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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
376 Echoes of the West FC 11 C-24 35 Idabell Corbett Cramer Divine Purpose A juniper seed fell into the soil. seedling, grow
377 Echoes of the West FC 11 C-24 33 Idabell Corbett Cramer Random Recollections Lander has been my home for seventy years and more. memories
378 Echoes of the West FC 11 C-24 31 Idabell Corbett Cramer The Diamond Hook Today The sun looked on with dust blurred eye. ghost ranch, isolation, dream, deterioration
379 Echoes of the West FC 11 C-24 28 Idabell Corbett Cramer Fashion Tacks A cowgirl stood by an old pole corral. jeans, Levi Strauss, Sutter's Mill, denim, levis, France, Alkali Ike
380 Echoes of the West FC 11 C-24 27 Idabell Corbett Cramer Where There's a Will There's a Way Strange place for a pond. isolated place, squatter, campground, tricked
381 The Prairie Schooner and Other Poems FC 11 D-01 14 Edward Everett Dale The Prairie Schooner When I see a prairie schooner. West, landscape, hope, faith
382 The Prairie Schooner and Other Poems FC 11 D-01 15 Edward Everett Dale The Stranger The world seemed very strange. birth, newborn, life, experience
383 The Prairie Schooner and Other Poems FC 11 D-01 17 Edward Everett Dale War and Peace When I wuz five and Bill wuz three. brothers, fight
384 The Prairie Schooner and Other Poems FC 11 D-01 18 Edward Everett Dale Childish Sorrows When we dress up for preachin'. bath, soap, resistance
385 The Prairie Schooner and Other Poems FC 11 D-01 20 Edward Everett Dale The Denial Used to be that when the supper things wuz done. family, nap, argument, Judgment Day, death, argue
386 The Prairie Schooner and Other Poems FC 11 D-01 22 Edward Everett Dale Butter-Side Down When I was just a little kid and always in the way. childhood, bread, college, courting, Golden City, St. Peter, fate, courtship
387 The Prairie Schooner and Other Poems FC 11 D-01 27 Edward Everett Dale The Poet Lariat I work for Bill McDonald. Flying Diamond, verses, love for poetry, marriage, hospitality
388 The Prairie Schooner and Other Poems FC 11 D-01 24 Edward Everett Dale The Sooner Both Bill and me wuz campin'. Kansas, Oklahoma, Promised Land, competition, marriage, Judgment Day
389 The Prairie Schooner and Other Poems FC 11 D-01 29 Edward Everett Dale The Vagabond Oh the friendly road is calling. vagabond, travel, cottage, home, love
390 The Prairie Schooner and Other Poems FC 11 D-01 30 Edward Everett Dale The Flower Garden You are a flower garden. woman, adoration, romantic
391 The Prairie Schooner and Other Poems FC 11 D-01 31 Edward Everett Dale The Fruit Basket You are the apple of my eye. fruit, courting, sweetheart, courtship
392 The Prairie Schooner and Other Poems FC 11 D-01 32 Edward Everett Dale The Westerner I do not care for your honking cars. nature, North Trail, city, country, homesick
393 The Prairie Schooner and Other Poems FC 11 D-01 34 Edward Everett Dale Labor Ain't ye ever busted middles. cursing, thrashing, mishaps, thankful
394 The Prairie Schooner and Other Poems FC 11 D-01 36 Edward Everett Dale My Daughter Up from the so dare the violets springing. pride, love
395 The Prairie Schooner and Other Poems FC 11 D-01 37 Edward Everett Dale Evening The western sky is tinged with red and gold. night, sound
396 The Prairie Schooner and Other Poems FC 11 D-01 38 Edward Everett Dale Morning The eastern sky is tinged with red. Aurora, light, noise
397 The Prairie Schooner and Other Poems FC 11 D-01 39 Edward Everett Dale The Ballad of Jesse James Along a trail among the hills. theft, treasure, outlaw, shelter, good deed, murder
398 The Prairie Schooner and Other Poems FC 11 D-01 42 Edward Everett Dale Pal O' Mine It is true the years are going Pal o' mine. love, age, companionship
399 The Prairie Schooner and Other Poems FC 11 D-01 43 Edward Everett Dale Lights and Shadows The poets write of a wonderful light. woman, girl, glow, love
400 The Prairie Schooner and Other Poems FC 11 D-01 44 Edward Everett Dale The Bachelor I've faced the smoking cannon when the battle raged and roared. fear, marriage