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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
76 A Montana Cowboy's Book FC 11 A-05 30 Don "Cheese" Akerlow Greenhorn Excuse me, What is that thing? back East, big city, dude
77 A Montana Cowboy's Book FC 11 A-05 29 Don "Cheese" Akerlow Winter A Montana cowboy, is where. warm air fears to blow
78 A Medley of Wilderness and Other Poems FC 11 B-01 1 Elliott S. Barker Life Life's like a wild horse; One must tame on his own. life, philosophy
79 A Medley of Wilderness and Other Poems FC 11 B-01 1 Elliott S. Barker Sunrise Cocks crow at dawn, When God, each morning, renews his first command. religion, belief, sunlight, morning, commandments
80 A Medley of Wilderness and Other Poems FC 11 B-01 2 Elliott S. Barker Wilderness Temple As a place to relax there's no spot that I know; To compare with a seat in a camp fire's red glow. campfire, renewal, religion, god, faith
81 A Medley of Wilderness and Other Poems FC 11 B-01 3 Elliott S. Barker Perception Lost His eyes are dim who cannot see; A mountain's purple majesty. god
82 A Medley of Wilderness and Other Poems FC 11 B-01 4 Elliott S. Barker It Happened on Aspen-cade Day The aspens were painted from russet to gold, Fresh cleansed by a copious rain, A breeze then sprang up and away the clouds rolled; Late sun began shining again. aspen, heaven and earth, beauty of earth, rainbow, color
83 A Medley of Wilderness and Other Poems FC 11 B-01 4 Elliott S. Barker A Day to Honor There's a Christmas day and New Year's too, And February twenty-two, Thanksgiving day and July four, And Arbor day makes just more. Mother's Day, mother, mothers, holiday
84 A Medley of Wilderness and Other Poems FC 11 B-01 5 Elliott S. Barker In Memory To him the mountains were sublime; And meant for men like him to climb, Then from their crests survey God's land; From snow-capped peaks to desert land. Harold Walter, in memory of, epitaph
85 A Medley of Wilderness and Other Poems FC 11 B-01 6 Elliott S. Barker Ode to the Mountains Behold yon distant, noble, mountain range, Whose rugged peaks reach toward the sky, Defying time it stands with little change; As centuries go marching by. purple majesty, the creator, belief, landscape
86 A Medley of Wilderness and Other Poems FC 11 B-01 7 Elliott S. Barker Mirages of the Plains Mirages, phantom dancers of the western plains; Deceivers, in the days of wagon trains. illusions, lakes, wagon train, pioneers
87 A Medley of Wilderness and Other Poems FC 11 B-01 8 Elliott S. Barker Sunrise from a High Mountain Top Cocks crow at dawn when God, each morn, renews; His first command.
88 A Medley of Wilderness and Other Poems FC 11 B-01 9 Elliott S. Barker The Silver Rim Glum were the riders when the camp was pitched; In heart of the wilderness, Riding through rain and fog all day; Had wrought an unhappy stress. pitch camp, new day, dawn
89 A Medley of Wilderness and Other Poems FC 11 B-01 10 Elliott S. Barker Our Golden Wedding Day Though trips may be short they are sure to seem long; When travel companions turn out to be wrong. spouse, marriage, wife
90 A Medley of Wilderness and Other Poems FC 11 B-01 11 Elliott S. Barker Tomorrow We Will Go Again Just fifty years ago today, as I recall, I took my bride where wildflowers bloom and trees grow tall. marriage, love, wife, pack
91 A Medley of Wilderness and Other Poems FC 11 B-01 12 Elliott S. Barker Our Lord's Bouquets When a youth in life's prime or an innocent child; Is called by the Lord to a home in the sky. afterlife, religion, belief
92 A Medley of Wilderness and Other Poems FC 11 B-01 13 Elliott S. Barker The Four Calls of the Wilderness When the wilderness calls on a bright spring day, Though a job is finished and deadline's near. spring, summer, fall, winter, seasons
93 A Medley of Wilderness and Other Poems FC 11 B-01 14 Elliott S. Barker Bovine Osculation When I was young and lived out on a mountain farm; Timidity made me allergic to girl's charm. courtship, dating, girlfriend, youth, neighbors
94 A Medley of Wilderness and Other Poems FC 11 B-01 15 Elliott S. Barker The Grizzly Bear The grizzly bear is royal game, To be hunted with caution and care. wild animal
95 A Medley of Wilderness and Other Poems FC 11 B-01 15 Elliott S. Barker Don Coyote Don Coyote roams the country far and wide, Plaintive yelping thrills and chills at dusk and dawn. wild animal
96 A Medley of Wilderness and Other Poems FC 11 B-01 16 Elliott S. Barker Old-Timer's Reminiscence Nowadays we all go to the rodeo show; To watch the bronc riding and roping. bronc busting, bronco busting, bygone days, reminisce
97 A Medley of Wilderness and Other Poems FC 11 B-01 18 Elliott S. Barker Doc. Keane's Wilderness Trail Ride Nearly fifty years was old Doc Keane, As good a doctor as you've seen; Expert old fisherman for trout. fishing, medicine, doctor
98 A Medley of Wilderness and Other Poems FC 11 B-01 19 Elliott S. Barker Paradoxical Accessory It's just a lovely lady's bra, It never yet has broke the law. humor, wearing apparel, clothing, female, feminine, woman, women, breast, knockers, bosom, boobs
99 A Medley of Wilderness and Other Poems FC 11 B-01 19 Elliott S. Barker A Good Investment Of all investments the I know; Just one will never miss. love, kissing
100 A Medley of Wilderness and Other Poems FC 11 B-01 20 Elliott S. Barker The Rest Cure or Hell Ain't Necessarily Fire and Brimstone Bill worked like mad throughout his life, About it griped with zest. humor, work