Tag Archives: David Dortort

Writing for Bonanza: Seven Rules From 1968

Writer’s Digest cover, volume 48, number 12, December 1968. David Dortort Archives, Autry Library, Autry National Center; T2004-118-5
Writer’s Digest cover, volume 48, number 12, December 1968. David Dortort Archives, Autry Library, Autry National Center; T2004-118-5
Part of a Series: Exploring the David Dortort Archives At the beginning of each month, Project Archivist Mallory Furnier explores the donated papers of novelist, screenwriter, and producer David Dortort. Click here for other entries in the series. Although David Dortort created the television series Bonanza, it took the talents of multiple writers to bring the […]

Hunter’s Moon: 200 Sheep Required

Daily Production Report for television show Hunter's Moon, February 12, 1979, David Dortort Archives, Autry Library, Autry National Center; T2004-57-1
Daily Production Report for television show Hunter's Moon, February 12, 1979, David Dortort Archives, Autry Library, Autry National Center; T2004-57-1
Part of a Series: Exploring the David Dortort Archives At the beginning of each month, Project Archivist Mallory Furnier explores the donated papers of novelist, screenwriter, and producer David Dortort. Click here for other entries in the series. The Hunter’s Moon television show pilot premiered in 1979. This historical drama followed a massacre survivor’s quest for revenge […]

The Cowboys and TV Censorship in the Early 1970s

Promotional image for The Cowboys. David Dortort Archives, Autry Library, Autry National Center; T2004-118-4
Promotional image for The Cowboys. David Dortort Archives, Autry Library, Autry National Center; T2004-118-4
Part of a Series: Exploring the David Dortort Archives At the beginning of each month, Project Archivist Mallory Furnier explores the donated papers of novelist, screenwriter, and producer David Dortort. Click here for other entries in the series. The David Dortort Archives includes production documents for many of the television projects he worked on. These materials […]

American Communists and Lusty Men: David Dortort’s Early Screenwriting Work

Scrapbook page, David Dortort Archives, Autry Library, Autry National Center; T2006-88-7.
Scrapbook page, David Dortort Archives, Autry Library, Autry National Center; T2006-88-7.
Part of a Series: Exploring the David Dortort Archives At the beginning of each month, Project Archivist Mallory Furnier explores the donated papers of novelist, screenwriter, and producer David Dortort. Click here for other entries in the series. After David Dortort’s novels Burial of the Fruit and The Post of Honor were published, film studios came […]

From Brooklyn to the West: David Dortort’s Novels

Scrapbook page, David Dortort Archives, Autry Library, Autry National Center; T2006-88-7.
Scrapbook page, David Dortort Archives, Autry Library, Autry National Center; T2006-88-7.
Part of a Series: Exploring the David Dortort Archives At the beginning of each month, Project Archivist Mallory Furnier explores the donated papers of novelist, screenwriter, and producer David Dortort. Click here for other entries in the series. Although David Dortort’s most well-​known film and television work featured Western settings, he spent his earliest years growing up […]

Female on the Ponderosa?

Pages 6-7 of the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner TV Weekly, May 5-11, 1963, David Dortort Archives, Autry Library, Autry National Center; T2004-118-13.
Pages 6-7 of the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner TV Weekly, May 5-11, 1963, David Dortort Archives, Autry Library, Autry National Center; T2004-118-13.
Part of a Series: Exploring the David Dortort Archives At the beginning of each month, Project Archivist Mallory Furnier explores the donated papers of novelist, screenwriter, and producer David Dortort. Click here for other entries in the series. If you wished to live a long, healthy life on the fictional Ponderosa of Bonanza, it was probably a good idea […]

Finding Aids and Places

Cover for The High Chaparral pilot
Cover for The High Chaparral pilot script, May 25, 1966, David Dortort Archive, Autry Library, Autry National Center; T2003-198-9.
If you are a regular reader of the Libraries and Archives of the Autry blog, at some point you likely ran across a blog about David Dortort and his work on Bonanza, The High Chaparral, and other projects, or perhaps a blog about Roy Rogers and Dale Evans and their impact and work. The Rogers and Evans blog […]

Looking Back and Looking Forward: A 2012 Libraries and Archives Blog Review

Left: Cover from NBC press booklet for Bonanza's first season, David Dortort Collection, Autry Library, Autry National Center; T2004-118-13. Center: Sketches and swatches for Pee Wee King. Nudie’s Rodeo Tailors Archives, 1950-1994, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MSA.30; Box 35, Pee Wee King folder, undated. Right: An early image of Roy Rogers in his singing cowboy days.  Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Archive, Autry Library, Autry National Center; T2010-28.
Left: Cover from NBC press booklet for Bonanza's first season, David Dortort Collection, Autry Library, Autry National Center; T2004-118-13. Center: Sketches and swatches for Pee Wee King. Nudie’s Rodeo Tailors Archives, 1950-1994, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MSA.30; Box 35, Pee Wee King folder, undated. Right: An early image of Roy Rogers in his singing cowboy days. Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Archive, Autry Library, Autry National Center; T2010-28.
The Libraries and Archives of the Autry blog began in January 2010 as a way to share highlights from our research collections and related events. In 2012 the Libraries and Archives of the Autry blog debuted 64 new posts. Though most of our blog visitors hailed from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada, we […]

Who is David Dortort?

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Part of a Series: Exploring Highlights from the David Dortort Archives The Autry National Center’s Institute for the Study of the American West recently processed the donated papers of novelist, screenwriter, and producer David Dortort. This month Archivist Assistant Mallory Furnier concludes the Dortort blog series with a look back at previous posts and information on how to […]