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Raymond E. White western collection

Identifier: SPEC-082

Scope and Contents

This collection includes notes, documents, newspaper clippings, photographs, realia, audio recordings, videos, etc. from Raymond E. White in Muncie, Indiana ranging from 1864 to 2013 regarding Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, and other B Western actors and actresses.


  • Creation: 1864-2013

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries, Muncie, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Archives and Special Collections.

Biographical Note

Raymond E. White was born October 11, 1933 in Luling, Texas. He received his undergraduate degree in education from Southwest Texas State College in 1955. Raymond went on to pursue his M.A. in United States history along with a minor in political science from the University of Texas in 1957. In 1965 he completed his Ph.D. in United States history. From 1967-1977 he worked at Ball State University, teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses in United States history.

In his research, Raymond White focused on the lives and careers of Roy Rogers, Dale Evans and B Western movie stars. B Westerns refer to low budget western motion pictures.


51.8 Cubic Feet (44 boxes, 1 map case drawer, 419 books, 1 VHS, 4 DVDs)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged in the following series and subseries:

Series 1: Roy Rogers and Dale Evans documents, 1864-2009

Subseries 1.1: Research documents, 1864-2009

Subseries 1.2: Legal documents, 1933-1957, 1999

Subseries 1.3: Media documents, 1913-2009

Series 2: B Western film documents, 1870-2010

Subseries 2.1: B Western actors and actresses documents, 1926-2010

Subseries 2.2: B Western research documents, 1970-2010

Series 3: Comic book publications, 1945-2000

Subseries 3.1: British Western Comic Annuals, ca. 1950s-1970s

Subseries 3.2: Non Western Comic books, 1964, 1985, 1990

Subseries 3.3: Turkish Comic books, undated

Subseries 3.4: Western Comic books, 1945-2000

Series 4: Comic book documents, 1944-2005

Series 5: Correspondence, 1987-2007

Series 6: East Central Indiana Western Film Club records, 1981-2012

Series 7: Western publications and clippings, 1934-2001

Series 8: Realia, 1943-2010

Subseries 8.1: Roy Rogers mini books, 1943-2001

Subseries 8.2: Western collector cards, 1992-1993, 2002

Subseries 8.3: Souvenir buttons, 1994-2010

Subseries 8.4: Collectors items, 1980-2009

Series 9: Ray White western collection oversized materials, 1937-2011

Series 10: Ray White western collection audio recordings, 1908-2013

Subseries 11.1: Audio cassettes, 1946-1991

Subseries 11.2: Compact discs, 1974-2013

Subseries 11.3: Records, 1908-1989

Series 11: Ray White western collection videos, 1991, 2001, 2009-2011

Subseries 12.1: Roy Rogers mini books, 1943-2001

Subseries 12.2: Western collector cards, 1992-1993, 2002

Series 12: Ray White western collection photographs, 1920-2013

Subseries 13.1: Western film club photographs, 1984-1985, 1992, 2000-2003

Subseries 13.2: Photo albums, 2000

Subseries 13.3: Photographs and negatives, 1980-2013

Subseries 13.4: Slides, undated

Subseries 13.5: Movie stills, 1920s-1982

Series 13: Ray White western collection books, 1979-2006

Subseries 14.1: Book notes and articles, 1979-2006

Subseries 14.2: Books

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation from Raymond E. White on 2012/05/10. Additions were received 2012/12/20, 2013/07/15, and 2014/12/31 by Raymond E. White.


Further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2012/06/12 by Robert Fucela. Reprocessed 2013/10/15 by Rebecca Marangelli. EAD finding aid created 2012/06/12 by Robert Fucela. EAD revised 2013/10/15 by Rebecca Marangelli. Addition processed 2015/08/04 by Cody Sprunger. EAD finding aid revised 2015/08/11 by Lindsey M. Vesperry.

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Alexander M. Bracken Library
2000 W. University Avenue
Muncie Indiana 47306 USA