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Gene Autry Personal Papers and Business Archives 1900-2002.

Author: Gene Autry
Publisher: [1900-2002]
Edition/Format:   Archival material : Manuscript : English
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Orvon Gene Autry (born September 29, 1907 - died October 2, 1998) was a legendary recording and movie star whose career spanned over 60 years in the entertainment industry. Sometimes called "The Singing Cowboy," Autry was also a broadcast executive for KTLA and owned the Major League baseball team, the Los Angeles Angels, among other business pursuits. Autry also co-founded the Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum,
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Genre/Form: Letters
Photographs
Awards
Financial records
Scrapbooks
Posters
Sheet music
Finding aids
Named Person: Gene Autry; Ina Mae Autry; Jackie Autry
Material Type: Manuscript, Internet resource
Document Type: Archival Material, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gene Autry
OCLC Number: 829119082
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)

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Orvon Gene Autry (born September 29, 1907 - died October 2, 1998) was a legendary recording and movie star whose career spanned over 60 years in the entertainment industry. Sometimes called "The Singing Cowboy," Autry was also a broadcast executive for KTLA and owned the Major League baseball team, the Los Angeles Angels, among other business pursuits. Autry also co-founded the Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum, now known as The Autry National Center of the American West, with wife Jackie Autry and Monte and Joanne Hale in 1988. The Gene Autry Personal Papers and Business Archives span from 1900 to 2002 and document Autry's personal and family life, including wives Ina Mae Spivey and Jackie Ellam; Autry's military career during World War II; entertainment career; other business holdings; and honors received. Materials include administrative records; advertising material; awards; ephemera; correspondence; photographic material; posters; scrapbooks; and sheet music.

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.

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