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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
526 Vientos de las Sierras (Winds of the Mountains): Poems of New Mexico FC 11 B-07 46 S. Omar Barker Pierrot in the Hills Oh, what is the use of a printed book. moon, trees, night, hills, nature, academia, school, reading
527 Vientos de las Sierras (Winds of the Mountains): Poems of New Mexico FC 11 B-07 47 S. Omar Barker Waiting What is it the pines are waiting for? longing, late summer, blue sky, pines, trees, calm, expectancy, wind, breath, sighs, breeze, yearning, waiting, heartache, wind, night, darkness, sorrow, pain, daybreak, future, unfulfilled future, futility, sadness
528 Vientos de las Sierras (Winds of the Mountains): Poems of New Mexico FC 11 B-07 46 S. Omar Barker Foreknowledge Well, if the brook can babble and sing. brook, pines, trees, river, stream, nature, nature's wisdom, timelessness, future, cheerfulness, sadness, age, aging, life
529 Vientos de las Sierras (Winds of the Mountains): Poems of New Mexico FC 11 B-07 48 S. Omar Barker At Timberline Just where the first gray grassy bench. trees, spruce, pines, foothills, vital sap, lifeline, nourishment, cold winds, death, timberline, sudden twisting winds, glee, merriment, humming, lullabies, summer, winter, ghosts, roam, wander, wind as a lover, courtship
530 Vientos de las Sierras (Winds of the Mountains): Poems of New Mexico FC 11 B-07 52 S. Omar Barker An Aspen Grove In Spring In snowbound February I have seen. aspen trees, late winter snow, barren tree branches, darkness, loneliness clusters of tree trunks, entangled tree roots, wind, sound of wind in the trees, dignified straight tall trees, coldness, spring, warmth, sunshine, rain, freshness, youthful, warm sky, fresh new leaves, lightness, happiness
531 Vientos de las Sierras (Winds of the Mountains): Poems of New Mexico FC 11 B-07 51 S. Omar Barker April in My Mountains Comes April in my mountains. spring snow, trees, warm earth, scent of spring, yearning heart, clouds, sunny sky, rain, flowers, violets, love for mountains, warm color offspring, beauty of nature in spring, heartache, mist, rain
532 Vientos de las Sierras (Winds of the Mountains): Poems of New Mexico FC 11 B-07 50 S. Omar Barker Summer Snow The blue fringed gentians and the firs and I. trees, flowers, gentians, beauty, closeness to nature, depth, purity, love, mother's love, freshness, morning dew, cleanliness of snow, beauty of summer snow, trout's, fish, little brook, high mountains, melting snow, mosaic patterns on the ground, cliff edges, mountain peaks, isolation, companionship with nature
533 Vientos de las Sierras (Winds of the Mountains): Poems of New Mexico FC 11 B-07 49 S. Omar Barker Mountain Lakes These are the things my heart had lodged and loved. love for home, song, hills, courageous men, ocean, landscape, nature, love for nature, values, truth, purity, mountain lakes, courage
534 Vientos de las Sierras (Winds of the Mountains): Poems of New Mexico FC 11 B-07 53 S. Omar Barker Wind in Trees There is no sound in the world. trees, sound of wind, uncertainties of life, concerns, unexpectedness, movement, unrest, lifeless, loneliness, gentle winds, storm, power of wind,
535 Vientos de las Sierras (Winds of the Mountains): Poems of New Mexico FC 11 B-07 54 S. Omar Barker Gray Days Gray days in the hills. sadness versus happiness, stability versus changefulness, flowers, dismal, melancholy, beauty, barren trees, seriousness, autumn, merriment, dreams, peace, contentment, snow, contentedness
536 Vientos de las Sierras (Winds of the Mountains): Poems of New Mexico FC 11 B-07 55 S. Omar Barker Point of View Somebody is always interpreting mountains. mountains, nobility, sky, contentment, calm, turmoil, life, world, contentedness
