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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
4027 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 313 Arthur W. Monroe The Toll of the Desert This is the toll of the desert. bleached bones, warning, danger
4028 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 314 Madge Morris In the Yucca Land The rim of the desert is the Yucca land. mountains, moonlight, priestess, God, silence
4029 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 315 Madge Morris Quien Sabe? Where do the waters go. Mojave, Indians, wisdom, earth, water
4030 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 316 Madge Morris To the Colorado Desert Thou brown, bare-breasted, voiceless mystery. mountains, rivers, silence, solitude, loneliness, honey, God, anger, creation
4031 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 317 Gordon W. Norris Mi Corazon Spanish is the tongue of lovers, Music light as fountain-spray.
4032 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 319 Gordon W. Norris Song of the Border South of the Border and north of the sea. moon, mango tree, Mexico, music, gringo, seductive woman, Corazon, love, broken heart, outlaw, lovesick
4033 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 320 Lynn Riggs Spring Morning -- Santa Fe The first hour was a word the color of dawn. mockingbird, gold, black, Alameda
4034 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 321 Ned White Bones in the Desert We found him there on the Desert. empty canteen, dead stranger, grave
4035 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 321 author unknown I Wanted to Die in the Desert I wanted to die in the desert. God, spell, fascination, grave, buzzards
4036 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 322 author unknown The Railroad Cars are Coming The great Pacific railway. California, locomotive, New Mexico, prairies,
4037 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 328 Charles Badger Clark, Jr. The Sheep-herder All day across the sagebrush flat. woollies, Spring, poetry, sheperd's songs, smell, Kansas State, Bliss Township, Section Five, rattler's den, Minnie, pastorals, Eden
4038 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 331 Pearl Riggs Crouch The Snowstorm Across the plain the wind whines through the sage. tumbleweeds, snowbirds, snowflakes, cold
4039 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 331 Maynard Dixon The Plains Give me the palins -- the barren and sun beaten plains! grass, endless skies, valley, cottonwood grove, Blackfeet
4040 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 333 Eugene Field At Cheyenne Young Lochinvar came in from the West. cowboy hat, girdle, Mariana, justice, tough guy, clean out the bar
4041 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 333 Eugene Field The Wanderer Upon a mountain's height, far from the sea. ocean, sound, mystery
4042 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 334 John Charles Fremont On Recrossing the Rocky Mountains After Many Years Long years ago I wandered here. landscape, nature, beauty, fragrance, summer, winter
4043 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 336 Hamlin Garland Color in the Wheat Like liquid gold the wheat-field lies. fragrance, hawk, birds, sunflower, nature
4044 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 337 Francis Henry The Old Settler's Song I'd wandered all over the country. gold, prospecting, Puget Sound, timber, climate
4045 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 338 Helen Hunt Jackson Cheyenne Mountain By easy slope to the west as if it had. sun, landscape, Homer
4046 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 339 Maurice Lesemann Ranchers They went off on the buckboard in the rain. sage, westward movement, teams, steer
4047 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 340 Vachel Lindsay An Indian Summer Day on the Prairie The sun is a huntress young. Indian girl, fire, rain, flowers, time, wounded deer, eagle
4048 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 341 Joaquin Miller Dead in the Sierras His footprints have failed us. madronas, hunter, grizzly, panther, death
4049 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 342 Arthur W. Monroe The Forest Fire Rolling clouds of greasy smoke. timber, danger, threat
4050 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 342 Margaret Pond Sheep Country In spring the sheep are driven over the mountain. wind, cold, snow, Capulin, chokecherries, mountains, Rio de los Indios, Valles
4051 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 344 Clyde Robertson The Yellow Witch of Caribou The hills are high in Caribou. spell, ravishment, Selina, whore, sawmill crew, jealousy, curse, witch's scent, golden hair, strangled