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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
4327 Pecos' Poems Pecos Higgins & Joe Evans FC 11 H-12 24 Pecos Higgins Barney He was just a Spanish pony. horse, cow pony, bay
4328 Pecos' Poems Pecos Higgins & Joe Evans FC 11 H-12 27 Pecos Higgins The Old Camp Fire There is something about a camp fire. campfire, flint, steel, Jesus, belief, camp meeting
4329 Pecos' Poems Pecos Higgins & Joe Evans FC 11 H-12 29 Gail I. Gardner Sirene Peaks (Sierry Petes or Tying the Knot in the Devils Tail) Away up high in the Sierry Peaks. variant of traditional poem, Tying Knots in the Devil's Tail
4330 Pecos' Poems Pecos Higgins & Joe Evans FC 11 H-12 33 Pecos Higgins Old Coyote He's a little Indian pony and his age is twenty-six. cow pony, horse, Judgment Day
4331 Pecos' Poems Pecos Higgins & Joe Evans FC 11 H-12 34 Pecos Higgins Rock Creek Round-up Heavenly Father, I will write you a letter. belief, god, camp meeting
4332 Pecos' Poems Pecos Higgins & Joe Evans FC 11 H-12 35 Pecos Higgins Rounding Up for the Lord We are going out on the drive, Cowboys. belief, god, heaven
4333 Pecos' Poems Pecos Higgins & Joe Evans FC 11 H-12 37 Pecos Higgins The Prayer Tree Our Father in Heaven, it seems to me. belief, god, religion, born again Christian
4334 Pecos' Poems Pecos Higgins & Joe Evans FC 11 H-12 43 unknown Touching Shoulders There's a comforting thought at the close of the day. courage, gratitude, appreciation
4335 Pecos' Poems Pecos Higgins & Joe Evans FC 11 H-12 44 unknown Make Me a Cowboy Again for a Day Backward, turn backward, o time on your wheels. variant of well known poem
4336 Pecos' Poems Pecos Higgins & Joe Evans FC 11 H-12 46 Powder River Jack Lee The Tom Cat and the Hawk Once I saw a Big old Howk come flying ore the Ranch. variant of poem
4337 Pecos' Poems Pecos Higgins & Joe Evans FC 11 H-12 47 Nat Campbell The Monkeys Three monkeys sat in a coconut tree. man, anthropology, descendants, descent of man, ape, origin of species
4338 Pecos' Poems Pecos Higgins & Joe Evans FC 11 H-12 49 unknown I Knelt to Pray I knelt to pray when day was done. prayer, belief, god, religion, hypocrite
4339 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 11 Jack Horan Mother's Words to Me When but a lad, scarce in my `teens. leaving home, regret, mother, roam
4340 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 13 Jack Horan A Real Hoss I had a little old blue roan. cow pony, horse, pearly gate, heaven
4341 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 15 Jack Horan Branding Montana is not like it used to be. brand, roundup, calf, calves, memories, iron
4342 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 16 Jack Horan Roan Croppy This Cayuse saw daylight. horse, outlaw, bucking bronco, throwed, bucked off, frozen ears
4343 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 20 Jack Horan A Dance at the Old Schoolhouse Slim came riding up one day. school house, bunkhouse, ranch hands
4344 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 22 Jack Horan Spring When the Chinook winds blow. cow, critter, winter, spring, rope
4345 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 23 Jack Horan Conquered A big bronc hoss in an old corral. horse, breaking, youth, lad
4346 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 24 Jack Horan Roundup Say, Pal, did you ever listen. mother, home, thoughts, work, occupation, food
4347 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 25 Jack Horan The Stampede Jimmie Vig was telling me one day. storm, cattle, night, horse, horses, roundup, camp
4348 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 27 Jack Horan Homeward Bound Long Jack came drifting out of town. drink, alcohol, rye, horse, drunk, sober, sobriety, music, sing, singing, song
4349 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 28 Jack Horan No Reference Big George came drifting in to camp. male female relationships, drifter, cowhand
4350 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 30 Jack Horan A Hoss with a Rep Did you ever attempt to ride a hoss. bucking bronco, break, breaking, horse
4351 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 31 Jack Horan Nature You're right down close to nature. wildlife, wolf, pack