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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
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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
4952 Night Herding Song FC 11 H-10 42 Gerald Hausman A Question of Pears Why did I want to write. writing, neighbors
4953 Night Herding Song FC 11 H-10 43 Gerald Hausman Watergods at Twelve Thousand Feet Water craters. rain, lake
4954 Night Herding Song FC 11 H-10 44 Gerald Hausman Balsam and Fern Dusk, and the cat comes in. pet, bed, sleep
4955 Night Herding Song FC 11 H-10 45 Gerald Hausman Aspen Meadows We drink where the deer drink. water, reflection
4956 Night Herding Song FC 11 H-10 46 Gerald Hausman Rain in August A fireplace log. fire, autumn
4957 Night Herding Song FC 11 H-10 47 Gerald Hausman Cherry Hill At tamarack swamp. eel, water, well
4958 Night Herding Song FC 11 H-10 48 Gerald Hausman Tracks I walk on blue river ice. odor, scent, track, human, humans
4959 Night Herding Song FC 11 H-10 49 Gerald Hausman Clearing Trails Rain stopped us, we three. waiting, horses, horse, weather
4960 Night Herding Song FC 11 H-10 50 Gerald Hausman Early Spring on Frog Creek Boulder White wine and bonfire sparks. celebration
4961 Night Herding Song FC 11 H-10 51 Gerald Hausman Spring Barnyard Poem Two horses nibble snow. spring, horse
4962 Night Herding Song FC 11 H-10 52 Gerald Hausman Hanna Hawkins Cowbones shut in a root cellar. bones, change, past, time
4963 Night Herding Song FC 11 H-10 53 Gerald Hausman Appaloosa Hail Storm Hauled hay bales all afternoon. haying, hail, work, weather, storm
4964 Singing Rawhide FC 11 H-11 13 Harold Brainerd Hersey The Lavender Cowboy He was only a lavender cowboy. hero, chest hair
4965 Singing Rawhide FC 11 H-11 17 Harold Brainerd Hersey They Played Poker in Them Days Two poker fiends wuz playin'. gambling, newcomer, innocence, greenhorn, cards, money, kid
4966 Singing Rawhide FC 11 H-11 55 Harold Brainerd Hersey The Song of a Spanish Guitar Strum te tum, ting a ling, plunk a plunk, zing! woman, female, love triangle, knife, dagger, cut, stabbed, scar, jealousy
4967 Singing Rawhide FC 11 H-11 45 Harold Brainerd Hersey John Wesley Hardin John Hardin and John Selman earned. sheriff, outlaw, jail, killer, killing, shoot, shot, prison, pump, pit, water, self defense, jury, shot in the back, Scarborough, empty holster, gun duel
4968 Singing Rawhide FC 11 H-11 37 Harold Brainerd Hersey Chilled-Steel Custer Custer, Chilled-Steel Custer, he wuz shot in Seventy Six. fate, Sitting Bull, Black Hills, scout, bugle
4969 Singing Rawhide FC 11 H-11 25 Harold Brainerd Hersey The "Two-Gun Roost" There's folks what sez that women iz thuh same thuh wide world over. woman, female, girl, marriage, wife, daughter, riding horse through door, fire, rescue
4970 Singing Rawhide FC 11 H-11 59 Harold Brainerd Hersey The Ballad of a Buckaroo Two shots that split thuh desert silence. gun fight, shot, shoot, kill, lynching, rustler, widow, wife, settling down, husband, aging, history, past
4971 Singing Rawhide FC 11 H-11 69 Harold Brainerd Hersey When Badmen Wuz Bad In them early days shootin' a man. gun, argument, stranger, snake, barkeep, courage, kill, killing, shot, shoot
4972 Singing Rawhide FC 11 H-11 77 Harold Brainerd Hersey Honesty Bein' Thuh Best Policy Lem Croll's a poker player. cards, gambling, cheat, cheating, solitaire, suicide
4973 Singing Rawhide FC 11 H-11 81 Harold Brainerd Hersey Under Western Stars From thuh hurricane deck o' my pinto hoss I sees thuh evenin' bars. night, stars, fate, west, coyote, rifle, woman, female, liberty, boss's daughter, wife, mother, child, horse thief, forgiveness, homeland, sheriff, baby
4974 Singing Rawhide FC 11 H-11 93 Harold Brainerd Hersey They Whipsawed Thuh Greenhorn Between `Em They whipsawed thuh greenhorn between `em. poker, cards, gambling, train, luck, money, cash, bank robbery, robber
4975 Singing Rawhide FC 11 H-11 101 Harold Brainerd Hersey The Death of Jesse James Jesse wuz a bandit, yeh! And a two-gun guy. outlaw, reputation, Civil War, Frank James, robbery, Bob Ford, Robert, shot in the back
4976 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 56 Jack Horan Grub-Line Did you ever wake up in the morning, Pal. grub line, chuck line, food, chow, help, poker, wages, money