Archie Lynn Joscelyn papers, circa 1971  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Joscelyn, Archie, 1899-1986
Archie Lynn Joscelyn papers
circa 1971 (inclusive)
0.3 linear feet
Collection Number
Mss 419
This collection includes typed manuscripts of westerns by Archie Joscelyn titled The Coming of the Gunman , The Ranch at Power River, and Montana's Golden Gamble.
University of Montana, Mansfield Library, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library
University of Montana
32 Campus Dr. #9936
Missoula, MT
Telephone: 406-243-2053
Fax: 406-243-4067
Access Restrictions

Researchers must use collection in accordance with the policies of Archives and Special Collections, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, and The University of Montana-Missoula.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Archie Lynn Joscelyn was born on July 25, 1899, to Francis David and Ethel (Gardner) Joscelyn in Great Falls, Montana. He grew up on a cattle ranch just outside of Belt, Montana. His background in the West helped Joscelyn create the scene for many of his popular historical Westerns. Joscelyn began a freelance writing career in 1918, and by 1921, his story, “Trail of the East Wind,” appeared in the June issue of Overland Monthly. While attending Intermountain Union College in Helena, Montana, from 1921 to 1924, Joscelyn found part-time work as a reporter for the Montana Record-Herald and the Helena Independent. In 1926 he married Hazel Peterson; they had three children. Joscelyn later became president of the Montana Institute of the Arts. Over 100 of Joscelyn’s novels appear under the pseudonyms A. A. Archer, Al Cody, Tex Holt, Evelyn McKenna and Lynn Westland.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection includes typed manuscripts of Joscelyn’s books, The Coming of the Gunman, published in 1971, and The Ranch at Power River , which was published in 1972 under the pseudonym Al Cody. Also included are typed draft manuscripts of The Ranch at Powder River and Montana’s Golden Gamble, which was published in 1971.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. and any other applicable statutes. Copyright not transferred to the University of Montana.

Preferred Citation

[Name of document or photograph number], Archie Lynn Joscelyn Papers, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana-Missoula.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1/1 The Coming of the Gunman manuscript undated
1/2 Montana's Golden Gamble draft manuscript undated
1/3 The Ranch at Powder River draft manuscript undated
1/4 The Ranch at Powder River manuscript undated

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Geographical Names :
  • Montana--Fiction
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Western stories
  • Occupations :
  • Authors, American--Montana
  • Other Creators :