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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.


Poetry table.

First Previous Next Last
IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
4302 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 103 Charles P. "Soldier" Green The Fool Soldier Band A shaft, near Mobridge, marks the spot. Indians, captives, prisoners, women, Sioux, Chippewa, rescue, sacrifice
4303 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 101 Charles P. "Soldier" Green A Soldier Plus Sired was I by Mars the Mighty. war, fighting, battle, heroes, hero, soldiers, history
4304 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 99 Charles P. "Soldier" Green The Old Guard When War its brazen arms have flung. South Dakota, patriotism, volunteer, volunteers, infantry, soldier, soldiers, war, army
4305 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 98 Charles P. "Soldier" Green The State Soldiers' Home Grey haired veterans here will greet you. gray, veteran, war, military, memories, aging, death, Taps
4306 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 92 Charles P. "Soldier" Green Soldiers All Heroes, yes. Well have they named you. veterans, veteran, hero, war, hospital, Veteran's Administration, government, country, Memorial Day
4307 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 91 Charles P. "Soldier" Green How Kola Today a Redman called on me. Indian, rights, law, injustice, sovereignty
4308 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 90 Charles P. "Soldier" Green Whose Law? When romance bloomed `neath starlit dome. rich, poverty, inequality, platitudes
4309 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 89 Charles P. "Soldier" Green Cowgirl Maud Muller on that olden day. makeup, compact, female, woman, powder
4310 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 87 Charles P. "Soldier" Green A Locoed Ride `Twas by her old adobe home. bronc busting, bronco, riding, sing, song, busted up
4311 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 84 Charles P. "Soldier" Green Nightmares There have been times in my young life. horse, adventure, winter, stranded
4312 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 82 Charles P. "Soldier" Green Adventure The Dane and I to Runkels went. job, work, employment, cave
4313 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 79 Charles P. "Soldier" Green Loggin' Bill Doyle, he ran a saw-mill camp. saw mill, sawmill, logging, food, prank, pancakes
4314 Singing Rawhide FC 11 H-11 109 Harold Brainerd Hersey Ropin' Genealogies Along Thuh Old Frontier It wuz blazin' hot and I don't mean maybe when Joe asked Steve for fun. genealogy, old maid, masquerade, liar, brother, brothers, change, knife fight, governor, progress, reputation
4315 Singing Rawhide FC 11 H-11 127 Harold Brainerd Hersey Billy Thuh Kid In Lincoln County -- a paradise. Billy the Kid, outlaw, Texas, John Chisum, Pat Garrett, escape, Fort Sumner, murderer
4316 Singing Rawhide FC 11 H-11 137 Harold Brainerd Hersey The Lone Prospector of the Snows They tell this yarn in thuh honkytonks when thuh winter nights are . Long storytelling, legend, supernatural, Flying Dutchman, Alaska, snowshoes, cold, rescue, save, help, aid
4317 Singing Rawhide FC 11 H-11 149 Harold Brainerd Hersey You're a Funny Leetle Fellow Yo're a funny leetle fellow. baby, mother, child, lullaby
4318 Singing Rawhide FC 11 H-11 153 Harold Brainerd Hersey Molly of the X-Bar-X When Yuletide comes, thuh X-Bar-X is whar we likes tuh be. Christmas, fire, blaze, burning, tree, decorations, boyfriend, girlfriend, lover's spat, lovers, rescue, burn
4319 Singing Rawhide FC 11 H-11 165 Harold Brainerd Hersey Regrets He wuz only a youngster I know. love, romance, love lost, comparisons
4320 Singing Rawhide FC 11 H-11 169 Harold Brainerd Hersey A Rose of the Range Oh, I wuz young and Rose was young, but that wuz so long ago! past, memories, youth, girlfriend, boyfriend, love, greenhorn, tall tales, storytelling, rescue, snake, rattlesnake, east, west, romance
4321 Singing Rawhide FC 11 H-11 181 Harold Brainerd Hersey A Song of the West In thuh good old days a "two-gun" draw wuz part of our education. west, past, memories, frontier
4322 Singing Rawhide FC 11 H-11 185 Harold Brainerd Hersey The Lay of the Last Frontier Hickok rests by Calamity Jane. John Hardin, Billy the Kid, Wild Bill, Pat Garrett, Buffalo Bill, Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, past, famous people, history, frontier
4323 Pecos' Poems Pecos Higgins & Joe Evans FC 11 H-12 17 Pecos Higgins Looking for Work Dear Lord, up in heaven, will you listen a bit. belief, god, devil, help
4324 Pecos' Poems Pecos Higgins & Joe Evans FC 11 H-12 19 Pecos Higgins Salute to Old Cowboys' Reunion Roundup at Lovington, New Mexico Friend, I am not a-dreaming. reunite, friendship
4325 Pecos' Poems Pecos Higgins & Joe Evans FC 11 H-12 22 Pecos Higgins The Cowboys Camp Meeting Dear Lord up in Heaven You have made a change. God, belief, maverick, religion, church
4326 Pecos' Poems Pecos Higgins & Joe Evans FC 11 H-12 23 Pecos Higgins The Pecos River I've wandered back to the Texas plains. change, river, water, progress, pollution