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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
2802 Songs of Juniper Flat FC 11 D-06 4 Mary R. Duling Meditation I stand beneath a Juniper. Wapinitia, Jesus, Elijah, land, tree
2803 Songs of Juniper Flat FC 11 D-06 5 Mary R. Duling Perpetuity Long, long ago, -- yet not too long it seems. girl, red hair, mother, child, poet, future, artist, generation, family, memories
2804 Songs of Juniper Flat FC 11 D-06 6 Mary R. Duling Natives Stop! deer
2805 Songs of Juniper Flat FC 11 D-06 7 Mary R. Duling The Old Water Tower The old water tower on The Natural Pasture. sentinel, landmark, memories
2806 Songs of Juniper Flat FC 11 D-06 8 Mary R. Duling Matrimony Vine Although they mostly settled. water, settle, ancestors, vine, plant, endurance
2807 Songs of Juniper Flat FC 11 D-06 9 Mary R. Duling The Old Wire Gate When I was just a little girl. childhood, home, family, father, growing up, housewife, gate, barbed wire, cattle guard, marriage, aging, life
2808 Songs of Juniper Flat FC 11 D-06 11 Mary R. Duling Wapinitia Creek in Winter Oh, you wild rushing torrent of muddy brown water. water, winter, stream, river
2809 Songs of Juniper Flat FC 11 D-06 12 Mary R. Duling Country Store The old store building looks with vacant eyes. store, building, memories, past
2810 Songs of Juniper Flat FC 11 D-06 13 Mary R. Duling Old Blue Bottle As I walked on the rim overlooking the river. bottle, collection, gin, drink, liquor, herders
2811 Songs of Juniper Flat FC 11 D-06 14 Mary R. Duling The Old Rail Fence No one likes progress anymore than I. fence, pioneers, progress, ancestors, forebears, past
2812 Songs of Juniper Flat FC 11 D-06 15 Mary R. Duling Sportsman's Recompense A week ago I rode across the canyon. wildlife, nature, hunting, conservation, appreciation
2813 Songs of Juniper Flat FC 11 D-06 16 Mary R. Duling The Old Walking Plow As I stood with the crowd at an auction sale. auction, sale, selling, charity, bazaar, plow, pioneers, women, gratitude, appreciation, heritage, ancestors, dream, vision
2814 Songs of Juniper Flat FC 11 D-06 17 Mary R. Duling Memories of a Water Wagon Among the early memories of my childhood. childhood, team, wagon, memories, progress, water
2815 Songs of Juniper Flat FC 11 D-06 18 Mary R. Duling Converted Barn While musing on the modes of yesterday. barn, shelter, past
2816 Songs of Juniper Flat FC 11 D-06 19 Mary R. Duling Samantha There's a ghost out on The Pasture. ghosts, haunt
2817 Songs of Juniper Flat FC 11 D-06 20 Mary R. Duling Thanksgiving If all the old timers who have long passed away. pride, water, gratitude
2818 Songs of Juniper Flat FC 11 D-06 21 Mary R. Duling The Aftermath When we recall in future years. flood, water, 1964, disaster, memories, danger, Christmas, loss, neighbors, help
2819 Songs of Juniper Flat FC 11 D-06 23 Mary R. Duling Conservationist I am a conservationist. conservation, saving, moles, flower bulbs, flowers
2820 Songs of Juniper Flat FC 11 D-06 24 Mary R. Duling Wind song The winds that blow on Juniper Flat. wind, Mount Hood, cardinal points
2821 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 26 Martha Downer Ellis On the Ranch Caught in a dream are we who live here. weather, wind
2822 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 27 Martha Downer Ellis The Cowboys I see them in the early morning light. cowboys, occupation
2823 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 28 Martha Downer Ellis The Wagon Year after year the wagon goes out. wagon, brand, work
2824 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 30 Martha Downer Ellis In Branding Time From the top of the Gravelly Hills this morning. branding, sound, cattle
2825 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 31 Martha Downer Ellis Morning Exercise At the Zorra camping place I waited. horses, running
2826 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 32 Martha Downer Ellis At Zorra Wagon Camp Standing on top of the station wagon, I was. picture, photograph