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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
4277 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 45 Charles P. "Soldier" Green Days of `76 When Deadwood wills to give her show. South Dakota, past, reinactment,1876, history, frontier
4278 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 47 Charles P. "Soldier" Green Gold Discovery Day You may speak to me of pageants. pageant, Custer, South Dakota, west, Sioux, past, history
4279 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 48 Charles P. "Soldier" Green Lakeside Reverie I sat by thy shore at twilight. memories, past, life, peace
4280 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 49 Charles P. "Soldier" Green An Epic of the Early Days Pat Flavin run a wild resort. South Dakota, past, history, soldiers
4281 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 51 Charles P. "Soldier" Green Lover's Leap Small and slender and lithe, her little feet. suicide, Indian, death, love lost
4282 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 52 Charles P. "Soldier" Green Homecoming How I love the quiet silence. home, contentment, travel, family
4283 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 53 Charles P. "Soldier" Green Smoke Hungry One time when ridin' up the trail. smoking, tobacco, hooked
4284 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 54 Charles P. "Soldier" Green The Round-up The B X B and Flyin' V. roundup, brands, branding iron, cook, herd, cattle
4285 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 55 Charles P. "Soldier" Green The Outlaw By legal theft he lost his home. law, despair, stealing, society
4286 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 56 Charles P. "Soldier" Green The Hermit Tumbleweed Jones, of Haywire Flat. hunter, duck, shot gun
4287 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 57 Charles P. "Soldier" Green The Rustler Abel Grey Hawk King was hungry for beef. porcupine, meat
4288 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 58 Charles P. "Soldier" Green Careless Words Often words are lightly spoken. words, language, help
4289 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 59 Charles P. "Soldier" Green Careless Thoughts Do not let your thoughts go seeking. friend, actions, thought
4290 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 60 Charles P. "Soldier" Green Careless Actions Do not intrude upon a stranger. Golden Rule, others, behavior
4291 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 61 Charles P. "Soldier" Green The Farmer Our farmers are just boiling mad. farming, grain, market, Prohibition, alcohol
4292 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 62 Charles P. "Soldier" Green Fishing When you have fished the mountain lakes. fishing, trout
4293 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 63 Charles P. "Soldier" Green Hunting Tramping thru the hinterland. deer, elk, game
4294 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 64 Charles P. "Soldier" Green Feathered Friends In a mountain park one evening. birds, nature, wildlife, fauna, bird
4295 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 65 Charles P. "Soldier" Green Prophets When the chickadee. birds
4296 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 123 Charles P. "Soldier" Green Custer Framed Rattle and bang! Cheer and yell! Little Big Horn, politics, Indians, plot
4297 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 122 Charles P. "Soldier" Green Standing Bear Standing Bear, a chief of the Sioux. warrior
4298 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 121 Charles P. "Soldier" Green Jealousy Calamity Jane and Mountain Kate. gun fight, duel
4299 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 120 Charles P. "Soldier" Green The Hold-Up The sun was sinking in the west. holdup, hold up, robbery, stage
4300 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 108 Charles P. "Soldier" Green Wounded Knee Lone, deserted, freezing, starving. Sioux Nation, Sitting Bull, Custer, South Dakota, Ghost Dance, treaty, Indians, Bureau of Indian Affairs, BIA, Indian agent, Jesus, Messiah, Cheyenne, Cheyenne Indians, church, belief, Buffalo Bill Cody, history, Red Cloud, Pahaska
4301 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 105 Charles P. "Soldier" Green A Peace Plan -- Plus? In the Country of Bofunkus. glory, politics, justice, law, fame, crime, standards, home, nation