the Desert This is the toll of the desert. danger, warning
2725 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 215 Robert V. Carr The Rattlesnake O'er sunbaked plains he winds his way. danger, poison, warning sound
2726 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 215 Nellie Burget Miller The Sun Drops Red The sun drops red through a curtain of dust. drought, rain