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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
4177 Lyrics of the Lariat FC 11 G-10 24 Nathan Kirk Griggs Ben As many boys have longed to do, and many boy shave done. boy, youth, teenager, west, drink, alcohol, gin, mother
4178 Lyrics of the Lariat FC 11 G-10 34 Nathan Kirk Griggs A Cur An orator, with tongue of fire, denounced the deed of one. dog, pet
4179 Lyrics of the Lariat FC 11 G-10 37 Nathan Kirk Griggs Memory's Flight More swift than the light, sun-winged on its flight. memory
4180 Lyrics of the Lariat FC 11 G-10 38 Nathan Kirk Griggs The Flowers of Love The flowers of love spring up in our highways. flowers, children (?), love
4181 Lyrics of the Lariat FC 11 G-10 40 Nathan Kirk Griggs Haste to the Mount of the Lord Tho' the dark flags of the tempest are streaming. hope, belief, God, comfort
4182 Lyrics of the Lariat FC 11 G-10 42 Nathan Kirk Griggs Maverick Joe Don't know of Maverick Joe. thief, poker, rustling, brands, calf, cow
4183 Lyrics of the Lariat FC 11 G-10 49 Nathan Kirk Griggs Sabbath Morn Like scenes of youth, to the wand'rin gone. Sunday, belief
4184 Lyrics of the Lariat FC 11 G-10 51 Nathan Kirk Griggs Then Rays of beauty floated round me. love lost, Cupid,
4185 Lyrics of the Lariat FC 11 G-10 54 Nathan Kirk Griggs The Prairie Dog O I'm a merry prairie-dog.
4186 Lyrics of the Lariat FC 11 G-10 59 Nathan Kirk Griggs Our Flag Of all the numberless flag unfurled. flag, symbol, prosperity, nationalism, United States, patriotism
4187 Lyrics of the Lariat FC 11 G-10 60 Nathan Kirk Griggs Little Foxes Keep back the angry frowns, dear maid. children, parents, girl, boy, daughter, son
4188 Lyrics of the Lariat FC 11 G-10 63 Nathan Kirk Griggs The Genii of Wine O the rosy wine is blushing. wine, alcohol, evil, morality, drunk, drinking
4189 Lyrics of the Lariat FC 11 G-10 67 Nathan Kirk Griggs Ships of State Our noble Ship of State. freedom, patriotism, nationalism
4190 Lyrics of the Lariat FC 11 G-10 68 Nathan Kirk Griggs My Dream of Love There is a Sun, so bright, so bright. love
4191 Lyrics of the Lariat FC 11 G-10 70 Nathan Kirk Griggs The Blizzard So Sam, old boy, you were East the day. storm, school marm, teacher, wife, mother, child, snow, prayer, father, bell
4192 Lyrics of the Lariat FC 11 G-10 82 Nathan Kirk Griggs When Life's Sun Goes Down Tho' the gloom of night is falling. afterlife, death, belief
4193 Lyrics of the Lariat FC 11 G-10 83 Nathan Kirk Griggs Reliance I will not bow, in trial hour, and call for mortal arm. belief, hardship
4194 Lyrics of the Lariat FC 11 G-10 84 Nathan Kirk Griggs Serpents A thousand boughs are bending. Satan, temptation, evil, sin, morality, serpent
4195 Lyrics of the Lariat FC 11 G-10 89 Nathan Kirk Griggs The Deserted Church There's an old gray church, deserted and lone. memories, worship, childhood
4196 Lyrics of the Lariat FC 11 G-10 93 Nathan Kirk Griggs An Irishman Be there a sad note in an Irishman's lays.
4197 Lyrics of the Lariat FC 11 G-10 95 Nathan Kirk Griggs Inyan Kara O Thou, my Inyan Kara, Thou Mount, in mount's embrace. volcano, Wyoming, mountain
4198 Lyrics of the Lariat FC 11 G-10 98 Nathan Kirk Griggs While I Dream Oh, I often dream of the happy, happy golden hours. childhood, memories, death, afterlife
4199 Lyrics of the Lariat FC 11 G-10 101 Nathan Kirk Griggs Field of Life The world is a field, where trials abound. morality, afterlife
4200 Lyrics of the Lariat FC 11 G-10 103 Nathan Kirk Griggs What is Man? An Alchemist, who wields the wonder-working stone.
4201 Lyrics of the Lariat FC 11 G-10 105 Nathan Kirk Griggs High Mass of the Muses In careless mood, I chanced to roam. Berne, Switzerland, organ, music