6.4 cubic ft. (13 boxes).
The collection includes correspondence (chiefly fan mail) from 1926-1984; manuscripts, including two drafts of "From Real Cowboy to Reel Cowboy"; one reel of 16mm motion picture film from "Baby Face Morgan" and 38 strips of 35mm film, all with scenes featuring Lyden; seven scrapbooks of correspondence, clippings, his newspaper columns and memorabilia; three photographic albums; approximately 100 photographs of Lyden, Western film actors, and Ice Follies skaters; files related to Lyden's employment with the Ice Follies; clippings related to various Western film actors; scripts and screenplays including "Blazing the Overland Trail" by George H. Plympton (1955) and "Pirates of the High Seas" by Joseph Poland, David Matthews and George H. Plympton (1950); and miscellaneous materials related to various motion pictures.
Pierce Lyden (b. 1908), an actor, was in over 60 "B" Western movies and television series including "The Virginian." He wrote three volumes of memoirs, "From Real Cowboy to Reel Cowboy," "Pierce Lyden: Camera! Roll 'em! Action!" and "Pierce Lyden: From the "B"s to the TVs, " and was a columnist for the Orange County, California "Register." He was employed as a publicist by Shipstads and Johnson Ice Follies, Inc. from 1963-1970.