Link to Utah USU Special Collection home page

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.


Search:

Poetry table.

First Previous Next Last
IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
476 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 110 S. Omar Barker The Ballad of Sunset Sam Oh, this here's the story of Sunset Sam. women, bald, red hair, bachelor, old main, marriage
477 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 113 S. Omar Barker The Old Timer's Prayer Oh, it ain't any use fer a feller to claim. West, civilization, modern times, change, reminisce
478 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 114 S. Omar Barker The Last Lone Trail It ain't as if lone trails was new to me. lone, lonesome, lonely, alone, freedom, desert
479 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 115 S. Omar Barker A Ballad of Buzzard Bill Ol' Buzzard Bill he took a ranch out on the ol' Sala'o. calves, rustling, steal
480 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 116 S. Omar Barker Love's Lasso Oh, Cowboy Jimmy ropes today. love, roping, lasso, girlfriend, boyfriend, winning, prize, rodeo
481 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 124 S. Omar Barker The Last Bronc Bucksin, black, mohina, gray. horseback riding, broncriding, bronc busting, death, great big black, horse, horses, fear, brave, bravery
482 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 123 S. Omar Barker Code of the Cow Country It don't take sech a lot o' laws. law, cowboy code, cowboy way, respect women, a man's word, man
483 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 122 S. Omar Barker Ol' Spring Again! I reckon Adam saw it come again. spring, melting snow, seasons
484 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 121 S. Omar Barker Ranch Mother She knows the keen of lonely winds. cowboy son, woman, widow
485 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 120 S. Omar Barker West There's a wind from the West and I must go. city, town, country, range, freedom, feeling
486 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 119 S. Omar Barker The Sparkin' Plug Give me a nervous high strung hoss, keen eyed, sharp eared an' swift. horse, cattle pony, kissing, girlfriend, love, courtship
487 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 118 S. Omar Barker Goin' Back Don't paint me no pictures of schooners at sea. land, city, solitude, town, country, city life, range
488 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 117 S. Omar Barker Old Cowboy Here's an old cowboy settin' in the sun. picture books, past, aging, old men, old man, old cowboys
489 Vientos de las Sierras (Winds of the Mountains): Poems of New Mexico FC 11 B-07 9 S. Omar Barker New Mexico What a God-forsaken desert! Carrizozo, Pecos, mesquite, farm, land, dry
490 Vientos de las Sierras (Winds of the Mountains): Poems of New Mexico FC 11 B-07 11 S. Omar Barker The Trapped Coyote Last night, and other nights since time began. coyote, wild animal, howl, night, fur, pelt, stole
491 Vientos de las Sierras (Winds of the Mountains): Poems of New Mexico FC 11 B-07 12 S. Omar Barker Rising Trout Oh, I've heard the Red Gods call in the summer and the fall. fishing, hunting, spring, leave worry
492 Vientos de las Sierras (Winds of the Mountains): Poems of New Mexico FC 11 B-07 13 S. Omar Barker Red Magic of the Hills Oh, I've loved the great white way, and I've watched the moon beams play. night, light, campfire
493 Vientos de las Sierras (Winds of the Mountains): Poems of New Mexico FC 11 B-07 14 S. Omar Barker Little Trails Oh, I seek no El Dorado, No distant Holy Grail. sunset, mesa, hills
494 Vientos de las Sierras (Winds of the Mountains): Poems of New Mexico FC 11 B-07 15 S. Omar Barker What the Camper Hears Sometimes I think the Demon from his inky pit. night, moon, coyote, howl, wail
495 Vientos de las Sierras (Winds of the Mountains): Poems of New Mexico FC 11 B-07 16 S. Omar Barker Saddle Lure Oh, I've sat on hard park benches and in springy Morris chairs. chair, seat, saddle, creaking leather, saddle horse
496 Vientos de las Sierras (Winds of the Mountains): Poems of New Mexico FC 11 B-07 17 S. Omar Barker A Young Cowboy at College Oh, the bloom on the sage up Horse Thief Creek. desk, town, office, city, saddle leather, longing, desire, comrades, friendship, male companionship
497 Vientos de las Sierras (Winds of the Mountains): Poems of New Mexico FC 11 B-07 18 S. Omar Barker The Ballad of Cowboy Joe 'Way out on a ranch in New Mexico. racism, prejudice, murder, justice, Chinese, chink, court, trial, judge, ethnic, bias, heathen, Chinese, shoot, gun, sheriff, law
498 Vientos de las Sierras (Winds of the Mountains): Poems of New Mexico FC 11 B-07 20 S. Omar Barker The Spring Song of the Cowboy Oh, songs of spring that poets sing, Are sweet as childish prattle. bawling, rawboned cattle, spring, roundup, melting snow, starvation, hungry cattle
499 Vientos de las Sierras (Winds of the Mountains): Poems of New Mexico FC 11 B-07 21 S. Omar Barker Into the West Traced in the flicker of greasewood fire. remuda, cowboy, boyhood, Cowboy Kid, aging, memory, memories, death, dying
500 Vientos de las Sierras (Winds of the Mountains): Poems of New Mexico FC 11 B-07 22 S. Omar Barker Heart's Desire The dim gray line of camel caravans, That speed unerring over trackless sands. nomad, travel, adventure, Ford, automobile, vehicle, transportation