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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
5277 Ranch Reveries FC 11 H-21 27 Oscar Herem Medicine Man's Recipe for a Happy Birthday We tried to send you smoke signal, but somehow didn't work too well. Indian, birthday cake
5278 Ranch Reveries FC 11 H-21 27 Oscar Herem Lead Syndrome December 14th, seventy-three, I had a fistulectomy. doctor, nurse, hospital, operation, rear-end, bottom, sitting
5279 Ranch Reveries FC 11 H-21 28 Oscar Herem Because We're Friends We find it difficult to state how much we both appreciate. appreciation, gratitude, Indian, prayer, friendship
5280 Ranch Reveries FC 11 H-21 28 Oscar Herem To Del -- On Her Birthday Just checked the date -- you're twenty-nine. aging
5281 Ranch Reveries FC 11 H-21 28 Oscar Herem Merry Christmas, Kelly It's not the thot of Christmas or decorations bright. commercialization, holiday, nurse, faith, Christianity, blessings
5282 Ranch Reveries FC 11 H-21 29 Oscar Herem Home, Sweet Home My friends, today we have a man. home, Spokane, Washington, welcome, friends, homesick, longing
5283 Ranch Reveries FC 11 H-21 30 Oscar Herem Old timer In nineteen hundred thirty-two, when times were tough and dollars few. saddle, memories, reminiscence, Montana, Washington, gear
5284 Ranch Reveries FC 11 H-21 32 Oscar Herem Friendship My wife tells me she promised you. friends, writing, poetry, preacher
5285 Ranch Reveries FC 11 H-21 32 Oscar Herem Mountain Loneliness I'm watching evening shadows creep across our canyons, wide and deep. loneliness, lonely, alone, coyote, restless, mate, spouse, love, husband, wife
5286 Ranch Reveries FC 11 H-21 33 Oscar Herem Remembering Dear one, just nineteen years ago, we drove to Sandpoint, Idaho. marriage, spouse, mate, husband, wife, love
5287 Ranch Reveries FC 11 H-21 34 Oscar Herem The Golden One These horns that hang upon the wall, with shrunken bleached out skull. shorthorn bull, cattle, charged
5288 Ranch Reveries FC 11 H-21 35 Oscar Herem To Our Valentine We'd like to add a few more lines, to place within your valentine. love, wife, grandmother
5289 Ranch Reveries FC 11 H-21 36 Oscar Herem Retirement Good friend, for years you've carried mail. mailman, friends, friendship, work, employment, job
5290 Ranch Reveries FC 11 H-21 37 Oscar Herem Ranch Style Christmas Wishes Perhaps you think it's funny, we'd send a homemade card. Christmas, hard times
5291 Ranch Reveries FC 11 H-21 37 Oscar Herem Gram and Gramp's Sermon on the Mountain This photo album represents a work of love, long hours were spent. photos, photographs, love, grandchildren, grandparents, memories
5292 Ranch Reveries FC 11 H-21 38 Oscar Herem Neighborly Thoughts December is a special time, of winter sports, of bells and chimes. neighbors, friends, care, Christmas, giving, blessings
5293 Ranch Reveries FC 11 H-21 38 Oscar Herem Retirement Blessings You've worked so hard for many years, thru ups and downs, and joys and tears. retire, time
5294 Ranch Reveries FC 11 H-21 39 Oscar Herem A Rose to Letha Dear one, tonight I sat relaxed and reminisced about the past. memories, husband, wife, love, spouse, mate, aging, family
5295 Ranch Reveries FC 11 H-21 40 Oscar Herem To My Wonderful Wife Letha Today we both will celebrate a happy most important date. anniversary, husband, wife, spouse, mate, home, family, life
5296 I've Been There Too: Real Cowboy Poetry Describing Real Wyoming Ranch Life FC 11 H-22 2 Terry Henderson Loadin' Bulls We managed to get them all corralled. loading, bull, chute, market, cattle
5297 I've Been There Too: Real Cowboy Poetry Describing Real Wyoming Ranch Life FC 11 H-22 3 Terry Henderson Wranglin' Horses Down at the barn, it's early morn. wrangling, wrangler, horses, saddle, corral, food, morning, breakfast
5298 I've Been There Too: Real Cowboy Poetry Describing Real Wyoming Ranch Life FC 11 H-22 5 Terry Henderson Ready for Haying The tractor's batteries are dead. tractor, equipment, machinery, baler, swather, rake, hay, work
5299 I've Been There Too: Real Cowboy Poetry Describing Real Wyoming Ranch Life FC 11 H-22 6 Terry Henderson The Thick and the Thin of It All day long I cut the hay. haying, swather, machinery, equipment, cutting hay, baler, wind, blow
5300 I've Been There Too: Real Cowboy Poetry Describing Real Wyoming Ranch Life FC 11 H-22 7 Terry Henderson Bad Neighbors Every neighborhood has one of these. neighbor, fences, fence, broken fence, livestock, grass, pasture, strays, mending
5301 I've Been There Too: Real Cowboy Poetry Describing Real Wyoming Ranch Life FC 11 H-22 8 Terry Henderson The Lonesome Close of Day It comes down to that time of day. alone, loneliness, solitude, home, family, longing