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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
3902 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 109 author unknown Hell in Texas The devil, we're told, in hell was chained. prison, Rio Grande, poor land, thorns, fleas, tarantulas, centipede, rattlesnake, scorpion, mosquito, poison, heat, red pepper, Mexican, hot food
3903 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 111 Joaquin Miller The Texas Ranger Come all you Texas Rangers wherever you may be. story, fight, Indians, arrows, fear, dead, wounded, advice
3904 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 115 Mary Austin San Francisco The cable cars swing up the hill. town, activity, warships, Pacific Ocean, Suisun, Golden Gate, harbor, ships, waterfront, ferries
3905 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 115 Mary Austin Winter in the Sierras The pines are black on Sierra's slope. north wind, cold, bear, squirrels, wolf, red fox, eagle, hawk, birds
3906 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 116 Gelett Burgess Ballad of the Hyde Street Grip Oh, the rain is slanting sharply, and the Norther's blowing cold. cables, mechanics, technology, brakes, knowledge, San Francisco, ropes, pulleys, conductor, Angel Island
3907 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 117 Witter Bynner Shasta The canyon is deep shade beneath. engine, experiment, nursing-bonds
3908 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 118 Stanton A. Coblentz Land's End (Point Lobos, California) Here rage the furies that have shaped the world. Niagara's, water, ocean, waves, shore, Siren power, waterfalls, Cyclops
3909 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 120 Ina Coolbrith From Russian Hill Night, and the hill to me! silence, darkness, stars, madrono, lights, solitude, Rezanov's sailors, Yerba Buena, memories, peace
3910 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 122 Maynard Dixon Laguna Perdida The stage-road runs on the sunrise plain. lagoon, cowboys, mustangs, outlaw, sheriff, coyotes
3911 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 123 Charles K. Field Barriers Burned (A Rhyme of the San Francisco Breadline) It ain't such a terrible long time ago. Mrs. Van Bergen, wealth, poverty, grand house, cottage, Mrs. McGinnis, Government bread, friendliness, fate, common experience
3912 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 124 Robert Frost Once by the Pacific The shattered water made a misty din. waves, ocean, security, land, nature, time, darkness, fate, power
3913 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 124 Robert Frost A Peck of Gold Dust always blowing about the town. fog, sea, wind, belief, custom, childhood, Golden Gate
3914 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 138 Anna Blake Mezquida Chinatown A bit of East within a Chinese wall. Asian mysteries, exotic, Lao Tzu, Tu Fu, Ming Huang, Manchu temple, Chinese food, jewels, Confucius, Buddha, action, playhouse
3915 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 137 Edwin Markham San Francisco Arising O hill-hung city of my West. ruins, chaos, courage, strength, struggle, building, Carthage, Athens
3916 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 137 Edwin Markham San Francisco Falling A groan of earth in labor pain. destruction, tremor, fire, disaster
3917 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 135 John S. McGroarty The King's Highway All in the golden weather, forth let us ride to-day. mountains, landscape, nature, sinner-folk, padres, Missions, conquistadores, priests
3918 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 134 John S. McGroarty Just California Twixt the seas and the deserts. ocean, Cathay, nature, beauty
3919 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 134 Helen Hunt Jackson Poppies on the Wheat Along Ancona's hills the shimmering heat. vines, fields of wheat, bread, wine
3920 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 129 Helen Hunt Jackson A Ballad of the Gold Country Deep in the hill the gold sand burned. dreams, visions, wine, maid of purple grapes, fortune, beggars, vineyard, harvest
3921 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 128 H. S. Hooper Frisco's Defi You may rock us, you may shock us. city, characteristics, strength
3922 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 126 Bret Harte What the Engines Said What was it the engine said. contest, Pacific railroad, altitude, Sierra, meeting, Atlantic, Indian autumn, Orient, Cathay, longitude, Union, Central
3923 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 125 Bret Harte San Francisco from the Sea Serene, indifferent of Fate. Western Gates, continents, fog, art, culture, joys
3924 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 140 Gertrude Millard Nostalgia O, Frisco was a strumpet. attraction, golden nuggets, San Francisco, woman, fog, lure
3925 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 141 Joaquin Miller San Francisco Bay How fair is San Francisco. moon, stars, beauty, battleship
3926 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 141 George Sterling The Abalone Song Oh! some folks boast of quail on toast. Mission Point, crab, Carmel bay, lazzaroni, Boston beans, dope, alimony, macaroni, food, alcohol, Morse, Marsoni, fondness