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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
3702 Cowboys, Cowgirls and the Golden West FC 11 F-11 8 Jewel Finley What is A Drink? To the flapper. drink, liquor, alcohol
3703 Cowboys, Cowgirls and the Golden West FC 11 F-11 6 Jewel Finley The Pony Express Mail Goes Through Pony Bob rode away from Buckland. pony express, mail, riding, dedication, belief, west
3704 Cowboy Up: Poetry of and for Working Cowboys Ada Ann Heckethorn FC 11 F-12 2 Benjamin Franklin Fancher School Kids I rode to school when I was a tot. children, youth, school
3705 Cowboy Up: Poetry of and for Working Cowboys Ada Ann Heckethorn FC 11 F-12 4 Benjamin Franklin Fancher Nester There was a Pine Creek pony with a long and graceful stride. pony, horse, devotion
3706 Cowboy Up: Poetry of and for Working Cowboys Ada Ann Heckethorn FC 11 F-12 6 Benjamin Franklin Fancher Somewhere in New Guinea Somewhere in New Guinea, where the sun is like a curse. hell, World War II, soldier, Arizona, hardship
3707 Cowboy Up: Poetry of and for Working Cowboys Ada Ann Heckethorn FC 11 F-12 8 Polk Eph Fancher Humpy Horses get humpy when the weather gets cold. horses, cold, saddling
3708 Cowboy Up: Poetry of and for Working Cowboys Ada Ann Heckethorn FC 11 F-12 10 Benjamin Franklin Fancher Cowboy Oh, here's to the hair brained cowboy. cowboy, self-sufficient, drink, alcohol, woman
3709 Cowboy Up: Poetry of and for Working Cowboys Ada Ann Heckethorn FC 11 F-12 12 Benjamin Franklin Fancher Walkin' John Swede Londo owned a cow-horse. cow pony, race, endurance
3710 Cowboy Up: Poetry of and for Working Cowboys Ada Ann Heckethorn FC 11 F-12 14 Benjamin Franklin Fancher Old Times I miss them old times I knew as a kid. past, miner, cowboy
3711 Cowboy Up: Poetry of and for Working Cowboys Ada Ann Heckethorn FC 11 F-12 16 Benjamin Franklin Fancher Reminiscence The days of the Old West are over. past, history
3712 Cowboy Up: Poetry of and for Working Cowboys Ada Ann Heckethorn FC 11 F-12 18 Benjamin Franklin Fancher Sunset and Shadow When the sun is slowly settin'. mother
3713 Cowboy Up: Poetry of and for Working Cowboys Ada Ann Heckethorn FC 11 F-12 20 Polk Eph Fancher Adios As the evening sun sank in the west. cow, wild, calves, horn, death
3714 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 21 Clell Goebel Gannon Life To hear the first sweet meadowlark of spring. nature
3715 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 22 Clell Goebel Gannon Far Horizons When earth is covered with a quilt of green. thought, nature
3716 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 22 Clell Goebel Gannon Things I Have Seen I have seen cherries hanging over-ripe. nature, sight, green, rain, spring
3717 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 24 Clell Goebel Gannon Back to the Missouri I've come back to the Missouri, full twenty years have passed. Missouri River, memories, past, camping, night, campfire
3718 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 26 Clell Goebel Gannon Moon-Flower Your silver light is kindred to the stars. night, nature
3719 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 27 Clell Goebel Gannon A Seed A seed is such a very little thing. power, life, seed, nature, universe, spring
3720 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 27 Clell Goebel Gannon The Storm When winds are soft and mellow and the sky. storm, cycles
3721 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 28 Clell Goebel Gannon The Prairie Rose Oh, sing me the song of the prairie rose. nature
3722 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 29 Clell Goebel Gannon Ink Ink -- divine commodity. ink, writing
3723 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 30 Clell Goebel Gannon The Butte and I The butte and I are fast in love -- as much. butte, nature, love
3724 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 31 Clell Goebel Gannon His Best His studio was littered up with scraps. painting, art, artist
3725 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 21 Clell Goebel Gannon Life To hear the first sweet meadowlark of spring. nature, seasons
3726 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 22 Clell Goebel Gannon Far Horizons When earth is covered with a quilt of green. meadowlark, birds, seasons, nature, beauty