Zane Grey papers, 1923-1929  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Grey, Zane, 1872-1939
Zane Grey papers
1923-1929 (inclusive)
0.5 linear feet, (1 container)
Collection Number
Ax 462
The collection contains four original hand-written manuscripts by western author Zane Grey. It also contains three published stories. The stories in the collection are particular to the Rogue River in Oregon.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SCUA
1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Zane Grey was born Pearl Zane Grey on January 31, 1872 in Zanesville, Ohio to Lewis Grey and Alice Josephine (Zane) Grey. Growing up, he had the typical boyhood. He had a gang of friends, excelled in athletics, but was not interested in school work. Grey was a talented baseball player and was highly recruited by various colleges. Despite his dislike for academic life, he managed to earn a degree in dentistry from the University of Pennsylvania in 1896.

From 1898 to 1904 he lived in New York City and had an unsuccessful dentistry practice. It was unsuccessful primarily due to his lack of interest. At this time, he wrote his first book Betty Zane about his Ohio ancestors, which was rejected by numerous publishers and finally published by Grey himself. In 1904 he moved to Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania, where he met Lina Elise Roth. They were married in 1905. She was one of Grey's primary supporters of his efforts to become a professional writer.

In 1908, Grey accompanied Col. C.J. "Buffalo" Jones to the west. Grey was amazed by the stories of the colonel. As a result of the trip, he wrote The Last of the Plainsmen. From all the material he acquired during this trip, more novels were written. Grey was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing and hunting, and that outdoor life is portrayed in many of his books. He often enjoyed hunting along the Rogue River in Oregon. When he was not adventuring in the outdoors, he was writing at his home in Atlanta, Georgia.

Grey became famous for his western novels and literature. In his lifetime, he wrote well over sixty books as well as numerous short stories. His literature helped to create the idea of the Western as a literary genre. An acclaimed and highly-successful novelist, Grey died on October 23, 1939.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains four original hand-written manuscripts by western author Zane Grey. It also contains three published stories. The manuscripts are hand-written drafts for "Where Rolls the Rogue," "At the Mouth of the Klamath," "Down the Rogue," and "Deer Creek, Washington". The stories in the collection are particular to the Rogue River in Oregon. The published stories include "Tales of Freshwater Fishing," "Rogue River Feud," and "Shooting the Rogue," a story published in Country Gentleman.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Zane Grey Papers, Ax 462, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  ManuscriptsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
1 1
Where Rolls the Rogue
1 2
At the Mouth of the Klamath
1 3
Down the Rogue
1 4
Where Rolls the Rogue
1 5
Deer Creek, Washington

Series II:  Published WorksReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 6
Grey, Zane. Rogue River Feud. New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers
1 7
Grey, Zane. Tales of Fresh-Water Fishing. New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers
1 8
Grey, Zane. "Shooting the Rogue," The Country Gentleman. p. 36
May 1926

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Adventure and adventurers--United States
  • Novelists, American--20th century
  • Western stories--Authorship
  • Personal Names :
  • Grey, Zane, 1872-1939--Archives
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Manuscripts for publication
  • Western stories