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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
3427 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 74 Henry H. Lawrence Mount Capulin So desolate and lonely on the plain. mountain, landmark
3428 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 74 Henry H. Lawrence Carson National Forest Far back among your hills I have found rest. contentedness, forest, nature, peace, solitude
3429 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 103 Sarah D. Ulmer Dream Picture There's a picture made of cobwebs. mirage, desert
3430 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 102 Sarah D. Ulmer The Lost Legend (Of the Staked Plain) There's a pretty little fiction. sand
3431 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 101 Sarah D. Ulmer Taps for Old Fort Bascom Blow, bugler, from your soul. past, ruins, army
3432 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 100 Roy Allen Stamm Alone, I Ride The western Winds are wild and free. west, longing
3433 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 99 Roy Allen Stamm Zuni Chant Soft night winds shuttling through the canyon's gloom. Zuni
3434 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 99 Roy Allen Stamm Rio Grande April Cloud fleece, earth spice, rain feel. spring
3435 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 99 Roy Allen Stamm Navajo Trail Low broods the sun on buttes far west. Navajo
3436 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 98 Roy Allen Stamm New Mexico Lord Sun above, brave days below. New Mexico
3437 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 98 Roy Allen Stamm They're Dancing in Taos "They're dancing in Taos," now drifts the word down. Taos, dance, Indians
3438 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 96 Annie Laurie Snorf The White Sands Out in the great wide spaces. sand
3439 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 95 Annie Laurie Snorf Old Pecos Mission O tell me, gaunt and grim old wall. mission, adobe, past
3440 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 94 Edgar Sherman My Christmas Trees My Christmas trees are the scrubby pines. trees, Christmas, snow, winter
3441 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 93 Edgar Sherman Night Comes to San Jon Clefts the quiet air a coyote's howl. nature, evening, night
3442 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 93 Edgar Sherman Tumbleweed Ladies of San Jon There are no brown leaves here in San Jon. autumn, tumbleweeds, wind
3443 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 92 Lillian Gibbs Sewell Above Timber-line Here. nature, wilderness
3444 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 91 Lillian Gibbs Sewell Heights Silently! mountain
3445 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 91 Lillian Gibbs Sewell Mirage Your love. love, longing
3446 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 89 O. Sewell Song of a Sheepherder When there's ice upon the pond. sheepherder, sheep
3447 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 88 O. Sewell Peace The darkness is pushed back by a campfire. campfire, desert, solitude
3448 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 88 O. Sewell Adoration Purple spikes of larkspur growing near the fence. belief, prayer, beauty
3449 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 87 Orval Ricketts Aztec Ruins Gray sepulchers of a race at rest. Aztec, ruins, ancient history
3450 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 86 Orval Ricketts Path at Pueblo Bonito Along a path I loiter where. ancient history, Indians
3451 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 85 Orval Ricketts New Mexico Desert Whose heart is warm is gladdened by. desert