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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
5352 Our West to You Idaho Writers League FC 11 I-01 1 Phyllis Chapman Sacajawea at Three Forks There rise the mountains of my home, at last. Charbonneau, Lewis and Clark, Shoshone, Indian, explorers
5353 Our West to You Idaho Writers League FC 11 I-01 2 Marguerite M. Mulberry Sagebrush Saint The swaying trees, the starts, were one with him. Chief Joseph, Indian, Native Americans
5354 Our West to You Idaho Writers League FC 11 I-01 2 Cleo Carley Harris Quondam Wagon wheels All dry, white-bleached, you lean against the fence, alone. change, history, wagon, wheels, past
5355 Our West to You Idaho Writers League FC 11 I-01 3 Jennie Brown Rawlins The West The west is a rugged young giant. history, past
5356 Our West to You Idaho Writers League FC 11 I-01 4 Asel B. Brodt The Desert Sun The old Prospector, called a Desert Rat. night, heat, creatures, wildlife
5357 Our West to You Idaho Writers League FC 11 I-01 5 Margaret Munk The Cost of Calamity No one can say for sure what there was between the big lumberjack and Miss Blue's carriage horse.
5358 Our West to You Idaho Writers League FC 11 I-01 14 Saul Fullmer Nester's Courtship It was morning in mid April. epic, Idaho, wind, wheat, farming, baseball, Camas, golden girl, male, female, farmer
5359 Our West to You Idaho Writers League FC 11 I-01 28 Edna Hickman Day Women Must Weep Disaster's whistle loosed its strident tongue. miners, mining, cave-in, mine disaster, rescue, wives, wife, tears, crying
5360 Our West to You Idaho Writers League FC 11 I-01 29 Edna Hickman Day Ching Chong Chinaman Old Lady Ling washed in a wooden tub. Chinese, west, laundry, mining, miners, youth, boy, tease
5361 Our West to You Idaho Writers League FC 11 I-01 30 Alberta Deans Stately Jewel Box Idaho is a majestic jewel box. state, gemstones, gems, land
5362 Our West to You Idaho Writers League FC 11 I-01 30 Alma Hanson The Tragedy at Wilson, Wyoming "Wilson Branch, Jackson Hole," called the clerk as he finished the roll-call of Sunday schools in eastern Idaho and Jackson Hole
5363 Our West to You Idaho Writers League FC 11 I-01 34 Agnes Just Reid Medicine Lodge Medicine Lodge where the Indians went. nature, out-of-doors, outdoors, health, Indian, Native Americans
5364 Our West to You Idaho Writers League FC 11 I-01 34 Margaret R. Weeks Reprieve of the Chief I saw him first upon a wooded hill. stag, deer, wildlife, hunting, rifle
5365 Our West to You Idaho Writers League FC 11 I-01 35 Adah Lempke Trumpeter Swans Once thunderous flocks of swans winged high. birds, hunting, feathers, endangered species, wildlife, preservation, Idaho
5366 Our West to You Idaho Writers League FC 11 I-01 35 Lola Guderjohn Western Grandeur I stood where all the world lay at my feet. wind, nature, valley, peace, memories, birds, wilderness
5367 Our West to You Idaho Writers League FC 11 I-01 36 Claire Trussell Bowling Her Darling Cooking Failures "Nothing to do but work."
5368 Our West to You Idaho Writers League FC 11 I-01 40 Phyllis Chapman Young One's First Hunt Bored with baby sitting, Chief goes hunting moose. babysitting, hunting, baby, child, Indian
5369 Our West to You Idaho Writers League FC 11 I-01 41 Marguerite M. Mulberry Polly was Won in a Poker Game Now Johnny Bemus was a gambling man. Chinese, woman, female, marriage, couple
5370 Our West to You Idaho Writers League FC 11 I-01 41 Afton Dale Thus was Carved a State Idaho 1966 -- State of great sketches of green forests.
5371 Our West to You Idaho Writers League FC 11 I-01 43 Afton Dale A Monument Behold From heroic past, reflected in glory. Idaho, state, Snake River valley, west
5372 Our West to You Idaho Writers League FC 11 I-01 44 Adah Lempke The Governor's Murderer Speaks My frosted breath clung to the wintered night. Idaho, governor, murder, Christianity, conversion, baptism, prison, prisoner, crime, criminal
5373 Our West to You Idaho Writers League FC 11 I-01 44 Margaret Brown The River Snake Please listen, as I travel by. water, Idaho, past, history
5374 Our West to You Idaho Writers League FC 11 I-01 45 Jennie Brown Rawlins Interesting Facts About Idaho From Kootenai to the Caribou, from Picabo to Pend Orielle, from Wildhorse to Saddle Mountains, Idaho has its share of the unique and the colorful.
5375 Our West to You Idaho Writers League FC 11 I-01 47 Agnes Just Reid Borglum Among the endless hills of Idaho. state, region, carving, mountain
5376 Our West to You Idaho Writers League FC 11 I-01 48 Ole Miles Solitude Stars hang low in the midnight sky. contentment, peace, solace, night, sky, aloneness