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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
2727 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 216 Eugene Field The Colorado Sandstorm See the madly blowing dust. blowing dust
2728 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 217 Arthur W. Monroe The Forest Fire Rolling clouds of greasy smoke. flames, destruction, fear
2729 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 218 Arthur W. Monroe Lost in a Blizzard Stumbling over fallen logs. snow, danger, fear, cold
2730 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 218 Pearl Riggs Crouch The Snowstorm Across the plain the wind whines through the sage. northwind
2731 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 219 Robert Carr Prairie Wolves Up where the white bluffs fringe the plain. wild animals, cold
2732 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 220 Vesta Pierce Crawford Pioneer Woman Beneath these alien stars. homesick, courage, strength
2733 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 221 Nellie Burget Miller The Shack A passing motorist glanced back. picture, silence, isolation
2734 Poems of the Old West: A Rocky Mountain Anthology Levette J. Davidson FC 11 D-02 222 John Charles Fremont On Recrossing the Rocky Mountains After Many Years Long years ago I wandered here. past, reflections, fate, disillusion
2735 A Cowboy's Forty Years of Gathering FC 11 D-03 6 Chet Dawson Gatherings of Forty Years A pair of spurs, an old six gun, a pair of beat up chaps. spurs, six-gun, chaps, boots, saddle, gear, memories
2736 A Cowboy's Forty Years of Gathering FC 11 D-03 7 Chet Dawson In Memory of a Cowhorse "Croppie" He wasn't big, not big in size. heart, horse, ears, cow pony, broken leg, mercy killing, soul, Great Divide, broken bones
2737 A Cowboy's Forty Years of Gathering FC 11 D-03 9 Chet Dawson The Brave Maker The boys was packin' along a jug. drink, liquor, mountain lion, bravery, cave
2738 Cowboy's Forty Years of Gathering FC 11 D-03 10 Chet Dawson Cow Country Financiers Here's a tale of a vanished cow herd. banker, money, brand, rustlers, cattle herd, rustling
2739 Cowboy's Forty Years of Gathering FC 11 D-03 11 Chet Dawson Advice and Best Wishes to Two Friends Jack at one time was a cowboy. marriage, husband, wife, advice
2740 Cowboy's Forty Years of Gathering FC 11 D-03 13 Chet Dawson Second Chance Powder Face Tom was a cowboy from. second chance, death, church, reform
2741 A Cowboy's Forty Years of Gathering FC 11 D-03 14 Chet Dawson ICU2 Powder Face an' Smoky Joe. IC brand, ICU, ICU2, I C, rustling
2742 A Cowboy's Forty Years of Gathering FC 11 D-03 15 Chet Dawson Stampede The night is black and muggy. lightning, night-herding, stampede, horse, safety
2743 A Cowboy's Forty Years of Gathering FC 11 D-03 16 Chet Dawson The Rider Who Isn't There There's a cow camp story. story, ghost, phantom, haunt, ghosts
2744 A Cowboy's Forty Years of Gathering FC 11 D-03 17 Chet Dawson Mystery Hill There's a tale goes `round in the far Southwest. southwest, New Mexico, story, Englishman, dupe, joke, cheat, mountain, hill, trick, buyer, hills
2745 A Cowboy's Forty Years of Gathering FC 11 D-03 18 Chet Dawson Brazos We once lost a bunch of hosses down close to the Rio Grande. manana, Mexico, horses, rustling
2746 A Cowboy's Forty Years of Gathering FC 11 D-03 19 Chet Dawson Range Life Did you ever get up in the cold grey dawn. morning, stupidity, hardship, town, home
2747 A Cowboy's Forty Years of Gathering FC 11 D-03 21 Chet Dawson Strange Meeting I was travelin' thru strange country. red hair, beauty, shadow, dream
2748 A Cowboy's Forty Years of Gathering FC 11 D-03 22 Chet Dawson The Southwest This is a land for a dreamer. southwest, dreamer, dream, land
2749 A Cowboy's Forty Years of Gathering FC 11 D-03 23 Chet Dawson A Roamin' Holiday My pardner Bill an' me. partner, home brew, drink, drunk, bucking bronco
2750 A Cowboy's Forty Years of Gathering FC 11 D-03 24 Chet Dawson The Passing of the Range The dust of their herds have long since passed. progress, open range
2751 A Cowboy's Forty Years of Gathering FC 11 D-03 26 Chet Dawson Night Herd I'm guarding a bunch of cattle. night-herding, night, stars, Mars, night guard, Milky Way, Great Divide