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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
3002 Songs and Poems of the Old West by an Old Cowboy FC 11 S-12 17 James H. Stevenson Who Was Scared? Around a campfire by a running stream
3003 Songs and Poems of the Old West by an Old Cowboy FC 11 S-12 19 James H. Stevenson Dreams of the Range I am dreaming tonight of days long past
3004 Songs and Poems of the Old West by an Old Cowboy FC 11 S-12 21 James H. Stevenson Dreams of Sour Dough Tonight by the fireplace I am dreaming
3005 Songs and Poems of the Old West by an Old Cowboy FC 11 S-12 23 James H. Stevenson The Deserted Ranch Deserted on a hillside an old ranch house stands
3006 Songs and Poems of the Old West by an Old Cowboy FC 11 S-12 25 James H. Stevenson Cowboy's Refrain The sun in its splendor is sinking
3007 Songs and Poems of the Old West by an Old Cowboy FC 11 S-12 27 James H. Stevenson Lonesome Tonight as I sit by my campfire dreaming
3008 Songs and Poems of the Old West by an Old Cowboy FC 11 S-12 29 James H. Stevenson Dawn on the Prairie Gray ghosts are chasing all over the prairie
3009 Songs and Poems of the Old West by an Old Cowboy FC 11 S-12 31 James H. Stevenson To my Own Cowhorse In my longing in these lonely years
3010 Songs and Poems of the Old West by an Old Cowboy FC 11 S-12 33 James H. Stevenson The Cowboy's Song The glory of the sun in the western sky
3011 Songs and Poems of the Old West by an Old Cowboy FC 11 S-12 35 James H. Stevenson Sunset is Calling Sunset is calling the tired cowboy
3012 Songs and Poems of the Old West by an Old Cowboy FC 11 S-12 37 James H. Stevenson The Night Herd's Lament On a wagon trail close by the creek
3013 Songs and Poems of the Old West by an Old Cowboy FC 11 S-12 39 James H. Stevenson The Range is Calling When the golden mists are drifting far across the plains
3014 Songs and Poems of the Old West by an Old Cowboy FC 11 S-12 41 James H. Stevenson An Old Cowboy's Heartache The whispering of the breeze
3015 Songs and Poems of the Old West by an Old Cowboy FC 11 S-12 43 James H. Stevenson Old Timer Old timer, do you remember when we
3016 Songs and Poems of the Old West by an Old Cowboy FC 11 S-12 47 James H. Stevenson More Precious Than Gold I have a picture on my table
3017 Songs and Poems of the Old West by an Old Cowboy FC 11 S-12 49 James H. Stevenson My Angel Girl If you dear, were a sweet red rose
3018 Songs and Poems of the Old West by an Old Cowboy FC 11 S-12 87 James H. Stevenson Just Fifty Years Just fifty years of happiness
3019 Songs and Poems of the Old West by an Old Cowboy FC 11 S-12 85 James H. Stevenson Spring in the North The snow is gone, the flowers peep out
3020 Songs and Poems of the Old West by an Old Cowboy FC 11 S-12 83 James H. Stevenson Fifty Below Far up north where the chill winds are blowing
3021 Songs and Poems of the Old West by an Old Cowboy FC 11 S-12 81 James H. Stevenson Lonesome Valley Far up in the valley, the whippoorwill is calling
3022 Songs and Poems of the Old West by an Old Cowboy FC 11 S-12 79 James H. Stevenson Our Home Beside the Hill As the purple shadows gather round, I'm dreaming
3023 Songs and Poems of the Old West by an Old Cowboy FC 11 S-12 77 James H. Stevenson The Mountains Let's go back to the mountains
3024 Songs and Poems of the Old West by an Old Cowboy FC 11 S-12 75 James H. Stevenson When the Sun Comes O'er the Hill Tops
3025 Songs and Poems of the Old West by an Old Cowboy FC 11 S-12 73 James H. Stevenson Winter in the North The snow capped mountains reach up to the sky
3026 Songs and Poems of the Old West by an Old Cowboy FC 11 S-12 71 James H. Stevenson Only a Tramp He was a jolly old tramp, for better things he was born