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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.

First Previous Next Last
IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
5102 West of East FC 11 H-17 76 Harry Elmore Hurd Nostalgia I was not born for narrow office walls. freedom, desert, range, city, country, longing
5103 West of East FC 11 H-17 79 Harry Elmore Hurd Bare Branches The cluttered streets are gold with crispy leaves. autumn, fall, trees
5104 West of East FC 11 H-17 81 Harry Elmore Hurd Transition The last gay summer bird has journeyed southward. juncos, seasons, winter, autumn, change, nature, birds
5105 West of East FC 11 H-17 81 Harry Elmore Hurd New England Asters Summer...Autumn...with one star-point between. equinox, seasons, change, New England
5106 West of East FC 11 H-17 82 Harry Elmore Hurd Autumn Trail I know a thousand trails beneath the sun. partridge, nature, woods, brush
5107 West of East FC 11 H-17 82 Harry Elmore Hurd Cats Must Eat Frost-touched maple leaves. autumn, leaves, seasons
5108 West of East FC 11 H-17 83 Harry Elmore Hurd Growing Pains There is a nemesis in life. life, trial, light
5109 West of East FC 11 H-17 85 Harry Elmore Hurd The Stream of Time Time is a river winding into sight. water, history, past, eternity, flow, motion
5110 West of East FC 11 H-17 85 Harry Elmore Hurd Futility I wish this river might remember me. memory
5111 West of East FC 11 H-17 86 Harry Elmore Hurd I Am Autumn Across the fields I shall be going. autumn, seasons
5112 West of East FC 11 H-17 87 Harry Elmore Hurd First Frost The autumn fields are amber. seeds, winter, fruit, beauty, seasons, reaping
5113 West of East FC 11 H-17 88 Harry Elmore Hurd When Autumn Comes I watch you, wistful lady, press your face. winter, birds, song, nature, change
5114 West of East FC 11 H-17 88 Harry Elmore Hurd Green and Gold All that was summer is gold and rust. change, seasons, autumn, winter
5115 West of East FC 11 H-17 89 Harry Elmore Hurd Phoenix Beyond the mill, we came upon a pool. autumn, change, beauty, seasons, sunset, evening, water, pool, reflection
5116 West of East FC 11 H-17 90 Harry Elmore Hurd Forecast There is something of winter in autumn. winter, change, autumn, seasons, nature
5117 West of East FC 11 H-17 91 Harry Elmore Hurd Patterns There is a certain symmetry in hills. cloud, shroud, pattern
5118 West of East FC 11 H-17 93 Harry Elmore Hurd Pantheism The earth is old. age, God, belief
5119 West of East FC 11 H-17 94 Harry Elmore Hurd A Dirge to Dead Mirth I shall not dance again beneath the trees! Bacchus, satyr, Pan, autumn
5120 West of East FC 11 H-17 95 Harry Elmore Hurd Fall Dandelions One day proud Croesus walked this way. flowers
5121 West of East FC 11 H-17 96 Harry Elmore Hurd Dogology Some men is mighty queer about a dog. dogs, canine, women, naming, names, pet, training
5122 West of East FC 11 H-17 97 Harry Elmore Hurd Mackerel Sky The sky. clouds
5123 West of East FC 11 H-17 99 Harry Elmore Hurd A Gray November Day Gray is the world in November. seasons, autumn, love
5124 West of East FC 11 H-17 100 Harry Elmore Hurd Ducks in the Moon The world is topsy turvy in the dusk. evening, night, nightfall, death, life
5125 West of East FC 11 H-17 100 Harry Elmore Hurd The Killer I crouched within a blind of drying reeds. duck, hunting, morning
5126 West of East FC 11 H-17 101 Harry Elmore Hurd An Armistice Dispatch A maple flung a leaf at me. dispatch, leaves, autumn, death, war, France, WW I, soldiers, battlefield