Part of a Series: Exploring the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Archive The Autry Institute is currently processing the generously donated business archive of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. At the beginning of each month, the Autry Libraries blog will feature highlights from the collection in anticipation of the processing’s completion.
Roy Rogers and Dale Evans became famous through their work in radio and film, but they also spent much of their careers performing in front of live audiences. From the beginning of their stardom to the ends of their careers, they made dozens of appearances across the United States and abroad. After their TV series in the 1950s and 1960s ended, they spent the bulk of their time performing in public appearance tours at rodeos, state fairs, and other events. During this time they continued to make guest appearances on television and contribute their time to charity causes and other projects, but their role as public performers stands out.
The Rogers and Evans Archive contains a wealth of materials on this aspect of their careers, including related tickets, programs, flyers, advertisements, and other ephemera. Take a look at a selection of these items below and tell us, did you ever meet Roy Rogers or Dale Evans at one of their live performances or public appearances?
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MALLORY FURNIER is Special Projects Archivist at the Libraries and Archives of the Autry National Center. She also serves as reference archivist and research librarian for the Undisciplined Research Project. When not arranging, describing, and preserving remnants of the past she enjoys ruminating about early film fandom and censorship, consumerism, and genealogy.
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