Allan Vaughan Elston papers, circa 1916-1961

Finding aid prepared by Brooke Whiting, 1962; reprocessed by Nami Hatfield with assistance from Kelly Besser, 2015; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé.
UCLA Library Special Collections
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Title: Allan Vaughan Elston papers
Collection number: 786
Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 7.0 linear ft. (14 document boxes)
Date: ca. 1916-1961
Abstract: Allan Vaughan Elston (1887-1976) was a free-lance writer of western fiction and mystery stories. His publications include Come Out and Fight! (1941), Long Lope to Lander (1954) and Saddle Up for Steamboat (1973). The collection consists of research notebooks, typescripts, novels, magazines containing short stories, and stories clipped from magazines, all by Elston.
Language of Materials: The bulk of the materials are in English. Additionally, there is a copy of Grass and Gold and The Sheriff of San Miguel in Dutch and a copy of Saddle Up for Sunlight in German. There are also two volumes of The All Story Braille Magazine.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Creator: Elston, Allan Vaughan, 1887-1976

Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Allan Vaughan Elston Papers (Collection 786). Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4232979 

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of Allan Vaughan Elston, May 1961.

Processing Information

Processed by Brooke Whiting in November 1962. Reprocessed by Nami Hatfield with assistance from Kelly Besser in 2015.
Initial description in 1962 derived from in-house card file.


Allan Vaughan Elston was born on July 28, 1887 in Kansas City, Missouri. Elston studied engineering at the University of Missouri where he earned a civil engineering Bachelor of Science degree in 1909. After college he worked as a transitman for railroads in the West and Midwest, a resident engineer, a cattle rancher and a consulting engineer. He began work as a free-lance writer of western fiction and mystery stories in 1924. He became well known for his western novels and was a member of the Western Writers of America. Elston's publications include Come Out and Fight! (1941), Roundup on the Picketwire (1952), Long Lope to Lander (1954), Showdown (1956), and Saddle Up for Steamboat (1973). He passed away on October 21, 1976 in Santa Ana, California.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of research notebooks, typescripts, novels, magazines containing short stories, and stories clipped from magazines, all by Elston.

Organization and Arrangement

This collection has been arranged in the following series:
  • Series 1: Research Notebooks
  • Series 2: Typescripts of Novels
  • Series 3: Typescripts of Short Stories
  • Series 4: Publications

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Elston, Allan Vaughan, 1887-1976--Archives.
Authors, American--20th century--Archives.
Manuscripts for publication.
Western stories.

Container List


Research Notebooks.

Scope and Content

This series contains research notebooks created by Allan Vaughan Elston at various county seat towns in Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota and Idaho. Elston primarily copied these notes from the files of the weekly newspapers published in these towns between 1875-1889. These notes assisted Elston with the creation of the backgrounds and to a lesser extent, the plots of his western novels. This series also includes a cover mock-up for the novel Forbidden Valley.
Box 1, Folder 1

Last Stage to Aspen research notes.

Box 1, Folder 2

Wyoming Manhunt research notes.

Box 1, Folder 3

Rawlins, WYO research notes.

Box 1, Folder 4

Buffalo #1 research notes.

Box 1, Folder 5

Buffalo #2 research notes.

Box 1, Folders 6-7

Rio Grande Deadline research notes.

Box 1, Folders 8-9

The Landseekers research notes.

Box 1, Folders 10-12

The Wyoming Bubble research notes.

Box 1, Folders 13-15

Forbidden Valley research notes.

Box 1, Folders 16-18

Roundup on the Yellowstone research notes.

Box 1, Folder 19

Grand Mesa research notes.

Box 1, Folder 20

Gun Law at Laramie research notes.

Box 1, Folders 21-23

Montana Masquerade research notes.

Box 1, Folders 24-25

Treasure Coach from Deadwood research notes.

Box 1, Folder 26

Sagebrush Serenade research notes.

Box 1, Folder 27

Grass and Gold research notes.

Box 1, Folder 28

Saddle Up for Sunlight research notes.

Box 1, Folders 29-30

Wagon Wheel Gap research notes.

Box 1, Folder 31

Timberland Bonanza research notes.

