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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
4002 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 283 Gertrude Thomas Arnold Desert Bloom A glow of purples at set of dawn. flowers, nature, beauty, life
4003 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 283 Charles Beghtol In Old Tucson Within adobe wall. desert, night bird's call, woman, hollyhocks, shadows
4004 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 284 E.A. Brinistool Back to Arizona Take me back to Arizona. moving-picture craze, chuckawalla, Gila monster, Apache, cacti, desert, poker game, centipedes, coyotes, whiskey, rough country, hanging-bee, six-gun
4005 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 286 Charles O. Brown The History of Arizona: How it was Made and Who Made It The devil was given permission one day. select land, prickly pear, mesquite, Santa Cruz, cholla, imported Apaches, poise the land, tarantula, rattlesnake, corner of hell, heaven
4006 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 287 Richard Burton The Old Santa Fe Trail It wound through strange scarred hills, down canyons lone. pioneers, rough men, quest, Saxons, Mexicans, Indians, wilderness
4007 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 288 D. Maitland Bushby Drifting Out beyond the grasses growing. desert winds, cholla, nature
4008 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 289 Witter Bynner An Adobe House In a house born of the brown earth. poems, feelings, wind, nature
4009 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 289 Witter Bynner New Mexican Desert A vivid hardened ocean. song, sounds, magic
4010 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 290 Willa Catcher Spanish Johnny The old West, the old time. mandolin, herd, moon-enchanted plain, Spain, death
4011 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 292 Torrey Connor The Old Casa The moon and I a-tiptoe peer within. women, courting, lover, serenades, sadness
4012 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 292 Harrison Conrad Dead on the Desert Have mercy, God! And on the dune sun-curs'd. thirst, dehydration, serpent, death
4013 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 293 Harrison Conrad In Old Tucson In old Tucson, in old Tucson. music, violin, women, beauty, black hair, love, separation
4014 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 293 Alice Corbin Juan Quintana The goat-herd follows his flock. desert rain, old man, muchacho
4015 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 294 Edwin Curran The Painted Hills of Arizona The rainbows all lie crumpled on these hills. colors, light, nature, beauty, lightning
4016 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 295 Glenn Ward Dresbach Desert Song There's no hiding here in the glare of the desert. silence, heat, love, hate, cedar fire, dreams, Rome
4017 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 296 John Gould Fletcher Mexican Quarter By an alley lined with tumble-down shacks. gutters, dirt, filth, stars, beautiful woman, Madonna's image, flowers, Juan, love, longing, guitar, fate, youth, age, Babylon, Samark and
4018 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 298 John Gould Fletcher Rain in the Desert The huge red-buttressed mesa over yonder. temple, altar fires, priests, prayer-sticks, sky-serpents, rain, nature
4019 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 298 John Galsworthy Desert Song When I came on from Santa Fe. rain, scent, smells, darkness, cloud, dry weather
4020 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 299 Arthur Guiterman Quivira Francisco Coronado rode forth with all his train. Spain, search for gold, Aragon, Castile, Sonora, harness, Fray Padilla, Zuni, Arizona, Acoma, Colorado, war, Sioux, camp, Compostela, convert, heathen, Christianity, gospel, greed
4021 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 303 Shallot M. Hall In Old Tucson In old Tucson, in old Tucson. chilies, desert, oleander, pomegranate, dream
4022 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 305 Sharlot M. Hall Two Bits Where the shimmering sands of the desert beat. fort, Mohave, Yavapai, Date Creek Camp, Wingate Road, Verde Trail
4023 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 307 Henry Herbert Knibbs The Desert Twas the lean coyote told me, bearing his slavish soul. water hole, thirst, prison roll, shooting, death, liar, dreams, visions, rain
4024 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 309 Henry Herbert Knibbs The Oro Stage Around the bend we streaked it with the leaders swingin' wide. El Oromines, Jim Waring, outlaw stopper, San Salvador, pinto wheeler
4025 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 311 Jack H. Lee Death Valley Twas silent below on the desert. Funeral Range, rattlesnake, Panamint peaks, lizard, skeleton, quest for gold, desert
4026 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 313 Arthur Truman Merrill Spring in the Desert Like the rusty bronze of a copper kettle. rattlesnake, cactus, medicine-men, Zuni, Chief Lone Man