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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
4827 Frontier Ballads FC 11 H-06 40 Joseph Mills Hanson Laramie Trail Across the crests of the naked hills. frontier, past, history
4828 Frontier Ballads FC 11 H-06 45 Joseph Mills Hanson The Call of the Wind The wind comes rollicking out of the West. prairie, plains
4829 Frontier Ballads FC 11 H-06 46 Joseph Mills Hanson The Fur Traders The moon, on plain and bluff and stream. winter, Indians, history, past
4830 Frontier Ballads FC 11 H-06 52 Joseph Mills Hanson Cowboy Song We are up in the morning ere dawning of day. herding, roundup, cowboy, occupation, work
4831 Frontier Ballads FC 11 H-06 54 Joseph Mills Hanson Christmas Eve at Kimball Met a chap the other night, down on Halsted Street. holiday, stories
4832 Frontier Ballads FC 11 H-06 92 Joseph Mills Hanson Afterglow Twilight on the river, summer everywhere. Missouri River, love, couple, dreams, dreaming
4833 Frontier Ballads FC 11 H-06 89 Joseph Mills Hanson The "Pauline" A Missouri tramp was the boat "Pauline." Missouri River, North Queen, Pauline, race
4834 Frontier Ballads FC 11 H-06 87 Joseph Mills Hanson The Engineer of the "Golden Hind" Slim Jack Britt, of the packet "Golden Hind." Golden Hind, Missouri River, boat, fire, rescue
4835 Frontier Ballads FC 11 H-06 83 Joseph Mills Hanson Jake Dale What, stranger, you never heard tell o' Jake. race, winning, ice gorge, narrative, story, ice jam, rescue
4836 Frontier Ballads FC 11 H-06 81 Joseph Mills Hanson The Old Carry Round by tawny, foam-lipp'd streams. Portage des Sioux, river, water
4837 Frontier Ballads FC 11 H-06 77 Joseph Mills Hanson The Missouri When the hollow void of Chaos. Missouri River, water
4838 Frontier Ballads FC 11 H-06 73 Joseph Mills Hanson Prairie Fire Over the lonely prairie. brush fire, smoke, river, water
4839 Frontier Ballads FC 11 H-06 71 Joseph Mills Hanson The Song of the Winchester Full heir to the twist-bored yager gun with its half-inch slug. gun, rifle
4840 Frontier Ballads FC 11 H-06 69 Joseph Mills Hanson The Coyoteville Peace Meeting We held a peace convention in Coyoteville last night. order, law, town meeting, point of view, discussion, contention, fight
4841 Frontier Ballads FC 11 H-06 66 Joseph Mills Hanson A Christmas Letter Dear Miss: For this pink stationery. rescue, government claim, cowboy, lady, change, outlook, point of view
4842 Frontier Ballads FC 11 H-06 60 Joseph Mills Hanson Jesus Garcia Down in Sonora's wide, white lands Mexico, train, engineer, dynamite, fire, sacrifice, bravery, hero, saved
4843 Frontier Ballads FC 11 H-06 58 Joseph Mills Hanson A Lament Rawhide Smith's gone crazy. marriage, husband, wife, partner, change
4844 Horse-Thief Gulch FC 11 H-07 9 Samuel Harkness Ghosts of Dreams In this deserted mining camp. past, history, memories
4845 Horse-Thief Gulch FC 11 H-07 11 Samuel Harkness Horse Thief I lie so close to the surface. death, dead, grave, ghost, criminal, law, crimes, outlaw
4846 Horse-Thief Gulch FC 11 H-07 13 Samuel Harkness Wilderness The young pines stand in crowded ranks. nature
4847 Horse-Thief Gulch FC 11 H-07 14 Samuel Harkness Bill and Amy Franklin Amy Noble was born on a ranch -- nine thousand acres. Mormon, settlers, ranch, marriage, husband, wife, life, gold, mines, mining, miner, death, ranching, character
4848 Horse-Thief Gulch FC 11 H-07 18 Samuel Harkness To a Mountain Rose I found you hiding in the shelter of a flume. flower, rose, fragrance, fragility, nature, water
4849 Horse-Thief Gulch FC 11 H-07 19 Samuel Harkness Rose Sanders Rose Sanders, daughter of Jim and Sally. birth, struggle, life, desert, tent, daughter, mother, baby, child, family, harlot, streetwalker, hooker, whore, prostitute, wedding, miner character
4850 Horse-Thief Gulch FC 11 H-07 22 Samuel Harkness Hoods Sally Sanders said: "Come down, there's grouse for supper." education, degrees, midwife, birth, babies, obstetrician, delivery, doctor, professor, comparisons, letter, character
4851 Horse-Thief Gulch FC 11 H-07 25 Samuel Harkness Wind I swagger down the canons. canyons, wind, nature