Isabel and Tex Terry scripts and photographs, 1940-1970

Terry, Isabel, 1913-2002


2.0 cubic feet (2 boxes).
This collection is arranged in the following series: Series 1: Index, clippings, and photographs, 1940s-1960s. Series 2: Tex Terry photograph, undated. Series 3: Tex Terry memorabilia, undated.
The collection contains over seventy miscellaneous television production scripts from the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s that featured Tex Terry. Several are unknown, but most have titles which include "Son of Zorro", "Sioux City Sue", and "Colorado Sundown". Episodes from Gunsmoke and the Gene Autry Show are also included, as are a few episodes sponsored by Wells Fargo.
Isabel Terry, born Marie Isabel Draesemer, first started out in Hollywood with her own business: Draesemer Radio Productions, where she wrote, coached, produced, directed and acted in radio dramas. She then began to write for television stations. In 1947, she opened the Isabelle Draesemer Agency and began a seventeen year career as a talent agent. In 1964, she married one of her clients, Tex Terry. Tex Terry spent more than fifty years in the entertainment industry as a vaudeville performer, western film and television actor, and as a stuntman. In the 1940s, 50s, and 60s he received billing in more than fifty movies and almost as many television shows. In 1979, the couple moved to Tex's home in Indiana and opened a tavern together. Tex continued an active life until his death in May 1985. Isabel Terry followed in May of 2002.
Processing information: Collection processing completed 1994/04/05 by J. Richards. Collection processing completed 1994/04/25 by M. Sears. Collection processing revised 2007/02/09 by A. Lawrence. EAD finding aid created 2012/10/04 by Julie Hausknecht. EAD finding aid modified 2013/10/28 by Rebecca Marangelli.
This collection is open for research.
Isabel and Tex Terry scripts and photographs, Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries.
Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries, Muncie, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Archives and Special Collections.
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