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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
4127 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 439 Mary Austin Grizzly Bear If you ever, ever, ever meet a grizzly bear. beast, careful, danger
4128 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 440 Mary Austin Prairie-Dog Town Old Peter Prairie-Dog. house, underground, earth, cleverness, efficient,
4129 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 441 Mary Austin The Sandhill Crane Whenever the days are cool and clear. nature, animals, danger
4130 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 442 J. Barber The White Steed of the Prairies Mount, mount for the chase! hunters, beauty, speed, grace, majesty, unbridled freedom, Cordilleras
4131 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 444 S. Omar Barker To a Jack Rabbit Lean, lanky son of desert sage. speed, plains, prairie, Harlequin, frontier, West
4132 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 445 William Rose Benet The Horse Thief There he moved, cropping the grass at the purple canyon's lip. moonlight, lariat, night, stars, tenderfoot, mustang, Bellerophon, bandana, Centaur, Milky Way, Sagittarius
4133 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 449 Witter Bynner Vinegaroon Bring your shears and clip him well. clam, wooly lamb, forked claws
4134 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 449 Robert V. Carr Prairie Wolves Up where the white bluffs fringe the plain. demons, beasts, curse, hate
4135 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 450 Ina Coolbrith The Mariposa Lily Insect or blossom? flower, gossamer, fragile, butterfly
4136 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 450 Glenn Ward Dresbach Yucca in the Moonlight Flowers of mist and silence. nature, beauty, sand, endurance
4137 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 451 Hamlin Garland Massasauga A cold, coiled line of mottled lead. hatred, deadly enemy, death
4138 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 452 Hamlin Garland The Passing of the Buffalo Going, the wild things of our land. antelope, peace, pasture, struggle, winter, ocean current
4139 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 454 Marilla Merrimar Guild The Ocotillo in Bloom A flock of scarlet birds. silence, desert
4140 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 455 Arthur Guiterman The Dance of Gray Raccoon Curled in his black-ringed tail drowsed he. North Wind, mischief, Black Bear, magic flask, medicine dance
4141 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 457 Arthur Guiterman Ephraim the Grizzly This is the tale of Ephraim. nature, past, monster, wolf, panther, animals, beaver, wigwam, storehouse, Klamath
4142 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 459 Arthur Guiterman The Prairie Dog The Gopher remarked to the Prairie Dog. rattlesnake, hypocrisy, democracy, talks, animals
4143 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 454 Hamlin Garland The Vulture of the Plains He wings a slow and watchful flight. alkali, storm-clouds
4144 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 460 R.W. Hall The Last Longhorn An ancient long-horned bovine. death, cow, noble race, progress, nester, fencing, barbed wire, change
4145 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 462 Sharlot M. Hall Road Runner Out of the western chaparral. bird, roadrunner
4146 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 462 Bret Harte Chiquita Beautiful! Sir, you may say so. horse, beauty, Morgan, hoss, river, drown, nephew, judge, crossing, flood, boys will be boys, hosses is hosses
4147 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 464 Bret Harte Coyote Blown out of the prairie in twilight and dew. lazy, vagabond, Carlo, gray, outcast
4148 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 465 Bret Harte Grizzly Coward, of heroic size. strength, acorn husks, baby toes, epicurean retreats, Friar Tuck, fear
4149 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 466 Vachel Lindsay The Broncho That Would Not be Broken A little colt -- broncho, loaned to the farm. breaking horses, pride, Greek-footed figures, mules, harness, sledge-hammer
4150 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 467 Vachel Lindsay The Flower-Fed Buffaloes The flower-fed buffaloes of the spring. past, perfumed grass, wheat, Blackfeet, Pawnees, Indians
4151 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 468 Charles F. Lummis The Sidewinder A lazy loop of lozenged gray. greasewood, heat, sleep, mortal joys