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Zane Grey literary manuscript for The Water Hole

 Collection — oversize: 1
Identifier: MSS 7717

Scope and Contents

Collection contains original holograph and annotated manuscript for Zane Grey's novel The Water Hole from 1927. It is signed and titled by Zane Grey in ink at the top of the first leaf, with numerous holograph ink inscriptions and changes to the text. The numerous ink corrections to the typescript average about ten per page, and while most are altering proper names, there are also insertions, deletions and changes of other words, and in a few instances whole sentences are added. The typescript is accompanied by an 8 X 10” photo of Loren Grey fishing beside a river, holding a freshly caught fish with an inked notation on the reverse. Complete manuscripts of Grey are scarce. Another typed version of this story resides at the Ohio Historical Society.

Grey turned “The Water Hole” into a serial publication (Collier's, 1927) and published in novel form. It was then made into a movie the following year (a silent film, directed by R. Richard Jons) and released in the United States on August 25, 1928. In 1954 the novel was published in book form, with the title changed to “Lost Pueblo.” It was reprinted again in 1965. The summary of the novel is given in BYU Scholar Search: “Rich easterner Janey Endicott comes to Arizona with her father, where she is bored until she meets archeologist Phillip Randolph, who is investigating ancient Indian pueblos in the midst of the West's wild culture.”


  • approximately 1927


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for public access.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Zane Grey literary manuscript for The Water Hole must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical history

Zane Grey (1872-1939) was an American author who produced many well-known Westerns.

Zane Grey was born on January 31, 1872, in Zanesville, Ohio, as Pearl Zane Grey. Born to Lewis M. Gray and Josephine Alice Zane Gray, Zane was the fourth of five children. Zane originally followed his father's career pathway as a dentist, but ultimately pursued his lifelong passion of writing and became a well-known author for the remainder of his life. Many of Grey's Western novels were produced into movie productions. On November 21, 1905, Zane married Lina “Dolly” Elise Roth in New York, New York. Together they had three children: Romer Zane, Betty, and Loren. October 23, 1939, in Altadena, California, Zane passed away at age 65.


1 oversize box (0.8 linear ft.) : 319 pages, 8 ½ x 11 inches.


Literary manuscript left in original order.

Custodial History

Purchased through Michael Laird Rare Books LLC in January 2011.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; Michael Laird Rare Books LLC; January 2011.


Literary Manuscripts.

Original literary manuscript of Zane Grey's, The Water Hole.

Processing Information

Processed; Courtney B. Dickson, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2011.

Register of the Zane Grey literary manuscript for The Water Hole
Courtney Dixon
2011 June 13
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States