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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
4227 Lyrics of the Lariat FC 11 G-10 176 Nathan Kirk Griggs The Voyage Ho, ho! We slip the hawser. ocean, sail, boat, ship, life
4228 Lyrics of the Lariat FC 11 G-10 179 Nathan Kirk Griggs Ruler and Composer The Present truly seems unjust. artist, composer
4229 Lyrics of the Lariat FC 11 G-10 183 Nathan Kirk Griggs Only Only a few little rays of dawn. life
4230 Lyrics of the Lariat FC 11 G-10 185 Nathan Kirk Griggs When? When baby receives the fatherly kiss.
4231 Lyrics of the Lariat FC 11 G-10 187 Nathan Kirk Griggs Gone Before Gone before -- closed the mystic door. death
4232 Lyrics of the Lariat FC 11 G-10 189 Nathan Kirk Griggs A Poetic Proposal O love, my love, my only love. poets
4233 Lyrics of the Lariat FC 11 G-10 192 Nathan Kirk Griggs Hasten O hasten, my darling, while sunlight is streaming. love, companionship
4234 Lyrics of the Lariat FC 11 G-10 194 Nathan Kirk Griggs Power Divine The sheen of the morn. God
4235 Lyrics of the Lariat FC 11 G-10 197 Nathan Kirk Griggs Life's Service In the morn of life. belief, Jesus, God
4236 Lyrics of the Lariat FC 11 G-10 199 Nathan Kirk Griggs Life's Afternoon Just twenty years ago, my love. love, wife, marriage, companionship, life
4237 Lyrics of the Lariat FC 11 G-10 203 Nathan Kirk Griggs An Asp Behold, at eve, I found an asp. ungrateful, ingratitude
4238 Lyrics of the Lariat FC 11 G-10 205 Nathan Kirk Griggs Once More I saw, today, some little ones play. memories, childhood, youth
4239 Lyrics of the Lariat FC 11 G-10 211 Nathan Kirk Griggs Hobo's Lament My O, my O, this sorry Hobo. tramp, poverty
4240 Lyrics of the Lariat FC 11 G-10 215 Nathan Kirk Griggs O Thou Supreme O Thou, Supreme, Thou Mighty One. belief
4241 Lyrics of the Lariat FC 11 G-10 217 Nathan Kirk Griggs The Children's Hour In the study, quaint and cozy. children, father
4242 Lyrics of the Lariat FC 11 G-10 224 Nathan Kirk Griggs Love's Moods The study of Love, tho' ever exciting.
4243 Lyrics of the Lariat FC 11 G-10 227 Nathan Kirk Griggs Wonderful River of Jordan Wonderful river of Jordan. death
4244 Lyrics of the Lariat FC 11 G-10 229 Nathan Kirk Griggs Rest, Peace and Joy There is rest, true rest. death
4245 Lyrics of the Lariat FC 11 G-10 231 Nathan Kirk Griggs Keep Us Close to Thee O, Lord, we all, with joy, unite. belief
4246 Lyrics of the Lariat FC 11 G-10 233 Nathan Kirk Griggs Hallowed Song Holding aloft the banner of right. faith, belief
4247 Lyrics of the Lariat FC 11 G-10 235 Nathan Kirk Griggs Good Night Tho' glad hearts are beating. life
4248 Lyrics of the Lariat FC 11 G-10 237 Nathan Kirk Griggs The Cowboy Preacher You may talk about the many. belief
4249 Lyrics of the Lariat FC 11 G-10 246 Nathan Kirk Griggs Eternity When wave is silvern, and the clouds are few. belief, eternity
4250 Lyrics of the Lariat FC 11 G-10 248 Nathan Kirk Griggs The Sod House Coming The pioneer, on Western plain. pioneers, heritage
4251 Lyrics of the Lariat FC 11 G-10 251 Nathan Kirk Griggs Parting When e'er we meet at restful eve.