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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
3852 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 18 Frank French The Pioneer Fill up your glass, O comrade true. toast, experience, stories, remembrances, Platte, rheumatism, martyr lives
3853 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 19 Frank French Idaho They say there is a land. idyllic land, fortune, gold
3854 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 20 Hamlin Garland The Gift of Water Is water nigh? plainsmen, desert, Navajo
3855 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 21 Hamlin Garland Lost in a Norther There are voices of pain. prairie, Ladrone, winds, bullets, cold, sleet, snow, faithful horse, silence, hunger, helplessness, spring
3856 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 24 Arthur Guiterman The Oregon Trail Two hundred wagons, rolling out to Oregon. mountain pass, East, South, North, prairie ships, Missouri, bullwhip, pioneers, Kansas, Nebraska, Indians, Platte, Snake, Great Divide, caravan, Walla Walla, Columbia, trappers, British trader, Stars and Stripes
3857 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 27 Sharlot M. Hall Away Out West Away, away from city and street. crowdedness, land, clamor, silence, solitude, peace, West, space, West, wilderness, space, pain, regret, hope, vastness
3858 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 29 Joseph Mills Hanson Laramie Trail Across the crests of the naked hills. Platte, fear, ghost trail, carbines, sabres, bison, trooper, Snelling Fort
3859 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 31 Henry Herbert Knibbs The Long Road West Once I heard a hobo, singing by the tie-trail. future, hope, sailor, travel, night herd, cowboy, landscape
3860 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 32 Eunice W. Luckey Babies of the Pioneers Tired cattle stumbled on the dusty trail. laughter, innocence, age, adulthood
3861 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 32 James Marshall Oregon Trail: 1851 Out they came from Liberty, out across the plains. emigrating westward, Indians, heathens, Independence Rock, birth, death, danger, faith, Milt, Ezra, Ben, mountains, ocean, dripping fir, homestead, conquerors, freedom, new beginning
3862 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 34 Joaquin Miller Crossing the Plains Crossing the Plains What great yoked brutes with briskets low. buffalo, bullocks, captivity, majestic, kings
3863 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 35 Joaquin Miller Exodus for Oregon A tale half told and hardly understood. Missouri, Ohio, bearded men, travelers, hope, fear, exodus, doubts, brave women, trail, track, birth, death, prophecies, danger, desert, strength
3864 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 38 Joaquin Miller William Brown Poor William did what could be done. ox-whip, Mary Jane, mountains, nature
3865 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 40 Sam L. Simpson The Wagon Trail Forward! The crackling lashes send. oxen teams, rest, night, campfire, danger, exhaustion, dust, heat, desert, plains
3866 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 42 Walt Whitman Western Lines The Missourian crosses the plains, toting his wares and his cattle. oxen, expression, feeling, deserts, Western America, smell, odor, Kansas, buffalo, prairie, emigrants, stars
3867 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 43 author unknown The Oregon Trail Away down yonder in the Wahee Mountains. Zeke, galoot, city feller, shooting, Hezekiah, wedding, mountain home, baby, child, stork
3868 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 44 author unknown Star of the Western Skies Lonely caravan a-rollin' through the night. trail, guiding star, Great Divide, restlessness
3869 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 45 author unknown Sweet Betsy from Pike Oh do you remember sweet Betsy from Pike. lover, Ike, Shanghai rooster, spotted hog, whiskey, wagon train, Indians, Injuns, musket, desert, starvation, cholera, California, dance, Pike County, alkali, angel, divorce, marriage, lummox
3870 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 49 attributed to Alanzo Delano The Miner's Progress A Pilgrim from the Eastern shore. Nevada, pickaxe, tears, patches, Costar, flea, gold, hopes, dust, wretchedness, Irish roots, dreams, childhood, youth, New England, family
3871 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 53 Anna M. Fitch The Song of the Flume Awake, awake! For my track is red. wealth, Sierra, gold, ore, blue vein
3872 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 54 Lucia Harwood Foote Sutter's Fort, Sacramento I stood by the old fort's crumbling wall. magic spell, past, present
3873 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 55 John C. Frohlicher Miners Alone In A Stope: It's worse than death, that hush. silence, darkness, ghosts, Elm Orlu, Leadville, Granite, Coeur d'Arlenes, Comstock lodes, gas explosion
3874 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 57 Bret Harte Dickens in Camp Above the pines the moon was slowly drifting. Sierras, card games, Little Nell, English meadows, Kentish spire, story telling, hop-vine, laurel wreaths, Western pine
3875 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 58 Bret Harte The Society Upon the Stanislaus I reside at Table Mountain, and my name is Truthful James. Brown, Calaveras, Jones, fossils, Abner Dean, skull, mammoth, Thompson
3876 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 59 G.W. Patton The Emigrant's Dying Child Father! I'm hungered! Give me bread. cold, pain, suffering, California skies, grieve, death, sister, gold