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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.

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IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
4477 Rhymes of a Rancher FC 11 G-13 52 E.A.L. Griffin Gastronomic Memories I've dined in first class restaurants--I've lunched in swell cafes. food, outdoors, camp, tent, camping, roundup
4478 Rhymes of a Rancher FC 11 G-13 53 E.A.L. Griffin "Dutchy" on Rural Telephones I been out here a year now, und I vants to talk a lot. telephone, phone, bills, dialect
4479 Rhymes of a Rancher FC 11 G-13 56 E.A.L. Griffin The Abandoned Stock Ranch I came by there at the close of day and drew my horse's rein. past, memories, history
4480 Rhymes of a Rancher FC 11 G-13 58 E.A.L. Griffin Christmas Day Philosophy Oh, Christmas Day's a joyous day of comfort, ease and rest. holiday, Christmas tree, Santa Claus, children, gifts, happiness, celebration
4481 Rhymes of a Rancher FC 11 G-13 59 E.A.L. Griffin Mistress Stone Oh, Mistress Stone of Stone gate. German, money, wealth, prestige, power, position, friendship
4482 Rhymes of a Rancher FC 11 G-13 61 E.A.L. Griffin To an Old House Dog Aged canine, stiff of limb. pet, aging
4483 Rhymes of a Rancher FC 11 G-13 63 E.A.L. Griffin Gasolitis When you sit at the wheel of your automobile. gasoline, cars, vehicle
4484 Rhymes of a Rancher FC 11 G-13 64 E.A.L. Griffin New Year Resolutions We hear the midnight hour strike, and as the echoes die. celebration, holiday, resolute, resolution, New Year's
4485 Rhymes of a Rancher FC 11 G-13 65 E.A.L. Griffin Tourists Tourists, tourists everywhere, flocking to the Hills. camping, autos, cars, automobile, strangers, campers, tourists, litter, John D. Rockefeller
4486 Rhymes of a Rancher FC 11 G-13 67 E.A.L. Griffin A Trip to Yellowstone Just returned from two week's roaming. national parks, camping, trip, vacation
4487 Rhymes of a Rancher FC 11 G-13 69 E.A.L. Griffin Camping in the Hills We overhauled the jitney and we packed the running board. camping, campers, Sylvan Lake, Black Hills, South Dakota, rain, trip, vacation
4488 Rhymes of a Rancher FC 11 G-13 72 Edward Anders Lysaght Griffin Roads The road the tourist travels when he comes to view the Hills. Black Hills, South Dakota, tourist, road, farmer, taxes
4489 Rhymes of a Rancher FC 11 G-13 74 E.A.L. Griffin When Winter Goes When winter goes we heave a sigh. seasons, winter, snow, cold, location, summer, work
4490 Rhymes of a Rancher FC 11 G-13 76 E.A.L. Griffin I'd Like I'm getting tired o' ranchin', I'd like a change and rest. occupation, work, banker, lawyer, doctor, editor, ranching
4491 Rhymes of a Rancher FC 11 G-13 78 E.A.L. Griffin Jury Duty I like to be a juryman when circuit court convenes. law, humor
4492 Rhymes of a Rancher FC 11 G-13 80 E.A.L. Griffin After the Sale I've parted with my ranch today, the deed is signed and sealed. sell, change, memories
4493 Rhymes of a Rancher FC 11 G-13 82 E.A.L. Griffin County Poor Farm Three old derelicts cast on the county. taxes, poverty, fate, care, welfare
4494 Rhymes of a Rancher FC 11 G-13 84 E.A.L. Griffin Tempora Mutantur The cattle range has vanished and the cowboy's work is done. past, aging, farmer, rancher, cowboy
4495 Country Feelings: A Collection of Poems FC 11 G-14 1 Gordon Green Justin In his dark mischievous eyes. child, children, boy, grandson, grandpa, grandfather, family
4496 Country Feelings: A Collection of Poems FC 11 G-14 2 Gordon Green Children I'd far rather have the love of a child. love, treasure, money, family, children, relatives
4497 Country Feelings: A Collection of Poems FC 11 G-14 2 Gordon Green Childhood Simple days of long ago. child, children, boy, teacher, school, past, history
4498 Country Feelings: A Collection of Poems FC 11 G-14 3 Gordon Green No Title Sometimes I wonder what I am and how I came to be. belief, God, eternity, soul
4499 Country Feelings: A Collection of Poems FC 11 G-14 4 Gordon Green Mountain Christmas Snowflakes falling gently down on evening's darkened face. Christmas, holiday, home, family, contentment, celebration, snow, winter, ranch
4500 Country Feelings: A Collection of Poems FC 11 G-14 5 Gordon Green Last Rodeo Old Hoss, you mind that time in Butte. horse, retirement, aging, past
4501 Country Feelings: A Collection of Poems FC 11 G-14 6 Gordon Green Broncbuster We had this old caballo. bronc busting, bronco, horse, woman, female, equality, gender, sexes