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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
3877 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 60 John Swett In the Mines Leave the sluice and "tom" untended. pick-axe, sorcerer, spade, tools, expectations, dreams, love, home
3878 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 62 Mark Twain He Done His Level Best Was he a mining on the flat. choir, ambitious, prayer, sinner, Hades, lie, steal, dance, drink
3879 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 63 attributed to Mark Twain The Miner's Lament High on a rough and dismal crag. Kean, midnight hag, Beelzebub, fate, love, struggle, pork and beans, tears, grief, turkeys, clams, hardship
3880 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 64 author unknown The Ballad of Tonopah Bill Tonopah Bill was a desert rat who had traveled the gold camps through. rumor, Rio Grande, luck, optimism, Milky Way, St. Peter, lawless mining crew, Saint, bluff, heaven, story, humor
3881 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 66 author unknown Californy Stage Thar's no respect fer youth er age. Chinese, days of Forty-Nine, gold, Sacramento shore, exhaustion
3882 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 68 Joaquin Miller The Days of "Forty-Nine" You are looking now on old Tom Moore. bummer, relic, memories, camaraderie, friendship, Monte Pete, gambling, New York Jake, Bob Cline, Hackensack Bill, Poor Lame Chess,
3883 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 70 author unknown The Dying Californian Lay up nearer, brother, nearer. death, prayers, faith, family, children, wife, homeland, ocean, farewell
3884 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 71 author unknown Humbug Steamship Companies (A Forty-niner Song) When you start for San Francisco. grub, bad food, promises, Golden Gate, Yankee Blade, captain, ship, Panama, Independent Line
3885 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 73 Joaquin Miller My Sweetie's a Mule in the Mine My sweetie's a mule in the mine. Tobacco
3886 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 78 Margie B. Boswell The Texas Ranger In the old, old days when the West was young. trail, Holy Grail, Indian corn, law, strength, tough, fearless, prairie
3887 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 82 Mary Evelyn Moore Davis The Battle-Flag It gleamed above our Old Brigade. Texan yell, riflemen, pride, blood, courage
3888 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 95 Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar The Daughter of Mendoza O lend to me, sweet nightingale. music, beauty, rainbow, gazelle, youth
3889 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 93 Henry Herbert Knibbs Riders of the Stars Twenty a breast down the Golden Street ten thousand riders marched. Angel Host, Throne Sublime, Texas, Cherubim, open range, petition, complaint, vote, Milky Way, Maverick comets, Taurus, Mars, Saturn, Lord, freedom
3890 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 89 O. Henry Tamales This is the Mexican. Don Jose Calderon, cacti, murderers, pulque, fleas, revolution, garlic, San Jacinto, Minie balls, gringos, Austin, Bradstreet, vengeance, dog meat, Santos Esperitos, Vicente Camillo, Quitana de Rios, De Rosa, Ribera
3891 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 88 O. Henry Last Fall of the Alamo I am - excuse me, I was - the Alamo. tears, solitary survivors, protest, indignity, Tamale Ville, chrysanthemum
3892 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 86 attributed to Toy Hale The Cowboy's Lament As I walked out in the streets of Laredo. white linen, Dead March, graveyard, mother, family, love, fate, roving, coffin, dram-house, card-house, grave
3893 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 83 Frank Desprez Lasca I want free life, and I want fresh air. cattle, love, mustang, Ave Maria, San Saba's shore, Lavaca's tide, fearless, Kansas bluff, San Antonio, jealousy, dagger, Alamo, Rio Grande, Aztec, Old Spain, Texas norther, stampede, Rio Grande, death, sadness, sorrow
3894 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 96 Amy Lowell Texas I went a-riding, a-riding. plain, cotton, wheat, nature, beauty, bridle-rein, tram-cars, town, city life
3895 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 98 Joaquin Miller The Defense of the Alamo Santa Ana came storming, as a storm might come. thunder, military, cavalry, infantry, Mexico, battle, war, Travis, Bowie, death, coward, Persian hordes, Spartan band, nurse, victory
3896 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 99 John Williamson Palmer Cattle Other states were carved or born. Texas, characteristics, horns, hides
3897 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 101 Berta Hart Nance The Road to Texas Beside the road to Texas. pain, struggle, death
3898 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 101 John Williamson Palmer The Fight at San Jacinto Now for a brisk and cheerful fight! Harman, land-thieves, Santa Ana, Castrillon, Almonte, Portilla, Goliad, Sam Houston, Deaf Smith, dulce, cigaritos
3899 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 103 Reuben M. Potter Hymn of the Alamo Rise, man the wall, our clarion's blast. reveille, fight, battle, freedom, Thermopylae
3900 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 105 James Jeffrey Roche The Men of the Alamo To Houston at Gonzales town, ride, Ranger, for your life. Mexicans, Nueces, Santa Ana, Castrillon, Houston, Barrett Travis, Conception, Long Star Flag, Davy Crockett, battle, enemy, war, death, fame
3901 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 107 author unknown The Hell-Bound Train A Texas cowboy on a barroom floor. drunk, alcohol, dream, human blood, horror, devil, beer, atheist, Baptist, Jew, fire, speed, Satan, pride, sins, prayers, vows, regrets