Autry center acquires Roy Rogers, Dale Evans archive

Roy Rogers and Dale Evans at the Academy Awards in 1989.
Roy Rogers and Dale Evans at the Academy Awards in 1989.
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The Autry National Center announced today it has acquired the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Archive, containing materials and memorabilia from the duo's more than 50-year entertainment career.

"The Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Archive is an important addition to the Autry National Center's significant collection of film and television performers and creators archives,'' said Marva R. Felchlin, director of the Autry Library. "Preserving and making these archives accessible to the research commjnity and the public is a top priority for the Autry Library staff.''

The collection includes newspaper clippings, programs from the Rose Parade and the "Roy Rogers Show,'' sheet music, promotional materials, licensed objects such as puzzles and coloring books, photographs and business files.

Center officials said the items will categorize the materials and organize them into a guide. Selected items will be digitally photographed. Once the archive has been processed, key items will be exhibited in the museum's Imagination Gallery.

The museum already has some items relating to Rogers and Evans on display, including a one-of-a-kind plastic saddle Rogers wore aboard his horse Trigger as grand marshal of the 1952 Tournament of Roses Parade.