Scope and contents
This series pertains to Autry’s involvement with show business in the forms of acting in movies and television, songwriting,
singing, radio production, rodeo, television production, motion picture production, and trademarking of his public persona
for use in advertising and endorsement of products. Records of the companies Gene Autry owned and operated in the field of
entertainment include Flying A Pictures, Placeritas Ranch, later known as Melody Ranch, and Golden West Broadcasters, which
owned and operated several radio and television stations, including Los Angeles television station KTLA.
These files include administrative records, legal documents, blueprints, contracts, financial records, advertising material,
press kits, broadsides, arcade cards, posters, business cards, invitations, maps, membership cards, memorabilia, records of
fan clubs, scrapbooks compiled by fans or by Gene Autry’s office, and publications. Publications include newspapers, magazines,
and booklets, scrapbooks, scripts, and sheet music.
While fan club newsletters and scrapbooks are included in this series, fan mail is in the Correspondence series.