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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
3727 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. spring, rain, plains
3728 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 24 Clell Goebel Gannon Back to the Missouri I've come back tot he Missouri, full twenty years have passed. past, memories, river, camp, campfire, loneliness
3729 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. darkness, rocks, clay, night, Badlands
3730 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 27 Clell Goebel Gannon A Seed A seed is much a very little thing. spring, ugliness, beauty, life, death
3731 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. life, cycle, nature, power, smell, pioneer, prairie, past, future
3732 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. nature, woman, metaphor, lover, elements
3733 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 32 Clell Goebel Gannon Aurora Borealis The sky is like a gallery. metaphor, nature, light, colors
3734 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 34 Clell Goebel Gannon The Land is Mine This land is mine, yea the sun and shine. western sky, wind, rain, nature, plains, butte, West, vastness
3735 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 35 Clell Goebel Gannon Watching it Snow Watching the snow come down. plants, animals, childhood, winter
3736 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 36 Clell Goebel Gannon Spring-Blood The Spring-Blood runs in the greening grass. freshness, smells, new life
3737 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 37 Clell Goebel Gannon Nothing to Me It is nothing to me that your eyes are blue. nature, love, kisses, heartache
3738 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 38 Clell Goebel Gannon I Would be Like a Butte I would be like a butte -- tall and serene. timelessness, land, nature, eternal, contentedness
3739 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 39 Clell Goebel Gannon Meadowlark "I want the wheat to grow," it sings. spring
3740 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 40 Clell Goebel Gannon Missouri River Song Where the broad Missouri River southward wends toward the sea. lazy water, landscape, birds, flowers, sounds, seasons, Indian summer, home, Milky Way, love, Big Divide
3741 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 44 Clell Goebel Gannon The Butte The butte -- sphinx-like it stands. clay, sandstone
3742 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 45 Clell Goebel Gannon Wind in the Grass The wind sweeps over the bunch grass flat. fragrance, smell, nature, sound
3743 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 46 Clell Goebel Gannon The Red River Valley Oh, the Red River Valley, how level it lays. fragrance, nature, rocks, silence, peacefulness, fall, summer, winter, seasons, spring, beauty
3744 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 47 Clell Goebel Gannon In the Badlands Dawn, how the silver shadows slant through the morning air. nature, badlands, land
3745 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 50 Clell Goebel Gannon The Coyote You will hear his voice complaining from the dim dew-haunted hill. coyote, wildlife, howl, west
3746 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 52 Clell Goebel Gannon Flight All day the flocks have passed above my field. birds, spring
3747 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 53 Clell Goebel Gannon The Stars I am alone beneath the stars tonight. stars, night, alone, Milky Way, falling stars, God, belief
3748 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 55 Clell Goebel Gannon The Christmas Trail The snow gleams brightly neath a frozen sun. family, home, friendship, Christmas
3749 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 56 Clell Goebel Gannon Hoar-Frost The world is filled with beauty: every tree. frost, cold, beauty, nature
3750 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 56 Clell Goebel Gannon The Lure of the Badlands There's a land that no artist has painted. vast land, God, silence, outlaws, desolation, attraction
3751 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 58 Clell Goebel Gannon Blizzard A giant mad with rage. wind, cold, snow, safety, warmth, coziness