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Finding aid of the Edward Finney / Tex Ritter Papers 93.237
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  • Biographical note
  • Access
  • Biographical note
  • Acquisition
  • Processing history
  • Use
  • Scope and contents
  • Preferred citation

  • Title: Edward Finney / Tex Ritter Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: 93.237
    Contributing Institution: Autry National Center, Autry Library
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 3.5 Linear feet 4 boxes
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1938-1939
    Date (inclusive): 1938-1939
    Abstract: The collection is primarilty publicity files of Ed Finney, mostly regarding Tex Ritter. Primarily covers the early part (1938-39) of Ritter's career with Monogram and Grand National. Some material dates through the 1940's and also covers other actors Finney was handling.
    creator: Finney, Edward F.

    Biographical note

    Edward Finney was a talent scout and producer for Grand National Studios, when he "discovered" Tex Ritter and signed him to a contract in 1936. Grand National Studios produced "B" Westerns. Between 1936 and 1938, when the studio folded, Ritter and Finney made 12 features together. They both then moved to Monogram in 1938. In 1941, Ritter signed on with Columbia studios. By the time he left Monogram's employ, he and Finney had made a total of 32 B Western movies together.

    Access

    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.

    Biographical note

    Tex Ritter was born Woodward Maurice Ritter on January 12, 1905. He was an American country music singer and motion picture actor popular from mid 1930s into the 1960s. Ritter first appeared on radio, hosting and appearing in such western shows as "The Lone Star Rangers" and "Cowboy Tom's Roundup." In 1936, Ritter moved to Los Angeles. His motion picture debut was in "Song Of The Gringo" (1936) for Grand National Pictures. Ritter later made "singing cowboy" movies for Universal Pictures and Producers Releasing Corporation. January 2, 1974, Ritter passed away in Nashville, Tenn. (Source: Wikipedia)

    Acquisition

    Purchased from Suzanne Licht (Edward Finney's daughter)

    Processing history

    Processed by Library and Archives staff and Jeanette Berard, March 2000.

    Use

    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.

    Scope and contents

    Publicity files of Ed Finney, mostly regarding Tex Ritter. Primarily covers the early part (1938-39) of Ritter's career with Monogram and Grand National. Some material dates through the 1940's and also covers other actors Finney was handling. There are some materials on Tex Ritter and the Northwesterners. The bulk of the material is press clippings, exploitation material, still photos, and movie documentation. There are two boxes of files, some loose photographs in a binder, and some additional materials.

    Preferred citation

    Edward Finney / Tex Ritter Papers, 1938-1939, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; 93.237; [folder number] [folder title][date].

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Grand National Pictures.
    Monogram Pictures Corporation.
    Northwesterners (Musical group).
    Ritter, Tex
    Brochures
    Catalogs
    Correspondence
    Film stills
    Man from Texas (Motion picture : 1939) Motion picture actors and actresses
    Photographs
    Pioneers (Motion picture : 1941)
    Posters
    Programs
    Rhythm of the Rio Grande (Motion picture : 1940) Ridin' the Cherokee Trail (Motion picture : 1941) Roll Wagons Roll (Motion picture : 1940) Rollin' Westward (Motion picture : 1939)
    Scores
    Scripts
    Sheet music
    Sing Cowboy Sing (Motion picture : 1937) Song of the Buckaroo (Motion picture : 1938) Song of the Gringo (Motion picture : 1936) Tex Rides with the Boy Scouts (Motion picture : 1937) Trouble in Texas (Motion picture : 1937) Utah Trail (Motion picture : 1938)