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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
4752 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 212 Chuck Haas Climb Back On Boys, I've spent my life a-straddle. buck, throwed, riding, bucking
4753 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 213 Chuck Haas I'll Say Boys, cow-hosses t'day are bred fine...ary way. horses, cow pony, mustang, Morgan, Arabian, Quarterhorse, breeds, breed
4754 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 214 Chuck Haas Terr'ble Sweet I'm a music-lovin' hombre. music, nature, sound, sounds, song, singing
4755 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 215 Chuck Haas Sumidero Sam How come th' handle t' his name. how come, accident, bog, quicksand, rescue
4756 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 216 Chuck Haas `Neath' Hide Dam' well I mind forkin' my first Brahma bull. bull riding
4757 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 217 Chuck Haas Sing Yip-ee When y'ur haid's a-pop an' y'ur frame's a-flop. riding, bucking, buck
4758 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 218 Chuck Haas When I "Ride-Out" When I "ride-out," cowboys. eulogy, epitaph, death, dead, grave, gravestone, headstone, burial
4759 Memories of Old Time Chisholm Trail: Romance in Verse by H. H. Halsell FC 11 H-02 2 H. H. Halsell In 1880 I Rode Down Old Cimarron, in vales of mist. Buffalo Bill
4760 Memories of Old Time Chisholm Trail: Romance in Verse by H. H. Halsell FC 11 H-02 3 H. H. Halsell An Attack by Geronimo Sixty Year Ago Silent and alone in a barren land. El Capitan, ambush, Indians, stagecoach, Apache, attack, scalped, Christ, belief, safety
4761 Memories of Old Time Chisholm Trail: Romance in Verse by H. H. Halsell FC 11 H-02 4 H. H. Halsell Memories of Old Time Cowboys & Chisholm Trail Stretching onward toward the northern star. Chisholm Trail, change, progress, past, history, memories
4762 Memories of Old Time Chisholm Trail: Romance in Verse by H. H. Halsell FC 11 H-02 6 H. H. Halsell To the Cattle Rustler Killing a Lobo Wolf Born to be a cattle rustler. wildlife, wolf, past
4763 Memories of Old Time Chisholm Trail: Romance in Verse by H. H. Halsell FC 11 H-02 7 H. H. Halsell Cowboy's Lament Once more in the year 1937. past, memories
4764 Memories of Old Time Chisholm Trail: Romance in Verse by H. H. Halsell FC 11 H-02 8 H. H. Halsell Where the West Begins Not where the sun sets at golden gate. west, frontier, California
4765 Memories of Old Time Chisholm Trail: Romance in Verse by H. H. Halsell H. H. Halsell FC 11 H-02 8 Vera E. Eusler Old Trails I know the wagon roads of old Chisholm trail, Santa Fe, city, country
4766 Memories of Old Time Chisholm Trail: Romance in Verse by H. H. Halsell FC 11 H-02 9 H. H. Halsell Old Trails Many of the old trail drivers. Comanche, death, heaven, hereafter, afterlife, change, progress
4767 Memories of Old Time Chisholm Trail: Romance in Verse by H. H. Halsell FC 11 H-02 10 H. H. Halsell Cowboy's Lament Let him see once more the round-up. roundup
4768 Memories of Old Time Chisholm Trail: Romance in Verse by H. H. Halsell H. H. Halsell FC 11 H-02 11 unknown Cowboy Lament I don't whine because I don't have my honey. want, desire, backward turn backward, oh time in your flight
4769 Memories of Old Time Chisholm Trail: Romance in Verse by H. H. Halsell FC 11 H-02 13 H. H. Halsell Daniel's Lament Helen: -- My love. love lost, sadness
4770 Memories of Old Time Chisholm Trail: Romance in Verse by H. H. Halsell FC 11 H-02 16 unknown Trailin' On -- Cowboy's Requiem Ridin' that range together. memories
4771 Prairie Vagabonds FC 11 H-04 3 Laura Vernon Hamner The Panhandle of Texas Where the azure cups down over weather-bronzed plain. west, seasons, nature
4772 Prairie Vagabonds FC 11 H-04 4 Laura Vernon Hamner Prairie Stars Prairie stars lean lovingly down. star, sky, night
4773 Prairie Vagabonds FC 11 H-04 4 Laura Vernon Hamner February Prairie acres, waiting for the pulsing beat of spring. snow, winter
4774 Prairie Vagabonds FC 11 H-04 5 Laura Vernon Hamner Herald of Spring Winter will cease weaving on the prairies. bluebonnets, flowers, spring, winter, seasons, snow, Texas
4775 Prairie Vagabonds FC 11 H-04 6 Laura Vernon Hamner Locust Time in Texas Oh, it's locust-blossom time upon the prairie. seasons
4776 Prairie Vagabonds FC 11 H-04 7 Laura Vernon Hamner Meadow Lark Hill Meadow Lark Hill, where my loved ones lie. death, burial, grave, cemetery