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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
27180 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 73, 75, 77, 79 Thomas Hood The Bridge of sighs One more unfortunate weary of breath rashly importunate, gone to her death!
27181 Dry Crik Review (Environmental Issue): Fall 1991 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 58 Anna Shelton Keithley The Mutes Of Life There is something sad about boarded up doorways the chains, broken windows and weed in concrete cracks farm equipment sitting idle gins out of use tombstone, generation, nation, independent, pitiful, silence
27182 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 76, 78, 80, 82, When the robins nest again I will return, he said to me; I will come back, my love, to thee;
27183 Dry Crik Review (Environmental Issue): Fall 1991 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 59 Leon Flick The Cowboy He was made in the West, where a man's put to the test by the horses and tracks that he's made. And his love for the land is a thing that is grand. Life's dues have been hard, pride, blood, constipated, forsake, stranded
27184 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 79 Susan Marr Spaulding Fate Two shall be born, the whole wide world apart
27185 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 81, 83 The little red Here's a little red song to the god of guts, who dwells in palaces, brothels, huts;
27186 Dry Crik Review (Environmental Issue): Fall 1991 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 60 Homer Bryant Until I Die I gazed with awe this morning still between my horse's ears and see a white-tail run. Ther's something that's upset this deer and lion, rattlesnakes, God, master, home, guns
27187 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 83 Robert W. Service Unforgotten I know a garden where the lilies gleam, and one who lingers in the sunshine there;
27188 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 85, 87 Alice Cary Nobility True worth is in being, not seeming
27189 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 86, 88, The bowery Oh! The night that I struck New York, I went out for a quiet walk
27190 Dry Crik Review (Environmental Issue): Fall 1991 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 62 Ron Chappell The "Sammon" Didn't Run The ragin' Na-Ha river comes a frothin' to the sea, a homeward trail for steelhead trout and men "gang aft aglee." I came to see the eagle fly dream, God, canneries, ghostly voices, whisper
27191 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 87 Leolyn Louise Everett Song Love was a flower that bloomed an hour and died.
27192 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 89, 91 Lew York Jungle stew Old Keno Slim was chinnin' with the kid from Tennessee
27193 Dry Crik Review (Environmental Issue): Fall 1991 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 63 Lisa Quinlan The Last Voice "It was beautiful, a long time ago. The land was covered with meadows and wild flowers in all colors. They swayed together in the wind. The waters were clean and clear sand, abuser, flawless, memories, survive
27194 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 90, 92, 94 White wings Sail home, as straight as an arrow, my Yacht shoots along on the rest of the sea
27195 Dry Crik Review (Environmental Issue): Fall 1991 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 64 Lisa Quinlan The Hawk In The Hay Field "Ah, there you are, I was looking for you." I say as I watch him circle and hover over the windrower waiting for a frightened mouse or rabbit perfect, powerful, levitates, gently flies, camera
27196 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 93, 95 Eva Rose York I shall not pass this way again I shall not pass this way again, although it bordered be with flowers
27197 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 96 Sweet Betsy from Pike Oh, don't you remember sweet Betsy from Pike
27198 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 96 Oh! Susanna Oh! Susanna, Oh don't you cry for me, I've come from Alabama, Wid my banjo on my knee
27199 Dry Crik Review (Environmental Issue): Fall 1991 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 66 Tim Henderson Rio De Lagrimas The Garzas have ranched on this river for years, Y Hombres sin Nombre no deben llorar, since before it shrank up and ran as salty tears, cramp, sick, die, poisoner, curse, maquilador
27200 Dry Crik Review (Environmental Issue): Fall 1991 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 67 Tim Henderson Big Black Hearted Mountain My grandpa knew this mountain, her hardwoods tall and clean, and stamped against a turquoise sky like an emerald serene, She stored jade in every hollow murder, smoke, fire, soul, coal
27201 Dry Crik Review (Environmental Issue): Fall 1991 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 68 John C. Dofflemyer parity The rarity of idle time and space to spend it in is taxed along with cycled salt in sun by books of regulation, legal culprits in disguise- where there ain't room to hide or place to run. enslave, dollar, predator, nation, heart, birth, believe
27202 Dry Crik Review (Environmental Issue): Fall 1991 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 69 John C. Dofflemyer In Space The street signs become the scentposts for coyotes and sidewalks the stage for the rat's rampant race. The nesters stay cowered past stout chains and bolts sense, dimension, existed, pretense, resisted, revolves, sediment
27203 Dry Crik Review (Environmental Issue): Fall 1991 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 70 Larry McWhorter The panhandle Where the short grass struggles daily, racing wind to claim each rain before it sucks the precious drops up in it's skyward drain. dreamer, vision, rhyme, summer, brutal, demand
27204 Dry Crik Review (Environmental Issue): Fall 1991 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 71 Larry McWhorter The Gate Once painted white with loving care it's now a grayish brown with scattered specks of remnant paint. The free end drags the ground. enhance, scent, replace, brute, bolts, threads