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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
3027 Songs and Poems of the Old West by an Old Cowboy FC 11 S-12 69 James H. Stevenson Northland I am dreaming tonight of the sunset
3028 Songs and Poems of the Old West by an Old Cowboy FC 11 S-12 67 James H. Stevenson Mystery I can understand the noise of tramping feet
3029 Songs and Poems of the Old West by an Old Cowboy FC 11 S-12 65 James H. Stevenson Whispering In the calm dusk of my room
3030 Songs and Poems of the Old West by an Old Cowboy FC 11 S-12 63 James H. Stevenson Jim Don't Tease Around a lake there is a road
3031 Songs and Poems of the Old West by an Old Cowboy FC 11 S-12 61 James H. Stevenson Dreaming of Boyhood In the twilight when shadows are falling
3032 Songs and Poems of the Old West by an Old Cowboy FC 11 S-12 59 James H. Stevenson Reveries Sitting here alone, looking at your picture
3033 Songs and Poems of the Old West by an Old Cowboy FC 11 S-12 57 James H. Stevenson Pumpkins Among the Corn Down through a broad green valley
3034 Songs and Poems of the Old West by an Old Cowboy FC 11 S-12 55 James H. Stevenson The Dawn The dawn's wind is fresh in my face
3035 Songs and Poems of the Old West by an Old Cowboy FC 11 S-12 53 James H. Stevenson Dreams Or-- The call of the hills thrills me through
3036 Songs and Poems of the Old West by an Old Cowboy FC 11 S-12 51 James H. Stevenson A Fisherman's Longing There's a soft wind blowing down the river
3037 Father and Son FC 11 S-14 1 Colen H. Sweeten, Jr. Better to Give The other night as I was about to retire, I
3038 Father and Son FC 11 S-14 3 Colen H. Sweeten, Jr. Helping Daddy Let's go milk the cow, Dad
3039 Father and Son FC 11 S-14 5 Colen H. Sweeten, Jr. Worn Out Shoes They skuff through a field of new-mown hay,
3040 Father and Son FC 11 S-14 7 Colen H. Sweeten, Jr. My Boy and I We buried his dog, my boy and I,
3041 Father and Son FC 11 S-14 9 Colen H. Sweeten, Jr. You and Your Boy Take your boy to the mountains,
3042 Father and Son FC 11 S-14 11 Colen H. Sweeten, Jr. Fantasy Two small boys, while I tagged along,
3043 Father and Son FC 11 S-14 13 Colen H. Sweeten, Jr. Not So Bad If I could lie once more upon the earth,
3044 Father and Son FC 11 S-14 14 Colen H. Sweeten, Jr. The Soul of a Pioneer Dad's big hands could tame the land,
3045 Father and Son FC 11 S-14 16 Colen H. Sweeten, Jr. Tell Me About the War Take me up to the attic, Dad,
3046 Father and Son FC 11 S-14 18 Colen H. Sweeten, Jr. This Old Barn Could this old barn but find a way
3047 Father and Son FC 11 S-14 19 Colen H. Sweeten, Jr. Dad's Old Hat Dad's old hat had personality,
3048 Father and Son FC 11 S-14 20 Colen H. Sweeten, Jr. My Kid's Up That's him, the little one with the bat,
3049 Father and Son FC 11 S-14 21 Colen H. Sweeten, Jr. That's Why My wife must clean and wipe,
3050 Where Cattle Roam FC 11 S-15 63 Al Summers Lone-Wolf Trail On the Lone-Wolf trail I'm a-driftin',
3051 Where Cattle Roam FC 11 S-15 62 Al Summers Blue Roan I hit the big outfit along in the fall.