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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
5002 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 97 Jack Horan Monte Moore An old cowboy stood at the chutes one day. Great Falls rodeo, Montana, past, memories, bucking bronco, break, breaking horses
5003 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 98 Jack Horan Jim Walters Jim woke up one morning. Montana, mail, past, history, hobbles
5004 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 99 Jack Horan McElvain One winter on the Yellowstone. pal, friendship, friend
5005 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 100 Jack Horan A Cowboy and Artist, Tex Moore You should all know this artist. painting, art, canvas, landscape, Montana
5006 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 102 Jack Horan A Pony of the Range Just an ornery cayuse pony. cow pony, horse, range
5007 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 103 Jack Horan Drifting Out of a job an' you're drifting. work, employment, unemployment, shelter, cow camp
5008 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 104 Jack Horan Daybreak In the stillness of the morning. sunrise, day, light
5009 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 105 Jack Horan Adieu Most of the poems that I have written. poetry, poem, poet, author, writing, writer, goodbye
5010 West of East FC 11 H-17 15 Harry Elmore Hurd West of Chicago Plains, rolling over Illinois. country, United States, east, west, Colorado
5011 West of East FC 11 H-17 16 Harry Elmore Hurd The Lure of the West Some men go to hell with their heads up. west, east, cities, frontier, wilderness, free, open spaces, hell, pleasure, desert,
5012 West of East FC 11 H-17 18 Harry Elmore Hurd Ride `Em! Give me saddle leather. riding, pleasure, sunset
5013 West of East FC 11 H-17 19 Harry Elmore Hurd Vagabondage Blow wind, west wind blow. travel, vagabond, roam, west
5014 West of East FC 11 H-17 20 Harry Elmore Hurd Jack Rabbit A wild thing loves its liberty. cage, freedom, hunting, wildlife, animals
5015 West of East FC 11 H-17 21 Harry Elmore Hurd Marching Morning Up, sun, up! Torch the hesitant night! light, morning, sunrise
5016 West of East FC 11 H-17 23 Harry Elmore Hurd Sundown in Cheyenne Canyon Good is the world in evening light. Helen Hunt Jackson, shadow, sundown, sunset, earth, nature
5017 West of East FC 11 H-17 23 Harry Elmore Hurd Hunting Fossils in Colorado O fossil leaf, once trembling in a breeze. immortality, rock, fossils, sediment, nature, ancient history
5018 West of East FC 11 H-17 24 Harry Elmore Hurd Goshawk Beat, beat, beat. bird, hawk, prey, nature, wildlife
5019 West of East FC 11 H-17 25 Harry Elmore Hurd Passion Night in Colorado Springs A cross is whirling on a lofty spire. belief, religion, savior, savior, god, Christ
5020 West of East FC 11 H-17 26 Harry Elmore Hurd Realities These things are lovely, these are real. love, nature, reality, feeling, thought
5021 West of East FC 11 H-17 26 Harry Elmore Hurd I Shall Speak to Humble Things I may not pass this way again. commonplace, everyday, appreciation
5022 West of East FC 11 H-17 27 Harry Elmore Hurd Aspens in Autumn Of all of the beauties I have seen. Kaibab, forest, aspen trees, leaves, Utah, Arizona, nature, beauty
5023 West of East FC 11 H-17 29 Harry Elmore Hurd The Great White Throne In Zion, beauty holds perpetual sway. Zion National Park, Utah, Zion's, Zion's, Zions', stone, rock, river, nature
5024 West of East FC 11 H-17 30 Harry Elmore Hurd Arizonan Autumn Vermillion is Arizona. colors, canyon, Kaibab, forest, nature
5025 West of East FC 11 H-17 31 Harry Elmore Hurd Purple Patches Attention, poets, the Critic speaks. commentary, color, colors, poetry, poems, writing, criticism, cynical, satire, satirical
5026 West of East FC 11 H-17 32 Harry Elmore Hurd The Grand Canyon of Arizona A man could not see more of loveliness and live. beauty, national park, rock, stone, river, nature, wonder, light