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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.


Poetry table.

First Previous Next Last
IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
2827 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 33 Martha Downer Ellis At Round Top Wagon Camp With camera and cookies I wait. clouds, summer, sky
2828 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 34 Martha Downer Ellis In the Rope Corral The older horses range themselves. rope, horses
2829 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 35 Martha Downer Ellis The Horses I know why we prize them so. horse, cowboy, occupation
2830 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 36 Martha Downer Ellis Cole Younger Cole Younger fell dead under Mark today. pasture, horse, death, service
2831 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 37 Martha Downer Ellis Buster Robert L. Taylor was killed in China Canyon. death, branding, rope, 1957, summer
2832 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 38 Martha Downer Ellis Over the Ranch The jets fly over a seemingly empty land. dust, smoke signals, plane, view, air, signs, contentedness, sight
2833 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 39 Martha Downer Ellis Pete Keenan The boys found Pete's old Baldy Roan dead today. horse, death, drink, alcohol, cowboy, lightning, mercy
2834 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 40 Martha Downer Ellis Branding in Drouth Beneath the summer's blazing sun. drought, sun, wind, weariness, branding, summer
2835 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 41 Martha Downer Ellis Fall in Drouth Summer is fading, yellow leaves are falling. autumn, drought
2836 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 42 Martha Downer Ellis In 1953 Through all the hot and windy days of June. dry, wind, clouds, hope, rain, need
2837 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 43 Martha Downer Ellis In Long Drouth Have you ever been watching when those first. drought, rain, thunder, need, desire, wind, clouds, water, wet
2838 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 44 Martha Downer Ellis October in Drouth October's days are blue and fair. drought, water. hope, despair, waiting, worry
2839 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 45 Martha Downer Ellis Drouth Shipping Early this morning truck, loading cattle, yearlings, cows, calves
2840 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 46 Martha Downer Ellis In a Dry Year Don't look. Don't look. drought, dust, avoidance, dry
2841 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 47 Martha Downer Ellis Rain It's raining in the Seco. rain, water
2842 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 48 Martha Downer Ellis Rain After Drouth A cloud came by today. drought, water, rain, appreciation, gratitude
2843 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 49 Martha Downer Ellis Today's Work Breakfast is over, and I see. work, clothing, dress
2844 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 50 Martha Downer Ellis 1954 The brown and bitter summer has gone. seeds, grass, hope, frost
2845 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 51 Martha Downer Ellis Winter Grass Until the dry years came I never knew. winter, grass, blue sky
2846 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 52 Martha Downer Ellis The Perra Corrals The Perra corrals -- three sets of them. corral, watering hole, materials, fencing, building techniques, mechanization, progress
2847 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 54 Martha Downer Ellis The Fence at the Perra Trap Straight as a string that is taut. barbed wire, fence, character
2848 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 55 Martha Downer Ellis The New Chuck wagon The new chuck wagon doesn't have to have. truck, modernization
2849 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 56 Martha Downer Ellis Off to the Museum How lonely it looked. chuck wagon, obsolescence, obsolete
2850 Ranch Tales of the Rockies FC 11 E-03 53 Harry Ellard Lanky Bill and the Parson In the good old days of `89. mining, prospecting, fight, law, saloon, gambling, drink, parson, church, Sabbath, meeting house, money
2851 Ranch Tales of the Rockies FC 11 E-03 62 Harry Ellard My Sweetheart on the Ranch Oh, my sweetheart, she's a beauty, and lives on Circle X. love, girlfriend