Baby Boomers and others who recall the golden age of Western movies and television shows will be saying “Yippee-yi-yo-ki-yay” when they see the new Ball State Archives and Special Collections exhibit featuring the former Ball State professor Ray White’s collection of B-Western materials. “Many Happy Trails:” An Exhibit of Dr. Ray White’s B-Western Collection runs from July 15, 2016 to September 5, 2016 on the second floor of Bracken Library.
Dr. Raymond E. White is a former professor of United States History at Ball State University from 1967 to 1996. He was the chair of the history department from 1992 to 1996. During his time at Ball State University, Dr. White focused on the American West and the cultural significance of B-Western movies.
The Raymond E. White western collection contains research notes, documents, newspaper clippings, photographs, realia, audio recordings, and videos dating from 1864-2013. The collection primarily focuses on Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, but includes other B-Western actors and actresses.
The exhibit features mini-adventure and comic books, Tex Terry’s spinning rope, photographs and movie posters, and B-Western collectibles and paraphernalia.
For more information about this collection, contact Ball State University Archives and Special Collections at firstname.lastname@example.org or 765-285-5078.
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