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Lina Elise Grey papers, 1903-1953

Identifier: MSS 6081 Series 5

Scope and Contents

Contains materials relating personally to Lina Elise Grey including her elementary school license and professional certificate, her passport, a diary, and some newspaper clippings about Betty Zane. It also contains correspondence to her as a grandmother and aunt, correspondence with Bob Davis, Betty Zane Grey Grosso and Zane Grey, Charlie (Charles) Roth, Alvah James, Henrietta Stonestreet, Gus (George) Robinson, Mary Roth, Dorothy McNamara, Lillian Wilhelm Smith, Loren Grey, Margaret Ridge, Janey Dixon, Frances Grundy, Eva V. Alexander, Elma, Mrs. Fred Nagle, Jess Smith, Mrs. Lennox Mason, Minna Gilsow, Alvah James, Betty Wiborn, Mrs. Hiltrud McSpadden, Mrs. Phillips Carlin, and others. These materials date from 1903 to 1953.


  • 1903-1953


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical History

Lina Elise Grey (1883-1957) was the wife of Zane Grey.

Lina Elisa Roth was born in 1883 and came from a family of physicians. She was studying to be a school teacher when she met Zane Grey on a canoeing trip in 1900. On November 21, 1905, she Zane Grey were married. She and Zane had three children: Romer (1909-1976), Elizabeth (1912-2007), and Loren (1915-2007). Dolly was a great support to Zane in his early career and encouraged him to pursue a career in writing. She became his agent and managed his affairs, while also supporting him financially with her inheritance. She also acted as copy editor and proof-reader of Grey’s literary works. She died in 1957.


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