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Doty-Dayton Productions records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2432

Scope and Contents

Contains production company records on financing, production, distribution, advertising, contracts, photographs, audio tapes, soundtracks, and reports. Motion pictures documented include Rivals, Where the Red Fern Grows, Seven Alone, Pony Express Rider, and Against a Crooked Sky. Includes 35 mm and 16 mm prints of produced films, as well as files on unproduced projects such as preliminary research and scripts. Also contains the personal papers of company founder Lyman Dayton.


  • 1956-1983


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 Doty-Dayton Productions records must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Administrative History

Doty-Dayton Productions (est. 1973) was a motion picture production company in California.

Doty-Dayton Productions was established by George Ellis Doty and Lyman Dayton in 1973, and was incorporated in 1974. The company focused on producing family-friendly content, including the films Where the Red Fern Grows, and Against a Crooked Sky. The company was dissolved in 1979.

Biographical History

Lyman Dayton was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, but lived mainly in Wyoming. He was a director, producer, and writer of films. He worked mainly on Country and Western films. He co-founded a production company, Doty-Dayton Productions, which produced such films as Where the Red Fern Grows, Baker's Hawk, and Against a Crooked Sky.


51 film cartridges

160 cartons (160 linear ft.)

6 boxes (3 linear ft.)

5 oversize boxes (9 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Other Finding Aids

Preliminary inventory available online.

Custodial History

These items were donated to Special Collections in 1976.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Lyman Dayton; 1976.


Arts and Communications.

Register of Doty-Dayton Productions records
In Progress
Garrett Schroath
2011 May 4
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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