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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
4452 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 140 Charles P. "Soldier" Green Poker Alice When Poker Alice spread her cards. cards, life
4453 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 141 Charles P. "Soldier" Green Hangman's Hill When Rapid was but small in growth. hanging, settlement, west, gamblers
4454 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 142 Charles P. "Soldier" Green Early Days With nine staunch hearts to stem the tide. history, past, Rapid City, South Dakota, California Joe, Sioux, Black Hills
4455 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 147 Charles P. "Soldier" Green Lakota Where our soul-entrancing sunsets. South Dakota
4456 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 148 Charles P. "Soldier" Green George Washington When Destiny the future taught. history
4457 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 149 Charles P. "Soldier" Green Thomas Jefferson At Independence Hall there met. history, Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence, patriotism
4458 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 150 Charles P. "Soldier" Green Abraham Lincoln In the heart of this Nation which no one can fill.
4459 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 151 Charles P. "Soldier" Green Theodore Roosevelt Past ages have produced great men.
4460 Ballads of the Black Hills FC 11 G-11 152 Charles P. "Soldier" Green The Trail of Then and Now The Spirit of the Hills held Court. Black Hills, South Dakota, history
4461 Rhymes of a Rancher FC 11 G-13 11 E.A.L. Griffin Reflections of a Stockman It's fine to be a stockman when the grass is ankle-high. stock, cattle, cattleman, buy, sell, shipping, livestock, prices
4462 Rhymes of a Rancher FC 11 G-13 13 E.A.L. Griffin Spring Welcome, mild and gentle Spring. weather, hardship, cattle, ranching
4463 Rhymes of a Rancher FC 11 G-13 15 E.A.L. Griffin Two Men "Speakin' of men," the stockman said, "a feller sure does find. winter, steers, men, opinion, help, gratitude
4464 Rhymes of a Rancher FC 11 G-13 17 E.A.L. Griffin Old Andy I know a grizzled cattleman, a pioneer is he. progress, Black Hills, conversation, talking, sleep, bed, hospitality
4465 Rhymes of a Rancher FC 11 G-13 20 E.A.L. Griffin Western Hospitality I reached my gate, as the sun went down, ill-tempered and out o' gear. food, hunger, neighbors
4466 Rhymes of a Rancher FC 11 G-13 22 E.A.L. Griffin Buffalo Gap Fair Oh, the Fair. festival, county fair, Buffalo Gap, South Dakota
4467 Rhymes of a Rancher FC 11 G-13 25 E.A.L. Griffin The Difference When I set out to buy from sundry local houses of supply. buy, sell, prices
4468 Rhymes of a Rancher FC 11 G-13 26 E.A.L. Griffin The Outlaw Steer I got him with a bunch of stuff. cow puncher
4469 Rhymes of a Rancher FC 11 G-13 29 E.A.L. Griffin Hay time on the Ranch Gettin' well along in June. hay, haying, mowing, machinery, McCormick
4470 Rhymes of a Rancher FC 11 G-13 31 E.A.L. Griffin A Public Sale "Where have you been all day, Johnny, where have you been all day?" buy, sell, auction, mother, father, son
4471 Rhymes of a Rancher FC 11 G-13 33 E.A.L. Griffin That Springtime Feelin' Gee, I feel so limp and listless. spring, ambition, work
4472 Rhymes of a Rancher FC 11 G-13 35 E.A.L. Griffin Cattle Rustler's Soliloquy I'm here in a gloomy prison -- confined in a dingy cell. prison, rustler, thief, stealing, brands, branding, changing brands
4473 Rhymes of a Rancher FC 11 G-13 39 E.A.L. Griffin Cheyenne River Yonder lies the Cheyenne River. water, river
4474 Rhymes of a Rancher FC 11 G-13 41 E.A.L. Griffin Caught in a Blizzard Oh, I've endangered life and limb. death, blizzard, weather, snow, storm, ice, freezing, winter, hay stack
4475 Rhymes of a Rancher FC 11 G-13 44 E.A.L. Griffin Paddy McPhee Did yez ever hear tell of old Paddy McPhee? character, feud, fight, disagreement, liar
4476 Rhymes of a Rancher FC 11 G-13 46 E.A.L. Griffin Lame Johnny This is the tale of a tenderfoot from Pennsylvania State. west, greenhorn, college, Indians, revenge, horses, Black Hills, thief, stealing, rustler, hanging, lynching