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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
3577 A Powder River Puncher's Poems FC 11 F-06 26 Alfred J. Forsgren Winter Let winter come and the snow pile higher. winter, snow, seasons, warmth, fire, cabin, kettle, attitude, optimism
3578 A Powder River Puncher's Poems FC 11 F-06 27 Alfred J. Forsgren A Puncher's Best Friend is His Horse If the stars are all sprinkled in heaven. friend, cowpuncher, horse
3579 A Powder River Puncher's Poems FC 11 F-06 28 Alfred J. Forsgren My Powder River Home When dreams of old Montana. home, Montana, cabin, architecture, bacon, memories
3580 A Powder River Puncher's Poems FC 11 F-06 31 Alfred J. Forsgren Montana The "M" for the mountains, browns and reds. Montana
3581 A Powder River Puncher's Poems FC 11 F-06 32 Alfred J. Forsgren Lasses and I I am a weary old cowpuncher. heaven, horse
3582 Tracks, Trails, and Tales: or Dad Stories . . . in the early Cody Country Dick Frost FC 11 F-07 1 Mary Frost Ned's 49er Party Ned, he is a real old timer. life, history
3583 Tracks, Trails, and Tales: or Dad Stories . . . in the early Cody Country Dick Frost FC 11 F-07 24 Mary Frost Old Nig Out in the early morn. hunter, dog, bear, grizzly
3584 Tracks, Trails, and Tales: or Dad Stories . . . in the early Cody Country Dick Frost FC 11 F-07 28 Mary Frost The Sheep Hunt Alone again in God's country. mountain sheep, hunt, trophy
3585 Tracks, Trails, and Tales: or Dad Stories . . . in the early Cody Country Dick Frost FC 11 F-07 69 Mary Frost W.F. Cody -- Buffalo Bill There is nothing in this wide, wide world. Buffalo Bill, west
3586 Tracks, Trails, and Tales: or Dad Stories . . . in the early Cody Country Dick Frost FC 11 F-07 72 Mary Frost Lest We Forget Do you remember, folks of yesterday? land, Buffalo Bill
3587 Tracks, Trails, and Tales: or Dad Stories . . . in the early Cody Country Dick Frost FC 11 F-07 81 Mary Frost Changing Sure, the country's changing. change, oil
3588 Rimes O' Round-Up FC 11 F-08 3 Chester Anders Fee Breakin' In Say, Tenderfoot, jest cinch them chap's belt tight. chaps, spurs, gear, tenderfoot, riding
3589 Rimes O' Round-Up FC 11 F-08 3 Chester Anders Fee Sez I Say, it's hard. attitude
3590 Rimes O' Round-Up FC 11 F-08 4 Chester Anders Fee Gatherin' I am goin' out there to th' Round-Up. roundup, town, city, country, crowd, cowboy way, occupation, autumn
3591 Rimes O' Round-Up FC 11 F-08 6 Chester Anders Fee Wit' Only God fer guide Say, don't go shoutin' `bout a-gettin' lost. complain, life, trials, relief, God, belief
3592 Rimes O' Round-Up FC 11 F-08 8 Chester Anders Fee Jest Hopin' Whee! Jest to be out in th' hills once more. outdoors, open air
3593 Rimes O' Round-Up FC 11 F-08 11 Chester Anders Fee Call for a Horse Give me a hoss that ain't been rode. bucking, horse, bronc busting
3594 Rimes O' Round-Up FC 11 F-08 12 Chester Anders Fee Me Best Friends I've travelled far down in th' city. friends, horse, dog, pets, devotion
3595 Rimes O' Round-Up FC 11 F-08 13 Chester Anders Fee Shootin' Ike "Me name is Shootin' Ike. survival, whiskey, gun, shoot, storytelling
3596 Rimes O' Round-Up FC 11 F-08 15 Chester Anders Fee `Round Th' Campfire Around th' campfire we'll all set cross-legged. campfire, talk, conversation, relaxation, rest
3597 Rimes O' Round-Up FC 11 F-08 17 Chester Anders Fee Wild Rye They say that a man is jest like a steer. steer, man, feed, rye, female, male, marriage, wives
3598 Rimes O' Round-Up FC 11 F-08 19 Chester Anders Fee The Dead Line There's a law o' th' range. law, sheep, sheepmen, cattlemen
3599 Rimes O' Round-Up FC 11 F-08 23 Chester Anders Fee Why Cowboys Dream You can't understand why the cowboys dream. dreams
3600 Rimes O' Round-Up FC 11 F-08 25 Chester Anders Fee Elevation I `ave stood at th' foot o' th' forest. hills, sight
3601 Rimes O' Round-Up FC 11 F-08 27 Chester Anders Fee Rope's End Well, buster, now th' boys is breakin' camp. camp, rope, lariat, change, past