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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
3327 Songs of the Cowboy Don Edwards FC 11 E-09 13 Don Edwards Horses There's an old sayin' I heard long ago. horses, cow pony, dreams, Will James
3328 Songs of the Cowboy Don Edwards FC 11 E-09 16 Jack Thorp The Zebra Dun We were camped out on the plains at the head of the Cimarron. greenhorn, prank, trick, education, ride, bucking bronco
3329 Songs of the Cowboy Don Edwards FC 11 E-09 20 anonymous Powder horn (The Cutting Horse Song) Out in the west it has often been said. horses, cutting horse, Texas, paint, filly
3330 Songs of the Cowboy Don Edwards FC 11 E-09 22 Badger Clark The Glory Trail (High Chin Bob) Away up high in the Mogollons among the mountain tops.
3331 Songs of the Cowboy Don Edwards FC 11 E-09 26 Jack Thorp Chopo Through Rocky Arroyos so dark and so deep. horse, night, pride, friend, lightning, storm, roping horse, stampede
3332 Songs of the Cowboy Don Edwards FC 11 E-09 30 Don Edwards The Chant of the Night Songs When day's work is over and supper all done. night herding, sing, song, cattle
3333 Songs of the Cowboy Don Edwards FC 11 E-09 31 Harry Stephens Night Herding Song Oh, slow up dogies, quite your roving round. night herding, song, sing
3334 Songs of the Cowboy Don Edwards FC 11 E-09 33 Stan Jones Cowpoke I'm lonesome, but happy, rich but I'm broke. drifter, cowpoke, rugged individualism, alone
3335 Songs of the Cowboy Don Edwards FC 11 E-09 34 Jack Thorp Little Joe the Wrangler Little Joe, the wrangler, will wrangle nevermore. wrangler, stampede, stray, storm, hail, Texas, death, trampled
3336 Songs of the Cowboy Don Edwards FC 11 E-09 38 D.J. O'Malley When the Work's All Done This Fall A group of jolly cowboys discussing plans at ease.
3337 Songs of the Cowboy Don Edwards FC 11 E-09 41 Walt Cousins Stampede Lightning rolls in hoops and circles. stampede, fear, prayer, lightning, cattle
3338 Songs of the Cowboy Don Edwards FC 11 E-09 42 Marty Robbins The Master's Call When I was but a young man, I was wild and full of fire. youth, boy, sin, outlaw, robbers, Mexico, lightning, cattle, rustling, stampede, prayer, belief, God, fear, Jesus Christ, forgiveness, repentance
3339 Songs of the Cowboy Don Edwards FC 11 E-09 46 Badger Clark A Cowboy's Prayer Oh Lord, I've never lived where churches grow.
3340 Songs of the Cowboy Don Edwards FC 11 E-09 47 anonymous Cowboy's Dream Last night as I lay on the prairie. afterlife, judgment, death, belief, God
3341 Songs of the Cowboy Don Edwards FC 11 E-09 50 Gail Gardner Tying Knots in the Devil's Tail Away up high in the Sierry Petes.
3342 Songs of the Cowboy Don Edwards FC 11 E-09 53 Curley Fletcher Meditation The soft wind sways the whispering grass.
3343 Songs of the Cowboy Don Edwards FC 11 E-09 56 Curley Fletcher The Strawberry Roan I was hanging `round town just a-spending my time.
3344 Songs of the Cowboy Don Edwards FC 11 E-09 60 anonymous I'd Like to be in Texas (For the Round-Up in the Spring) In the lobby of a big hotel, in New York town one day. New York, Texas, storytelling, spring, roundup, cowboy
3345 Songs of the Cowboy Don Edwards FC 11 E-09 61 Jimmie Rodgers When the Cactus is in Bloom The cattle prowled, and the coyotes howled, out on the great divide. roundup, cactus, desert, spring, cattle
3346 Songs of the Cowboy Don Edwards FC 11 E-09 64 Bob Nolan This Ain't the Same Old Range Things have changed across the range since long ago. change, friends, aging
3347 Songs of the Cowboy Don Edwards FC 11 E-09 65 Badger Clark The Old Cowman I rode across a valley range.
3348 Songs of the Cowboy Don Edwards FC 11 E-09 68 Badger Clark Ridin' There is some that like the city.
3349 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 1 S. Omar Barker Trail Dust Each time has had its heroes--men.
3350 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 1 S. Omar Barker Woodland Magic Step silently if you would hear. nature, wildlife, deer, grouse, silence, philosophy, life
3351 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 2 S. Omar Barker Turned Tables At home she cooks and sweeps and sews. gender roles, husband, wife, work