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Finding Aid to the Nudie’s Rodeo Tailors Archives MSA.30
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Box 1-5

Billing, 1950-1991

Scope and contents

These are the ledger book pages for individual and group customers, including contact information, purchase order details, and financial records. Some files also include correspondence and notes interfiled with the ledger sheets. Similar records can be found in Series 4: Customer Accounts.
Box 6-14, 64

Boot patterns and boot records, 1950-1985

Scope and contents

This series includes patterns for boot embellishments as well as traced outlines of the feet of customers. Some of the foot outlines are accompanied by the signatures of the customers. Customers include Gene Autry, Jackson Brown, Glen Campbell, Linda Carter, Cher, Bob Dylan, Clint Eastwood, Jerry Garcia, Billy Gibbons, Merle Haggard, Chris Hillman, Dolly Parton, Robert Redford, Ed Schafer, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Doc Severson, and Hank Williams, Jr.
Box 15-17

Clippings and correspondence, 1954-1979

Scope and contents

This series includes clippings on Nudie, his suits, his cars, his clients, and his parade appearances, photographs, and obituaries. Correspondence includes greeting cards, letters, and telegrams from friends and clients.

Arrangement

Items in this series are alphabetized by event, name of correspondent, name of format, name of publication, or topic.
Box 18-20

Customer accounts, 1955-1985

Scope and contents

These are the ledger book pages for customers, including contact information, purchase order details, and financial records. These files sometimes also include correspondence and notes interfiled with the ledger sheets. The majority of the files are movie studio accounts. Similar records can be found in Series 1: Billing. Studio accounts in Series 4 include CBS, Columbia Pictures Corporation, Disneyland/Walt Disney Prod., KTLA TV, MGM, NBC, Paramount Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Universal Studios, Viacom, Warner Brothers, and Western Costume.

Arrangement

The Customer Accounts series is divided into two sections: Studios and Other.
Box 21-22

Customer address and measurement cards, circa 1955-1979

Box 23-51

Customer clothing files - Individuals, 1952-1993

Scope and contents

This series includes files for individual customers, some of whom were sent by movie studios for costuming. Materials in these files may include contact information, correspondence, ephemera, intake forms, measurements, photographs, sketches, and swatches. Some of the clients are Gene Autry, Cher and Sonny Bono, David Byrne, James Caan, Johnny Cash, Dick Clark, James Coburn, Tony Curtis, Cutter Bill, John Denver, Bob Dylan, Clint Eastwood, Chris Ethridge, Jerry Garcia, Elliot Gould, Merv Griffin, Gene Hackman, George Harrison, Chris Hillman, David Hockney, Mick Jagger, Janis Joplin, Pee Wee King, Louis L’Amour, K. D. Lang, Lash LaRue, Cloris Leachman, John Lennon, Gordon Lightfoot, Audie Murphy, Mike Nesmith, Harry Nilsson, Nick Nolte, Phil Ochs, Graham Parsons, Dolly Parton, Bill Paxton, Slim Pickens, Elvis Presley, and Robert Redford.
Box 52-56

Customer clothing files - Groups, 1953-1992

Historical note

This series includes a file of autographs Nudie collected for a plaque he made to present to the Grand Ole Opry from stars in Hollywood. Nudie presented the plaque as a gesture from West Coast Country and Western music stars and Western film stars to the Grand Ole Opry. The presentation was made during the short-lived Grand Ole Opry television series that was sponsored by Purina in September 1956.

Scope and contents

This series includes files where clothing was ordered for a group rather than an individual. Materials in these files may include contact information, correspondence, ephemera, intake forms, measurements, photographs, sketches, and swatches. Some of the intake forms and invoices have the heading “Nudie’s Palace Barn Western Shop.” This series includes a file of autographs Nudie collected for the plaque he made to present to the Grand Ole Opry in 1956. Group customer files include parade participants such as Shriner and Sherriff mounted patrols and posses, parade bands, and Western bands like Porter Wagoner and Hank Williams, Jr.
Box 57-58

Photographs, 1950-1975

Scope and contents

The photographs in this series depict Nudie Cohn, Bobbie Cohn, the staff of Nudie’s Rodeo Tailors and Western Equipment, the store interior, and men’s and women’s clothing and parade outfits. Other people featured in these photographs include Rex Allen, Gene Autry, Johnnie Bias Arizona, "Lex" Blythe, Sterling Blythe, Don Churchill, The Collins Family, Doreen Dare, Curley Gold, Dixie Grady, Chuck Hansen, Mike Harris and the Charmettes, Bill "Buckskin" Hale, Roy Hogsid Family, Sherry Lee, Piper Lori, Butch Miller, Gene Palmer, Roy Rogers, Wes Schorr, Sagebrush Shorty, the Sneed Family, John Sonney, Barbara Walz, Dick Wells, Curly Wiggins, and Tex Williams.
Box 59-63

