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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
3777 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 78 Clell Goebel Gannon A Friend I shall not fear the desert's reach. fearlessness, security, strength
3778 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 78 Clell Goebel Gannon Beyond The Stars Above these sleeping plains tonight. sky, moon, God, night
3779 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 77 Clell Goebel Gannon Winter I love winter so. cold, warmth, leisure, snow
3780 Ever and Always I Shall Love the Land FC 11 G-01 76 Clell Goebel Gannon Lines to an Arikara Skull I speak to you, but empty eyes. ancient past, silence, woman's soul, curiosity, unanswered questions, childhood, love, sin, pleasure, motherhood
3781 Orejana Bull for Cowboys Only FC 11 G-04 9 Gail I. Gardner The Sierry Petes Away up high in the Sierry Petes. Sandy Bob, Buster Jig, tying knots, devil's tail
3782 Orejana Bull for Cowboys Only FC 11 G-04 10 Gail I. Gardner Cowboy Love Song See the sun a-coming out. nature, beauty, warmth, affection
3783 Orejana Bull for Cowboys Only FC 11 G-04 11 Gail I. Gardner The Moonshine Steer Two cowboys left their camp one day. still, moon shiner, gasoline, coal-oil can, alcohol, tilt the jug, drunk, drunken steer
3784 Poems About the West FC 11 G-05 29 Frank Goodwyn Poems About the West I know who it is. alcoholic pals, booze, shame, burden, destruction, alcohol
3785 Poems About the West FC 11 G-05 28 Frank Goodwyn Poems About the West She began it on the day. son, wife, age, loss, loneliness
3786 Poems About the West FC 11 G-05 27 Frank Goodwyn Washed Dishes The dishes are washed, the table dusted. waiting, longing, disappointment
3787 Poems About the West FC 11 G-05 25 Frank Goodwyn Yellow Gold Yellow gold, Yellow gold. search, panning the dirt, sacrifice, hooked, Barker's Peak, reward, luck, nature, material wealth
3788 Poems About the West FC 11 G-05 24 Frank Goodwyn Twenty-Point Buck His spread of antlers strikes the frozen branches. grace, hunter, ice, cold, crystals
3789 Poems About the West FC 11 G-05 21 Frank Goodwyn Mike's Fingers Lake Yes, it's a mighty pretty lake to have. Mike Sanders, lasso, California, Texans, Mexican baton, roping, dally welter, Darle vuelta, accident, Mike's Fingers Lake
3790 Spur Jingles and Saddle Songs FC 11 G-06 4 Lysius Gough Where Are They? Fifty years and two to-day. Gunter and Munsons Grayson, T-Anchor, Palo Duro, Great Divide, Jim Roff, Lee Boys, outlaw band, Texas, Fort Reno
3791 Spur Jingles and Saddle Songs FC 11 G-06 11 Lysius Gough No Place Like Home Come all you young boys who long the west to see. roaming, family, Christian parents, restlessness, travel, longing for home, homesick, wanderlust
3792 Spur Jingles and Saddle Songs FC 11 G-06 13 Lysius Gough Loco I'll tell you this to let you know. weed, poison, addiction, loss of senses
3793 Spur Jingles and Saddle Songs FC 11 G-06 14 Lysius Gough Where We Have Been We will go the east. winter, plains, storm, cold, trail, fire, experience, buffalo, Indians, Arapahoe, Cheyenne
3794 Spur Jingles and Saddle Songs FC 11 G-06 17 Lysius Gough A Lonely Trip 'Twas in February. Palo Duro, friends, parents, childhood, homeward bound, loneliness, home
3795 Spur Jingles and Saddle Songs FC 11 G-06 19 Lysius Gough Home Again The sun was getting low. family, childhood, western news, return, love, Bois d'arc, welcome, changes, death, school, settling down
3796 Spur Jingles and Saddle Songs FC 11 G-06 21 Lysius Gough The Past and the Future Once I owned a noble horse. Brown Dick, education, schooling, Columbus, George Washington, study, college, Webster, Clay
3797 Spur Jingles and Saddle Songs FC 11 G-06 23 Lysius Gough The Red Man The west once the of the free. Indians, self-sufficiently, buffalo, food supply, land rights, killing, battles, fights, white man's way, reservation
3798 Spur Jingles and Saddle Songs FC 11 G-06 29 Lysius Gough Leather Lip I rose one morning both early and bright. bridle, saddle, jump, lazy trot, trail, mule, elephant's snout, Brown Snip, Old Antelope
3799 Spur Jingles and Saddle Songs FC 11 G-06 28 Lysius Gough Sardine My old night horse will jump from taw. spur, test, riding, determination
3800 Spur Jingles and Saddle Songs FC 11 G-06 27 Lysius Gough The Tierra Blanco Spring I'll write a song that you can sing. water, grass, May, west, heat, thirst
3801 Spur Jingles and Saddle Songs FC 11 G-06 26 Lysius Gough Cow Punching for Health There was a young man of some little cash. wealth, spurs, Clubfoot, chuck wagon, herding, Parson, Carson