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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
4077 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 377 Mary Austin Song of a Passionate Lover (From the Yokut) Come not near my songs. love, sorrow, pain, heartache, music
4078 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 378 Mary Austin Song of a Woman Abandoned by the Tribe Because She Is Too Old to Keep Alas, that I should die. death, medicine songs, magic healing, wisdom, knowledge
4079 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 378 Mary Austin Warrior's Song Weep not for me, Loved Woman. battle, death, sorrow
4080 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 379 Charles Beghtol Hopi Lament Aa Mihoya (Little Buried One) Why does it tear so at my heart? love, mother, death, memories, grief
4081 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 380 Charles Beghtol Hopi Prayer Rain, lean down. fertility, harvest, sun, warmth, earth
4082 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 381 Witter Bynner A Dance for Rain You may never see rain, unless you see. Cochiti, Pueblo, thunder, death, strength earth, prayer, cloud, god
4083 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 385 Harrison Conrad A Hopi Prayer Rain! rain! Snake Woman, gods, clouds, grains
4084 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 386 Alice Corbin Buffalo Dance (Chippewa) Strike ye our land. wild animals, trample the earth
4085 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 386 Alice Corbin Courtship (Chippewa) When I go I will give you surely. blanket, girdle, moccasins, silver necklace
4086 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 387 Alice Corbin The Green Corn Dance (San Ildefonso) Far in the east. gods, dancers, eagle feather, rain, clouds, thunder
4087 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 388 Alice Corbin Indian Death Out of blue nowhere came guns. soldiers, invaders, Columbus
4088 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 389 Alice Corbin Listening (Chippewa) The noise of passing feet. prairie, gods, silence
4089 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 389 Alice Corbin Parting Now I go, do not weep, woman. grief, death, earth, nature
4090 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 390 Alice Corbin Sand Paintings The dawn breeze. runners, copper cliffs, female moon
4091 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 391 Alice Corbin Where the Fight Was (Chippewa) In the place where the fight was. blanket, wounds, dead
4092 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 392 Alice Corbin The Wind (Chippewa) The wind is carrying me around the sky. sky, valley
4093 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 393 Maynard Dixon Navajo Song A-zlay, A-zlay, you who have clambered the mountains, A-zlay. moccasins, landscape, mesas
4094 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 393 Pauline Johnson The Lost Lagoon It is dusk on the Lost Lagoon. firs, moonlight, sound, darkness
4095 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 393 Pauline Johnson The Song My Paddle Sings West wind, blow from your prairie nest. sail, sailor, mountains, canoe, rapid
4096 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 395 Willard Johnson Indian Song The fire on the hearth is the woman's fire. warmth, desire, campfire, hunters
4097 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 396 Alfred Kreymborg Indian Sky The old squaw. art, faith, timelessness, earth, nature
4098 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 396 William S. Lewis Blackfoot Sin-ka-ha Hoo-Kee hear me. spotted horse, prayer, scalp
4099 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 397 William S. Lewis Flathead and Nez Perce Sin-ka-ha Where art thou? death, prayer, plains, songs, war
4100 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 398 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow The Revenge of Rain-in-the-Face In that desolate land and lone. Big Horn, Yellowstone, Sioux, grief, despair, Indian village, war paint, Sitting Bull, White Chief, yellow hair
4101 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 400 Ernest McGaffey Geronimo Beside that tent and under guard in majesty alone he stands. chained eagle, Apache Tamer lane, restlessness, eagle feather, caged tiger