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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
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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.

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IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
4152 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 469 Ernest McGaffey A California Idyll A road-runner dodged through the chaparral. desert, animals, sun, heat
4153 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 470 Edwin Markham The Lizard I sit among the hoary trees. Aristotle, hermit, gray friar, eternal youth, animal
4154 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 471 Dorothy Scarborough The Organ Cactus Up from the desert desolate and bleak. nature, sky, storm, hurricane, symphony, music
4155 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 471 William Haskel Simpson Yucca is Yellowing Yucca is yellowing. cactus, crimson, beauty, sunset
4156 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 472 John P. Sjolander The Last Longhorn's Farewell I hear a sound, like music through the gale. dust, summer, heat, meteors, centaur, sensations, nature, earth, hunger, thirst, flood, disaster, food, death
4157 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 473 l John P. Sjolander The Pine of Whiting Wood Not to the fury of the storm, though loud. sun, fierce, death-song, nature, White Cove, peace, victory
4158 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 474 George Sterling The Black Vulture Aloof upon the day's immeasured dome. silence, eagle, falcon, sierras, dream, sunset, thunder
4159 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 475 George Sterling Father Coyote At twilight time, when the lamps are lit. chaparral, milking-time, rum, coyotedom, turkey, cat, mice, animals, rabbits
4160 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 477 George Sterling Pumas Hushed, cruel, amber-eyed. dusk, danger, great cats, grace
4161 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 477 James van Rensselear A Note on Lizards' Feet Out on the desert. hot sand, wings
4162 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 477 Owen Wister The Pinto At Guayamas I born in this various world. children's hoss, Ingless ,trade, travel, Gringo, Injuns, cowboys
4163 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 478 Charles Erskin Scott Wood Sagebrush Oh, I am sick for the sagebrush. longing, smell, fragrance, familiar, home
4164 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 479 author unknown To Midnight an Epitaph Under this sod lies a great bucking hoss. hoss-heaven, soul
4165 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 488 Arthur Guiterman Coyote and the Star This is a legend from Siskiyou Bar. dance, flame of the Sun, Frost Wizard, Salmon, Sisson, satellites, Star-fairy, Shasta, flight, Indians, limitless space, meteor, moral
4166 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 491 John P. Jones Silver Jack's Religion I was on the drive in sixty, working under silver Jack. Robert Wait, Bible, gab, sniggered, miracles, stories, Savior, religion, fistfight, Christ, hell, skeptic
4167 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 492 Stoddard King Etude Geographique Out West, they say, a man's a man, the legend still persists. Gosh, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Walla Walla, stories, manicured men, wimps, meek, galosh, umbrella
4168 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 493 Henry Herbert Knibbs The Lost Range Only a few could understand his ways and his outfit queer. Tom Bright, Pecos, Santa Fe, sage-brush garden, open range, eagle, hobo, grub, Buckman, Other Side, death
4169 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 495 Vachel Lindsay The Ghost of the Buffaloes Last Night at black midnight I woke with a cry. gods, Indians, dream, scalp-hunters, blood-thirst, massacres
4170 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 498 John R. Painter A Bob-Tailed Flush There came unto me yesterday. old man, traveled gentleman, cities, Europe, Versailles Treaty, opulence, misfortune
4171 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 499 James Stevens The Frozen Logger As I sat down one ev'nin' in a timber-town caf?. thumb, lover, whiskers, embrace, vertebrae, mackinaw, cold, hundred degrees below zero, China, broken jar
4172 Best Loved Poems of the American West John J. and Barbara T. Gregg FC 11 G-09 500 Ernest Douglas Out Where the West Begins Out where the talk is a little stronger. trails, wild men, shy women, heat, lizards, jerky, beans, jackrabbits, devil, hell
4173 Lyrics of the Lariat FC 11 G-10 13 Nathan Kirk Griggs The Cowboy With eyes that were blazing, but now that are glazing. cowboy, death, gambling, poker, saloon, barroom, shot
4174 Lyrics of the Lariat FC 11 G-10 18 Nathan Kirk Griggs Vesper Cradle Song Now the day at prayer is kneeling. lullaby, baby
4175 Lyrics of the Lariat FC 11 G-10 20 Nathan Kirk Griggs The Waters to the Hosts As laughing brooklet goes to join the noble stream. God, Lord, belief, stream, river, water
4176 Lyrics of the Lariat FC 11 G-10 23 Nathan Kirk Griggs Passion Flowers Love's many strange moods are blossoms of passion. will, love, reason, Cupid