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Finding Aid to the Gene Autry Personal Papers and Business Archives T.MSA.28
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Business and Entertainment Files, 1911-1999

Scope and contents

This series consists of the records of Gene Autry’s business transactions, including his entertainment ventures and public persona, rodeos, and his non-entertainment business ventures, including his involvement with the Los Angeles Angels baseball team.
 

Business Holdings, 1938-1999

Scope and contents

This subseries contains documentation of Gene Autry’s business ventures that do no pertain to his entertainment career or public persona, such as the acquisition of the American League baseball team Los Angeles Angels; Golden West Broadcasters, which owned and operated television stations, radio stations, and newspapers in California and Arizona; realty; harness racing; hotel ownership; oil drilling; political affiliations and contributions; and material production of toys and other memorabilia.
 

Entertainment, 1911-1975

Scope and contents

This series pertains to Autry’s involvement with show business in the forms of acting in movies and television, songwriting, singing, radio production, rodeo, television production, motion picture production, and trademarking of his public persona for use in advertising and endorsement of products. Records of the companies Gene Autry owned and operated in the field of entertainment include Flying A Pictures, Placeritas Ranch, later known as Melody Ranch, and Golden West Broadcasters, which owned and operated several radio and television stations, including Los Angeles television station KTLA.
These files include administrative records, legal documents, blueprints, contracts, financial records, advertising material, press kits, broadsides, arcade cards, posters, business cards, invitations, maps, membership cards, memorabilia, records of fan clubs, scrapbooks compiled by fans or by Gene Autry’s office, and publications. Publications include newspapers, magazines, and booklets, scrapbooks, scripts, and sheet music.
While fan club newsletters and scrapbooks are included in this series, fan mail is in the Correspondence series.
 

Correspondence, 1930s-1990s

Scope and contents

This series includes business, fan, and personal mail sent to and/or from Gene Autry, Ina Mae Autry, Jackie Autry, and Gene Autry office staff. The Correspondence series also includes files regarding the sending and receipt of Christmas cards and presents, which was an intensive production in Gene Autry’s office. These files record names, addresses, cards, gifts, gift ordering invoices, and responses. Also included in the Correspondence series are V.I.P. correspondence files, featuring correspondence from prominent names in both American and international politics, royalty, military, and entertainment.
 

Personal papers, 1936-1997

Scope and contents

This series includes family documents, yearbooks, and papers regarding Autry’s military service. Other items include postcards, business cards, driver’s license, license to carry firearms, and blueprints.
 

Photographs, 1900-1995

Scope and contents

This series documents Autry’s military career, public persona, extensive entertainment career, and historical family photos of both his and Ina Mae Spivey’s families. Items include loose photographs, photo albums, and photographic negatives.
 

Recognition and awards, 1936-1998

Scope and contents

Gene Autry received accolades and symbols of recognition throughout his lifetime. This series contains over 200 awards, certificates, honorary membership cards, trophies, and plaques. These awards and certificates recognize Autry, Champion, and Autry’s businesses for achievements and support in acting, aviation, singing, military service, rodeos, clubs, honorary appointments, baseball, freemasonry, victory in an amateur boxing match, proclamations for Gene Autry days in various cities, inductions into halls of fame, and designations of places to be named in Autry’s honor.