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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.

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IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
501 Vientos de las Sierras (Winds of the Mountains): Poems of New Mexico FC 11 B-07 23 S. Omar Barker Ramblin' Some fellers sing fer a little gray house. flivver, car, travel, roads, dreams, rambling
502 Vientos de las Sierras (Winds of the Mountains): Poems of New Mexico FC 11 B-07 24 S. Omar Barker What is Spring to Youth? What is Spring to Youth? My youth loved wistful Fall. aging, seasons, autumn, fall, winter, old, pain
503 Vientos de las Sierras (Winds of the Mountains): Poems of New Mexico FC 11 B-07 25 S. Omar Barker To the Normal University Alma Mater, this word for you. education, college, sophistry
504 Vientos de las Sierras (Winds of the Mountains): Poems of New Mexico FC 11 B-07 25 S. Omar Barker The Teacher's Recompense If I could teach just one good thought that would meet the need of some child heart. education, teaching, cheer, student, life
505 Vientos de las Sierras (Winds of the Mountains): Poems of New Mexico FC 11 B-07 26 S. Omar Barker A Measure for Man I hear folks measure up their friends. good, bad, vices, brotherhood, friendship, love, judgment, gossip, happiness
506 Vientos de las Sierras (Winds of the Mountains): Poems of New Mexico FC 11 B-07 27 S. Omar Barker The Old Mill Wheel I don't suppose that anyone has ever counted mill-wheel turns. water, fairies, aging, dreams
507 Vientos de las Sierras (Winds of the Mountains): Poems of New Mexico FC 11 B-07 29 S. Omar Barker Schoolmaster It is not for the tragedy of wispy hair. gray hair, wrinkles, eyes, dreams, aging, learning, education, teaching, school
508 Vientos de las Sierras (Winds of the Mountains): Poems of New Mexico FC 11 B-07 30 S. Omar Barker Sanctuary In pause less march the unforgiving years. aging, life, hope, memories, memory, youth, fate, sanctuary
509 Vientos de las Sierras (Winds of the Mountains): Poems of New Mexico FC 11 B-07 31 S. Omar Barker Crepuscule If I had not seen the sun when it rose. love, tenderness, first love, young love, new love, eyes
510 Vientos de las Sierras (Winds of the Mountains): Poems of New Mexico FC 11 B-07 31 S. Omar Barker Pierrot to Pierrette If I had only known the moon was white and cold. broken heart, love, love lost
511 Vientos de las Sierras (Winds of the Mountains): Poems of New Mexico FC 11 B-07 32 S. Omar Barker Lost! Dear St. Anthony, please come 'round love, kiss, girlfriend, heart, Cupid, St. Anthony, kissing, robbery, stolen, moon, moonlight, rose garden
512 Vientos de las Sierras (Winds of the Mountains): Poems of New Mexico FC 11 B-07 33 S. Omar Barker Now You Are Gone It used to be that tawny moons. love, love lost, happiness, meaning, contentedness, dreams, relationships, loss
513 Vientos de las Sierras (Winds of the Mountains): Poems of New Mexico FC 11 B-07 34 S. Omar Barker When Snowflakes Fly I have loved in summer, I have wooed in spring. seasons, lovers, love, winter, tenderness, passion
514 Vientos de las Sierras (Winds of the Mountains): Poems of New Mexico FC 11 B-07 35 S. Omar Barker For Forgetting There will be things to remember. memory, hair, love, romance, kiss, September, regret, lips, forget, memories
515 Vientos de las Sierras (Winds of the Mountains): Poems of New Mexico FC 11 B-07 35 S. Omar Barker My Lady Fair There's a winsome brown-eyed maiden. photograph, female, woman, calendar
516 Vientos de las Sierras (Winds of the Mountains): Poems of New Mexico FC 11 B-07 36 S. Omar Barker Nocturne A white night for purity. thoughts, love, kiss, girlfriend, female, lips
517 Vientos de las Sierras (Winds of the Mountains): Poems of New Mexico FC 11 B-07 37 S. Omar Barker Poppy Day "Pushin' up the daisies, Bill. death, war, grave, tomb, cemetery, bravery, friendship
518 Vientos de las Sierras (Winds of the Mountains): Poems of New Mexico FC 11 B-07 38 S. Omar Barker Nos Comarades Somewhere in France and Germany the poilus march again. French, comrades, invasion, marching, foe, enemy, vengeance, war (Written when the French went into the Ruhr)
519 Vientos de las Sierras (Winds of the Mountains): Poems of New Mexico FC 11 B-07 40 S. Omar Barker A Young War Widow Speaks This is the day when I shall wear. poppies, death, grave, war, hair, France
520 Vientos de las Sierras (Winds of the Mountains): Poems of New Mexico FC 11 B-07 41 S. Omar Barker The One Word Left The good old doughboy lingo that we used across in France. war, language, terms, jargon, buddy, friendship
521 Vientos de las Sierras (Winds of the Mountains): Poems of New Mexico FC 11 B-07 42 S. Omar Barker Red Poppies Red poppies are a sign to me of things I never more may see. war, France, death
522 Vientos de las Sierras (Winds of the Mountains): Poems of New Mexico FC 11 B-07 43 S. Omar Barker Sea Memories A moonlit mist lies over the hills. memory, sea, harbor, ship, sailing, sailor, fog, mist, memories
523 Vientos de las Sierras (Winds of the Mountains): Poems of New Mexico FC 11 B-07 43 S. Omar Barker Life Dreams and a gay ship scudding to sea. longing, ocean
524 Vientos de las Sierras (Winds of the Mountains): Poems of New Mexico FC 11 B-07 44 S. Omar Barker Magic of the Sea Oh, I'd like to settle down in some quaint and quiet town. home, harbor, sails, sea, ocean, waves, house, memories, longing, sailor
525 Vientos de las Sierras (Winds of the Mountains): Poems of New Mexico FC 11 B-07 45 S. Omar Barker Mountains I have known the prairies, I have loved the sea. hills, home