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Dan Flynn "Gunsmoke" Collection

Identifier: 1987-009

Scope and Contents

The collection contains "Gunsmoke" scripts, photographs and slides of "Gunsmoke" characters and location shooting from Dan Flynn’s association with Jack Miller, writer and executive story consultant between 1965-1975. The collection also contains audio interviews, three "Bonanza" scripts, and advertisements for "Gunsmoke" episodes and the "Dirty Sally" series.


  • Creation: 1967 - 1979


Conditions Governing Access

The Dan Flynn "Gunsmoke" Collection 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 Dan Flynn "Gunsmoke" Collection 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

Dan Flynn acted in two "Gunsmoke" episodes, ‘Lijah (1971) and No Tomorrow(1973) and became Jack Miller’s assistant. The collection contains materials related to Miller. Miller wrote 12 scripts for the "Gunsmoke" television series between 1965-1975 and was the executive story consultant from 1971-1975.


2.08 Linear Feet (5 legal boxes)

Language of Materials



The Dan Flynn "Gunsmoke" Collection contains "Gunsmoke" scripts written by executive story consultant Jack Miller, "Gunsmoke" publicity materials, photographs and slides. Three "Bonanza" scripts written by Miller are also included.


Series 1: Television Scripts (1967-1979) This series includes 14 Gunsmoke scripts, three Bonanza scripts, one Dirty Sally script and a John Wayne biographical film script.

Series 2: Published Materials (1971-1974) Includes clippings and marketing materials for Gunsmoke and Dirty Sally.

Series 3: Photographs (ca. 1970s) Contains publicity photographs of Gunsmoke scenes and characters. There is also one photograph of Jack Miller and 22 Polaroid photographs of John Wayne’s home.

Series 4: Sheet Music (ca. 1970s) Includes sheet music from Gunsmoke’s Dirty Sally episode.

Series 5: Audio Recordings (1971-1979) Contains 11 audiocassettes of interviews conducted with named individuals including John Wayne’s son Michael. A recording of a song in Norwegian about the Gunsmoke character Festus inscribed by Ken Curtis is also included.

Series 6: Slides (1971-1974) Contains images of Gunsmoke location shooting for an unknown episode and some of Flynn’s vacation photographs.

Processing Information

The Dan Flynn "Gunsmoke" Collection was donated/purchased to/by the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in 1987 by Dan Flynn.

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Repository Details

Part of the NCWHM Special Collections at Dickinson Research Center Repository

1700 Northeast 63rd Street
Oklahoma City Oklahoma 73111 United States