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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
3802 Spur Jingles and Saddle Songs FC 11 G-06 25 Lysius Gough Plowing with a Sulky One day as I went walking. boss, fields, poetry, farming vs. cowpunching
3803 Spur Jingles and Saddle Songs FC 11 G-06 24 Lysius Gough Brown Dick Brown Dick is a very pretty horse. lady's horse, gentle
3804 Spur Jingles and Saddle Songs FC 11 G-06 30 Lysius Gough My Love is A Cowboy My love is a cow boy. faithful, noble, characteristics, behavior, weather, friendship, friendliness, responsible, duty, courage
3805 Spur Jingles and Saddle Songs FC 11 G-06 31 Lysius Gough Plums The finest plums I ever saw. Washita, sweetness, plum tree
3806 Spur Jingles and Saddle Songs FC 11 G-06 32 Lysius Gough A Dream One night after I lay down to rest. mountains, valleys, night, thoughts, stream, foe, canyon, fly, escape, terror, nightmare, worriers, race, enchanted place, royals, throne, damsels, choirs, harps
3807 Spur Jingles and Saddle Songs FC 11 G-06 34 Lysius Gough Take it to Mother Take this letter to my mother. pleasure, joy, wandering boy, roam, love, returning home
3808 Spur Jingles and Saddle Songs FC 11 G-06 35 Lysius Gough The Spirit of Discovery The spirit of discovery is a noble thing. science, study, fame, knowledge, gold, silver, victory, strength, wisdom
3809 Spur Jingles and Saddle Songs FC 11 G-06 36 Lysius Gough A Ladies' Man Born to be a ladies' man. gentleman, charming, gentleness
3810 Spur Jingles and Saddle Songs FC 11 G-06 1 Lysius Gough At a Marriage Come all you pretty maids. story, poem, weeding, Parson, bridegroom, bride, oath, wedding band, ceremony, congratulations
3811 Spur Jingles and Saddle Songs FC 11 G-06 41 Lysius Gough No More to Wander Once I was a rambling boy. fearlessness, home, settle down
3812 Spur Jingles and Saddle Songs FC 11 G-06 42 Lysius Gough Different Occupations Some people fooled around and spend their time at leisure. occupation, United States, farming, food, horses, hogs, security, neighbors, friends, exploring, town, planets, skies, ocean, mountains, discoveries, buffalo, , broncos, coyotes
3813 Spur Jingles and Saddle Songs FC 11 G-06 43 Lysius Gough Fire on the Plains One night we saw the smoke arise. weather light, wind, raging blaze, norther, ashes, destruction
3814 Spur Jingles and Saddle Songs FC 11 G-06 44 Lysius Gough A Love Story Well as this is to me. departure, Lizzie, fear, pain, true love
3815 Spur Jingles and Saddle Songs FC 11 G-06 45 Lysius Gough The Boy's Inquiry Pa, how are the cow boys. Texas Frank, poison drink, alcohol, booze, Christian, faithful, questions
3816 Spur Jingles and Saddle Songs FC 11 G-06 46 Lysius Gough The Child's Inquiry Ma, why do men live in the west. questions, discontentedness, ramble, redskins
3817 Spur Jingles and Saddle Songs FC 11 G-06 51 Lysius Gough A Night on Pease River We reached the mouth of Pease River one day. Red River, alkali lakes, storm, rain, hail, sleet, snow, stampede, journey westward
3818 Spur Jingles and Saddle Songs FC 11 G-06 47 Lysius Gough The T-Anchor Boys It was in April our spurs began to rattle. trip, James Wright, Ohio, Texas, gentlemen, John's mob, Mulligan's guard, Narrow-Tread, Leather Lip, Red River Station, Chickasaw Nation, Greer County, Red River, Clarendon, McClelland creek, stampede, Palo Duro, Stickley's, Gunter's ranch, Randall county, Tule, Old Good-Eye, mud
3819 Spur Jingles and Saddle Songs FC 11 G-06 52 Lysius Gough Where No Friend Can See The night was dark and stormy. Canadian stream, death, thunder, fearless, hardship, drowned corpse, fate, sadness, graves, grief, loneliness
3820 Spur Jingles and Saddle Songs FC 11 G-06 55 Lysius Gough In a Snow Storm From Mulberry Canyon over the plains we went. north wind, cold, tent, snow, fire, warmth, Stake pin, Bill Dad, Taylor Ray, Lysius Gough, Percy Drake
3821 Spur Jingles and Saddle Songs FC 11 G-06 56 Lysius Gough From the Break 'Twas once we left the Dixon break. Cedar Canyon, rain, snow, sleet, Camper's lake, Ruck, Vince, old Pet, shelter
3822 Spur Jingles and Saddle Songs FC 11 G-06 58 Lysius Gough Driving Beef On the first of September our voices did sound. palins, round upcattle, Jule Gunter, Diamond horse, Vas Stickley, Swanny Reb, Lem Shipman, George Isaac, Mexican John, Frank Jackson, Jim Mullins, Kin Johnson, Jim Right, L. Gough, Charles Mabrey, Yellow Net, Sam Wise, Walking John, Frank Denson, T-Anchor crew, storm, Antelope Peak, Amarillo, Amarear, North Palo Duro, Till Beaver Creek, Cimarron, Crooked Creek, Dodge, Arkansaw, Kansas City
3823 Spur Jingles and Saddle Songs FC 11 G-06 61 Lysius Gough The Hail Storm 'Twas on the tenth of June. North Fork, Red River, cattle herd, canyon, storm, danger, hail, pain, Charlie Clark, companionship
3824 Spur Jingles and Saddle Songs FC 11 G-06 65 Lysius Gough Our Lives Were Saved One night on the borders of New Mexico. Tierra Blanco, Charlie, storm, danger, lightning, friendship, drifting cattle
3825 Spur Jingles and Saddle Songs FC 11 G-06 67 Lysius Gough Roff's Outfit Roff thought his outfit would not fail. trail, Gunter, Munson, Grayson county ranch, Chickasaw Nation, Pecan bayou, Monument hill, Cash Creek, Texas, Old Captain Creek, Greer, Elm Creek, Mobeetie, Palo Duro
3826 Spur Jingles and Saddle Songs FC 11 G-06 73 Lysius Gough Beat at His Game He went to camp and this he said. Parson, champion of the west