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Finding Aid to the Golden West Broadcasters Meeting Minutes and Business Records MSA.41
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Description
Golden West Broadcasters was a corporation founded by Gene Autry in 1964 for the purpose of managing his business interests. Autry, famous for being a musician and actor, was also a savvy business man, buying radio and television stations in the 1950s, and participating in other business ventures including real estate, toy production, and ownership of the Anaheim Angels baseball team. Golden West Broadcasters was an umbrella corporation Autry used to manage his various business interests in Arizona, California, Michigan, Oklahoma, and Washington states. This collection of binders contains meeting minutes and business records for Golden West Broadcasters and some of its properties from 1951-2000, including Golden West Baseball Company, Range Rider Productions, Incorporated, and SigAlert & Airwatch, Incorporated.
Background
From 1940 to 1956 the public listened to Autry on his "Melody Ranch" radio show, heard weekly over the CBS Radio Network,and featuring his trademark theme song "Back in the Saddle Again." Autry joined the Army Air Corps in 1942 and became a Flight Officer, ferrying fuel, ammunition, and arms in the China-India-Burma area, flying over the area known as “The Hump” in the Himalayas during World War II. When the war ended, Autry was reassigned to Special Services, where he toured with a USO troupe in the South Pacific before resuming his movie career in 1946. In 1950, Autry became the first major movie star to use the television medium, producing and starring in his own television show through his production company Flying A Pictures, as well as producing other television series in which he had no acting role.
Extent
4.0 Linear feet (3 boxes)
Restrictions
Copyright has not been assigned to the Autry National Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Autry Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Autry National Center as the custodian of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.
Availability
Collection is open for research. Appointments to view materials are required. To make an appointment please visit http://theautry.org/research/research-rules-and-application or contact library staff at rroom@theautry.org. An item-level inventory is available from library staff.