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Robert Gene McDuffie collection on Zane Grey

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 9252

Content Description

Contains a collection of letters, photographs, negatives, and film stills related to Zane Grey. Many items relate to photographer Robert Gene McDuffie, and may have been collected by him over time. Correspondence includes professional letters to Zane Grey, personal letters from family, friends, and fans to Zane Grey, and letters between Robert Gene McDuffie and the Grey family. Photographs include Zane Grey and his home in Altadena, California taken by Robert Gene McDuffie, and at least one photo taken by Zane Grey of Rainbow Bridge, Utah. Film Stills include various scenes from several different productions and production studios that may have been taken by Robert Gene McDuffie. Items date from 1922-1961.


  • 1922-1961


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public reserch.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Robert Gene McDuffie collection on Zane Grey must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

Robert Gene McDuffie (1922-2004) was a veteran, journalist, writer, photographer, and biographical author of "Zane Grey: the Man and the Legend".

Robert Gene McDuffie was born on September 14, 1922 in Los Angeles, California, to parents Van Buren McDuffie and Carrie Belle Stone. McDuffie went on to work as a postal clerk before enlisting in the United States Army in 1942, where he served in World War II. He then went on to work as a secretary and ghost writer for Warner Bros. He is the author of a biography of Zane Grey titled "Zane Grey: the Man and the Legend". He passed away on September 20, 2004 in California.


5 folders (0.25 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by Joseph and Linda Sherwood in 2019. Joseph and Linda Sherwood are the owners of High Noon Americana, a Western art and artificats appraisal, consultation, and sales business in Los Angeles, California. They have no documentation as to how the collection came into their possession.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Joseph and Linda Sherwood; January 2019.


Prominent author (Arts and Communications Achives Collecting Policy, 2010).


Moved photograph of Lina Elise Roth from folder 1 to folder 2.

Processing Information

Processed; Chelsea McNeil, student manuscript processor, and Ryan K. Lee, curator; 2019.

Register of Robert Gene McDuffie collection on Zane Grey
Chelsea McNeil
2019 February 14
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
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