Publications, 1950-1994

Arrangement

Box 59 Inside the Astrodome Axton, Hoyt. Telephone Messages. 1974 Axton, Hoyt. Book of drawings, dated and inscribed to Nudie and Bobbie, 1981. Advertisement-Letter from Nudie's Advertisement-The Apple Valley Story Annual-"Big John" Hamilton Enterprises Annual Report Business Cards Calendar-Hank Thompson Photo Calendar Catalog-Edward H. Bohlin 1 of 2 Catalog-Edward H. Bohlin 2 of 2 Comics-Wrangler Rodeo Series Book 16 Comics-Rocky Lane Western Magazine-California Country, Jan. 1968 Magazine-Country Music, Dec. 1976 Magazine-Country Music, Nov. 1976 Magazine-Country Music, Aug. 1976 Magazine-Country Music, July 1976 Magazine-Country Music Life, Nov. 1965 Magazine-Country Music Report, Dec. 1963 Magazine-Country Music Report, Nov. 1963 Magazine-Country Music Report, Oct. 1963 Magazine-Country Music Report, Aug. 1963 Magazine-Country Music Review Yearbook, 1965
Box 60 Magazine-Country Music Review, 1965 Magazine-Country Music Review, Sept. 1965 Magazine-Country Music Review, June 1965 Magazine-Country Music Review, Apr. 1965 Magazine-Country Music Review, Nov.-Dec. 1964 Magazine-Country Music Review, Sept.-Oct. 1964 Magazine-Country Music Review, May 1964 Magazine-Country Music Review, Mar.-Apr. 1964 Magazine-Country Music Review, Jan. 1964 Magazine-Country Music Scrapbook Magazine-Country Music Stars Magazine-Country Song Roundup Magazine-Country & Western Scrapbook Magazine-Elvis in the Army Magazine-Billy Gray Magazine-The Gun Barrel, Sept.-Oct. 1955 Magazine-KERO- TV 10th Anniversary Picture Album
Box 61 Magazine-Jerry Lee Lewis Magazine-Johnny Meeks Magazine-Rodeo Sports News 1964 Magazine-The Hank Snow 25th Aniv. Album Magazine-Sound Format July 1966 Magazine-Successful Western Merchandising-Vol. I 1970 Magazine-Weno Country Oct. 1968 Magazine-Western Horseman May 1967 Magazine-Western Horseman April 1967 Magazine-Tex Williams' Western Life July 1950 Magazine-Tex Williams' Western Life March 1950 Magazine-Tex Williams' Western Life Feb. 1950 Magazine-Tex Williams' Western Life Jan. 1950 Magazine-Tex Williams' Western Life-Preview Issue Magazine-Western Outfitter Apr. 1979 Magazine-Western Outfitter/American Hat Co. Magazine-Faron Young-Grand Ole Opry
Box 62 Program-Academy of Country Music May 3, 1994 Program-Academy of Country Music April 25, 1990 Program-Academy of Country Music March 25, 1974 Program-Academy of Country & Western Music Mar. 13, 1972 Program-Academy of Country & Western Music Mar. 22, 1971 Program-Academy of Country & Western Music Apr. 13, 1970 News-Academy of Country & Western Music June 1969 Program-Academy of Country & Western Music Apr. 28, 1969 Program-Country & Western Spectacular 1963 Program-Golden Boot Awards Program-Motion Picture Costumers 1967 Program-Motion Picture Costumers 1966 Program-Motion Picture Costumers 1965 Program-Motion Picture Costumers 1964
Box 63 Program-Motion Picture Costumers 1963 Program-Motion Picture Costumers 1961 Awards Program-Motion Picture Costumers 1960 Program-Motion Picture Costumers 1959 Program-Motion Picture Costumers 1958 Program-National Finals Rodeo-L.A. 1963 Program-National Finals Rodeo-L.A. 1962 Program-Rose Bowl Rodeo 1965 Program-Bob Steele (The Masquers honor-) Program/Tickets-WSM Grand Ole Opry's 39th Birthday Celebration Quarterly-JEMF Quarterly Winter 1983 Quarterly-JEMF Quarterly Autumn 1983

Scope and contents

This series includes advertisements, annual reports for other companies, business cards, a Hank Thompson Photo Calendar, Edward H. Bolin catalogs, comics, magazines, quarterlies, and programs. Publications include comics, Country Music magazines, JEMF Quarterly, Tex Williams' Western Life, and Western Outfitter. Programs from award ceremonies are from the Academy of Country Music, Golden Boot Awards, Motion Picture Costumers, National Finals Rodeo-L.A., and others.