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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.

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IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
5127 West of East FC 11 H-17 102 Harry Elmore Hurd C'est LaGuerre O you who hate beauty and love real estate. elm tree, city, pruning, trees, cut, cutting, prune
5128 West of East FC 11 H-17 102 Harry Elmore Hurd The Immortality of Germ Plasm Today the ferns no longer wear their green. plants, winter, seasons, autumn, change
5129 West of East FC 11 H-17 103 Harry Elmore Hurd Winter Horseman God pity any horse with heartless rider. winter, seasons
5130 West of East FC 11 H-17 105 Harry Elmore Hurd Open Fire There is something in an open fire. fireplace, heat, spark
5131 West of East FC 11 H-17 107 Harry Elmore Hurd Wood Chopping I would not lay my axe against a tree. nature, dead wood, pain
5132 West of East FC 11 H-17 108 Harry Elmore Hurd Firelight Reveries There is something about a fire running out its tongue. winter, storms, north wind, family, house, home, reverie, hearth
5133 West of East FC 11 H-17 110 Harry Elmore Hurd Sonnet to Mary You, over whom the silver swan. Jesus Christ, god, belief, savior, cross, Christianity
5134 West of East FC 11 H-17 110 Harry Elmore Hurd Death in December Low are the sands in the glass. God, belief, snow, winter, cold
5135 West of East FC 11 H-17 111 Harry Elmore Hurd Birdlore O, why should any flower trust the Winter. seed, seeds, bird, birds, winter
5136 West of East FC 11 H-17 113 Harry Elmore Hurd Bounty in Winter The junipers are tarnished by the winter. snow, seeds, wildlife
5137 West of East FC 11 H-17 114 Harry Elmore Hurd Snowshoe Song I love the woods when the ground is white. nature, winter, snow
5138 West of East FC 11 H-17 115 Harry Elmore Hurd Metempsychosis Hail, solitary crow. bird, flight, wings, human, winter
5139 West of East FC 11 H-17 116 Harry Elmore Hurd Octogenarian A man, whose hasty hours were almost run. aging, old-age, trees, pines, winter, change, growth, longevity
5140 West of East FC 11 H-17 116 Harry Elmore Hurd Death in Winter Softly the feathery snow is cloaking the earth. storms, life, death
5141 West of East FC 11 H-17 117 Harry Elmore Hurd Between Heats The earth is steaming like a weary sorrel. winter, February, season
5142 West of East FC 11 H-17 119 Harry Elmore Hurd The Wood-Chopper I came upon him in the hilltop oaks. chopping wood, axe, age, power, strength, stove, fuel, heat, warmth
5143 West of East FC 11 H-17 119 Harry Elmore Hurd Lincoln I snow shoed down the hemlock trail. Abraham Lincoln, president, country, influence, politics, February
5144 West of East FC 11 H-17 120 Harry Elmore Hurd Sonnet to George Washington There have been giants on this ancient earth. president, United States
5145 West of East FC 11 H-17 120 Harry Elmore Hurd Birchbrow What man among us would make bold to say. trees, wood, axe, cutting, chopping, birch, birches
5146 West of East FC 11 H-17 121 Harry Elmore Hurd I Am Lonely O, I am lonely as a tree is lonely on a solitary hill. companionship, loneliness, alone, female
5147 West of East FC 11 H-17 122 Harry Elmore Hurd Empty Nests Empty nest, grayly swaying against the sky. change, birds, home, emptiness
5148 West of East FC 11 H-17 123 Harry Elmore Hurd First Thaw All that was Winter is rust and white. March, spring, wind, seasons
5149 West of East FC 11 H-17 125 Harry Elmore Hurd Spring Scandal The March Wind has a youth's wild will. wind, seeds, spring, growth, April
5150 West of East FC 11 H-17 127 Harry Elmore Hurd Laurel Promise Blow winds, March winds, blow. spring, wind, seasons, snow, change
5151 West of East FC 11 H-17 128 Harry Elmore Hurd The Wind and I When trumpets blast and white waves dash. blow, wind, storm