William Penn Adair Rogers (1879-1935) was a Western entertainer, newspaper columnist and author. The collection consists of
4 microfilm reels of scrapbook material about Will Rogers, including clippings, photographs, correspondence, and Will Rogers
State Historic Park collection inventory.
William Penn Adair Rogers was born on November 4, 1879 near Oologah, Indian Territory, now Oklahoma; quit school and joined
a Wild West show in Argentina in 1902; in 1905 he performed at Keith's Union Square Theatre in New York; began to interject
witticisms between his lasso routines; in 1915 he played in the revues Hands up and Town topics, and featured in Ziegfeld's Midnight Frolic (1921) and several Ziegfeld Follies; began writing a newspaper column in 1926; appeared in motion pictures including A Connecticut Yankee (1931), State Fair (1933), and David Harum (1934); published books include The Cowboy Philosopher on Prohibition (1919), The Cowboy Philosopher on the Peace Conference (1919), What we Laugh at (1920), The Illiterate Digest (1924), Letters of a Self-Made Diplomat to his President (1927), and Will Rogers' Political Follies (1929); he died in a plane crash near Point Barrow, Alaska on August 15, 1935.
1 box (0.5 linear ft.)
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