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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
5402 Cow Country Ballads FC 11 J-01 48 Laurance Lincoln Jameson Early Days at the Quarter Circle Six "Backward, turn backward, Oh time, in your flight." bachelor, cabin, memories, care, freedom, responsibility
5403 Cow Country Ballads FC 11 J-01 49 Laurance Lincoln Jameson Just Tom's Way Listen, friends, while a story I tell. bronc buster, bronco, wolf, pelt, wildlife, trappers, Tom Darnell
5404 Cow Country Ballads FC 11 J-01 53 Laurance Lincoln Jameson That Snap Called "Pulling Camp" I've rode the range for many years. work, job, occupation, camp, sheep, lambs, sheepherding, Nathan Hale
5405 Cow Country Ballads FC 11 J-01 58 Laurance Lincoln Jameson Wyoming's Race with Hell The jest has been recorded. water, class, people, Jews, wells, dams, dam, PWA, Uncle Sam, federal government
5406 Cow Country Ballads FC 11 J-01 60 Laurance Lincoln Jameson Golden Anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Dan Speas--June 20, 1939 Pioneer friends are gathered. golden wedding day, fifty years, determination, marriage, husband, wife, home, west
5407 Cow Country Ballads FC 11 J-01 62 Laurance Lincoln Jameson Visions of Rangeland Bring back the days of range land. memories, pasture, west, plains, range
5408 Cow Country Ballads FC 11 J-01 65 Laurance Lincoln Jameson A Tribute to Percy H. Shallenberger Just at the dawn of autumn. Wyoming, eulogy
5409 Cow Country Ballads FC 11 J-01 67 Laurance Lincoln Jameson A Farmer's Wife A farmer's wife in the days of old. woman, female, WPA, work, housewife, housework, New Deal, change, progress, electricity
5410 Cow Country Ballads FC 11 J-01 70 Laurance Lincoln Jameson Wyoming's Golden Jubilee This year Wyoming celebrates. celebration, state, federal government, statehood, Taylor Act, Uncle Sam
5411 Cow Country Ballads FC 11 J-01 72 Laurance Lincoln Jameson Martha Earnest, a Pioneer Do you know Martha Earnest? woman, female, past, history, early days, west, settling
5412 Cow Country Ballads FC 11 J-01 74 Laurance Lincoln Jameson Our Boys They're off for a year of training. west, westerners, crowds, freedom, space, army, war, swastika, training, boot camp
5413 Cow Country Ballads FC 11 J-01 76 Laurance Lincoln Jameson Tribute to Ora P. Roberts Today we are not gathered. death, eulogy, loss
5414 Cow Country Ballads FC 11 J-01 77 Laurance Lincoln Jameson Just Hay Wire Have you started from the cow corral. repair, fix, farm, ranch, bailing wire
5415 Cow Country Ballads FC 11 J-01 80 Laurance Lincoln Jameson Depression Days -- 1931 Now I don't expect to leave you. people, folks, friends, reunion, hard times, pioneers, heritage
5416 Cow Country Ballads FC 11 J-01 85 Laurance Lincoln Jameson The Gate of Perfect Balance We've heard about the pioneers. west, pioneers, settling
5417 Tumble Weed: A Collection of Verse FC 11 J-02 5 Jim Jennings The Heart of a Cowboy I love to ride along in spring. riding, flowers, nature, dreaming, heart, sentiment, emotion
5418 Tumble Weed: A Collection of Verse FC 11 J-02 7 Jim Jennings A Buffalo Skull While riding down a little swale. horn, head, skeleton, death, teeth
5419 Tumble Weed: A Collection of Verse FC 11 J-02 9 Jim Jennings Springtime Horses runnin' o'er the prairie. pull leather, running, roundup, branding, spring
5420 Tumble Weed: A Collection of Verse FC 11 J-02 11 Jim Jennings Prairie Music There are some who like the operas. music, singing, radio, coyote, howling
5421 Tumble Weed: A Collection of Verse FC 11 J-02 13 Jim Jennings Tea for Two I was workin' on Green River. food, grub, eating, niece, female, girl, foodways, cooking, hungry, hunger, Chicago, city, west
5422 Tumble Weed: A Collection of Verse FC 11 J-02 71 Jim Jennings Hopin' We met on a ranch in Wyoming. hope, hoping, east, west, woman, man, girlfriend, boyfriend, love, courting, guide, guest, proposal, city, leap year
5423 Tumble Weed: A Collection of Verse FC 11 J-02 73 Jim Jennings Guidin' I was guidin' on Sun River. guide, guiding, 1942, dude, riding, saddle, hurdle, gear, east, west, practicality
5424 Tumble Weed: A Collection of Verse FC 11 J-02 76 Jim Jennings You You've made December seem like June. spring, love, thoughts, December, Christmas, New Year
5425 Tumble Weed: A Collection of Verse FC 11 J-02 77 Jim Jennings Little Jim's Musings Dad has surely had me guessin'. guessing, bride, marriage, child, boy, step-son, son, family, wife, dad, husband, stepson
5426 Tumble Weed: A Collection of Verse FC 11 J-02 79 Jim Jennings Someone to Call Mom I scarcely remember my real Mom you see. mother, step-mother, stepmother, child, son, stepson, step-son, marriage, cook