University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Zane Grey:

An Inventory of His Collection at the Harry Ransom Center

Creator: Grey, Zane, 1872-1939
Title: Zane Grey Collection
Dates: circa 1903-1909, undated
Abstract: Includes manuscripts of writings by as well as letters sent to the American novelist Zane Grey or his publisher Charles Francis Press. Manuscripts for his early works Betty Zane and The Last Trail are present.
Call Number: Manuscript Collection MS-1733
Extent: 1 box (.42 linear feet)
Language: English
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center



Open for research

Administrative Information

Processed by:

Joan Sibley and Jamie Hawkins-Kirkham, 2011

Note: This finding aid replicates and replaces information previously available only in a card catalog. Please see the explanatory note at the end of this finding aid for information regarding the arrangement of the manuscripts as well as the abbreviations commonly used in descriptions.

Container List


1.2-3 Betty Zane, signed handwritten manuscript, 404 pages, undated (published 1903).
1.1 The heritage of the desert, handwritten manuscript / fragment, 2 pages, undated.
1.4-6 The last trail / titled The last of the bordermen, signed handwritten manuscript / incomplete with revisions, 323 leaves, undated (published 1909). Page 322 is not present.


1.7 Unidentified author. AL / incomplete to Grey, Ida G., 5 February 1906.
Unidentified author. Betty Zane, handwritten note on verso of photograph, undated.
Alman, Samuel. ALS to Grey, Zane, 13 January 1904.
Brockunier, Charles W. ALS to Francis (Charles) Press, 15 March 1904.
Brockunier, Charles W. ALS to Grey, Zane, 20 March 1904.
Brown, R. B. TLS to Francis (Charles) Press, 1 February 1904.
Brown, R. B. TLS to Grey, Zane, 13 February 1904.
Claflin, Madge Clark. ALS to Grey, Zane, 7 June 1904.
Corsa, George. ALS to Grey, Zane, 24 July 1904.
_____, Gertrude. ALS to Grey, Zane, 11 January 1904. Photograph of unidentified woman enclosed.
Grey, Ida G. ALS to Grey, Zane, 22 January 1904. Enclosed with this: ALS from Burns, Fannie to Grey, L. M., 20 January 1904.
Grey, Ida G. 2 ALS to Grey, Zane, 26 January and 24 July 1904.
1.8 Hornaday, W. G. ALS to Grey, Zane, 26 January 1904.
Johnson, H. H. TLS to Grey, Zane, 8 January 1906.
Kell. ALS to Grey, Zane, 7 February 1904.
Martzolff, Clement Luther, 1869-1922. ALS to Grey, Zane, 14 March 1904.
Morphis, M. C., Mrs. ALS to Francis (Charles) Press, 9 December 1906.
Murphy, Daniel M. TLS to Grey, Zane, 8 December 1905. Enclosed with this: TccL from Macmillan Company to Murphy, Daniel M., 8 December 1905, rejecting The last of the bordermen.
Murphy, Daniel M. ALS to Grey, Zane, 27 December 1907.
Newton, J. H. TLS to Grey, Zane, 21 November 1905.
1.9 Perkins, May A. ALS to Grey, Zane, 21 March 1904.
Stultz, Margaret M. 3 ALS to Grey, Zane, 23 February, 4 March, and 5 April 1904.
Wetzel, L. N. ALS to Francis (Charles) Press, 22 March 1904.
Wetzel, L. N. ALS to Grey, Zane, 17 November 1904.
Wiseman, Charles Milton Lewis, 1829-1904. ALS to Grey, Zane, 1 February 1904.
All items from the Hanley Collection.

Explanatory Note Concerning Manuscript Collections Cataloged in the Card Catalog

Prior to 1990 when archival cataloging procedures were adopted at the Ransom Center, all manuscript collections were described in a card catalog.

Organization of Collections:

Manuscripts for each author collection were organized into four categories:

  • Works: manuscripts by the author, arranged alphabetically by title;
  • Letters: the author's outgoing correspondence, arranged alphabetically by recipient name;
  • Recipient: the author's incoming correspondence, arranged alphabetically by the author of the letter; and
  • Miscellaneous: all other manuscripts and correspondence, arranged alphabetically by creator.

Materials that did not fit into these categories, such as art, photographs, books, and near-print materials such as newspaper clippings, were dispersed to other Ransom Center collections for cataloging and storage.

Abbreviations Used in Descriptions:

The symbols below were used in combinations. For example ALS means autograph letter signed; Tccms means typed carbon copy manuscript, etc.

  • A = autograph (i.e., handwritten)
  • T = typed
  • S = signed
  • I = initialed
  • Ms = manuscript
  • Mss = manuscripts
  • L = letter
  • FL = form letter
  • N = note
  • D = document
  • C = card
  • PC = post card
  • cc = carbon copy
  • p = page
  • pp = pages
  • l = leaf
  • ll = leaves
  • nd = no date
  • inc d = incomplete date