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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
3977 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 234 Ambrose Bierce The Convict's Ball San Quentin was brilliant. Within the halls. John S. Gray, Jimmy Hope, international, nationalities, Rev. Morrison, virtuoso, circles of culture, dance, Jardin Mabille, Long Mall, Hubert Howe Bancroft
3978 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 236 Sharlot M. Hall Cash In O life is a game of poker. deck, dealer, bluff, trouble
3979 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 237 Bret Harte Plain Language from Truthful James Which I wish to remark. heathen Chinese, Ah Sin, Bill Nye, Euchre, card game, Chinese cheap labor, cheating, tricks
3980 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 239 attributed to Merrill Honey Pizen Pete's Mistake It was in the Yellow Dog Saloon. looking for a fight, aggression, six-gun, whiskey, Billy the Kid
3981 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 240 Henry "Harry" Knibbs Indigo Pete's J.B. I was leavin' the Blue Dog on the run. Stetson hat, Mexico ,Alamogordo, Deming, Lordsburg, Rio Grande
3982 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 242 Henry Herbert Knibbs The Ballad of Billy the Kid No man in the West ever won such renown. Billy Bonney, Santa Fe, outlaws, Silver City, Joe Dyer's saloon, desperado, gold, Pecos, Lincoln, Jingle-Bob brand, Turnstile, Bill Roberts, John Chisum, Fort Sumner, sweetheart, Arroyo Tivan, Bob Ollinger, fearless, Pat Garrett, fate
3983 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 245 Henry Herbert Knibbs The Shallows of the Ford Did you ever wait for daylight when the stars along the river. stars, landscape, beauty, nature, friendship, oath, Caliente
3984 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 246 Henry Herbert Knibbs Waring of Sonora-town The heat across the desert was a-swimmin' in the sun. Jim Waring, Salvadore, outlaw Chola, killing, shooting
3985 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 247 Joaquin Miller Kit Carson's Ride Room! Room to turn around in, to breathe and be free. freedom, plains, Brazos, love, stolen bride, Comanches, Old Revels, death, buffalo bull, fire, love, despair
3986 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 251 Whitney Montgomery Death Rode a Pinto Pony Death rode a pinto pony. Rio Grande, moonlight, Madden' ranch
3987 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 253 Edmund Clarence Stedman Custer What! Shall that sudden blade. battle-cry, victory, slaughter, hero, warrior, death, deathless spirit
3988 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 255 N. Howard Thorpe Billy the Kid or William H. Bonney Bustin' down the canyon. Gila, Montezuma, Mogollons, whiskey, women, poker, fighting, drinking, gambling, John H. Tunstall, William Morton, Lincoln, Olinger, Garrett, Oliver Lee
3989 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 257 Stanley Vestal Fandango They beat the tom-tom, they plucked the guitar. mandolin, Dolores Salazar, red petticoat, Vale of Taos, Dick Wooton, moccasins, Rio Grande, lovers, whiskey, Don Cornelio, fight, Green River, Pedalos, melancholy, Kit, Bent's Fort, happy end
3990 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 260 Stanley Vestal Oliver Wiggins `Twas at the Cimarron Crossing. Santy Fee, Kit Carson, teamster, greenhorn, Sol Silver, bravery, Kiowas, Injun, Taos, wagon master
3991 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 262 Frederick Whittaker Custer's Last Charge Dead! Is it possible? He, the bold rider. hero, Indians, victory, pride, warriors, Sitting Bull, squadrons, Ogallala, Arapahoe, Cheyenne, Wild Horse, Sioux, battle, death
3992 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 265 Owen Wister The Smugglers By the sands of the Rio Bravo. Chihuahua, Sonora, Mazatlan ,Pepe, Luis, Coyotito, law
3993 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 266 author unknown Belle Starr A cowboy hat, and underneath. wrath, queen, self-crowned, self-reliance, Cherokee, woman, arrogance, Pompey, Dallas, gamble, disguise, pride
3994 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 268 author unknown Billy the Kid (Version 1) Billy was a bad man. Greasers, liquor, rage, mean, evil
3995 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 268 author unknown Billy the Kid (Version 2) I'll sing you a true song of Billy the Kid. New Mexico, Silver City, killing, Mexican maidens, boy bandit, notch on the pistol, Pat Garrett, outlaw, fate
3996 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 269 author unknown Black Bart Black Bart held up the Cow Creek stage in his manner so polite. friendly robber, passing the hat, collecting jewelry, honor, shooting
3997 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 271 author unknown Bonnie Black Bess When fortune's blind goddess. unfaithful, widows, orphans, plundering the rich, London, bravery, Turpin
3998 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 273 author unknown The Raven Visits Rawhide It was meetin' night in Rawhide Town. congregation, Hank's Caf? Paree, nigger gin, parson, church alcohol, drinks, bar, devil's den, beer, prayers
3999 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 275 author unknown Roy Bean Cowboys, come and hear a story of Roy Bean in all his glory. Pecos, law, Toyah, lawyer, professions, rustler, Tom and Jerry, Pap Wyndid, RB brand, Langtry, Austin, justice of the peace, Red man, Stetson, Smith and Wesson,
4000 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 279 author unknown Whiskey Bill - A Fragment A down the road and gun in hand. spree, shooting, Great Divide
4001 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 278 author unknown The Wrangler Kid The grass fire swooped like a red wolf pack. smoky sky, Bar-Y-Cross, demon, devil, disaster, flames