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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
3827 Spur Jingles and Saddle Songs FC 11 G-06 76 Lysius Gough The Fine Yearlings Wright and Stickley their outfits did double. competition, Jule Gunter, Rebel
3828 Spur Jingles and Saddle Songs FC 11 G-06 77 Lysius Gough Our Kid We had a kid to drive the wagon. John Mann, rhyme, haul calves
3829 Spur Jingles and Saddle Songs FC 11 G-06 78 Lysius Gough Doctor Eddleman In the long ago, a wise old man. L. Z., family, friendliness, help
3830 Spur Jingles and Saddle Songs FC 11 G-06 79 Lysius Gough Ye Great Staked Plains Oh, ye great staked plains. buffalo, Indians, hunters, cow men, profit, fertile fields, Pluvious, courage, endurance, survival, struggle, drought, rain, seasons
3831 Spur Jingles and Saddle Songs FC 11 G-06 81 Lysius Gough Only His Share The cowboy's life is very rough. mischief, unfairness, reputation, emotions, good-hearted
3832 Spur Jingles and Saddle Songs FC 11 G-06 82 Lysius Gough Wild Goose and Buzzard I'll tell you of my pacing brown. horse, gentle tame, Charlie
3833 Spur Jingles and Saddle Songs FC 11 G-06 83 Lysius Gough Drake, Parson and Taylor Twas a noble form that rode Stake pin. Beck, whip, saddle horse, Jim, Tom, Bill Dad, Jude
3834 Spur Jingles and Saddle Songs FC 11 G-06 84 Lysius Gough The T-Anchor Ranch I would like to see the Palo Duro. landscape, home, branding, jolly Sam, quiescence
3835 Spur Jingles and Saddle Songs FC 11 G-06 86 Lysius Gough The Lonely Ranch One night as I went riding. Wild Cat, Grayson county, Collin line, Betsy, abandoned ranch, lonesome, remembrances, memories, old times
3836 Spur Jingles and Saddle Songs FC 11 G-06 95 Lysius Gough Brown Dick Brown Dick is a pretty horse. lady's horse, gentle
3837 Spur Jingles and Saddle Songs FC 11 G-06 96 Lysius Gough Reminiscing Where long ago the Indian roamed. buffalo, modernization, highways, aero planes, electric light, changes, machines, technology, historians, Dyer, Gunter
3838 Spur Jingles and Saddle Songs FC 11 G-06 101 Lysius Gough My T-Anchor Bosses Jim Wright and Vas Stickley, my bosses. storms, stampede, friendship, reliable, Smokey, Rebel, Summerfield, Gunter, Munson
3839 Spur Jingles and Saddle Songs FC 11 G-06 103 Lysius Gough Chuck and Pay The cow boy rode the range. gambling, drunk, heroes, song, stories
3840 Spur Jingles and Saddle Songs FC 11 G-06 104 Lysius Gough Wildly and the Babe A man worked on the T-Anchor ranch. round up, hurt, pain, Vince Terry, death, burial, grave, Truby
3841 Spur Jingles and Saddle Songs FC 11 G-06 105 Lysius Gough The Stampede The cloud is rolling, rising. thunder, lightning, danger, calmness
3842 Spur Jingles and Saddle Songs FC 11 G-06 107 Lysius Gough My Picture One day I went into a hall. gallery, presents
3843 Spur Jingles and Saddle Songs FC 11 G-06 108 Lysius Gough A Night in Mobeetie in February, 1883 I went to Mobeetie one night. mules, Jim Wright, Berry's saloon, plot, tragedy, Old Trusty, gambling dens, money, travel, Ruck Tanner
3844 Spur Jingles and Saddle Songs FC 11 G-06 109 Lysius Gough Dim Trails The range is mighty differ'nt. increasing population, memories, cowpunchin' days, new ways, Sam, planet Mars,
3845 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 4 Rosemary and Stephen Benet Western Wagons They went with axe and rifle, when the trail was still to blaze. prairie-schooner, California, wealth, Nebraska, Wyoming, Iowa, settle land, West, cross the continent, fortune
3846 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 3 Rosemary and Stephen Benet Lewis and Clark Lewis and Clark. Missouri, president, May day, St. Louis, Pacific, Portland, Oregon, Maine, Indians, dangers, buffalo, prairie-dog soup, croup, Shoshone, Sioux, Rockies, Great Falls, Northwest, empire
3847 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 5 Lena Whittaker Blakeney The Covered Wagon Through amidst of tears I watch the years. memories, youth, pioneers, phantom trains, ghosts, rattle snake, Indian drum, tattoo, war dance, mustang's feet, tears, sadness
3848 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 6 attributed to John Caldwell The Mule-Skinner In readin' the story of early days, it's a cause of much personal pain. Sioux, blizzard, Geronimo, shootings, fights, neglected
3849 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 7 Stanton A. Coblentz The Last Trail Across the bison-dotted plain. westward movement, pioneer, Danny Long, Virginia, desert, Sierra, hardship, winter, Sutter's Fort, blizzards, hunger, danger, desolation, death, solitude, delirium, endless plains, rescue, love
3850 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 16 Vesta Pierce Crawford Pioneer Woman Beneath these alien stars. courage, strength, peace, worries
3851 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 17 Edward Everett Dale The Prairie Schooner When I see a prairie schooner. west, love for the land, plains, quest, fortune, freedom