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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
3477 On Desert Trails FC 11 F-03 15 Jewel Finley Riding a Trail of Broken Hearts She's riding a trail of broken hearts. heartache, broken heart
3478 On Desert Trails FC 11 F-03 16 Jewel Finley Roping the Slick ear Bull A cowgirl on a roping horse. cowgirl, roping, bull, throwed
3479 On Desert Trails FC 11 F-03 17 Jewel Finley Nevada Champion Here comes that cowboy. winning, rodeo
3480 On Desert Trails FC 11 F-03 18 Jewel Finley Leppy The cow was old when winter arrived. steer, meat, survival, calf
3481 On Desert Trails FC 11 F-03 19 Jewel Finley Old Paint "`Tis just Old Paint and I." horse, aging, afterlife
3482 On Desert Trails FC 11 F-03 20 Jewel Finley The Shadow He goes slinking through the sage-brush. coyote
3483 On Desert Trails FC 11 F-03 21 Jewel Finley Moments We Remember I was dancing a waltz one moonlight night. dance, love triangle, boyfriend, girlfriend
3484 On Desert Trails FC 11 F-03 22 Jewel Finley Song of the Mourning Dove Coo-ooo coo coo coo. bird, song, love apart, love lost
3485 On Desert Trails FC 11 F-03 23 Jewel Finley The Roping Cowgirl The cowgirl had come to the show to rope. cowgirl, roping
3486 On Desert Trails FC 11 F-03 24 Jewel Finley The Mustang's Lament Who would adopt me, old as I am? mustangs
3487 On Desert Trails FC 11 F-03 25 Jewel Finley Purple Treasure I found it in an old junk pike. junk, syrup, pitcher, fall
3488 On Desert Trails FC 11 F-03 27 Jewel Finley I'll Ride the Trails Alone You've found another love. alone, cry, sadness
3489 On Desert Trails FC 11 F-03 28 Jewel Finley Unwelcome Guest Oh rattlesnake, how still you lie. rattlesnake, snake
3490 On Desert Trails FC 11 F-03 29 Jewel Finley Dry Year in Nye County, Nevada As I sit here on Old Baldy. dry, water, rain, dust, feed
3491 On Desert Trails FC 11 F-03 31 Jewel Finley My Horse Nostrils flaring in the breeze. horse
3492 On Desert Trails FC 11 F-03 32 Jewel Finley Last Resting Place Here is an old range bull's last resting place. bull
3493 On Desert Trails FC 11 F-03 33 Jewel Finley A Lion's Track Oh little wild, brown mustang. mountain lion, tracks, wildlife
3494 On Desert Trails FC 11 F-03 34 Jewel Finley A Million Miles There's a million miles. apart
3495 On Desert Trails FC 11 F-03 35 Jewel Finley My American Girl I want to go back to America. America, girl, female, girlfriend
3496 On Desert Trails FC 11 F-03 36 Jewel Finley Wild Mustang `Twas a warm day in June all the birds were in tune. mustang
3497 On Desert Trails FC 11 F-03 38 Jewel Finley Bingo by Jingo Brown eyes to charm you. cowboy, flirt
3498 On Desert Trails FC 11 F-03 38 Jewel Finley Changing Times When I was just a little girl. girl, mother, food, diet, body, weight
3499 On Desert Trails FC 11 F-03 42 Jewel Finley Just a Mustang He's just a mustang. mustang, wild horse
3500 On Desert Trails FC 11 F-03 43 Jewel Finley To Put Seven Lazy J on a Galloway I have a dream and it does seem, at times. dream, cattle
3501 On Desert Trails FC 11 F-03 44 Jewel Finley Desert Story His bones were bleached, bare and gray. skeleton, bones, desert