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Finding Aid to the Jack Case Collection MSA.32
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Jack Case rodeo files and personal papers donated by Petra and Greg Martin, 91.210 Bulk, 1926-1939 1906-1939

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1.2 Linear feet

Scope and contents

The bulk of this collection of papers are dated from 1926-1939 and document Jack Case’s life as a performer in traveling rodeo shows. Materials related to the production of rodeo shows include an accident report, correspondence, employment agreements, expense records, invoices for supplies and a horse, payment contracts, receipts, and shipping agreements. Materials regarding the promotion of rodeo shows include bumper stickers, a newsletter, postcards, press kits, programs for the shows, stationery, and tickets. The tickets are for Bar-20 Ranch Rodeo Show, Bar-U Ranch Rodeo Show, the Jack Case Rodeo Show, Jack Case Rodeo Attractions, and the World’s Champion Steer and Broncho (sic) Riding Contests.
This collection contains a significant amount of correspondence and invoices between Jack Case and Buck Taylor, regarding both personal and rodeo-related subjects.
Personal papers of Jack Case include correspondence and photographs as well as the contents of a wallet, which include business cards collected by Jack Case, dues paid to the Orlando, Florida Loyal Order of Moose Lodge, a drawing, identity cards, notes, vehicle registrations, work badges, and a business card for Upland Riding Academy, listing J. W. Case as proprietor.

Acquisition

Donation from Petra and Greg Martin, 1991 November 18.

Other materials

This donation also includes a collection of performance memorabilia and 3-D objects housed in the Autry Museum. The memorabilia includes costumes, horse tack, and a Colt single action army model revolver which Buck Taylor gave to Jack Case as payment for his performance with Taylor’s Wild West Show.
 

Jack Case rodeo files and personal papers purchased by the Autry, IT96.245 Bulk, 1922-1935 1922-1992

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1.3 Linear feet (1 box)

Scope and contents

This series is mostly comprised of correspondence regarding Jack Case and his rodeos, often featuring his horse Rex. Other materials in the collection are bumper stickers, business cards, a catalog, legal documents, newspaper clippings, notebooks, photographs, promotional materials, receipts, stationery, and tickets to rodeos. The majority of the items are dated 1922-1935 and document Case’s rodeo shows and the production and travel expenses incurred. Some of Case’s rodeo shows were produced by the Family Welfare Agency, Disabled American Veterans of the World War, and the American Legion, and included locations such as Bayone, New Jersey; Bartow, Florida; Pensacola, Florida; and Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. His letterheads name home addresses in such places as Brown, Nebraska; Boise, Idaho; and Hollywood, California.
This collection contains business, legal, and personal correspondence, including exchanges with Myron “Buck” Baker, known for doing automobile tricks with Ringling Brothers Circus. Betty Case's name appears on the Jack Case Rodeo Attractions letterhead as Assistant Manager, and she is in an undated photograph performing a trick on horseback.
A letter of response from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame to Bill Lentz, dated 1992, informs him that they do not have any information on Jack Case.

Acquisition

Purchase by the Autry Museum of Western Heritage, 1996 June 16.