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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
4102 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 401 Louis Mertins Rain Chant Come the little clouds out of the Ice-Caves. Spider Woman, Northland, offering
4103 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 423 Carl Sandburg Early Moon The baby moon, a canoe, a silver papoose. runner, Indians, Red Man's Dreams, Mississippi Valley
4104 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 424 William Haskel Simpson Homesick Song Said the very old man at the drum. desert, love, woman, sunset, longing
4105 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 425 William Haskel Simpson Navajo Your desert land is. squaw, coyote, white horses
4106 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 425 William Haskel Simpson Saddle Hast in Dot Klish, just Navajo. Chilchinbito, Chuska, Chinle, Shiprock
4107 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 426 William Haskel Simpson Taos Drums I have crouched in your kivas by night. white garments, sounds, music, silence, music
4108 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 427 Constance Lindsay Skinner Three Songs from the Haida: Queen Charlotte's Island, B.C. Whoever can sing this song is admitted forever to the friendship of the bears. see other entries same title: The Bear's Song, Love Song, Song for Fine Weather
4109 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 433 Zoe A. Tilghman Alibi Six foot two in his moccasins.
4110 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 231 Paul Thompson The Golden Stallion Out of all the wild horse bands. death, grace, silver mane, Injun, Indian, Tomahawk Bill, desert, king of the herd
4111 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 430 John R. Swanton Bear Songs (Haida) Chief, chief, that I am. passage, grandfather, mountains
4112 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 429 Lillian White Spencer Hopi Woman The children play with Hopi Katchinas. squash-blossom hairdress, Tiponi, Corn-Mother, prayer-sticks, runners, snakes, dead
4113 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 428 Constance Lindsay Skinner Song of Basket-Weaving O Cedar-tree, Cedar, my Mother. love, chant, earth, mother, waters of love, harvest
4114 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 427 Constance Lindsay Skinner Three Poems from the Haida: Queen Charlotte's Island, B.C. Song for fine weather; O good Sun. clouds, fishing, request, hope
4115 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 427 Constance Lindsay Skinner Three Songs from the Haida: Queen Charlotte's Island, B.C. Love Song; Beautiful is she, this woman. mountain flower, beauty, cold
4116 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 427 Constance Lindsay Skinner Three Songs from the Haida: Queen Charlotte's Island, B.C. The Bear's Song I have taken the woman of beauty. gratitude, kinsmen, friends, offering
4117 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 422 Carl Sandberg Buffalo Dusk The buffalos are gone. dust, old times, past
4118 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 422 Alexander L. Posey On the Capture and Imprisonment of Crazy Snake, January, 1900 Down with him! Chain him! Bind him fast! traitor, outlaw, respect, condemnation
4119 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 411 John G. Neihardt Red Cloud Sullenly a gale. Bozeman Trail, Fort Laramie, Great White Father, Sioux, Missouri, Inyan Kara, Arapaho, Dakota, Cheyenne, rattlesnake, Long Knife, Ogallala, Brules, Spotted Tail, teepees, Tongue, Rosebud,, Madison, Man Afraid, Platte, Colonel Maynadier, half-breed, Utes, terror, despair, Swift Bear, Black Horse, Julesberg, Pumpkin Creek, Chimney Rock, Mitchell Post, Carrington
4120 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 401 John G. Neihardt The Death of Crazy Horse And now 'twas done. Little Powder, frontier, Sioux, Dog Creek, Inyan Kara, North Cheyenne, starvation, Dull Knife, battle, Nes Perce Joseph, Bitter Root, Big Hole Basin, Mighty Spirit, Yellowstone, freedom, bison, Custer, Little Horn, Ogalala, Spotted Tail, Indian Police, Rosebud, suffering
4121 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 433 Eda Lou Walton How Our Forefather Got His Wife Our forefather once wished a wife. tribe, yellow dog, disguise
4122 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 434 Eda Lou Walton Indian Death Land of the Horizontal Yellow. old age, Dawn-Boy, sky-road, Horizontal Yellow
4123 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 434 Eda Lou Walton Love Medicine (Blackfoot Indian Song) A yellow dot on her forehead. charm, tipi, mocking eyes
4124 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 435 Eda Lou Walton The Marriage Dance (Blackfoot Indian Song) I weave my blanket red. patience, industriousness, couple, commitment
4125 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 435 Ned White Apache Kid Ye traced me on the desert wide. trail, blood, hunted down, forest, Indian, death, man-hunters
4126 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 439 Mary Austin Elf Owl Elf owl, elf owl, what do you see. badger, animals, rattlesnake, coyote, nighthawk, horned toad, rabbit, nature, land