Link to Utah USU Special Collection home page

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
5152 West of East FC 11 H-17 129 Harry Elmore Hurd Prostrate Pines When I was younger than a sprouting pine seed. aging, trees, time
5153 West of East FC 11 H-17 130 Harry Elmore Hurd Resurgence Up from the soil the sap is flowing. dogwood, spring, robin, wind, nature, mating
5154 West of East FC 11 H-17 131 Harry Elmore Hurd Horoscope Good is the cold when hearts are warm. April fool
5155 West of East FC 11 H-17 133 Harry Elmore Hurd April Rain Broad fields, bare trees. rain, spring, flood, water
5156 West of East FC 11 H-17 133 Harry Elmore Hurd These Things I Prize Give me these blessings of the common place. nature, woman, spring
5157 West of East FC 11 H-17 134 Harry Elmore Hurd Bearers of Burdens I have been bludgeoned by a dire event. Malabar, load, burden
5158 West of East FC 11 H-17 134 Harry Elmore Hurd Two Night Studies Bare trees. trees, nature, glowworm, glow worm, night, light
5159 West of East FC 11 H-17 135 Harry Elmore Hurd Abandoned Road Go slowly down a long abandoned road. time, earth, nature, trees, seeds, seedlings
5160 West of East FC 11 H-17 136 Harry Elmore Hurd Trail Hunger My heart does not beat for the city. alone, solitude, nature
5161 West of East FC 11 H-17 137 Harry Elmore Hurd Crow Feather Black feather, fallen to earth, you bring. crow, bird, flight, wing, nature
5162 West of East FC 11 H-17 139 Harry Elmore Hurd The May Fly Hatch is On The May Fly hatch is on! mayfly, insects, fish, trout, fishing
5163 West of East FC 11 H-17 141 Harry Elmore Hurd The Crown of Creation God's spirit moved upon the inky sea. love, creation, mother, belief, God
5164 West of East FC 11 H-17 142 Harry Elmore Hurd A Paean of Praise for My Mother Mother dear, you are to me. mother, child, love, respect, praise
5165 West of East FC 11 H-17 143 Harry Elmore Hurd Invitation Come walk at candle hour with me. pasture, love, evening, timothy
5166 West of East FC 11 H-17 145 Harry Elmore Hurd Intaglioin Silver The sun is an artist with an etcher's tool. patterns, forest,, night, beauty
5167 West of East FC 11 H-17 147 Harry Elmore Hurd The Quarrel I walked the trail when all the west was gold. birds, couple, lovers, money, cost, virginity, beauty, quarrel, argument, eavesdrop
5168 West of East FC 11 H-17 150 Harry Elmore Hurd When I Hear Cowbells There is something about a cowbell. memories, boyhood
5169 West of East FC 11 H-17 152 Harry Elmore Hurd Covered Bridges Brown covered bridges spanning Hampshire streams. New Hampshire, change, constancy, love
5170 West of East FC 11 H-17 153 Harry Elmore Hurd Enough of Wonder The earth is brimming full of lovely things. earth, nature, wonder, miracle, thunder
5171 West of East FC 11 H-17 155 Harry Elmore Hurd Special Providence For interminable days the fields have gasped for breath. rain, water, draught, creed, God, belief
5172 West of East FC 11 H-17 155 Harry Elmore Hurd Rainy Day John Farley cursed the rain that wet his boots. disgust, gratitude, water, appreciation
5173 West of East FC 11 H-17 156 Harry Elmore Hurd Revelations My heart is filled with utter joyousness. happiness, nature, flowers
5174 West of East FC 11 H-17 156 Harry Elmore Hurd Portrait of a Man His life was rugged like a wind-blown tree. New Hampshire, integrity, industrious, man, woman, lover, wife
5175 West of East FC 11 H-17 157 Harry Elmore Hurd The Procession of Life Life is marching to music in the rain. philosophy, belief
5176 West of East FC 11 H-17 159 Harry Elmore Hurd Which Season is Best? I would travel over the rim of the world with thought. seasons, winter, spring, summer, autumn, love