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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.

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IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
852 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 37 D. W. Groethe At The Timmer Bar "Burnin' daylight!" boss cowman said.
853 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 39 D. W. Groethe Bent To the wind.
854 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 40 D. W. Groethe There's Life in the Ol' Dog Yet There's a little more gray in my hair today
855 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 41 D. W. Groethe Likely, When That Sun Creeps Up Likely, when that sun creeps up and o'er the sandstone ledge
856 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 42 D. W. Groethe Same Old Story Meadowlarks are bunchin' up
857 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 43 D. W. Groethe Under the Dim and Nodding Sky Under the dim and nodding sky 'mid the nighthawk's fading sky,
858 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 44 D. W. Groethe When the Old Man Goes (A poem for two voices) And the earth thrummed.
859 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 46 D. W. Groethe Let Me Tell You 'Bout Weanin' Let me tell you 'bout weanin' and' the severin' of ties
860 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 47 D. W. Groethe East Wind-December 4th Whoa, how she howls, shrieks and then yowls,
861 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 48 D. W. Groethe She Wore Her Twilight Well She wore her twilight well like a flowing robe
862 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 49 D. W. Groethe And Now as My Day Settles And now as my day settles deep in itself shrugging shadows and yawning a hitch of a breeze
863 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 50 D. W. Groethe The Novice It haunts and it hangs on o'er the heights
864 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 51 D. W. Groethe An Act of Confusion Coyote came worryin' to my door one night.
865 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 53 D. W. Groethe Coyote's Annual Christmas Howl The call was out all o'er the land.
866 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 54 D. W. Groethe Winter 1903 There lies Dakota bleak bitter cold.
867 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 56 D. W. Groethe A Charley Creek Christmas It was Christmas in the badlands an' the moon was shinin' bright
868 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 59 D. W. Groethe Three Horses Waiting Better finish wrappin' boys we gotta cut a trail.
869 West River Waltz: Western Poetry West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 60 D. W. Groethe Out My Window Out my window a gatherin' of clouds
870 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 61 D. W. Groethe The Christmas Serenade He'd finally gussied up the tree an' hung everything just right.
871 West River Waltz: Western Poetry West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 63 D. W. Groethe Final Prayer Ai Yi hear the cry deep within
872 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 64 D. W. Groethe The Great Hay Yard Assault of '04 or The Sad State of Cowboy Job Security We fix the fence.
873 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 65 D. W. Groethe You Know It's a Day You know it's a day an' goin' good when the bales roll out just right
874 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 66 D. W. Groethe 'Cross the Top of the Butte 'Cross the top of the butte, against clouds of blued steel
875 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 67 D. W. Groethe The Feed Truck Blues They say it used to be a Ford that when new was so adored
876 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 70 D. W. Groethe Notes on the Clipper Startled whispers, spirits in the snow,