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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
2777 Our Way of Life FC 11 D-04 25 William "Bill" Doramus Tree On the Right Rib Grandad brought it up from Utah many years ago. grandfather, tree brand, heritage, family, generation, livestock
2778 Our Way of Life FC 11 D-04 27 William "Bill" Doramus Yore Out of the Storm The wind is blowin' hard against yore window. contentedness, snow, cold, shelter, warmth, dreams
2779 Our Way of Life FC 11 D-04 31 William "Bill" Doramus Ode to Bud Get over here Bud, get a bite. dog, devotion, pet
2780 Our Way of Life FC 11 D-04 33 William "Bill" Doramus The Loss of a Friend He was on this ranch when I hired on back in `69. horse, friendship
2781 Our Way of Life FC 11 D-04 35 William "Bill" Doramus Who Made That Saddle? Who built yore rig cowboy? saddle, saddlemaker, leather, cantle, pride
2782 Our Way of Life FC 11 D-04 37 William "Bill" Doramus Nine Years Hey Jeff, let's go out behind the barn. snuff, chewing tobacco, youth, boyhood, manhood, lips, behind the barn
2783 Our Way of Life FC 11 D-04 39 William "Bill" Doramus The First 30 Days She's got papers from here to there. horse training
2784 Our Way of Life FC 11 D-04 41 William "Bill" Doramus Country Hicks I ain't never been to no city. lights, city, simplicity, space, country life, country folk, nature, hick
2785 Smoke from Wapinitia Campfires FC 11 D-05 3 Mary R. Duling Harmonizing Blend I stand on Nena's rim, in Wasco County. time, past, ancient history, Indians, Native Americans, smoke, campfire
2786 Smoke from Wapinitia Campfires FC 11 D-05 4 Mary R. Duling Sifting Song Sifting, sifting, sifting. ancient history, artifact, archeology, dig, Indians
2787 Smoke from Wapinitia Campfires FC 11 D-05 6 Mary R. Duling Indian Art Rediscovered Patience is infinite. patience, beauty, art, artifact, Indians
2788 Smoke from Wapinitia Campfires FC 11 D-05 7 Mary R. Duling Indian Metate In this little shallow cavern. metate, grinding, Indians, woman, stone, artifact, tools, lifestyle, petroglyphs, archeology
2789 Smoke from Wapinitia Campfires FC 11 D-05 8 Mary R. Duling Wapinitia Wapinitia -- low, soft, and musical. Indians, wind, home, ancient history, land, plenty, space
2790 Smoke from Wapinitia Campfires FC 11 D-05 10 Mary R. Duling Common Ground Wapinitia woman. women, artifact, food, commonality, survival, land, Indians, motherhood
2791 Smoke from Wapinitia Campfires FC 11 D-05 13 Mary R. Duling Soliloquy Just an old arrowhead on the rim of the Nena. arrowhead, Indians, belief, love for the land, God, truth, creation
2792 Smoke from Wapinitia Campfires FC 11 D-05 14 Mary R. Duling Tsagaglalal Tsagaglalal. coyote, rock, people, Indians, tradition, legend, stone
2793 Smoke from Wapinitia Campfires FC 11 D-05 15 Mary R. Duling Rainbow Legends Weathered windows from a Wapinitia homestead. Indians, chert, ancient history, obsidian, picture
2794 Smoke from Wapinitia Campfires FC 11 D-05 16 Mary R. Duling Wapinitia Windows Looking back through Wapinitia windows. past, ancient history, Indians, relics, legend, memories, archeology, anthropology, petroglyphs, artist, skill, craftsmanship
2795 Smoke from Wapinitia Campfires FC 11 D-05 18 Mary R. Duling Hobble Stone This round, smooth stone grooved through the center. stone, rock, Indian pony, Indians
2796 Smoke from Wapinitia Campfires FC 11 D-05 19 Mary R. Duling Cooking Stones Here on my window ledge a pile of round stones. stone, rock, cooking, wife, mother, food, tools
2797 Smoke from Wapinitia Campfires FC 11 D-05 20 Mary R. Duling Fisherman's Heritage At Sherar's Falls the Indians fish from wooden platforms. fish, fishing, reservation, Indians, customs, change, craftsmanship, skill, patience
2798 Smoke from Wapinitia Campfires FC 11 D-05 22 Mary R. Duling Broken Dreams For me there is also beauty in the ashes. Indians, ash, relics, artifact, dignity, tradition, dream
2799 Smoke from Wapinitia Campfires FC 11 D-05 24 Mary R. Duling Sunflowers and Lupine Walking out one day through juniper and sagebrush. flowers, spring, childhood, bouquet, family, home, mother, father
2800 Smoke from Wapinitia Campfires FC 11 D-05 26 Mary R. Duling Collector's Romance Now travel is broadening, and money is fine. home, contentedness, satisfaction, fossils, hiking, discovery, relics, love, family
2801 Songs of Juniper Flat FC 11 D-06 3 Mary R. Duling Tribute Oh, Juniper Flat, surrounded by. Mount Hood, Deschutes, peaceful, inspiration