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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
3602 Rimes O' Round-Up FC 11 F-08 31 Chester Anders Fee Indian Statuesque he stands, a bronze heroic. Indians, Indian-white relations
3603 Rimes O' Round-Up FC 11 F-08 32 Chester Anders Fee Mele'wis Loud from the neighboring forest. Indians, spring
3604 Rimes O' Round-Up FC 11 F-08 33 Chester Anders Fee To the Sunset How the grey owl makes me shudder! devotion, love, longing
3605 Rimes O' Round-Up FC 11 F-08 34 Chester Anders Fee Passing of the Indian The wind that moves in swiftness from the dead's low-lying mounds. Indians, death
3606 Rimes O' Round-Up FC 11 F-08 39 Chester Anders Fee I Am the Voice I am the voice of the pioneers. pioneers, settlers
3607 Rimes O' Round-Up FC 11 F-08 39 Chester Anders Fee Self Same Song "I know I'm one o' the scum o' earth, and the worst o' scum am I." will, longing, mother, father, son, family, sorrow
3608 Rimes O' Round-Up FC 11 F-08 41 Chester Anders Fee You Play th' Stack Back in th' dusk o' th' Yellow Dog. cards, poker, gambling, fight, chest
3609 Rimes O' Round-Up FC 11 F-08 45 Chester Anders Fee The Crazy Sheep Herder Th' sheep has jumped an' start to run. sheepherder, sheep, coyote, dog
3610 Rimes O' Round-Up FC 11 F-08 48 Chester Anders Fee Pioneer Song We have wandered out over the prairies of lead. pioneers, home, travel, tiredness
3611 Rimes O' Round-Up FC 11 F-08 51 Chester Anders Fee Out in the Infinite Have you ever been out in the Infinite. silence, outdoors, sunset, night, alone, solitude, nature
3612 Rimes O' Round-Up FC 11 F-08 53 Chester Anders Fee The Adopted Son The town was a mother that suckled me. adopted child, city, nature, son, solitude, crowds, clean, fate, wilderness, sight, blindness
3613 Rimes O' Round-Up FC 11 F-08 57 Chester Anders Fee Whisperings I can hear the howl of a lone coyote. coyote, waterfall, wind, nature
3614 Rimes O' Round-Up FC 11 F-08 61 Chester Anders Fee When the Glory Dies When the glory dies on the mountain. mountains, tears, pain, nature, rain, night
3615 Rimes O' Round-Up FC 11 F-08 61 Chester Anders Fee The Cabin in the Hills So you say I've a little to live? bells, home, cabin, death, solitude, love lost, confession
3616 Rimes O' Round-Up FC 11 F-08 67 Chester Anders Fee Parted Form of a hundred rides! love apart
3617 Rimes O' Round-Up FC 11 F-08 68 Chester Anders Fee The Star Trail There's a trail which leads out up the canyon. tracks, sight, death, dying
3618 Rimes O' Round-Up FC 11 F-08 69 Chester Anders Fee Reverie When the hollow warmth of late September's sun. autumn, love
3619 Rimes O' Round-Up FC 11 F-08 71 Chester Anders Fee Queried Why did God build these massive hills. life, nature, mankind
3620 Rimes O' Round-Up FC 11 F-08 72 Chester Anders Fee A Moonlight Rainbow In the night a moonlight rainbow. God, belief, dew
3621 Rimes O' Round-Up FC 11 F-08 72 Chester Anders Fee Sunset Memories Sunset seeking out a rafter. sunset, cabin, memories, love
3622 Rimes O' Round-Up FC 11 F-08 73 Chester Anders Fee Goodbye To My Cabin Little cabin. cabin, home, parting
3623 Rimes O' Round-Up FC 11 F-08 76 Chester Anders Fee Muse of the Wild This is what the poet said. female
3624 Rimes O' Round-Up FC 11 F-08 78 Chester Anders Fee The End Beloved, you have made my life. love, solitude, city
3625 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 1 Rolf M. Flake Northern Arizona Spring In Northern Arizona, beginning. spring, Arizona, sand, wind
3626 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 2 Rolf M. Flake Northern Arizona Summer Northern Arizona summer, after. summer, Arizona, rain, dry, water, grass