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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
5052 Poems 'n' Things FC 11 H-18 7 Fred Hardy A Tribute to Edna P. Hardy Written August 20, 1972 Everyone should sit down sometime and write a tribute to their wife or loved one. not a poem
5053 Poems 'n' Things FC 11 H-18 7 Fred Hardy Mothers Day May 13, 1984 Oh how happy is the man that findeth a woman that he loveth. not a poem
5054 Poems 'n' Things FC 11 H-18 8 Fred Hardy Written for Nita Hardy Workman by Her Father In the summer of 1958 a young frightened girl at the age of fourteen years came to live with us. not a poem
5055 Poems 'n' Things FC 11 H-18 9 Fred Hardy Written for Roweena We have a girl in our family tree. child, daughter, testimony, religion, belief, Mormon, prayer, God
5056 Poems 'n' Things FC 11 H-18 10 Fred Hardy For Merle June 6, 1972 Well Son, just a word or two from me. child, God, prayer, religion, Mormon, testimony, belief
5057 Poems 'n' Things FC 11 H-18 11 Fred Hardy Written for Marie by Her Daddy Dear Sweet Marie we love you so. daughter, love, child, religion, belief, Mormon, God, testimony
5058 Poems 'n' Things FC 11 H-18 12 Fred Hardy To Susan Because I Love You Well Susie Bell my pretty one. daughter, child, God, religion, Mormon, testimony, belief, gospel, love
5059 Poems 'n' Things FC 11 H-18 14 Fred Hardy Grandpa Parker There is a man in our family tree. grandfather, love, eulogy, God, religion, Mormon, belief
5060 Poems 'n' Things FC 11 H-18 15 Fred Hardy A Fathers Prayer I thank thee Lord for my dear wife. family, child, love, gospel, testimony, God, daughter, baby,
5061 Poems 'n' Things FC 11 H-18 15 Fred Hardy A Tribute to My Cousin Pat A few years back, not so long ago. religion, faith, belief, Mormon, President Woods, mother, wife, children, God, home
5062 Poems 'n' Things FC 11 H-18 17 Fred Hardy I Thank Thee Lord I thank Thee Lord for our saviors birth. God, religion, belief, Mormon, Christmas, Christ, testimony, hell,
5063 Poems 'n' Things FC 11 H-18 19 Fred Hardy To Mom on Our 25th Wedding Anniversary Now with these words I'd like to say. wife, love, matrimony, marriage, ,afterlife, religion, Mormon, god, belief,
5064 Poems 'n' Things FC 11 H-18 25 Fred Hardy Experiences I Had While Working at 47 East While working in the building that is the headquarters of the church, I had many wonderful experiences. not a poem
5065 Poems 'n' Things FC 11 H-18 26 Fred Hardy If Stone Could Talk There are some monuments sculptured out of stone on "Temple Square" in Salt Lake City, Utah. not a poem
5066 Poems 'n' Things FC 11 H-18 20 Fred Hardy Why I Want My Girls to Go with Only the Best of Men I guess that first of all that they must realize just who and what they are. not a poem
5067 Poems 'n' Things FC 11 H-18 27 Fred Hardy Temple Square Salt Lake City There is one square block in the center of Salt Lake City, it is known as "Temple Square." not a poem
5068 Poems 'n' Things FC 11 H-18 21 Fred Hardy Our Other Kids Tonight I would like to write about some of the people (teenagers) that have lived with us. not a poem
5069 Poems 'n' Things FC 11 H-18 28 Fred Hardy The Old Straw Tick When I was a young boy we slept on a straw tick. not a poem
5070 Poems 'n' Things FC 11 H-18 22 Fred Hardy A Miracle in Our Family In the year of 1956-7 our three oldest children got polio. not a poem
5071 Poems 'n' Things FC 11 H-18 28 Fred Hardy The Old Out House In the days of my youth in the part of the country that I was born and raised in every family had one. not a poem
5072 Poems 'n' Things FC 11 H-18 23 Fred Hardy A Miracle in the Mission Home in Salt Lake City Tonight I saw a miracle, the answer to a prayer, the spirit of the Lord touched someone, call it what you may. not a poem
5073 Poems 'n' Things FC 11 H-18 28 Fred Hardy The Old First Ward Chapel The First Ward Chapel is a coming down. church, Mormon, religion, belief, building, god, prayer, gospel,
5074 Poems 'n' Things FC 11 H-18 29 Fred Hardy The Thirteenth Ward The Thirteenth Ward was the best in the Stake. church, religion, belief, god, god, prayer, Christ, Sabbath, chapel, blessings, testimony, worship,
5075 Poems 'n' Things FC 11 H-18 30 Fred Hardy The Celestial Kingdom The Celestial Kingdom that's our aim. heaven, afterlife, god, religion, belief, Mormon, Christ, family, testimony, gospel, blessings, wedding, marriage, temple,
5076 Poems 'n' Things FC 11 H-18 31 Fred Hardy How I Spell Mother M -- is for me. not a poem