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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.

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IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
3352 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 3 S. Omar Barker Cliff Dwellings Smoke-blacked, empty and still with years. adobe, cliff dwelling, silence, desolate, kiva, Indians
3353 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 4 S. Omar Barker Onofre Romero Up to the timberline, grassy and steep. sheep, sheepherder
3354 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 5 S. Omar Barker El Morro The ages reared it there. petroglyphs, Zuni, cliff dwelling, Indians, Spaniards, past, stone, adventure, explorers
3355 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 6 S. Omar Barker Her Cowboy Son She's got one son a doctor. mother, children, son, pride, cowpuncher, father, memories
3356 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 7 S. Omar Barker Tongues At school I studies old tongues. language, God, wind, nature
3357 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 7 S. Omar Barker The Good Samaritan The Bible tells the story of the Good Samaritan. dogie, calves, calving, cold, work, cow, shelter
3358 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 9 George B. Bowra The Aztecs Gone are these people forever. Aztec, Indians, ancient history, kiva, work, shelter, dwelling
3359 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 10 George B. Bowra Autumn Leaves Tumble, tumble, tumbling. leaves, autumn, seasons
3360 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 10 George B. Bowra Garden in Autumn The hollyhocks droop their heads. garden, flowers, autumn, seasons
3361 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 12 Mary Leola Boyd City of Romance Some where on the wind-swept plains. New Mexico, city, Santa Fe, west
3362 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 13 Whitter Bynner High Neighbor Coming out of my door at midnight. moon, night, light
3363 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 13 Whitter Bynner In an Eastern Caf? This, this again, after years, these marble tables. cigarettes, cigar, smoke, pipe, cafe
3364 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 13 Whitter Bynner A New Mexico Painting They were mother and son. art, travel, bus, parting, mother, son, kiss
3365 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 14 Whitter Bynner Mexican Folk-Song Women and doves are soft and round. women, cat
3366 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 14 Whitter Bynner A Plea to the Archbishop Six years now I have watched the blood of Christ. sky, New Mexico, beauty, sunset, mountains, Santa Fe, sun, religion, belief, Jesus Christ
3367 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 15 Whitter Bynner Testament Crumble me with fire into the desert sand. death, desert, decay
3368 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 16 Alice Corbin Cundiyo As I came down from Cundiyo. women, walking, sorrow, grief, death, loss
3369 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 17 Alice Corbin Juan Quintana The goat-herd follows his flock. goats, flock, occupation, alone
3370 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 18 Alice Corbin Christ is Born in Bethlehem Cristonacio is what the rooster said. Jesus Christ
3371 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 19 Elinor G. Crans Old Town Pinturas Grave and sedate, his eyes cast down. death, woman, lady, walking, life, road, travel
3372 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 30 Elinor G. Crans An Old town Funeral I started out one sunny day. walking, bell, death, funeral, church, religion
3373 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 31 Elizabeth D. Huff Two Little Navajos What do you hold within your eyes. Navajo, children, boy, girl
3374 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 31 Elizabeth D. Huff From the Navajo Mountain Chant May I walk in beauty. beauty, Navajo
3375 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 22 Elizabeth D. Huff Oh, Koshares! Hear the winds from the North bringing rain clouds. clouds, rain, wind
3376 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 23 Elizabeth D. Huff At Lake Peak in the Sangre De Cristo Mountains I ask of life the rainbow gleam. nature, life