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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
4777 Prairie Vagabonds FC 11 H-04 8 Laura Vernon Hamner Gus Ford's Patio Dame Nature, careless housewife, in spring cleaning. flowers, spring, color
4778 Prairie Vagabonds FC 11 H-04 9 Laura Vernon Hamner The Garden Nun When June returns, the hollyhock nun. flowers, religion
4779 Prairie Vagabonds FC 11 H-04 10 Laura Vernon Hamner Lights from a Hotel Window Night-gray reaches of a distant suburb are marked by softened. night, flowers, blooming, city
4780 Prairie Vagabonds FC 11 H-04 11 Laura Vernon Hamner Fugitive Shielded by a billboard. tree, city
4781 Prairie Vagabonds FC 11 H-04 11 Laura Vernon Hamner Stalwart Against the Sky Men who gather waste wood mark its growing death with proprietary eye. tree, service, aging, old age, nature
4782 Prairie Vagabonds FC 11 H-04 12 Laura Vernon Hamner Prairie Wind The wind is a sky-writer. sky, clouds, water, tumbleweed, dust, windmill
4783 Prairie Vagabonds FC 11 H-04 14 Laura Vernon Hamner Home Again But yesterday the long look from the mountain top. plains, home, prairie, land
4784 Prairie Vagabonds FC 11 H-04 15 Laura Vernon Hamner Prairie Hunger For those who love the forest, trees hold tender, shielding arms. prairie, space, forest, trees, plains, land,
4785 Prairie Vagabonds FC 11 H-04 16 Laura Vernon Hamner Fickle Lover A soft night wind glides across the high plains. wind, flowers, scent, odor, fragrance, perfume
4786 Prairie Vagabonds FC 11 H-04 16 Laura Vernon Hamner Autumn Finance Today I went forth as a miner. memories, willow, nature
4787 Prairie Vagabonds FC 11 H-04 17 Laura Vernon Hamner November on the Prairie November is a crone. seasons, autumn, winter
4788 Prairie Vagabonds FC 11 H-04 18 Laura Vernon Hamner Where is The Wind? Wind stripped the fields of their soil. dust, dust bowl, farm, dry, lack of water, air, clouds
4789 Prairie Vagabonds FC 11 H-04 19 Laura Vernon Hamner Prairie Autumn Autumn weaves a coverlet for the earth. leaves, flowers, seasons, nature
4790 Prairie Vagabonds FC 11 H-04 23 Laura Vernon Hamner Prairie Rose A lone, flaming rose. character
4791 Prairie Vagabonds FC 11 H-04 24 Laura Vernon Hamner Prohibition in the Eighties John Hollicott was a drinkin' man. character, drink, alcohol, boss
4792 Prairie Vagabonds FC 11 H-04 25 Laura Vernon Hamner Her Needle an' Her Man Em allus led a narrow life, folks said. sewing, love, love lost, husband, wife, character
4793 Prairie Vagabonds FC 11 H-04 27 Laura Vernon Hamner Cowman's Code No, I won't burn that maverick, Jim; I'll wait until the big brandin'. honesty, cowboy code, honest, branding, brand
4794 Prairie Vagabonds FC 11 H-04 28 Laura Vernon Hamner Prairie Born Night has no terrors for the prairie-born. prairie, plains, fear, comfort, content
4795 Prairie Vagabonds FC 11 H-04 29 Laura Vernon Hamner Vision Sam Wyatt sat on the top of his dugout. character, dreams, future, poverty
4796 Prairie Vagabonds FC 11 H-04 30 Laura Vernon Hamner What the Snowflakes Held This had been a hard winter. snow, winter, seasons, cold, hope, winter wheat
4797 Prairie Vagabonds FC 11 H-04 33 Laura Vernon Hamner My Ruts Before me two lines converged until they met. life, paths, path, journey, choices, freedom, confinement, aging
4798 Prairie Vagabonds FC 11 H-04 34 Laura Vernon Hamner Prairie Pattern The prairie pattern made no plan. plains, Indians, buffalo, paths, progress, change
4799 Prairie Vagabonds FC 11 H-04 36 Laura Vernon Hamner Today's Challenge The prairie wind was victor long ago. wind, change, progress, civilization
4800 Prairie Vagabonds FC 11 H-04 37 Laura Vernon Hamner Song of Civilization Upon the plain the pulse of life beat strong. change, progress, barbed wire, law, freedom
4801 Prairie Vagabonds FC 11 H-04 37 Laura Vernon Hamner Plane Patterns The plodding farmer, with plow and hoe. farmer, progress, airplane, pilot, farming, God, belief, judgment, work, toil, sweat,