537 Vientos de las Sierras (Winds of the Mountains): Poems of New Mexico FC 11 B-07 55 S. Omar Barker Siesta A turtle dove is crooning from the hill. sun, stillness, heat, shade, coolness, sleep, siesta time, afternoon, rest, tranquility
538 Vientos de las Sierras (Winds of the Mountains): Poems of New Mexico FC 11 B-07 56 S. Omar Barker Who Has Seen the Wind Who has ever seen the wind? wind, invisibility, trees, pines, forest, strength, clouds, rain, snow, spring, time, aging, evening, timelessness, nature
539 Rawhide Rhymes FC 11 B-05 1 S. Omar Barker Old-Time Cowboys Proudly they rode, those horseback men. horseback riding, old times, cowboys of the past, memories, hard work, longhorn cattle, adventure, sweat, campfire, retrospection, remembrances
540 Rawhide Rhymes FC 11 B-05 2 S. Omar Barker Rule of the Range For them ol' tie-fast cowboys. roping, rules for roping, ownership
541 Rawhide Rhymes FC 11 B-05 3 S. Omar Barker Shepards of the Range The lights shone gay that Christmas Eve. Christmas Eve, dance, celebration, joy, fun, music, laughter, cowboys, blizzard, storm, Spanish kid, shepard lost in the snow, kid asking for help, reluctance to help, decision to help, riding through the storm, cussing sheepherders, cold, finding the Shepard, rounding up sheep, complaints about spoilt Christmas Eve, analogy to the Bible, watching flock at night, Star of Bethlehem, shepherds finding Christ, shepherd
542 Rawhide Rhymes FC 11 B-05 4 S. Omar Barker Jack Potter's Courtin' Now young Jack Potter was a man who knowed the ways of steers. love, boyfriend, girlfriend, falling in love, clumsy, popping the question, dance, emotions, affection, romance, courtship, marriage, suffering, not finding the right words, kissing
543 Rawhide Rhymes FC 11 B-05 6 S. Omar Barker Sombrero When a cowpuncher's spirits are saggin' so low. sadness, woe, blue, hat, Stetson, store, haberdasher, clothes, clothing, gear, outfit, material culture, cowboy hat
544 Rawhide Rhymes FC 11 B-05 7 S. Omar Barker Sometimes Serious There ain't no other breed of man around the world and back. talk, Baldy Timm, death, heaven, hell, afterlife, Llano Jim, Brazos Bill, God
545 Rawhide Rhymes FC 11 B-05 8 S. Omar Barker Thirsty Cowboy There's a sayin' out West, and it's true, I'll allow. water, drink, drinking, daughter, girl, female, nester, romance, courting, button, sewing, humor, dry, courtship, nesters
546 Rawhide Rhymes FC 11 B-05 9 S. Omar Barker The Chuck wagon They asked me: "What's this wagon that we hear so much about. rations, chuck, food, grub, chuck box, coosie, cook, hungry, fed, biscuit, symbol, roundup, cattle drive, comfort, St. Peter, occupation chuckwagon
547 Rawhide Rhymes FC 11 B-05 10 S. Omar Barker The Ring-Tailed Wowser They asked me "What's a wowser?" Well, a wowser is the critter. nester, daughter, windies, tall tale, exaggeration, story, imagination, tales, Pecos Bill, tease, nesters
548 Rawhide Rhymes FC 11 B-05 11 S. Omar Barker The Clock of the Cowboy The clock of the cowboy -- the stars overhead. night-herding, roundup, sky, nighttime, guard, Big Dipper, North Star, polar star, tenderfoot, constellation, time, night watch
549 Rawhide Rhymes FC 11 B-05 12 S. Omar Barker A Cowboy's Christmas Prayer I ain't much good at prayin', and You may not know me, Lord. pray, God, church, plains, nature, gratitude, thankfulness, good will, Christ, Savior, Christianity, blessings, kindness, peace, freedom
550 Rawhide Rhymes FC 11 B-05 13 S. Omar Barker Memo on Mules There ain't no use in talkin', when a feller rides a mule. jackass, jassack, mount, horse, Kit Carson, tough critter