Box 1, Folders 32-33

Long Lope to Lander research notes.

Box 1, Folder 34

Forbidden Valley cover mock-up.


Typescripts of Novels.

Language of Material: English

Scope and Content

This series contains typescripts of novels for publishing as hardcover and paperback editions. In each case, Lippincott used the original copy for printing purposes and then sent it to the Historical Division of the University of Wyoming Library archives.
Box 2, Folder 1

Last Stage to Aspen typescript.

Box 2, Folder 2

"Railroad Yarn" continuity typescript. 1936 October 31.

Box 2, Folder 3-4

The Incredible Stokes typescript.

Box 3, Folder 1

Rio Grande Deadline typescript.

Box 3, Folder 2

The Wyoming Bubble typescript.

Box 3, Folder 3

The River of No Return typescript.

Box 3, Folder 4

Wyoming Manhunt typescript.

Box 3, Folder 5

Long Lope to Lander typescript.

Box 3, Folder 6

Gun Law at Laramie typescript.

Box 4, Folder 1

Santa Fe typescript.

Box 4, Folder 2

Hit the Saddle typescript.

Box 4, Folder 3

Forbidden Valley typescript.

Box 4, Folder 4

Montana Masquerade typescript.

Box 4, Folder 5

The Sheriff of San Miguel typescript.

Box 5, Folder 1

Grand Mesa typescript.

Box 5, Folder 2

Roundup on the Yellowstone typescript.

Box 5, Folder 3

Wagon Wheel Gap typescript.

Box 5, Folder 4

Treasure Coach from Deadwood typescript.

Box 5, Folder 5

Timberline Bonanza typescript.

Box 5, Folder 6

Sagebrush Serenade typescript.

Box 6, Folder 1

Durango typescript.

Box 6, Folder 2

Roundup on the Picketwire typescript.

Box 6, Folder 3

Come Out and Fight! typescript.

Box 6, Folder 4

The Face in the Fire typescript.

Box 6, Folder 5

The Prophet of Death typescript.

Box 6, Folder 6

Passage Home typescript.

Box 6, Folder 7

Jury of One typescript.

Box 6, Folder 8

Death Due North typescript.


Typescripts of Short Stories.

Language of Material: English

Scope and Content

This series contains short story typescripts, some of which are annotated by Elston.
Boxes 7-9

Short story typescripts.



Scope and Content

This series contains novels, magazines, anthologies, and clippings.
Boxes 10-11, 14


Scope and Content

Box 10: Gun Law at Laramie, The Marked Men, Long Lope to Lander, Wyoming Manhunt, Timberline Bonanza, Murder by Mandate, Come Out and Fight! book jacket, Saddle Up for Sunlight, Grass and Gold, The Wyoming Bubble, Montana Masquerade, Last Stage to Aspen, Sagebrush Serenade, De Sheriff van San Miguel ( The Sheriff of San Miguel), and Earn As You Learn Writing which includes Elston's Candlemas.
Box 11: Stage Road to Denver, Deadline at Durango, Saddle Up for Sunlight, Grand Mesa, The Wyoming Bubble, Rio Grande Deadline, Last Stage to Aspen, Wagon Wheel Gap, Roundup on the Picketwire, Forbidden Valley, Gold Brick Range, The Sheriff of San Miguel, Beyond the Bitterroots, Hit the Saddle, Wyoming Manhunt, Montana Masquerade, Colorado Showdown, The Marked Men, Showdown, Long Lope to Lander, Stage Road to Denver, and Come Out and Fight!
Box 14: Gras en Goud( Grass and Gold) and Verschlungene Fahrten ( Saddle Up for Sunlight).
Boxes 12-14


Physical Description: Box 13 contains magazines with spine damage that are extremely brittle.

Scope and Content

This series contains magazines which published Elston's short stories and novelettes.
Box 12: This box includes two volumes of The All Story Braille Magazine, which published Elston's Candlemas and Retreat.
Box 14: This box includes one folder of clippings concerning Elston's work.
Box 14


Scope and Content

This subseries contains anthologies signed by Elston which include his mystery short stories by the following titles: The Mystery of Monsieur Pliny, Drawing Room B, and Blackmail.