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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
401 The Prairie Schooner and Other Poems FC 11 D-01 45 Edward Everett Dale The Forks of the Road Dearest, do you remember in the days gone by. memories, sadness, separation, death
402 The Prairie Schooner and Other Poems FC 11 D-01 46 Edward Everett Dale Hide and Seek We children used to play at hide and seek. children, games, rhymes, death, grief
403 The Prairie Schooner and Other Poems FC 11 D-01 47 Edward Everett Dale The Son Worshipper I tell you Bill that kid o' mine. baby show, pride, father
404 The Prairie Schooner and Other Poems FC 11 D-01 48 Edward Everett Dale The Lunger They say I came too late. nature, beauty
405 The Prairie Schooner and Other Poems FC 11 D-01 49 Edward Everett Dale The Piebald Steer Did you ever hear of the piebald steer. Lazy Z, temper, Bill Jones
406 The Prairie Schooner and Other Poems FC 11 D-01 73 Edward Everett Dale Far, Far Away My friends if you will hear my verse. missing the train, train, travel, railroad, water
407 The Prairie Schooner and Other Poems FC 11 D-01 70 Edward Everett Dale Billy Jones, A.B. He drifts right in one night an' lands. stampede, death, burial, grave, pardners, friendship
408 The Prairie Schooner and Other Poems FC 11 D-01 68 Edward Everett Dale The Freshman Don't you remember that golden day. college, freshman, education, school, homesick, innocence, aging, memories
409 The Prairie Schooner and Other Poems FC 11 D-01 67 Edward Everett Dale The Color Scheme You've heard of the white man's burden. blue eyes, golden hair, love, infatuation, girlfriend
410 The Prairie Schooner and Other Poems FC 11 D-01 65 Edward Everett Dale H-2-O or Little John's Lament Just when I've settled down to rest. water, chores
411 The Prairie Schooner and Other Poems FC 11 D-01 63 Edward Everett Dale The Queen Her throne is but a swivel chair. teacher, school, students
412 The Prairie Schooner and Other Poems FC 11 D-01 62 Edward Everett Dale The Power of the Press I called on Farmer Johnson. apple cider, courting, girlfriend, press, courtship
413 The Prairie Schooner and Other Poems FC 11 D-01 61 Edward Everett Dale The Road I hate the road, the cruel road. love, longing, parting, reunite, road, travel
414 The Prairie Schooner and Other Poems FC 11 D-01 60 Edward Everett Dale Dad's Letter Dear Buddie Boy. father, son, letter, Oklahoma, parting, winter
415 The Prairie Schooner and Other Poems FC 11 D-01 59 Edward Everett Dale The Travelers Down the trail of life you go. love, togetherness, positive attitude, optimism
416 The Prairie Schooner and Other Poems FC 11 D-01 58 Edward Everett Dale The Wanderer I'll fill the tank and grease the wheels. flivver, car, wandering, driving
417 The Prairie Schooner and Other Poems FC 11 D-01 57 Edward Everett Dale The Candles and the Cake Dear bachelor friend, you see we do not know. aging, birthday, friendship
418 The Prairie Schooner and Other Poems FC 11 D-01 56 Edward Everett Dale The Convert Mary Anna Brown B.A., Teachin' in our city schools. teacher, English, language, education, parent
419 The Prairie Schooner and Other Poems FC 11 D-01 55 Edward Everett Dale The Christmas Gift Dear Friend, the gift is small and yet it bears. gifts, Christmas, friendship, Christianity
420 The Prairie Schooner and Other Poems FC 11 D-01 54 Edward Everett Dale My Cottage There's a cozy little cottage. home, house, family
421 The Prairie Schooner and Other Poems FC 11 D-01 52 Edward Everett Dale Grecian Garments That college chap he said a thing. Greeks, ancient civilization, clothing, pants, jeans
422 The Prairie Schooner and Other Poems FC 11 D-01 50 Edward Everett Dale The Average Man I don't care much for geniuses. highbrow, common man, provider, man, Jesus Christ, Christianity, religion
423 The Prairie Schooner and Other Poems FC 11 D-01 75 Edward Everett Dale Woodrow Wilson Death came to him so peacefully they say. United States, President, Woodrow Wilson, death, Christmas, Christianity, belief, Jesus Christ
424 The Prairie Schooner and Other Poems FC 11 D-01 79 Edward Everett Dale The Gifts The years now past have gone so fast. time, aging, love, optimism
425 The Prairie Schooner and Other Poems FC 11 D-01 80 Edward Everett Dale To My Son Dear Ed: The rain today is falling down. letter, son, father, reunion, family, earning money