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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
3452 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 85 Orval Ricketts New Mexico Cottonwoods Supple-fingered October winds. autumn, leaves, trees
3453 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 84 Orval Ricketts Old Navajo Valiant Navajo. Navajo, Indians, aging
3454 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 83 J.B. Montgomery McGovern A Grave A honey suckle growing in a skull. grave, skull, bones, life, afterlife, belief
3455 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 81 John L. McCarty The Taos Pueblo If you would find the quiet life where man lives. Taos, peace
3456 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 80 John L. McCarty Autumn in the Cimarron Sunshine races across the road. autumn, sun, nature
3457 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 80 John L. McCarty New Mexico Earthen houses of tan and white. adobe, New Mexico
3458 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 78 Haniel Long To Be Read at Yavapai (Grand Canyon) The gulfs of coral and of stormy blue. contentedness, work, play, Colorado River, river, man, life
3459 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 78 Haniel Long January Afternoon The snow has the ripples wind and water leave. snow, tracks, seasons, winter, thoughts
3460 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 76 Haniel Long Picnic at Canyon Diablo The rest went anywhere, did anything. picnic, water, death, belief, God, creation
3461 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 76 Haniel Long Sand Storm Now comes the sand. sand, wind, dust
3462 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 74 Henry H. Lawrence Taos The rambling streets remind, the bright blue sky. Taos, writers, artist, beauty
3463 New Mexico in Verse William Felter and John L. McCarty FC 11 F-01 75 Henry H. Lawrence Palisades in Cimarron A crystal brook and sky-high palisades. nature, peace, contentedness, wilderness
3464 On Desert Trails FC 11 F-03 1 Jewel Finley My Desert Home Where the bare ridges slope. desert, home
3465 On Desert Trails FC 11 F-03 2 Jewel Finley To A Lark Mr. Meadow Lark up in the tree. bird
3466 On Desert Trails FC 11 F-03 2 Jewel Finley Injun Cat Mix-up Sure he's dead, now stop yer doubtin'. wildcat, cat, wildlife
3467 On Desert Trails FC 11 F-03 4 Jewel Finley The Mustang's Heritage Catch me if you can you cruel bragging man. wild horse, mustangs, horses
3468 On Desert Trails FC 11 F-03 5 Jewel Finley My Dingo Dog and Me In the wind and in the sun. dog, pet
3469 On Desert Trails FC 11 F-03 6 Jewel Finley Wild Burros Out where the desert breezes. burro, desert, wildlife
3470 On Desert Trails FC 11 F-03 7 Jewel Finley Ride `Em Cowboy "Yes Sir by God Sir I can Sir." bronc busting, ride
3471 On Desert Trails FC 11 F-03 8 Jewel Finley Log Cabin The old, log cabin seems to be listening. past, log cabin, home
3472 On Desert Trails FC 11 F-03 9 Jewel Finley Cavvy Bells Those cavvy bells are ringing. horses, bells
3473 On Desert Trails FC 11 F-03 10 Jewel Finley Desert Flower A little desert cactus. flowers, desert, cactus
3474 On Desert Trails FC 11 F-03 11 Jewel Finley Chinook Wind Oh Chinook wind. Chinook, wind, spring, winter
3475 On Desert Trails FC 11 F-03 12 Jewel Finley Solitude I was on a lonely trail today. tracks, solitude, alone, nature
3476 On Desert Trails FC 11 F-03 13 Jewel Finley Little Wild Turtle Dove As I was out riding for cattle one day. Indian-White relations, betrayal, love betrayed, love triangle