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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
952 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 101 D. W. Groethe Little Katy Rose Welcome to the prairie little Katy Rose
953 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 107 D. W. Groethe How it Rolls The Train pulled into the station.
954 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 109 D. W. Groethe Blue (Like in Lonesome) Most times love ain't what it seems.
955 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 110 D. W. Groethe Ridin' Blue It's ride in the hot sun, ride in the rain.
956 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 111 D. W. Groethe Missouri Valley Hymn I was born in the valley where the little muddy flows
957 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 112 D. W. Groethe Heartache #1 Love will often make you cry love will make you wonder why
958 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 113 D. W. Groethe That Ol' Full Moon Many's the song of love grown cold caught in the moonlight
959 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 115 D. W. Groethe Eddie I run into Eddie, and old friend, I knowed him from years ago.
960 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 122 D. W. Groethe Song of the Nighthawk Hush me boys, settle you down
961 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 124 D. W. Groethe Old Mem'ries I have wandered down life's trail for some time now
962 West River Waltz: Western Poetry West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 125 D. W. Groethe There's a Place There's a place nestled down in the coulees
963 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 127 D. W. Groethe Hard, Wild and Free Mustang, mustang run your course
964 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 128 D. W. Groethe A Cowboy's Prayer A cowboy strayed from camp one night and rode out all alone.
965 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 130 D. W. Groethe In Without Knockin' A man can only take so much cow crap and dust.
966 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 132 D. W. Groethe I Eat Meat I eat meat. I like it red. I like it dead
967 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 134 D. W. Groethe A Letter Home Time for evenin' circle the sun's gone down
968 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 136 D. W. Groethe Blood is Blood Blood is blood father and son wars' communion antietam's flood.
969 West River Waltz: Western Poetry West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 138 D. W. Groethe A West River Tale Sung: Up in the mornin', rise before dawn.
970 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 141 D. W. Groethe Prairie Anthem As the sun begins to rise over blue Dakota skies
971 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 142 D. W. Groethe Last Dog Well, it was one of them days late spring, early summer.
972 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 147 D. W. Groethe Rodeo Sweetheart She turns her world 'round a cloverleaf.
973 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 148 D. W. Groethe The Coffee Song We was somewheres in Wyoming Halfway through an all night drive
974 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 150 D. W. Groethe I Go Ridin' I go ridin' all alone on the prairie
975 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 151 D. W. Groethe West River Moon Was a night in September where the breaks meet the river
976 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 153 D. W. Groethe The Thunderin' Herds Gather 'round boys, pull up a chair I'll tell you a tale or two