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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
5452 Stories and Poems FC 11 J-03 24 Bob Johnston Don't Wait The tree of life grew in my yard. aging, care, life, tree, shade
5453 Stories and Poems FC 11 J-03 25 Bob Johnston Spring The earth awakens from its annual sleep. change, seasons, colt, breeding, earthquake, California
5454 Stories and Poems FC 11 J-03 26 Bob Johnston North Dakota I traveled your western border in the spring. seasons, change, land, state
5455 Stories and Poems FC 11 J-03 27 Bob Johnston The Panhandle of Nebraska Like the Bastard Son of a Feudal King. taxes, tax, Wyoming, elections, politics, location, state
5456 Stories and Poems FC 11 J-03 28 Bob Johnston Scotts Bluff Monument You've stood here for a thousand years. butte, mountain, land, land forms, permanence, strength, time
5457 Stories and Poems FC 11 J-03 29 Bob Johnston Nebraska She lies like a wrinkled blanket. state, place, land
5458 Stories and Poems FC 11 J-03 29 Bob Johnston Friend Like old slippers that have been gnawed and nibbled by the pup, pounced on, played with, left hidden under the bed until really needed, a friend is comfortable.
5459 Stories and Poems FC 11 J-03 30 Bob Johnston A Tale of Two Pitchers Two pitchers were made the self same day. life, usefulness, clay, pewter, dents, pieces, experience
5460 Stories and Poems FC 11 J-03 33 Bob Johnston An Easter Story Did you buy a new Easter bonnet. Jesus Christ, Christianity, religion, belief, savior, savior
5461 Stories and Poems FC 11 J-03 35 Bob Johnston The Will to Win You can train your body until it hurts. training, skills, growth, life, challenge, need
5462 Stories and Poems FC 11 J-03 35 Bob Johnston To My Grandson Kasey at a Bad Time You have done your best you've stood the test. winning, losing, win, lose, grandson, grandfather, grandpa, family
5463 Stories and Poems FC 11 J-03 36 Bob Johnston An Open Letter to a Friend I see by the paper you're still tilting at windmills, maligning missiles, still praying for peace.
5464 Stories and Poems FC 11 J-03 37 Bob Johnston The Empty Nest A boy of twenty, but man tall, with a wife and all the accouterments of an adult.
5465 Stories and Poems FC 11 J-03 40 Bob Johnston The Peacemakers This story is in response to a letter I received inviting me on August 6th to march to a missile site in Banner County, Nebraska, to commemorate the bombing of Hiroshima and protest the MX missile.
5466 Stories and Poems FC 11 J-03 42 Bob Johnston As I See Myself I still see myself as a young energetic man with worlds to conquer, but due to physical limitations I've turned from mastering bad horses to turning them into congenial companions of man.
5467 Stories and Poems FC 11 J-03 42 Bob Johnston As Others See Me This man, in an overweight body that gives no hint of the young athlete that challenged the world with his bronc riding ability in the 1940's & 50's, comes across as a somewhat severe person.
5468 Stories and Poems FC 11 J-03 43 Bob Johnston To My Mother on Mother's Day What better time for Mother's day. spring, motherhood, son, family, parents, birth, child
5469 Stories and Poems FC 11 J-03 44 Bob Johnston Who Is the Critic or Did You Bring Your Work to Class? This child of my'ne adorning. writing, creating
5470 Stories and Poems FC 11 J-03 45 Bob Johnston My Friend Poles apart in ideals. friendship
5471 Stories and Poems FC 11 J-03 46 Bob Johnston To Jeanne After 42 Years Anniversaries I think. love, marriage, memories, husband, wife
5472 Stories and Poems FC 11 J-03 47 Bob Johnston My Mother's Face Time has etched this face. aging, mother, child
5473 Stories and Poems FC 11 J-03 49 Bob Johnston My Closing Prayer Did you meet your Lord today. belief
5474 Rhymes of the Range Land FC 11 J-04 1 Bob Johnston A Breed Apart There's a breed of man that roams this land. gear, clothing, clothes, occupation, wrinkles, language, survival, attitudes, people, respect
5475 Rhymes of the Range Land FC 11 J-04 2 Bob Johnston Me and the Dalley Roper Now there's them that rope and dalley. roping, dalleying, finger, fingers, amputation, body parts, style
5476 Rhymes of the Range Land FC 11 J-04 4 Bob Johnston Cow Country You are a hell of a way from any where. wildlife, remote, lifestyle