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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
4527 From Bull Durham to Marlboros FC 11 G-15 17 Gordon Green Love is Like. Love is like the coming spring. love, seasons, growth
4528 From Bull Durham to Marlboros FC 11 G-15 16 Gordon Green Rodeo Cowboy He's been getting pretty restless. rodeo
4529 From Bull Durham to Marlboros FC 11 G-15 17 Gordon Green Valleys There's a little mountain valley. belief, God, nature
4530 From Bull Durham to Marlboros FC 11 G-15 18 Gordon Green Niobrara Up on the Niobrara. September, night, nature
4531 From Bull Durham to Marlboros FC 11 G-15 19 Gordon Green Desert Dream Whispered sigh of desert wind. night
4532 From Bull Durham to Marlboros FC 11 G-15 19 Gordon Green For You Your picture hangs upon my wall. love, longing, loss, lost, photograph
4533 From Bull Durham to Marlboros FC 11 G-15 20 Gordon Green A Horse Lord, you know that I've rode horses. riding, heaven
4534 From Bull Durham to Marlboros FC 11 G-15 21 Gordon Green Walk with Me Walk with me and be my friend. love, companionship, friendship
4535 From Bull Durham to Marlboros FC 11 G-15 22 Gordon Green Some Have Said Some have said that God is dead. God, belief
4536 From Bull Durham to Marlboros FC 11 G-15 23 Gordon Green High Country Would you let me take you up there. God, belief
4537 From Bull Durham to Marlboros FC 11 G-15 24 Gordon Green I've Been Here Before I am of the mountains of the high wild wind swept heights. earth, nature
4538 From Bull Durham to Marlboros FC 11 G-15 25 Gordon Green Tiny Valley There is a tiny valley. beauty
4539 From Bull Durham to Marlboros FC 11 G-15 26 Gordon Green Seven and One Ma had seven children. children, father, mother, family
4540 From Bull Durham to Marlboros FC 11 G-15 27 Gordon Green The Poet Here I sit with jumbled thought. poetry
4541 From Bull Durham to Marlboros FC 11 G-15 28 Gordon Green Remembering With quiet thoughts I fly away. memories
4542 Orejana Bull: For Cowboys Only FC 11 G-16 1 Gail I. Gardner The Sierry Petes Away up high in the Sierry Petes. Tying the Knots in the Devil's Tail, Sandy Bob, Buster Jig, Devil, drunk, drinking
4543 Orejana Bull: For Cowboys Only FC 11 G-16 2 Gail I. Gardner Cowboy Love Song See the sun a-comin' out. honey chile
4544 Orejana Bull: For Cowboys Only FC 11 G-16 3 Gail I. Gardner The Moonshine Steer Two cowboys left their camp one day. still, alcohol, corn liquor, steer
4545 Orejana Bull: For Cowboys Only FC 11 G-16 5 Gail I. Gardner The Cowman's Troubles I used to make money a-runnin' wild cattle. cattlemen, past, change, progress, banks, banker, lawyer, borrowing, money, inspector, forest ranger, taxes, Saint Peter, Heaven, Hell
4546 Orejana Bull: For Cowboys Only FC 11 G-16 6 Gail I. Gardner Arizona August Sunshine and shadow, dewdrops and rain. seasons, nature
4547 Orejana Bull: For Cowboys Only FC 11 G-16 7 Gail I. Gardner Old Batch I hears of a blowout up in town. dance, dancing, woman, marriage, independence, bachelor
4548 Orejana Bull: For Cowboys Only FC 11 G-16 9 Gail I. Gardner The Dude Wrangler I'll tell you of a sad, sad story. pardner, partner, change, clothing, clothes, guide, boots, shot, gun
4549 Orejana Bull: For Cowboys Only FC 11 G-16 11 Gail I. Gardner The Flyin' Cowboy They say there isn't nothin'. fly, flying, Arizona, ranch, stunts, wings
4550 Orejana Bull: For Cowboys Only FC 11 G-16 12 Gail I. Gardner Cowboy, Whiskey, Museum & Co. My legs is kinda weary. prehistoric, livestock, dinosaurs, past
4551 Orejana Bull: For Cowboys Only FC 11 G-16 13 Gail I. Gardner Real Cowboy Life You have read these cowboy stories. stock, cattle, winter, hardship, stubborn