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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.

First Previous Next Last
IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
5377 Our West to You Idaho Writers League FC 11 I-01 48 Margaret R. Weeks The Ghosts of Yester Year October winds revive the ghosts. drive-in, hamburgers, past, Indians
5378 Our West to You Idaho Writers League FC 11 I-01 49 Patty Ann Doak Fool's Gold I found a gold mine in the hills. miner, mining, iron pyrite, wealth
5379 Our West to You Idaho Writers League FC 11 I-01 49 Cleo Carley Harris Popping of the Corn Umm, popcorn!
5380 Our West to You Idaho Writers League FC 11 I-01 52 Beatrice Salisbury A Spine-Tingling Climax to Sixty Years of Trapping There he was!
5381 Our West to You Idaho Writers League FC 11 I-01 53 Mona Hall Mom's Vacation The pathway through the pines had the silence of a thunderstorm just over, a quietness I had looked forward to all week.
5382 Our West to You Idaho Writers League FC 11 I-01 54 Ole Miles Land of Dreams Westward ho the wagons go. settlers, settlement, dream, land, history, past
5383 Our West to You Idaho Writers League FC 11 I-01 55 Jossie Hughes Reflections The West is a state of mind. Idaho
5384 Our West to You Idaho Writers League FC 11 I-01 56 Asel B. Brodt A Private Language Yes, child being married to that man for forty years and listening to a few hundred women talk, I consider myself an authority on the subject of men, their temperaments and unusual ways. automobile, car, man, male
5385 Our West to You Idaho Writers League FC 11 I-01 58 Patty Ann Doak The Broken Wagon Wheel Slim and Ruby way out west. need, help
5386 Our West to You Idaho Writers League FC 11 I-01 58 Margaret Brown This River Is Mine I gaze in wonderment at my river -- a mad river -- a swift river -- a snake shaped river. Snake River
5387 Our West to You Idaho Writers League FC 11 I-01 59 Lola Guderjohn The Swan Song We found them waiting when we came each year. swans, birds, nature, wildlife
5388 Cow Country Ballads FC 11 J-01 1 Laurance Lincoln Jameson Are You a Hand? Last night as I sat in the cow camp. cowcamp, radio, singing, ballads, folksong, cowhand, work, job, occupation, cowboying, chores
5389 Cow Country Ballads FC 11 J-01 6 Laurance Lincoln Jameson Natrona County Pioneers -- 1910 Had I the skill of an artist. settlers, past, history, west, memories, change, old-timers
5390 Cow Country Ballads FC 11 J-01 10 Laurance Lincoln Jameson An Old Cow Pony's Dream Last night as I lay sleeping. cowpony, cow pony, horse, past, memories
5391 Cow Country Ballads FC 11 J-01 12 Laurance Lincoln Jameson My Folks Were Pioneers It was 1902 when first we gathered. change, Wyoming, reunion, state, Casper, past
5392 Cow Country Ballads FC 11 J-01 16 Laurance Lincoln Jameson The Round-up Stray When the shadows lengthen. roundup, night, evening, trail, night herding
5393 Cow Country Ballads FC 11 J-01 21 Laurance Lincoln Jameson The Rattlesnake Mountains Do you know the Rattlesnake Mountains. nature, land, mountain, home, courage, wife, mother
5394 Cow Country Ballads FC 11 J-01 23 Laurance Lincoln Jameson To Natrona County Pioneers -- 1935 It's grand that we can gather. settlers, Wyoming, past, change, history, Casper, reminiscence, memories
5395 Cow Country Ballads FC 11 J-01 29 Laurance Lincoln Jameson Have You Had Your Dinner Yet? Now I'm not the sort of fellow. food, hunger, eating, cowboy, wife, cooking
5396 Cow Country Ballads FC 11 J-01 31 Laurance Lincoln Jameson The Calling of the Wild The king lives in a palace. bunkhouse, bunk house, contentment, companionship, friends
5397 Cow Country Ballads FC 11 J-01 35 Laurance Lincoln Jameson That Weasel Mule of Mine Talk not to me of Kentucky whips. horses, breed, sagebrush, mule
5398 Cow Country Ballads FC 11 J-01 37 Laurance Lincoln Jameson To the Women Who Were Not Dismayed--1938 Today as I came down the highway. covered wagons, plains, west, cars, automobiles, past, memories, change, progress, women, history
5399 Cow Country Ballads FC 11 J-01 40 Laurance Lincoln Jameson Marine He was sired by a Justin Moran. breed, bred, bloodlines, horse, cow pony
5400 Cow Country Ballads FC 11 J-01 43 Laurance Lincoln Jameson Wyoming Sage No artist ever paints it. sagebrush, livestock, feed, herb
5401 Cow Country Ballads FC 11 J-01 46 Laurance Lincoln Jameson An Eternal Cinch I was toiling along in fancy. Saint Peter, St. Peter, future, heaven, grub, food, cook