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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
4927 Night Herding Song FC 11 H-10 12 Gerald Hausman Portrait of Myself in Wellman's Pond In one eye I see my father. father, mother, child, heredity
4928 Night Herding Song FC 11 H-10 13 Gerald Hausman Wild Geese Again The last geese leaving. autumn, child, baby, cry, quitting
4929 Night Herding Song FC 11 H-10 14 Gerald Hausman Leave Taking I go around picking up. child, daughter, sleep, evening
4930 Night Herding Song FC 11 H-10 15 Gerald Hausman Night Hike in Napa Stones sing under my feet. night, hiking
4931 Night Herding Song FC 11 H-10 16 Gerald Hausman Haircut I feel you cutting my hair. hair cut
4932 Night Herding Song FC 11 H-10 17 Gerald Hausman Hills I get merrier and merrier. poetry, poems, brother
4933 Night Herding Song FC 11 H-10 18 Gerald Hausman Summer at the Lake House When dark comes and motorboats die. cabin, alone, snake hunters, canoe, legend
4934 Night Herding Song FC 11 H-10 19 Gerald Hausman Remembering Old Town Sitting on top of Griego's Cleaners. poem, poetry, train, coin, penny, railroad track
4935 Night Herding Song FC 11 H-10 20 Gerald Hausman Me Crows and jays. self, shower
4936 Night Herding Song FC 11 H-10 23 Gerald Hausman Horse Moon Snowy horse head. ride, yarrow
4937 Night Herding Song FC 11 H-10 24 Gerald Hausman Chicken Poem They wear spurs.
4938 Night Herding Song FC 11 H-10 25 Gerald Hausman Vulture Shadow's noise. bird
4939 Night Herding Song FC 11 H-10 26 Gerald Hausman Inside the Bird Sanctuary Once I found three hemlocks. trees, wildlife, warning
4940 Night Herding Song FC 11 H-10 27 Gerald Hausman Pigeons and Gulls Two ungraceful walkers, seagulls. bird, birds, flight, old age
4941 Night Herding Song FC 11 H-10 28 Gerald Hausman Breath Behind the horse shed. horses, winter
4942 Night Herding Song FC 11 H-10 29 Gerald Hausman Mariah and the Owls Out at twilight, listening for owls. owl, owls, bird, birds, sounds, night, child, daughter, father
4943 Night Herding Song FC 11 H-10 33 Gerald Hausman Walking by the River Our wives stayed by the fire. aging, wrinkles, bird, friendship
4944 Night Herding Song FC 11 H-10 34 Gerald Hausman Rug of Dawn Dawn on a mesa top. morning, Navajo loom, weaving, Coyote, trickster, memories
4945 Night Herding Song FC 11 H-10 35 Gerald Hausman Cleaning Out the Old Man's Well There is always the fear.
4946 Night Herding Song FC 11 H-10 36 Gerald Hausman Umpachene Falls Once when Umpachene was a secret. river, cave, swimming, glass, litter, coke bottle
4947 Night Herding Song FC 11 H-10 37 Gerald Hausman On the Banks of the Konkapot She uncurled herself. clothing, female
4948 Night Herding Song FC 11 H-10 38 Gerald Hausman Bone Sermon Take a bone. bones, shell, shells
4949 Night Herding Song FC 11 H-10 39 Gerald Hausman Marish's Night Mare Comet tails. nightmare, child
4950 Night Herding Song FC 11 H-10 40 Gerald Hausman Loom Hiding myself. leaf, weaving, weave, nature
4951 Night Herding Song FC 11 H-10 41 Gerald Hausman Burls Maple burls like rounded knots of rope. trees