Research files from David Lavender, used in writing
Fort Laramie and the Changing Frontier (Official National Park Handbook, 1983). Mainly photocopies and typed notes of correspondence, diaries, reports and other
documents from the latter 19th century.
David Lavender, teacher, cowboy, and historian of the West, was born in Telluride, Colorado on Feb. 4, 1910. He attending
Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania, graduated from Princeton University in 1931, and briefly attended Stanford Law School.
His grandfather was chief justice of Colorado and his stepfather ranched and ran a stagecoach line. After his stepfather died
during the Depression, he took over the family ranch and, when it failed, worked in a gold mine for a while. He moved to Denver,
became a copywriter for an advertising agency, and later moved to California, where he became a screenwriter, providing plots
for Westerns, and writing stories for Western pulp magazines, juvenile publications such as Boys' Life, and the Saturday Evening Post.
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