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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
3377 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 24 William Felter Ranchos De Taos Here in the doorway of Kit Carson's house. Kit Carson, life
3378 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 25 William Felter The Rabbit Ears Old Chief Rabbit Ears, gaunt and grim. Apache, Indians, battle, tragedy, past, tourist
3379 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 25 William Felter Ghost Towns McSweeney's place is lonesome. ghosts, ghost town
3380 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 27 William Felter Wagon Mound As you travel along the good highway. travel, landmark
3381 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 27 William Felter Rosary of Flowers She wove a chain of violets. love lost, death, religion, flowers
3382 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 28 William Felter Spring Fever Said the prairie owl to the rattler. spring, owl, rattlesnake, snake, prairie dog
3383 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 29 William Felter Where the Red Gods Call I'm tired of the noise of the city. city, noise, peace, beauty, health, leisure
3384 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 30 William Felter The Navajo Weaver I am a weaver of dreams. Navajo, weaving, rugs, need
3385 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 31 William Felter Carlsbad Cavern Behold the cavern! Here the Titans toiled. cave, beauty, bats, nature
3386 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 31 William Felter Traveling I'm traveling the open road that leads to everywhere. travel, alone
3387 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 33 William Felter The Ghosts of Chico On the hills surrounding Chico. monument, cattleman, past, memories
3388 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 35 William Felter Billy the Kid Billy the Kid rides in moonlight bright. Billy the Kid, past, history
3389 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 35 William Felter The Ship rock Legend This the legend that they tell. legend, Navajo, desert, land, rain, Bible, belief
3390 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 37 William Felter La Golondrina I watched your eyes while you played. music, song, sing, romance, love
3391 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 38 William Felter Zuni Daybreak With wistful eyes turned to the east. morning, sun, Zuni
3392 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 39 William Felter Spanish Lessons You talk the language of old Spain. Spanish, language
3393 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 39 William Felter Tucumcari Mountain Oh Tucumcari Mountain the signals no more flow. mountain, landmark, change, past, fences
3394 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 41 Esther Humphrey Gallagher Loneliness I am alone. alone, loneliness, color
3395 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 42 Julia D. Glass Green Waters of the Pecos I stand on the bridge and gaze down deep, into the water of the Pecos. water, desert, river
3396 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 42 Julia D. Glass On Viewing a New Mexico Sunrise Day is breaking! New Mexico, sunrise, sun, sky, life
3397 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 44 Julia D. Glass Peaceful Places Have you followed the Hondo at dawn. nature, peace, God, belief
3398 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 46 Fred M. Griffin Recollections of an Old Timer As I laze aroun' in the sunshine. memories, heaven, afterlife
3399 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 47 Fred M. Griffin The Ghosts of Lincoln Town I love to sit, on a summer's eve. pioneers, ghosts, Billy the Kid, history, past, west, Apache
3400 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 48 Fred M. Griffin Them Good Old Days I rode the range, when I was young. range, change, Billy the Kid, youth, past
3401 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 51 Carey Holbrook The Squeak of the Saddle Girth I warble a lay to a drowsy day. saddle, song, sing, riding