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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
5027 West of East FC 11 H-17 33 Harry Elmore Hurd Phantom Canyon Ranch I am a wanderer upon the earth. peace, search, Dante, war, humanity, memories, noise, thoroughfare
5028 West of East FC 11 H-17 34 Harry Elmore Hurd I'm a Lovin' Buckaroo I love a lady named Lizzy O'Flynn. love, romance, courtship, Stetson hat, chaps, Bull Durham
5029 West of East FC 11 H-17 35 Harry Elmore Hurd The Friendly Universe I am not lonely, though I am alone. earth, wind, aloneness, loneliness, Kaibab, sod, God, blessings
5030 West of East FC 11 H-17 36 Harry Elmore Hurd Baying Wolf Lean wolf upon your lonely hill. time, nature, poetry, poet, poem, sound, wildlife, loon, bird, cocoon
5031 West of East FC 11 H-17 37 Harry Elmore Hurd Geology The purple peaks are born in fire. volcano, volcanic, Escalante
5032 West of East FC 11 H-17 38 Harry Elmore Hurd Bryce Canyon Dead is this City of Silence. Utah, Ute, Navajo, Indians, silence, nature, national park, praise, God
5033 West of East FC 11 H-17 39 Harry Elmore Hurd Alone by the Humboldt River One thing brings joy to me. Nevada, bird, blackbird, redwing, sorrow
5034 West of East FC 11 H-17 41 Harry Elmore Hurd Nevada is a Mighty State! The dawn was pink when I became her guest. beauty, desert, dunes, sand, sage, wine, grapes, wealth, stamina, society, manhood, manliness
5035 West of East FC 11 H-17 43 Harry Elmore Hurd Sagebrush Fires Good is the crackle of blazing pine. desert, sage, smell, odor, west, Nevada, campfire, coyote, night, evening
5036 West of East FC 11 H-17 44 Harry Elmore Hurd Glad is the Life of a Buckaroo Give me the life of a buckaroo. desert, alkali, Nevada
5037 West of East FC 11 H-17 44 Harry Elmore Hurd I Love These Shepherds I love these shepherds on sage hills. Basque, sheep, sheepherder, Nevada, lambs, ewes, coyote
5038 West of East FC 11 H-17 45 Harry Elmore Hurd Old Piute Old Piute, wrapped in your blanket of red and gray. Indians, reservation, BIA agents, past, regret, memories
5039 West of East FC 11 H-17 45 Harry Elmore Hurd Sagebrush Silences The earth is pungent at this time of year. autumn, desert, sage, silence, quiet
5040 West of East FC 11 H-17 46 Harry Elmore Hurd Dog Love There is no adoration more immense. dog, pet, man's best friend
5041 West of East FC 11 H-17 47 Harry Elmore Hurd Winnemucca Mountain Sometimes, Old Winnemucca, you wear your clouds. Nevada, mountains, pioneers, prospector, mining, past
5042 West of East FC 11 H-17 48 Harry Elmore Hurd Lilacs in Nevada One broken spray of lavender in May. New England, flowers, memories
5043 West of East FC 11 H-17 48 Harry Elmore Hurd Memories I used to think the joy of noon was best. love lost, woman, man, female
5044 West of East FC 11 H-17 49 Harry Elmore Hurd Women for Sale I heard Blanche and Edith and Mae, Sisters of Sin. prostitutes, women, men, sex, Nevada, whores, whorehouse
5045 West of East FC 11 H-17 50 Harry Elmore Hurd The Corral Tell me, Devotees of Scarlet Sin. prostitutes, fence, law, insulation, town, prison, defense, respectability
5046 West of East FC 11 H-17 50 Harry Elmore Hurd A Nevada Night Lucifer flamed down the desert night. stars, sky, night, meteor shower, meteors, desert
5047 Poems 'n' Things FC 11 H-18 2 Fred Hardy A Tribute to My Father I thank you Lord for my dear dad. religion, prayer, Mormon, belief, eulogy, eternity, parent, love, testimony
5048 Poems 'n' Things FC 11 H-18 3 Fred Hardy I Thank Thee Lord I thank thee Lord for my dear wife. prayer, belief, God, religion, Mormon, love, testimony, President McKay, Jesus, children,
5049 Poems 'n' Things FC 11 H-18 4 Fred Hardy To Mom To be my wife is no easy thing. love, children, Mother's Day, afterlife, death
5050 Poems 'n' Things FC 11 H-18 5 Fred Hardy Turkey Poults March the first and look at the snow. farm, father, mother, lamb, wind,, blizzard, poultry, debt
5051 Poems 'n' Things FC 11 H-18 6 Fred Hardy Written for LeRay 26 Years Late Just a Lyin there gooin in the cutest sort of way. son, baby, child, God, religion, belief, testimony, teaching, priesthood,