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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
3502 The Cowboy Poetry of Glenn M. Fleming FC 11 F-04 1 Glenn M. Fleming It Started in Houston It was in the spring of forty-three.
3503 The Cowboy Poetry of Glenn M. Fleming FC 11 F-04 2 Glenn M. Fleming God's Quiet Time When the sun drops down behind the Elkhorns.
3504 The Cowboy Poetry of Glenn M. Fleming FC 11 F-04 3 Glenn M. Fleming That's Me I can be as calm and pleasant--
3505 The Cowboy Poetry of Glenn M. Fleming FC 11 F-04 4 Glenn M. Fleming Fancy Dan In the early days of the old Northwest.
3506 The Cowboy Poetry of Glenn M. Fleming FC 11 F-04 6 Glenn M. Fleming The Way It Is On the years when the spring rains come.
3507 The Cowboy Poetry of Glenn M. Fleming FC 11 F-04 7 Glenn M. Fleming Sweet Lou Linden Sweet Lou Linden was the belle.
3508 The Cowboy Poetry of Glenn M. Fleming FC 11 F-04 8 Glenn M. Fleming The Chinese Laundrymen There was in the west, three of the best.
3509 The Cowboy Poetry of Glenn M. Fleming FC 11 F-04 9 Glenn M. Fleming Wanted: A Ranch Cook Old Sam, the cook, he up and quit.
3510 The Cowboy Poetry of Glenn M. Fleming FC 11 F-04 13 Glenn M. Fleming The Flag Girl She stood by the road with a flag in her hand.
3511 The Cowboy Poetry of Glenn M. Fleming FC 11 F-04 14 Glenn M. Fleming Trees I think that I shall never see.
3512 The Cowboy Poetry of Glenn M. Fleming FC 11 F-04 16 Glenn M. Fleming Winter I am holed up in this cabin.
3513 The Cowboy Poetry of Glenn M. Fleming FC 11 F-04 18 Glenn M. Fleming Daisy Old Zeke went out to milk his cow.
3514 The Cowboy Poetry of Glenn M. Fleming FC 11 F-04 19 Glenn M. Fleming Forty "Life begins at forty."
3515 The Cowboy Poetry of Glenn M. Fleming FC 11 F-04 20 Glenn M. Fleming Mama's Cookies Mama took some flour.
3516 The Cowboy Poetry of Glenn M. Fleming FC 11 F-04 21 Glenn M. Fleming Seventy-One I used to measure seventy-one.
3517 The Cowboy Poetry of Glenn M. Fleming FC 11 F-04 22 Glenn M. Fleming Dear Addy, I have a new boy friend.
3518 The Cowboy Poetry of Glenn M. Fleming FC 11 F-04 23 Glenn M. Fleming Romance At Shady Grove Pete and Joe were two old geezers.
3519 The Cowboy Poetry of Glenn M. Fleming FC 11 F-04 24 Glenn M. Fleming Harold Nobody cared much for Harold.
3520 The Cowboy Poetry of Glenn M. Fleming FC 11 F-04 25 Glenn M. Fleming Susie Susie was a sweet little girl--.
3521 The Cowboy Poetry of Glenn M. Fleming FC 11 F-04 26 Glenn M. Fleming Shady Grove Mental Clinic In a circle of chairs in the social hall.
3522 The Cowboy Poetry of Glenn M. Fleming FC 11 F-04 27 Glenn M. Fleming The Miracle Hampton was a hell-fire preacher.
3523 Corral Dust FC 11 F-05 1 Bob Fletcher The Trail of an Old Timer's Memory There's a trail that leads out to the mountains. memories, aging, old-age, old-timer, west, life, past, history
3524 Corral Dust FC 11 F-05 3 Bob Fletcher Last Chance Gulch I reckon you have all heered told. gold, past, change, fences
3525 Corral Dust FC 11 F-05 5 Bob Fletcher Ringbone Sam This library over at Malta. books, library, reading, education, knowledge, catalogue, humor
3526 Corral Dust FC 11 F-05 7 Bob Fletcher My Cabin The walls are jest logs, and the roof kind of flat. cabin, home, house, logs