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|Named Person:||Gene Autry; Ina Mae Autry; Jackie Autry|
|Material Type:||Manuscript, Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Archival Material, Internet Resource|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
|Notes:||Two fires which occurred before donation to the Autry National Center may have destroyed some of Gene Autry's personal or business records. The first was at the house of Gene and Ina Autry in North Hollywood, California in 1941. The second was at the Melody Ranch in Newhall, California in 1962, while under the ownership of Gene Autry. It is currently undetermined what files were destroyed in either of these fires, but it is known that a great deal were lost during the Melody Ranch fire.|
|Credits:||Processing Information: Initial inventory, partial physical processing, and cataloging by Autry National Center staff. Additional processing and finding aid completed by Holly Rose Larson, NHPRC Project Archivist, January 2012, made possible through grant funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.|
|Description:||446.0 linear feet, (approximately 300 boxes)|
The Gene Autry Personal Papers and Business Archives document Gene Autry's personal and family life, entertainment career, and business holdings from 1900 to 2002. These include his ventures in show business and other business ventures, political involvement, ownership and operation of the baseball team, the Los Angeles Angels (currently known as Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim), correspondence files, military papers, photographs, and recognition and awards he received. The records of Autry's business ventures in entertainment include rodeos, radio, television, film, personal appearances, and name and likeness licensing and marketing. Dates of materials span from 1911 to 1975. These records include administrative records, advertising, blueprints, contracts, financial records, legal documents, publicity materials, posters, memorabilia, publications, scrapbooks, scripts, and sheet music. In business ventures other than entertainment, the archives include records from 1938 to 1999 documenting Autry's forays into oil drilling, real estate, hotel ownership, political support through public appearances and financial contributions, the ownership of the Los Angeles Angels baseball team, ownership of television and radio stations, and more. Also included are personal and business correspondence; fan mail; and correspondence with famous political leaders and entertainers from the 1930s through the 1990s. The substantial annual task of the Gene Autry office ordering and sending Christmas gifts is documented in the records of Christmas correspondence. Correspondents include Gene Autry, Ina Mae Autry, Jackie Autry, and Gene Autry office staff. Personal papers of Gene Autry include papers of his family members and records of Autry's military career from 1942-1946. These archives also contain over 200 awards, certificates, trophies, and plaques from 1936 to 1998. These awards and certificates recognize Gene Autry, Champion, and Autry's businesses for achievements and support in many areas, including entertainment, military service, rodeos, club memberships, honorary appointments, baseball, and freemasonry.
- Autry, Gene, -- 1907-1998.
- Autry, Ina Mae.
- Autry, Jackie.
- Autry Museum of Western Heritage.
- Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum.
- Autry National Center.
- California Angels (Baseball team)
- Golden West Broadcasters.
- Los Angeles Angels (Baseball team)
- Motion picture actors and actresses -- United States.
- Television actors and actresses -- United States.
- Singers -- United States.
- Musicians -- United States.
- Composers -- United States.
- Champion (Horse)
- Western films -- United States.
- Western television programs -- United States.