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Zane Grey Travel Journal and Ephemera

Identifier: RC2022-002

Scope and Contents

The Zane Grey Travel Journal and Ephemera contains a handwritten journal, dated January through March of 1909, by Zane Grey. Additionally, there are 8 photographs of travel attractions and scenery in Texas, including Judge Roy Bean's office in Langley, Texas and Mitre Peak outside Alpine, Texas. There is a typewritten manuscript for Grey's short story "The Seventh Wave," first published in the Izaak Walton League Monthly magazine in 1923. Finally, there are two issues of the Zane Grey Explorer periodical, published by the Zane Grey's West Society, that feature articles related to the materials in this collection.


  • Creation: 1909-2021, not dated


Conditions Governing Access

The Zane Grey Travel Journal and Ephemera has no restrictions and is available for research. If you are interested in researching the materials, please contact the Dickinson Research Center to make an appointment.

Conditions Governing Use

The Zane Grey Travel Journal and Ephemera is the property of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Materials, even if owned by the NCWHM, may be protected under third party copyright. It is the patron’s responsibility to research and secure any such additional copyright and pay any required fees or royalties. It is not the intention of the NCWHM to impede upon any third party rights, and the NCWHM cannot be held responsible if the patron is involved in legal action due to violation of third party copyright claims.

Biographical / Historical

Zane Grey was born January 31, 1872 as Pearl Zane Grey in Zanesville, Ohio. After attempts at careers in minor league baseball and dentistry, he pursued one of his true passions: writing. His novel The Spirit of the Border, published in 1905, was the first of many best-sellers. He is often credited with creating the literary genre of the western, which idealized and romanticized the American West. Grey wrote over 80 books, some of which were published after his death in 1939.

In addition to his writing, Grey was a prolific traveler. At first, his travels took him through the American continent, including Arizona, Oregon, Florida, and Mexico. Grey loved to fish, and his travels were often tied to those experiences, which he then wrote several stories about. Eventually, his travels took him further abroad to the South Pacific, New Zealand, and Australia.


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The Zane Grey Travel Journal and Ephemera contains materials related to western author Zane Grey's travels, along with an original typescript manuscript of The Seventh Wave. It also contains publications from Zane Grey's West Society and digital files of these physical objects.

Processing Information

The Zane Grey Travel Journal and Ephemera was donated to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in 2022 by the Zane Grey's West Society.

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Repository Details

Part of the NCWHM Special Collections at Dickinson Research Center Repository

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