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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
5577 Western Poems FC 11 K-01 16 Olephia "Leafy" King Monitor Roundup Another old cow-hand has left us. death, Nevada, memories, food, foodways, cowhand
5578 Western Poems FC 11 K-01 18 Olephia "Leafy" King Thinking Many times as I've roamed through the mountains. God, belief, Jesus, Christ, Savior, gratitude
5579 Western Poems FC 11 K-01 20 Olephia "Leafy" King Prospector Bill There's a vacant hut in the mountains. gold, prospecting, mining, past, bottles, antiques
5580 Western Poems FC 11 K-01 22 Olephia "Leafy" King The Bottle Hound You get up bright and early. antiques, bottles, dig, shovel
5581 Western Poems FC 11 K-01 24 Olephia "Leafy" King Springtime in Nevada When the golden sun is sinking. beauty, nature, Nevada
5582 Western Poems FC 11 K-01 26 Olephia "Leafy" King Lonely Saddles The hills have shed their silvery coats. spring, nature, roundup, death, friendship, Great Divide
5583 Western Poems FC 11 K-01 28 Olephia "Leafy" King When the Lupine Blooms Again On a morning bright and clear. hunt, hunting, deer, gun, venison, buck, judge
5584 Western Poems FC 11 K-01 30 Olephia "Leafy" King Nevada Blizzard High up on the ancient mountains. winter, snow, warm, cold
5585 Western Poems FC 11 K-01 32 Olephia "Leafy" King Desert Whirlwind It was just a little desert whirlwind. dust, prospector, wind, sand storm
5586 Western Poems FC 11 K-01 34 Olephia "Leafy" King Flowers The roses have faded. seasons, spring, robin
5587 Western Poems FC 11 K-01 35 Olephia "Leafy" King He's Coming Lift up your voice! Sing praises to our God! religion, belief, Jesus, God, Christianity, second coming
5588 Western Poems FC 11 K-01 36 Olephia "Leafy" King Pinkey the Mustang He was born below White Rock Canyon. horse, cow horse
5589 Western Poems FC 11 K-01 38 Olephia "Leafy" King The Drifting Stranger As the sun sank low o'er the Monitor Hills. drifter, cowhand, sketching, drawing, pictures, artist, art
5590 Western Poems, No. 2 FC 11 K-02 12 Olephia "Leafy" King After the Rain I belong to the ranges. occupational lore, mustang, horse
5591 Western Poems, No. 2 FC 11 K-02 14 Olephia "Leafy" King Coonie Far out on the range of Nevada. Indian, cowboy
5592 Western Poems, No. 2 FC 11 K-02 16 Olephia "Leafy" King The Dappled Grey Mustang "Snap" was a dappled grey cow horse. horse, mustang
5593 Western Poems, No. 2 FC 11 K-02 18 Olephia "Leafy" King If That Old Wagon Wheel Could Talk I was strolling around, a little ranch home. past, history
5594 Western Poems, No. 2 FC 11 K-02 20 Olephia "Leafy" King Sunrise in Nevada When it's Sunrise on the range of Nevada. sun, light, beauty, nature, God, belief
5595 Western Poems, No. 2 FC 11 K-02 22 Olephia "Leafy" King Roamer Roamer was a mustang a pretty dark bay. horse, defense, bull, butt, steer
5596 Western Poems, No. 2 FC 11 K-02 24 Olephia "Leafy" King Lahontan Valley In the great Lahontan Valley. mosquitoes, nature, pests, birds, wildlife, coyote, Fallon, Nevada, Air force base
5597 Western Poems, No. 2 FC 11 K-02 26 Olephia "Leafy" King My Blue Willow Plate Last night as I sat at our table. dish, dishes, antiques, story, lovers, design
5598 Western Poems, No. 2 FC 11 K-02 28 Olephia "Leafy" King Secrets from the Sand dunes How we love to roam the flats of old Stillwater. Jeep, exploring, roads, four-wheel drive, four-wheeling, arrowhead, artifacts
5599 Western Poems, No. 2 FC 11 K-02 30 Olephia "Leafy" King A Rainbow's End Long ago as I lay on my bedroll. sky, rainbow, rain, showers
5600 Western Poems, No. 2 FC 11 K-02 33 Olephia "Leafy" King The Bareback Rider If you'll listen I'll tell you a story. cowhand, bareback riding, drink, alcohol, money, paycheck, bet, betting, cards, card game, gambling, city
5601 Western Poems, No. 2 FC 11 K-02 34 Olephia "Leafy" King Riding On There's a cow range in Monitor Valley. teaching, lessons, Indian, roping, Madison Square Garden, death, champion, Fallon, Nevada