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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
4052 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 347 Zoe A. Tilghman Wind Song Wind of the Prairie, sweeping adown from the hills. wilderness, grazing land, Indians, war-parties, pastures, soldiers, People of Eighty-Nine
4053 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 349 Cy Warman Creede Here's a land where all are equal. money, striving for wealth, gold, greed
4054 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 351 Owen Wister Sheep Ranching It's none too sociable herding sheep. coyotes, Injuns, Indians, collie, sheep dog
4055 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 351 Charles Erskin Scott Wood The Water-hole I'd rather lie on a rye-grass bed. silk, wealth, open land, nature, smell, birds, sounds, desert
4056 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 352 author unknown The Buffalo Skinners Come all you jolly skinners and listen to my song. Jacksboro, Crego, job, wages, outfit, Pease River, Indians, bad food, sorry chuck, fleas, gray backs, hardship
4057 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 354 author unknown Bury Me Out on the Prairie No, I've got no use for the women. complaints, mistrust, Lou, gambler, death
4058 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 356 author unknown Dakota Land We've reached the land of desert sweet. plains, wind, drought, starvation, poverty
4059 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 357 author unknown The Dreary Black Hills Now friends if you'll listen to a horrible tale. Ayers' Patent Pills, Cheyenne, Comanche Bill, scalp, gold, loafers, beggars, orphan
4060 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 358 author unknown For Sale One hay-wire sawmill, nice new location. timber, road conditions, machinery, engines, mortgage
4061 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 358 author unknown Home on the Range Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam. deer, antelope, happiness, zephyrs, West, Red River
4062 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 360 author unknown An Idaho Cowboy Dance Git yo' little sage hens ready, trot 'em out upon the floor. Casimero, Shorty, swing, dance floor, fun, promenade
4063 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 361 author unknown The Little Old Sod Shanty on the Claim I am looking rather seedy now. West, mice, Uncle Sam, wealth, fame
4064 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 362 author unknown My Little Buckaroo Close your sleepy eyes. acorn, oak, child, boy, grown-ups, dream
4065 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 363 author unknown Pete Orman I'll tell you skinners. John Day, Bend, Shaniko, alkali, McBee, grub, Old Tommy, porcupine quill, Oregon Trunk
4066 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 364 author unknown Pike's Peak I'm looking at your lofty head. mountain, prickly-pear, thunderstorms, lightings
4067 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 365 author unknown Prairie Lullaby Shadows slowly creeping. nightingale, night, moonshine, stars, sandman, dreams
4068 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 365 author unknown Ranch at Twilight The soothing sigh of the night wind, a whine of a coyote's call. maverick, prairie, silence, contentment
4069 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 366 author unknown Red River Valley From this valley they say you are going. longing, love, hope, adieu, sorrow, pain, past, broken heart
4070 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 367 author unknown Starving to Death on a Government Claim Frank Baker's my name, and a bachelor I am. county of Lane, Hoyle, sod house, leas, bedbugs, grasshoppers, rattlesnakes, centipede, sorghum, blizzards, rough life, homestead, Missouri, corn dodgers
4071 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 369 author unknown Way Out in Idaho Come all you jolly railroad men, and I'll sing you if I can. Denver, Oregon Short Line, Idaho, Kilpatrick's man-catcher, Cheyenne, Pocatello, American Falls, New Mexico
4072 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 373 Mary Austin Caller of the Buffalo Whenever the summer-singed plains. ceremonial smoke, Republican River, Pawnee, Great White Buffalo
4073 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 374 Mary Austin The Heart's Friend (Shoshone Love Song) Fair is the white star of twilight. love, twilight
4074 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 374 Mary Austin Lament of a Man for His Son Son, my son! mountain, chief's robe, warrior
4075 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 375 Mary Austin Neither Spirit nor Bird (Shoshone Love Song) Neither spirit nor bird. flute, willows, music, courting, love
4076 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 376 Mary Austin Prayer to the Mountain Spirit (From the Navajo) Lord of the Mountain. cleanness, wholeness, newness, courage