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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
3927 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 143 George Sterling The City by the Sea At the end of our streets is sunrise. ocean, winds, Azure, ships
3928 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 144 George Sterling The Cool, Grey City of Love Tho I die on a distant strand. longing, love for the city, romantic, West, Gate, ocean
3929 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 150 attributed to James Barton Adams The Cowboy's Life The bawl of a steer. music, coyotes, bronco, rawhide quirt, royal life, love
3930 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 152 Arthur I. Caldwell The Stampede The red sun breaks through muddy lakes of haze and rifted cloud. motionless land, herd, race, danger, trampling noise
3931 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 154 Robert V. Carr The Commission Man Always happy, always bright. smart, entertaining, swift, watch-charm souvenirs, promise
3932 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 156 Robert V. Carr Enlightenment It seems the horse they furnished me. thrown, cussing, Old Spot, profanity
3933 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 156 Robert V. Carr Good-by, Steer There you go, a four-year-old. value, gold, tenderloin, Packin' town
3934 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 157 Robert V. Carr Home Little old shack. house, run down, poor condition, chimney, mansion, imperfection, care, fondness
3935 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 158 Robert V. Carr The Roundup Cook There's good cooks and there's bad ones. grub, upset the cook, boss of pots and pans, chuck
3936 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 165 John Wallace Crawford Broncho Versus Bicycle The first we saw of the high tone tramp. Santa Fe trail, Pecos, outlandish looks, iron horse, saddle, game, bet, competition, jamboree, whiskey, luck, Navajo Crossin', Apache Johnson, Texas Ned, Mexican Bart, Big Jim Hart, tenderfoot, race, Eastern rooster, Tom Stevens, Boston, Bosting, Yankeedom, Nomadic, inventions, surprise
3937 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 171 Curley W. Fletcher The High-Loping Cowboy I been ridin' for cattle the most of my life.
3938 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 174 Ethel Romig Fuller The Six-Horse Limited Mail We always ran out when we heard it come. Calapooia trail, attraction, cheers, enthusiasm, speed, barn boys, mail sacks, Umpqua valley,
3939 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 175 Attributed to Wiles Hallock Braggin' Bill's Fortytude The days of yore -- both good and ill. tame days, sixty-nine, memories, adventure, tall talk, Denver, San Antone, winter, blizzards, wolves, fearless, snowballs
3940 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 177 Harold Hersey The Lavender Cowboy He was only a lavender cowboy. heroes, dream, hair on the chest, hair-tonic, Herbicide, Red Nell,
3941 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 178 Henry Herbert Knibbs Boomer Johnson Now Mr. Boomer Johnson was gettin' old in spots. punchin' dough, tame, fooder, grub, cook, Colt, frijoles, doughnuts, tombstones
3942 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 179 Henry Herbert Knibbs The Bosky Steer Jake and Roany was a-chousing along. Chicken Coop, dumped, thrown, maverick, bear, danger, trapped
3943 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 181 attributed to Jack H. Lee Idaho Jack Idaho Jack from the Salmon buttes. Red River Black, outlaw, mankiller, Snake River Dugan, chuck eaters, rodeo, danger
3944 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 182 Phil Le Noir Ol' Dynamite The outlaw stands with blindfold eyes. ceremony, show, crowd, cheers
3945 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 183 Maurice Lesemann Cow-Ponies After we'd turned in they gathered round. horse, characteristics, love for horses
3946 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 185 Francis Sullivan (recorded by John Lomax) Run Little Dogies As I looked out of my window. song, baby, branding, Montana, trail
3947 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 186 Freeman E. Miller The Stampede We took our turn at the guard that night, just Sourdough Charlie and I. storm, herd, thunder, chaos, singing, fear, wolf, death, trampled, funeral, danger, courage
3948 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 188 Joaquin Miller Vaquero His broad-brimm'd hat pushed back with careless air. pride, brave, lasso, rage
3949 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 189 Eugene Manlove Rhodes The Hired Man on Horseback Harp and Flute and violin, throbbing through the night. music, sound, dream, broker, Katy Common, Lefty, Palo Pinto trail head, Cimarron, love, youth, lovers, stampede, cactus flats, intellectuals, babbitts, Pilate, Cossack, Sacen, conquistadores, Hector, David, God, Esau, Ishmael
3950 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 193 Lew Sarett Breakers of Broncos So, breakers of broncos! With miles of jagged wire. lariat, desert, north wind, chokecherry blossom, bitterroot, alkali
3951 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 194 Belle Starr Bucking Bronco My love is a rider, wild broncos he breaks. attraction, courtship, Tomlinson's ball, dancing, promises, quit riding, love