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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.

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IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
3677 Cowboys, Cowgirls and the Golden West FC 11 F-11 37 Jewel Finley Will I Find Them in Heaven? Will there be a black rock desert in Heaven. afterlife, heaven
3678 Cowboys, Cowgirls and the Golden West FC 11 F-11 36 Jewel Finley Song of the Mourning Dove Coo-ooo coo coo coo. mourning dove, bird, love lost
3679 Cowboys, Cowgirls and the Golden West FC 11 F-11 35 Jewel Finley The Cowboy Poetry Gathering We just returned from the Cowboy Poetry Gathering. poetry
3680 Cowboys, Cowgirls and the Golden West FC 11 F-11 34 Jewel Finley Cowboy Bouquet I met a fine, young cowboy. flowers, onions
3681 Cowboys, Cowgirls and the Golden West FC 11 F-11 32 Jewel Finley The Gift Horse The cowboy told the cow girl. gift, horse, brother, sister, mare, breaking horses
3682 Cowboys, Cowgirls and the Golden West FC 11 F-11 30 Jewel Finley The Prospector's Song Following my burro as he wanders along. prospector, burro, mirage, water, gold
3683 Cowboys, Cowgirls and the Golden West FC 11 F-11 29 Jewel Finley A Chipmunk's Story The chipmunk sat watching, watching. chipmunk, water, dry
3684 Cowboys, Cowgirls and the Golden West FC 11 F-11 28 Jewel Finley Never Alone My Cowboy friend writes poetry. poetry, alone
3685 Cowboys, Cowgirls and the Golden West FC 11 F-11 27 Jewel Finley Write Me a Poem Write me a poem, dear. memories, poetry
3686 Cowboys, Cowgirls and the Golden West FC 11 F-11 24 Jewel Finley A Wild Friend I seemed to sense that a lion was near. lion, beaver, water, stream, wildlife, tracks, trap
3687 Cowboys, Cowgirls and the Golden West FC 11 F-11 23 Jewel Finley My Cowboy Pal The cowboy. death, love lost, afterlife, heaven
3688 Cowboys, Cowgirls and the Golden West FC 11 F-11 22 Jewel Finley Forever There's a trail that's long and winding. love
3689 Cowboys, Cowgirls and the Golden West FC 11 F-11 22 Jewel Finley The Cowgirl's Reply The cowgirl answered the city man. country life, city, proposal
3690 Cowboys, Cowgirls and the Golden West FC 11 F-11 20 Jewel Finley The Wild Doe Deer She was my friend the wild doe deer. deer, wildlife, doe, song, singing, hunting, game
3691 Cowboys, Cowgirls and the Golden West FC 11 F-11 19 Jewel Finley Long, Long Ago It's a tumbled-down cabin that I found. cabin, home
3692 Cowboys, Cowgirls and the Golden West FC 11 F-11 19 Jewel Finley Grass Hoppers As I walk down the trail. grasshoppers, insects
3693 Cowboys, Cowgirls and the Golden West FC 11 F-11 16 Jewel Finley Ridin' the Rough String Oh I am a tough buckaroo-o. buckaroo, beer, bronc busting, throwed, saddle, bucking
3694 Cowboys, Cowgirls and the Golden West FC 11 F-11 15 Jewel Finley Walking Alone I love to go out walking. walking
3695 Cowboys, Cowgirls and the Golden West FC 11 F-11 15 Jewel Finley The Whirling Whirlwind I'm a whirlwind on the desert, whirling everywhere. wind, song
3696 Cowboys, Cowgirls and the Golden West FC 11 F-11 14 Jewel Finley Dead Hound Nothing can lie as dead as a hound. dog, hound, lion
3697 Cowboys, Cowgirls and the Golden West FC 11 F-11 13 Jewel Finley My Rough Rider Dad My dad was a rider where the drifters did go. Chisholm trail, rider, father, quarrel, family, Nevada, Irish
3698 Cowboys, Cowgirls and the Golden West FC 11 F-11 12 Jewel Finley Snowed In It really causes a panicky feeling. snow, winter, plow, road
3699 Cowboys, Cowgirls and the Golden West FC 11 F-11 11 Jewel Finley November White, fleecy clouds are racing. autumn, poetry
3700 Cowboys, Cowgirls and the Golden West FC 11 F-11 10 Jewel Finley Nevada, My Home Oh give me Nevada, home, home of the free. eagle, Nevada
3701 Cowboys, Cowgirls and the Golden West FC 11 F-11 9 Jewel Finley Just Give Me a Horse The outside of a horse is good. horse