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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
5077 Poems 'n' Things FC 11 H-18 32 Fred Hardy A Valentine to My Son I walked into your bedroom tonight and as I did, I asked myself what your dreams might be. not a poem
5078 Poems 'n' Things FC 11 H-18 33 Fred Hardy Friends When friend meets friend with handshake true. friendship, job, joke, family, Mormon, church, religion, gospel, belief, truck, car, bills, blues, laugh,
5079 Panhandle Cowboy FC 11 E-08 John R. Erickson Panhandle Cowboy not a poem, or poetry, illustrations, essays, cowboy life
5080 West of East FC 11 H-17 51 Harry Elmore Hurd Rain on the Great American Desert All of the little lambs are glad. rain, water, sheep, desert, dust, Nevada
5081 West of East FC 11 H-17 51 Harry Elmore Hurd Trees in the Rain A drink of rain intoxicates the trees. rain, water
5082 West of East FC 11 H-17 52 Harry Elmore Hurd Sky Hawks Sky Hawks are rising again to the heavens. myth, birds, Lindbergh, flight, sky, heroes, mail, letters, courage, wings
5083 West of East FC 11 H-17 55 Harry Elmore Hurd The Golden Gate The hour is late. California, San Francisco, light, sun
5084 West of East FC 11 H-17 57 Harry Elmore Hurd Borglum's Head of Abraham Lincoln O Man of Sorrow, tried by many fires. gratitude, president, freedom, slavery
5085 West of East FC 11 H-17 57 Harry Elmore Hurd Fireweed in California Flags of fog in California. flowers, New England, similarities
5086 West of East FC 11 H-17 73 Harry Elmore Hurd Heading Homeward I have journeyed from New England. west, home, longing, east
5087 West of East FC 11 H-17 71 Harry Elmore Hurd A Cowboy's Swan Song Good-bye my little dogies on the range. calves, change, sky, sage, alkali, desert, rain, longing
5088 West of East FC 11 H-17 70 Harry Elmore Hurd Three Things I Ask Three things I ask and only three. trees, truth, kiss, caress, female, companion
5089 West of East FC 11 H-17 69 Harry Elmore Hurd Moonlight and Memories We two have climbed the hilltops toward the stars. climb, climbing, dreams, lovers, earth, Eden, Adam, Eve, belief, men, women, mates, cultivate
5090 West of East FC 11 H-17 68 Harry Elmore Hurd Burning Bushes I saw the sun flash past a tenement. tenement, light, sun, belief, dirt, earth, heaven
5091 West of East FC 11 H-17 68 Harry Elmore Hurd The Earth-Worshipper He scooped his fingers full of golden soil harrow, plow, work, earth, Oregon, toil, work, sweat
5092 West of East FC 11 H-17 67 Harry Elmore Hurd Crater Lake Llao lifts his colored cup. aging, time, Oregon, drink, water
5093 West of East FC 11 H-17 65 Harry Elmore Hurd Storm at Sundown in the Siskiyous Ah! Who shall see the evening sky on fire and still desire. storm, evening, lightning
5094 West of East FC 11 H-17 64 Harry Elmore Hurd The Firefall in Yosemite Valley "Let the fire fall!" light, night, glacier
5095 West of East FC 11 H-17 63 Harry Elmore Hurd Mount Lassen Volcanic Peak Silent Mount Lassen. volcano, Peter Lassen, climbing, climb
5096 West of East FC 11 H-17 62 Harry Elmore Hurd Sequoia Sempervirens Mighty offsprings of Old Time. redwoods, trees, forest
5097 West of East FC 11 H-17 62 Harry Elmore Hurd A Knight Templar's Prayer May I, a pledged knight, never yield. mason, Master Masons, Far West, templar, sons of light, Christ, bravery
5098 West of East FC 11 H-17 59 Harry Elmore Hurd A Difference of Opinion "O, mother!" son, child, mother, parents, father, sailor, home, North Star, direction, compass
5099 West of East FC 11 H-17 58 Harry Elmore Hurd Frisco Kate I watch you navigate along the street. female, woman, destitution, prostitute ?, San Francisco, California, streetwalker, street walker
5100 Encyclopedia of Knots and Fancy Rope Work, 4th edition FC 11 G-08 Raoul Graumont and John Hensel not a poem collection, folkways, braiding
5101 West of East FC 11 H-17 74 Harry Elmore Hurd The Reaper Soliloquizes Missouri is green with fields of corn. light, corn, harvest