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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
5252 Poems 'n' Things FC 11 H-18 48 Fred Hardy The Blizzard The snow it was a comin a comin mighty hard. storm, winter, livestock, sheep, horses, snow drift, buried
5253 Poems 'n' Things FC 11 H-18 49 Fred Hardy Horse Sense There ain't a horse I'm scared of, but some I sure respect. horses, bucked, riding, throwed
5254 Poems 'n' Things FC 11 H-18 50 Fred Hardy A Drug Store Cowboy There is a guy in our town a cowboy so they say. pickup truck, drugstore cowboy, coward, chewing tobacco, yellow, change
5255 Poems 'n' Things FC 11 H-18 51 Fred Hardy An Old Cowboy's Prayer I'm just an old cowboy Lord, but if you will hear my prayer. home, ranch, snow, winter, cold, animals, livestock, belief
5256 Ranch Reveries FC 11 H-21 1 Oscar Herem Blizzard Blues When I was a kid, I was always told. smile, optimism, weather, storm, cold, snow, winter, outhouse, Devil, hell, bachelor, wife
5257 Ranch Reveries Oscar Herem FC 11 H-21 3 Al Herem The Bright Side of Life Remember the day in the years far away. pain, hate, war, injuries, injury, veteran, VA, veteran's hospital, 1952
5258 Ranch Reveries FC 11 H-21 3 Oscar Herem Memories Camped high upon a mountain, I gaze across the hills. Mother nature, leaf, weather, past, what might have been, despair, alone, time
5259 Ranch Reveries Oscar Herem FC 11 H-21 4 Ann Smith Herem's Mountain Herem's mountain, magic place, where past meets present, face to face. mountain, nature, cottage, wildlife, place, home, husband, wife, couple
5260 Ranch Reveries FC 11 H-21 5 Oscar Herem To Letha -- Wife Number One in My Harem I enjoyed your cheerful visit, so to pass the time away. traction, hospital, wife, husband, words, actions, love
5261 Ranch Reveries Oscar Herem FC 11 H-21 6 Lilly Sams Our Poet Laureate There is a man amongst us, that we all think is great. poet, poetry, nurse, hospital, friendship
5262 Ranch Reveries Oscar Herem FC 11 H-21 7 Lilly Sams Orchids to Letha Aches and pains? Chills and woes? cure, ailment, remedies, remedy, cold
5263 Ranch Reveries FC 11 H-21 8 Oscar Herem Verse of Appreciation I'd like a minute of your time, to say a few short words in rhyme. gratitude, friends, friendship, prayer, pastor, belief, healing
5264 Ranch Reveries FC 11 H-21 8 Oscar Herem Untitled We think of you most every day. grandchildren, grandparents, children, family, home
5265 Ranch Reveries FC 11 H-21 9 Oscar Herem Hospital Woes Your wife just called -- what's this I hear. appendicitis, appendectomy, hospital, doctor, operation
5266 Ranch Reveries FC 11 H-21 16 Oscar Herem Evening Meditations Dear one, it's such a quiet night, I sit alone in deep twilight. wife, husband, coyote, wildlife, nature, sounds, prayer, family, God, belief
5267 Ranch Reveries FC 11 H-21 18 Oscar Herem A Tribute to Del Greene A few short words to simply state how much we both appreciate. gratitude, appreciation, friendship
5268 Ranch Reveries FC 11 H-21 19 Oscar Herem Slim's Courtship Just fifty years ago today, when snow was on the ground. husband, wife, courtship, brand
5269 Ranch Reveries FC 11 H-21 20 Oscar Herem Cowboy Breakfast Before another day goes by, I'm going to sit right down and try. Mother's Day, friendship, party, celebration
5270 Ranch Reveries FC 11 H-21 21 Oscar Herem Happy Birthday Dear one, this is your birthday, and though we're miles apart. husband, wife, love, appreciation, gratitude, housewife
5271 Ranch Reveries FC 11 H-21 22 Oscar Herem Untitled Just fourteen years ago today, God smiled on m -- I heard Him say. husband, wife, love, anniversary, words, appreciation, gratitude, God, belief, thankfulness
5272 Ranch Reveries FC 11 H-21 23 Oscar Herem Ode to an Outhouse In Tri-County Tribune, I recently read ecologists reared their dainty. pin-heads three-holer, catalog, toilet paper, condemn, smell, odor, scent
5273 Ranch Reveries FC 11 H-21 24 Oscar Herem Untitled This world is full of people of various size and form. smile, face, religion, personality, belief, Jesus Christ, Christianity, hell fire and brimstone, faith
5274 Ranch Reveries Oscar Herem FC 11 H-21 25 Al Herem Try Smiling The years have slipped past on wings much too fast. hospital, VA, veteran, laughter, sense of humor
5275 Ranch Reveries Oscar Herem FC 11 H-21 25 Al Herem Ode to an Enema When day is finally over, and the sun slides past the hills. veteran, VA hospital
5276 Ranch Reveries Oscar Herem FC 11 H-21 26 Al Herem Wrangler's Lament I got twenty bones broke, and what do I get. wrangler, bossman, work, job, employment