Date Published: 1927 to 1953
Binding: No binding & hard cover
The complete collection consist of 41 items dating form 1927 to 1953, specifically Rogers collection has 22 B&W photographs and the
Croy collection has 19 items; 9 Typed Letters Signed (TLS), 1 notes signed and 1 unsigned, 3 envelopes, 2 signed books and 3 B&w photos.
Will Rogers collection:
Will Rogers was a widely popular American actor, cowboy, social commentator, newspaper columnist, and humorist of the vaudeville stage and of silent and sound films. With his rural twang, he delivered his homespun philosophy on behalf of Everyman. The appeal and weight of his words carried such weight with the average citizen that he was even nominated for governor of Oklahoma (which he declined).
Will Rogers collection content;
• 22 b&w photos.
All photos 8 × 10 inches, Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Lifelike statue and photo postcards
- (1) “Will Rogers Kayoed by Home Cooking”, 16 June 1927, greeted by his wife and two children at Los Angeles, signed by Rogers and dated 21 June 1927.
- (2) Rogers wearing glasses, seated at a desk, looking at a piece of paper, his signature at the bottom of the photo, “407-13”, n.d. - (3) Will Rogers appearing in Fox Pictures, standing in front of microphones with ten other people , “WR-14”, n.d.
- (4) Rogers holding a rope and wearing leather cowboy pants with the director Rob Wagner, “HAP-S-1253”, n.d.
- (5) colorized photo of Rogers smiling, signature in facsimile, “Made in U.S.A”, n.d.
- (6) Rogers standing, wearing glasses, bow tie, and a hat, n.d.
- (7) Rogers wearing a suit and seated, small piece missing at top left but not on the image, n.d.
- (8) Rogers twirling a lasso, small piece missing at top left but not on the image, “21”, n.d.
- (9) Will Rogers appearing in Fox Pictures, Rogers in a suit and tie smiling, “Kahale 30”, small tear on bottom left but not affecting the image, n.d.
- (10) Will Rogers appearing in Fox Pictures, Rogers looking serious in a suit and tie, “Kahale 21”, n.d.
- (11) Rogers standing, wearing glasses and bow tieg, 1937, Paramount Pictures.
- (12) Rogers seated, in suit and tie, spectacles, reading a script, between scenes on “Mr. Skitch”, “All I know is what I read in the papers”, property of Mrs. Will Rogers, n.d.
- (13) Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Rogers playing chess, four other actors in 19th-century dress, Brown Brothers, NY, 6 × 8 inches, n.d.
- (14) Will Rogers appearing in Fox Pictures, Rogers (lifting his hat) and his wife, “WR-12”, n.d.
- (15) Will Rogers starring in So This Is London, a Fox Movietone Production, Rogers seated holding a shotgun, n.d.
- (16) Rogers in cowboy outfit lying down on a wooden platform, n.d.
- (17) Claremore Will Rogers Memorial statue (by Joe Davidson), looking at the statue is Hayes Gilstrap, son of Col. Lee F. Gilstrap, Athletic Director at the Oklahoma Military Academy, n.d.
- (18) Claremore Will Rogers Memorial statue (by Joe Davidson), cast in Paris, to be shipped to the USA, 7 October 1938.
- (19) Lifelike statue of beloved American, bronze statue of Rogers in a cowboy outfit on a pedestal with the sculptor (Jack Pierce), 6 × 8 inches, serviced by International, 30 November 1937.
- (20) Photo postcard of Rogers and a woman standing on the verandah of a house, the birth place of Calvin Coolidge.
- (21) large photo of smiling Rogers, 15 × 11 inches, “yours for fun -- | Will Rogers” (in facsimile), 2 tears.
- (22) photo postcard from the Will Rogers Memorial, 9 June 1952
Homer Croy collection:
Homer Croy was an American author and occasional screenwriter who wrote fiction and non-fiction books about life in the Midwestern United States. He wrote several popular biographies, including humorist Will Rogers. Croy's most famous work was the novel They Had to See Paris (1926), about a rural couple from Missouri on a European trip. The book was filmed in 1929 as the first talking picture to star Will Rogers.
Homer Croy collection content:
22 items: 9 Typed Letters Signed (TLS), 1 note signed and 1 note unsigned, 3 envelopes, 2 signed books and 3 B&w photos (various signatures "H.C.", "Croy", "H. Croy" and "Homer Croy")
9 Typed Letters Signed (TLS), 1 note signed and 1 note unsigned, 3 envelopes;
- TLS to New York politician Seymour Halpern, Tuesday, “I liked your letter because it seemed so sincere. It was simple and was a real expression of a person's feelings..." He mentions that his book Coney Island will be coming out in September  and that Halpern will be able to get it at the library a bit later. He goes on: "I would rather not make an engagement just now, as I am at work on my new book. In the fall would be a better time for me.”
- TLS addressed Dear Secretary, “April 20th, I think”, doesn’t prefer any of them, prefers one numbered 17677 - B.
TLS are various sizes (two on orange personal printed letterhead, the rest written on the versos of unrelated business correspondence addressed to Croy, and one on the verso of an unidentified sepia-toned stage photograph [folded several times and with some chipping and edgewear, etc.]), no dates, with three original envelopes (torn open, some soiling and wear). To journalist, Henry A. Phillips, hoping to arrange to meet, and touching on family, literary and other unidentified matters: "Here is some picture dope. All must come back when you have extracted its editorial honey. I'm on Tuesday afternoon with Martha Dean. . . . Hobby Lobby, A B C, at 7:15; later re-broadcast over W O R. . . . Tell Margaret Sheppard not to give another thought to the train that never was. . . ."; ". . . We have had streams of company for the last three weeks. . . . till it looked like the Visigoths overpouring the Alps. Wife is poorly. The magazine market is the worst in ten years. Writing gentlemen are beginning to look on sandwich board men with a greenish glare. . . ."; "What became of that review that Jerome Hart was to do for his magazine? My clipping bureau has failed to bring it in. I am now knee deep in my new novel. We have a New Car and are at home only one enough to eat and feed the gold fish."; and "Uncle Dale set this female on me; I had a letter from her this morning asking if I would lecture; but I wrote on the bottom of it No, and sent it back to her. Now it occurs to me you might want to spellbind. You once went to Virginia, and came back with a story as good, I wager, as the lecture. I have used the back of it for a story, but maybe you can overlook that. Croy, the Terror of the Bad Lands." Also included is an unsigned typed note playfully announcing the birth of “The heir to the Croy millions”, born that morning (“The father is doing well and is already wondering how he is going to pay for him...”).
2 Signed Books;
• Our Will Rogers (New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce; Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1953), signed copy, red cloth in jacket (small piece missing on spine panel). Croy has also written “a good man” on the jacket’s back panel.
• They Had To See Paris (New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1926), photoplay edition, camel brown cloth, 8th printing, illustrations from the William Fox talking movie starring Will Rogers, tan cloth boards, original dust jacket with a depiction of Rogers and the Eiffel Tower gracing the front panel, top of the spine has light chipping and the bottom has an oblong one inch chop. The edges have some rubbing. With signed card affixed to front free endpaper: “To Roger Harris | from his new | friend | Homer Croy”.
• 3 black & white photos of Rogers and others from movie, They Had to See Paris (1929), American comedy film directed by Frank Borzage and starring Will Rogers, Irene Rich and Marguerite Churchill.
Collection on consignment with LDRB