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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
3752 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 59 Clell Goebel Gannon At Elkhorn Ranch At Elkhorn Ranch he grosbeak sings. canyons, buttes, Roosevelt
3753 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 60 Clell Goebel Gannon Signs of Spring The robins know it. spring fever, flowers, birds
3754 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 61 Clell Goebel Gannon If I Where There If I where there, Old Pal. memories, Western sky, campfire, prairies, nature
3755 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 62 Clell Goebel Gannon London What though the last lone building lay in ash. fire, World War II, bombing, destruction, Shakespeare, Milton, Dickens, Keats, Magna Carta, England, spirit
3756 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 63 Clell Goebel Gannon Ever and Always Ever and always I shall love the vast. past, sunset, contentedness
3757 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 64 Clell Goebel Gannon Blow, Winds, Blow Blow, winds, blow across the plains. heat, freshness, rain, wishes, constructive dreams, strength, self-control
3758 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 64 Clell Goebel Gannon Rain When earth is parched and grass is seared by drouth. dust clouds, heat, drought, water
3759 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 65 Clell Goebel Gannon Song Of The Buttes I am a song for the ages. stars, sunset, Oligocene river, Nile, age, timelessness
3760 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 66 Clell Goebel Gannon The Magpie Sprite of the air, true symbol of the West. symbol, buttes, rivers, West, birds
3761 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 66 Clell Goebel Gannon Countless What though we count the miles to distant stars. atoms, light years, measurement, timelessness, beauty
3762 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 67 Clell Goebel Gannon A Westerner's Prayer Dear Lord, I pray, make me as free as is the summer breeze. freedom, democratic, snobbishness, stubbornness, truth, humble
3763 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 68 Clell Goebel Gannon The Law of Dakota There's a law -- how it reigns in Dakota! immigrant, settler, spell, West, law of the land, Westland, addiction, hooked, longing, home
3764 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 69 Clell Goebel Gannon Retirement He has put in the crossing frog. road master
3765 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 70 Clell Goebel Gannon The Shooting of Riley Luffsey O'Donald and Luffsey (first names Frank and Riley). John Reuter, Wannigan, Dutch, Marquis de Mores, France, rumors, dispute, Mandan, gusty lawyers, lusty witnesses, liquor, Medora
3766 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 72 Clell Goebel Gannon The Lost Song Oh, I left the town with its bloody fights. wine, women, liquor, sin, beauty
3767 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 73 Clell Goebel Gannon The Upland Plover Through long, long months of winter's reign I wait. seasons, spring, happiness, memories, fall, winter, summer
3768 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 74 Clell Goebel Gannon The Ancient Need An ancient man, moved by some ancient greed. fire, invention, stone carvings, wheel, eternal, modern man, necessities
3769 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 75 Clell Goebel Gannon The Pasque Flower True pioneer, you love the unturned sod. landscape, love for the land, hope, zephyrs, plains, prairie, hope, winter, spring
3770 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 83 Clell Goebel Gannon Clell Clell, This spring, after my heart's winter. hyacinths, sadness, death
3771 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 82 Clell Goebel Gannon Death Sometimes we face a thing so grand. unspoken words, silence
3772 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 81 Clell Goebel Gannon Peace A lake at rest beneath a silent moon. quietude, night, undisturbed
3773 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 81 Clell Goebel Gannon Late October Sunset Before me all the colors of the flowers. beauty, lowers, solitude, autumn, summer
3774 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 80 Clell Goebel Gannon The Finish When the final page is written in the hist'ry of the West. cowboys, Indians, settling the land, Keep-Off signs, golf, resignation, roads, bill-boards, crowdedness
3775 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 79 Clell Goebel Gannon An Old House An old house stands by the roadside. deteriorating, swallows
3776 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 79 Clell Goebel Gannon A Sunset The sun, a tired traveler, drops its head. sun, colors, light, sky, silence, coyote, harmony, contentedness