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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
3552 Corral Dust FC 11 F-05 59 Bob Fletcher The Forest Ranger You won't find him wearing a bald-faced shirt. forest rangers, solitude, alone, occupation, timber, nature, conservation, logging, government
3553 Corral Dust FC 11 F-05 61 Bob Fletcher Just Clinch Your Knees and Lean a Little Back When they hand you out the rough string, pard. luck, attitude, optimism
3554 Corral Dust FC 11 F-05 62 Bob Fletcher The Exile Take me out of old Nevada. desert, Nevada, dry, longing, language, terms, words, Montana, regionalism
3555 Corral Dust FC 11 F-05 64 Bob Fletcher Open Range Western land was made for those. land, west, space, ecology, conservation, pollution, plow, noise, cities, fences, range
3556 Corral Dust FC 11 F-05 65 Bob Fletcher Stranger, Times Ain't Like They Used To Be My spurs are getting rusty. change, aging, hoe, plow, range, progress, automobile, farmer, fences
3557 Corral Dust FC 11 F-05 67 Bob Fletcher Across the Divide There's a trail through the sky. death, Great Divide, fences
3558 Corral Dust FC 11 F-05 68 Bob Fletcher A Capitol Janitor's Soliloquy A pall of gloom enshrouds the courts. politics, government, justice
3559 Corral Dust FC 11 F-05 70 Bob Fletcher Bang! Bang! Bang! or The Ballad of Pug-nosed Lil) In Rattlesnake Gulch of the Skihootch Range. daughter, courting, romance
3560 Corral Dust FC 11 F-05 73 Bob Fletcher My Home Town This camp is no metropolis. map, town, home
3561 A Powder River Puncher's Poems FC 11 F-06 3 Alfred J. Forsgren That Pi-faced Roan As I was walking down the street. ride, bucking, bronco, roan, throwed
3562 A Powder River Puncher's Poems FC 11 F-06 7 Alfred J. Forsgren Home Rich men may build a palace. home, architecture, dugout, money
3563 A Powder River Puncher's Poems FC 11 F-06 8 Alfred J. Forsgren The Cactus The cactus grows and blooms upon the plains. cactus, desert, west, bravery
3564 A Powder River Puncher's Poems FC 11 F-06 9 Alfred J. Forsgren Tea and Coffee What a he-man wants is coffee. coffee, food, gender roles
3565 A Powder River Puncher's Poems FC 11 F-06 10 Alfred J. Forsgren Four Miles to School Four miles to school, the teacher says. teacher, school, education, storm, cold, warmth, childhood
3566 A Powder River Puncher's Poems FC 11 F-06 11 Alfred J. Forsgren White Treasure High in the rugged crest of peaks like these. winter, snow, mountains, water, glacier, nature
3567 A Powder River Puncher's Poems FC 11 F-06 12 Alfred J. Forsgren The Glorious Hills No, it isn't just a big mistake. beauty, contentedness, land, nature, west
3568 A Powder River Puncher's Poems FC 11 F-06 14 Alfred J. Forsgren Old Trail Rider You can have your glorious highways. travel, riding, space, trail, heaven
3569 A Powder River Puncher's Poems FC 11 F-06 16 Alfred J. Forsgren Sheep Wagon Just a lowly shepherd's wagon. sheepherder, sheep, alone, solitude, wagon
3570 A Powder River Puncher's Poems FC 11 F-06 17 Alfred J. Forsgren The Empty Cabin Here was a home, its makers now have gone. cabin, home, logs, nature, wilderness
3571 A Powder River Puncher's Poems FC 11 F-06 18 Alfred J. Forsgren Powder River The "P" for pioneers, who made this state. west
3572 A Powder River Puncher's Poems FC 11 F-06 20 Alfred J. Forsgren Vacation Days Mid the snowy peaks of mountains. Montana, canyon, office, freedom, longing
3573 A Powder River Puncher's Poems FC 11 F-06 21 Alfred J. Forsgren The Old-Timer's Garden The road before my house, I well recall. road, change, aging, generations
3574 A Powder River Puncher's Poems FC 11 F-06 22 Alfred J. Forsgren The Round-up `Twas the day before the round-up. roundup, rodeo, bucking ,bronc busting, competition
3575 A Powder River Puncher's Poems FC 11 F-06 24 Alfred J. Forsgren When the Musket Rode the Plow When the very earth seemed hostile. plow, prairie, Indians, warfare, settlers
3576 A Powder River Puncher's Poems FC 11 F-06 25 Alfred J. Forsgren Land of My Dreams I feel the call of Butte Creek. Montana, home