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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
3402 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 52 Carey Holbrook Fishing Time Fishing time and a drowsy day. fishing, leisure, store
3403 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 52 Carey Holbrook Pecos Town A sparkling day of gold and rose. fishing
3404 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 53 Carey Holbrook Wanderlust I'd like to take the open road. wanderlust, travel
3405 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 54 Margaret Page Hood Desert Lover Heat! desert, heat, space
3406 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 54 Margaret Page Hood Spring Dusk in Old Mesilla A woman, old and brown, her head wrapped nunwise. earth, soil, ground, evening, sunset
3407 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 55 Margaret Page Hood The Homestead Rose No, I didn't grieve so much. leaving, home, house, rose, flowers
3408 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 56 Margaret Page Hood Adobe Pleasant to live in a house of earth. adobe, house, earth, burial
3409 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 57 Margaret Page Hood New Mexico Fragments Wind -- sand! sand, wind, desert, New Mexico
3410 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 58 Margaret Page Hood Old Mesilla Beneath the glowing turquoise of the summer skies. town, past, history
3411 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 59 Margaret Page Hood Cuidad Juarez Blind beggar on a dusty road. city, beggar
3412 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 60 Gentry Keith Sierra Manzano For some good reason, vague, but sure. sea, ancient history, God, belief, mountains, creation, destruction
3413 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 61 Eugene B. Kuntz Rio Ruidoso The Noisy River long ago `twas named. river, water, stones, nature
3414 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 62 Eugene B. Kuntz Jim White, Cavern-Explorer It was he who delved the depth, and found. explorer, cave, Carlsbad Cavern, bravery
3415 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 63 Eugene B. Kuntz Where Pearlflecked Waters Tumble Where pearl flecked waters tumble down the fretted walls. water, river, bird, nature
3416 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 65 Fred Lambert The Thunder Bird Tom-tom-tom-tom-tom-tom-tom! Pueblo, gods, thunder, bird, Taos, rain
3417 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 66 Fred Lambert The Legend Way up high in the mountain's snow. thunder, bird, rain, Indian, legend, gods, spirits, Taos, lightning, dry, water, ancient history
3418 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 68 Fred Lambert L' Envoi Tom-tom-tom-tom-tom-tom-tom! Indians, Pueblo
3419 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 68 Fred Lambert The Santa Fe Trail Trail of a continent, tell us your story. adventure, trail, past, history, Santa Fe
3420 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 70 Henry H. Lawrence The Zuni Sun A circle and the bars of living light. Zuni, Indians, sun, symbol, past
3421 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 70 Henry H. Lawrence Zuni Cliff Houses Remote, in a lost canyon, near the sky. cliff dwelling, ancient history, Zuni, Indians, kiva
3422 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 71 Henry H. Lawrence Coronado His spirit roams amid these storied hills. New Mexico, Spaniards, sunset, gold
3423 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 71 Henry H. Lawrence The Fabled City of Cibola The city of Cibola lives it seems. gold, Spaniards, sunset
3424 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 72 Henry H. Lawrence Santa Fe The ghosts of warriors haunt your crooked streets. past, city, Santa Fe
3425 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 72 Henry H. Lawrence Carlsbad Cavern Titanic miracle of nature's loom. cave, Carlsbad, stone, beauty, nature
3426 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 73 Henry H. Lawrence White Sands The sighing wind makes music in these sands. sand, wind, stone, monument