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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.


Poetry table.

First Previous Next Last
IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
4802 Prairie Vagabonds FC 11 H-04 38 Laura Vernon Hamner Banner of the West From the center of that prickly whorl. yucca, plant, flower, blossom, west
4803 Prairie Vagabonds FC 11 H-04 39 Laura Vernon Hamner Frustration I stand on the edge of the canyon's crest. trail, end, travel, life
4804 Prairie Vagabonds FC 11 H-04 40 Laura Vernon Hamner Things Etched Against the Sky It is only hard things that are etched against the sky. power, plains, prairie, dominance, skyline
4805 Prairie Vagabonds FC 11 H-04 41 Laura Vernon Hamner My Choice I was born in a woodsy place. land, home, prairie, plains
4806 Prairie Vagabonds FC 11 H-04 42 Laura Vernon Hamner Fruit of the Vine My grapevines by the window bring. spring, grapes, summer, winter, autumn, seasons
4807 Prairie Vagabonds FC 11 H-04 45 Laura Vernon Hamner Not Snakes Sam Smedley looked across the plains. prairie dogs, drink, alcohol, DTs, visions
4808 Prairie Vagabonds FC 11 H-04 47 Laura Vernon Hamner Harry Ingerton's Christmas Pudding Two LX boys, not twenty yet. holiday, food, foodways, plum pudding, Texas
4809 Prairie Vagabonds FC 11 H-04 49 Laura Vernon Hamner Pecos Bill Folks used to brag--as all Texans will. bragging, Texas
4810 Prairie Vagabonds FC 11 H-04 52 Laura Vernon Hamner Can You Top Old Blinkie? Come alive, cowhand; git down in your wood. bucking bronc, bronco, horse
4811 Prairie Vagabonds FC 11 H-04 53 Laura Vernon Hamner Brandin' Time The brandin' was a-hummin'. branding, cooking, food, foodways, hunger, eating, roundup, work
4812 Prairie Vagabonds FC 11 H-04 57 Laura Vernon Hamner Spring Finds a Breach in Dallas Walls Strong surged the tides of spring against the urban citadel. Texas, spring, seasons
4813 Prairie Vagabonds FC 11 H-04 58 Laura Vernon Hamner None But Fools Ask for More Man came to the desert to seek powers long hid. contentment, desert
4814 Prairie Vagabonds FC 11 H-04 59 Laura Vernon Hamner Weather Wise From Washington Ben Lipscomb went. politics, Indians, Hopi, Indian White relations
4815 Prairie Vagabonds FC 11 H-04 60 Laura Vernon Hamner Romany Road Through Texas A lover of peace am I, yet I've fashioned tools to kill. caravan, gypsy, travel
4816 Prairie Vagabonds FC 11 H-04 62 Laura Vernon Hamner Autumn is a Courtesan She strums a tune on the river-rocks. seasons
4817 Prairie Vagabonds FC 11 H-04 63 Laura Vernon Hamner The Prairie Day Ends The glory of the west turns dingy-gray. evening, night
4818 Frontier Ballads FC 11 H-06 11 Joseph Mills Hanson My Creed Now, this is the simple, living faith of a humble heart and mind. moderation, city vs. country, town
4819 Frontier Ballads FC 11 H-06 15 Joseph Mills Hanson Dakota Militia No "scare-heads" in big city papers. Sioux, soldiers, army, frontier, history
4820 Frontier Ballads FC 11 H-06 18 Joseph Mills Hanson The Girl of the Yankton Stockade Yes, it's pretty, this town. pioneers, Sioux, Indians, settlement, settlers, army, soldiers, stockade, fear, bravery, coward, cowardice
4821 Frontier Ballads FC 11 H-06 21 Joseph Mills Hanson The Ballad of Sergeant Ross The south wind's up at the break of dawn. soldiers, army, frontier, Chief Black Bear, Indians, Sioux, confrontation, fight, white men
4822 Frontier Ballads FC 11 H-06 25 Joseph Mills Hanson The Springfield Calibre Fifty I was wrought of walnut blocks and rolled rod steel. soldiers, army, frontier, rifle, gun, history, past, fighting, fight, war, Indians, West
4823 Frontier Ballads FC 11 H-06 28 Joseph Mills Hanson A Garrison Christmas Now, all you homesick rookies who are blue on Christmas Day. holiday, past, history, soldiers, army, mail, hardship, Buford
4824 Frontier Ballads FC 11 H-06 31 Joseph Mills Hanson Troop Horses Oh, you hear a lot these days of the automatic ways. horses, soldiers, army, history, cavalry
4825 Frontier Ballads FC 11 H-06 35 Joseph Mills Hanson A Khaki Kick Back there in Washington, people may stare. general, army, soldiers, Nelson A. Miles, character, cavalry
4826 Frontier Ballads FC 11 H-06 38 Joseph Mills Hanson Sergeant Noonan Explains James Noonan, private, "B" Troop, made sergeant on the field. Cheyenne, warpath, Indians, soldiers, army, cavalry