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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
3952 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 195 Harry Stephens Night-Herding Song Oh, slow up, dogies, quit your roving round. circle-herd, night-herd, trail-herd
3953 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 196 Owen Wister Ten Thousand Cattle Ten thousand cattle straying. sons-of guns, rustle, lonesome, gamble, card playing
3954 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 197 author unknown As I Walked Out As I walked out one morning for pleasure. cowpuncher, troublesome dogies, branding, trail
3955 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 200 author unknown Buckaroo Sandman It's the Buckaroo Sandman. stardust trail, lullaby pony, Sleepy-town, Baby Land rodeo
3956 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 201 author unknown The Cowboy Oh, a man there lives on the Western plains. tough, oumce of brains,mischief, reckless, lover
3957 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 202 author unknown Curley Joe A mile below Blue Canyon on the lonely Pinon trail. Sanctos, grave, White Rose of the Plain, Enza, love, rejection, death, grief, heartbroken, tombstone
3958 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 203 author unknown Doney-gal Traveling up the lonesome trail. force of the elements, love, Abilene, trailing, cattle, bond
3959 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 204 author unknown Empty Saddle Empty saddles in the old corral. dogies, Navajo, rustlers, Alamo, loneliness
3960 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 205 author unknown The Gal I Left Behind Me I struck the trail in seventy-nine., memories, love, emotions, Indians, train, reunion
3961 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 206 author unknown Git Along Little Dogies As I was a-walkin', one mornin' for pleasure.
3962 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 207 author unknown Old Paint Good-bye, Old Paint, I'm a-leavin' Cheyenne. Montana, trail
3963 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 208 author unknown The Great Round-Up When I think of the last great round-up. eternity, past, evergreen shore, Jesus, Savior, angels, heaven's gate, Lord,
3964 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 210 author unknown I Want to be a Cowboy I want to be a cowboy and with the cowboys stand. idol, chaparajos, Cheyenne, paint the town red
3965 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 210 author unknown Little Joe, the Wrangler Little Joe, the wrangler, will never wrangle more. remuda, Texas stray, Chow, hot roll, light a shuck, Red River, stampede, Old Blue Rocket, death, trampled
3966 Charlie Goodnight: His Life in Poetry & Song FC 11 G-24 1 Andy Wilkinson A Songwriter's Prayer I make this prayer to all who hear: First-off, I pray you listen.
3967 Charlie Goodnight: His Life in Poetry & Song FC 11 G-24 2 Andy Wilkinson Son of Charlie Goodnight I am the son of Charlie Goodnight; Though he never had a child.
3968 Charlie Goodnight: His Life in Poetry & Song FC 11 G-24 3 Andy Wilkinson Come with Me My uncle's Charlie Goodnight.
3969 Charlie Goodnight: His Life in Poetry & Song FC 11 G-24 4 Andy Wilkinson Song of the Trinity I saw my first buffalo; On the banks of the Trinity.
3970 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 212 author unknown The Old Chisholm Trail Come along, boys, and listen to my tale. troubles, 2-U herd, Texas, Old Ben Bolt, whiskey, night-herd, Caldwell, longhorns, girl, money, farm, boss, jail, sheriff, tenderfoot, gamble, card games, Maine, Eleven Slash Eleven, shoot out, fight, XY, Cannon Ball, old Blue Dog, friendship,
3971 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 218 author unknown The Trail Herd Clouded sun on coolin' morn. cattle, dust clouds, chuck wagon, grub, lullaby, love, dreams, stars night
3972 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 219 author unknown The Trail to Mexico It was in the merry month of May. Texas, love, separation, kisses, caresses, A. J. Stinson, cattle drive, letter, roam, bullets, wealth, truth, honesty
3973 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 221 author unknown When the Work's All Done This Fall A group of jolly cowboys, discussing plans at ease. mother, love, homesick, guard, night herding, death, trampled
3974 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 228 Rosemary and Stephen Benet Jesse James Among our county's outlaws. aqua pura, Mizzoura, mail robbery, bank robbery, William Tell, hornet, thieves, traitor, fame
3975 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 230 William Rose Benet Jesse James Jesse James was a two-gun man. outlaw, King of the West, Winchester rifle, pinto, shooting, death, rattlesnake, wolf, bear, Hercules, bandanna, Star-Spangled Banner, desperadoes
3976 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 232 Ambrose Bierce Black Bart, PO8 Welcome, good friend, as you have served your term. crime, conviction, sinful life, faith, regrets, Welcker, Plunkett, Brooks, villain, Parnassus, Pegasus, robbing coaches