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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
4427 Rhymes of the Ranges FC 11 K-04 20 Bruce Kiskaddon The Bargain When a cow boy and Indian meet on the range. cowboy, negotiation, conversation, bargaining
4428 Rhymes of the Ranges FC 11 K-04 21 Bruce Kiskaddon After the Fall Roundup Now the summer work is over and the wagon's pullin' in.
4429 Rhymes of the Ranges FC 11 K-04 22 Bruce Kiskaddon The Army Mule Sometimes mules got in the army' cause they'd pulled a wicked trick. pack, packer, mule skinner, stubborn
4430 Rhymes of the Ranges FC 11 K-04 23 Bruce Kiskaddon The County Fair The old county fair was a wonderful place.
4431 Rhymes of the Ranges FC 11 K-04 23 Bruce Kiskaddon The Old Time Christmas I liked the way we used to do, when cattle was plenty and folks was few.
4432 Rhymes of the Ranges FC 11 K-04 25 Bruce Kiskaddon A Cowboy's Brains We was three of us camped near El Moro. 1882, horse shoeing, camp, kick, kicked, doctor, physician, college, education, information, knowledge, intelligence
4433 Rhymes of the Ranges FC 11 K-04 27 Bruce Kiskaddon Ants You read in the books `bout the wisdom of ants. insects, ant, bite, insect
4434 Rhymes of the Ranges FC 11 K-04 28 Bruce Kiskaddon A Boy's Friend You can mind an old feller that shore made you mad. youth, help, boyhood, manhood, friends, friendship, growing, maturing, maturation, childhood
4435 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 77 Charles P. "Soldier" Green Trail Happenings Two Danes and I went into camp. food, stranded
4436 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 74 Charles P. "Soldier" Green Persiflage Around a hunting camp-fire where. campfire, storytelling, stories, tall tale
4437 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 73 Charles P. "Soldier" Green Scars When softening days of life's decline. memories
4438 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 72 Charles P. "Soldier" Green Old Time Dance McCarty gave an old time dance. dance, square dance, social
4439 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 71 Charles P. "Soldier" Green The Natural Bridge The Natural Bridge at Buffalo Gap. rock, water, nature, South Dakota
4440 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 70 Charles P. "Soldier" Green Atmosphere There is grandeur in the silence. vacation, parks, state park, national park, visitors, tourists, travel, South Dakota
4441 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 68 Charles P. "Soldier" Green Example Gorgeous sights beguile the stranger. South Dakota, Black Hills, Custer, Indians, Sioux, treaty, treaties, 1914, history, battle, tourists, progress
4442 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 67 Charles P. "Soldier" Green Oil If you have the inclination. oil drilling
4443 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 66 Charles P. "Soldier" Green Warning The Knife Blade Butte up Elk Creekway. South Dakota, people
4444 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 126 Charles P. "Soldier" Green Calamity Jane In the archives of our country. history, Custer, Black Hills
4445 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 129 Charles P. "Soldier" Green Wild Bill When the Hills were rent with turmoil. Black Hills, South Dakota, Wild Bill Hickok, Jack Crawford, Calamity Jane
4446 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 131 Charles P. "Soldier" Green General Custer George Custer was intrepid, bold. South Dakota, Black Hills, Army, Little Big Horn, Indians, Sioux
4447 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 132 Charles P. "Soldier" Green Deadwood Dick A cortege moved up Sunrise Mount. Custer, death, funeral, grave, burial
4448 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 133 Charles P. "Soldier" Green Pahaska Upon the Mount where Cody lies. Buffalo Bill Cody, Yellow Hand, scout
4449 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 135 Charles P. "Soldier" Green Crazy Horse A chieftain of the mighty Sioux. chief, Indians, history, Little Big Horn, Custer
4450 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 137 Charles P. "Soldier" Green American Horse A brother chieftain of Red Cloud. chief, Indians
4451 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 138 Charles P. "Soldier" Green Sitting Bull Out upon the lonesome prairie. chief, history, injustice, Indians