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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
5327 Harry Tales: Volume I FC 11 H-23 16 Les Harry The Hustler He stepped up to the table. pool, cue ball, pocket, felt, pool table
5328 Harry Tales: Volume I FC 11 H-23 17 Les Harry The Pager I put it on each morning. beep, paging
5329 Harry Tales: Volume I FC 11 H-23 18 Les Harry Guns So many years since I was one. gun, toy, childhood, whittle, whittling, passion, obsession, possessions, repeater, automatic, single shot, hunting, shooting
5330 Harry Tales: Volume I FC 11 H-23 19 Les Harry Cat Tracks I put my boots on yesterday snow cat, cats, panther, lynx, puma, tiger, snow machine, winter, cold
5331 Harry Tales: Volume I FC 11 H-23 20 Les Harry Bedroom Gold Mine There is a gold mine in a bedroom. gold nuggets, mine, dream, dreaming, mining, prospector, church
5332 Harry Tales: Volume I FC 11 H-23 21 Les Harry The Cherry Tree Years ago when I was young. tree, cut, cutting, youth, father, axe, smoke, pig, pork, smoked meat
5333 Harry Tales: Volume I FC 11 H-23 22 Les Harry Changing Times Men came west on horseback. change, travel, transportation, travelers, train, car, automobile, airplane, plane, space, humanity
5334 Harry Tales: Volume I FC 11 H-23 23 Les Harry Fire Fire has been with us. warmth, heat
5335 Harry Tales: Volume I FC 11 H-23 24 Les Harry Hobbies The big difference, they say, between men and small boys. male, males, toy, toys, scriptures, work, labor, debt, hobby, wife, frustration, assets, money
5336 Harry Tales: Volume I FC 11 H-23 25 Les Harry Requiem The old buildings are gone now. mill, miner, mining, mine, pump, water, zinc, lead, food stamps, money, hard times, wealth, poverty, economy
5337 Harry Tales: Volume I FC 11 H-23 26 Les Harry Profundity Now all of you good people. speaker, orator, lunch
5338 Harry Tales: Volume I FC 11 H-23 27 Les Harry All I Know About Fishing A fisherman is often spotted. fish, game warden, lying
5339 Harry Tales: Volume I FC 11 H-23 28 Les Harry The Things That Might Have Been I might have given God my life. religion, belief, God, giving
5340 Harry Tales: Volume I FC 11 H-23 29 Les Harry Winner I always thought I would like to be a winner. perfection, dedication, economy, money, wealth, poverty, evil, crooks, illegal, bills, debt
5341 Harry Tales: Volume I FC 11 H-23 30 Les Harry King He came waltzing into the yard. dog, pet, stray
5342 Harry Tales: Volume I FC 11 H-23 31 Les Harry Good News Each morning after rising. newspaper, pessimism, bad news, problems, headlines, Bible, belief, religion, Jesus Christ, Christianity
5343 Harry Tales: Volume I FC 11 H-23 32 Les Harry He Carried My Cross He carried my cross along winding streets. Calvary, Jesus Christ, crucify, crucifixion, religion, belief, Christianity, suffering, savior
5344 Harry Tales: Volume I FC 11 H-23 33 Les Harry Thoughts I would not put a good thought down. belief, religion, Jesus Christ, Christianity
5345 Harry Tales: Volume I FC 11 H-23 34 Les Harry The Son of God Jesus the Christ was born that night. Jesus Christ, Christianity, belief, religion
5346 Harry Tales: Volume I FC 11 H-23 35 Les Harry Easter Truths Atop a hill called Calvary. crucify, crucifixion, Jesus Christ, belief, religion, Christianity, resurrection
5347 Harry Tales: Volume I FC 11 H-23 36 Les Harry To a Lady We all have known fine ladies. wife, wives, female, females, Statue of Liberty, patriotism, nationalism, United States of America, USA, nation, America
5348 Harry Tales: Volume I FC 11 H-23 37 Les Harry A Tax Payers Lament I got my pay check Friday. taxes, money, paycheck, work, job, employment, welfare
5349 Harry Tales: Volume I FC 11 H-23 38 Les Harry The Flag When I survey this flag of ours. nation, America, USA, United States, country, patriotism, patriot, nationalism
5350 Harry Tales: Volume I FC 11 H-23 40 Les Harry Sunshine and Sorrow It was a beautiful day, that second of May. Sunshine Mine disaster, mining, 1972, silver, fire
5351 Our West to You Idaho Writers League FC 11 I-01 1 Alma Hanson Winning the West The fair western terrain was not won in a moon. settlers, settlement, history, past