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Vance Hoyt papers

Identifier: Ax 312

Scope and Contents

The collection (1913-1965) contains manuscripts of radio, and motion picture scripts, and articles, correspondence, copies of published works, scrapbooks, and photographs.

The correspondence is organized alphabetically by name or title. Correspondents include Hamlin Garland, Rupert Hughes, Ronald Reagan, Jim Tully, and John R. White.

Manuscripts include book-length, short pieces, radio scripts, and motion picture scripts and synopses. Some titles contain research material, correspondence, and photographs. Radio scripts were written for the Chaparral Club programs on nature and conservation subjects. The motion picture writings include The Courage of Lassie.

Published works consist of books and magazine articles organized by title, and include date and publishing information.

Scrapbooks contain reviews, articles, photographs, mementos about Hoyt's published works, including the books Bar-Rac and Silver Boy, and the book and subsequent film, Sequoia.

The photograph series contains prints and albums. Subjects include aeronautics, western scenes and characters, the Mexican Revolution of 1910, and portraits of boxers particularly Bob Fitzsimmons, Buckskin Joe (Edward Jonathan Hoyt), Battling Nelson, and the Fitzsimmons-Long fight in Australia.


  • 1913-1965


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Vance J. Hoyt (1889-1967) was born in Arkansas City, Kansas and educated at the College of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons, and at Pacific Medical College. He was a practicing physician from 1916-1932. He is a grandson of Buckskin Joe (Edward Jonathan Hoyt).

Hoyt was also an amateur naturalist. He wrote nature columns for multiple Los Angeles area newspapers. He also wrote novels. He authored and was the technical director of the motion picture, Sequoia (1935), and wrote free-lance articles for a variety of magazines.


6 linear feet (10 containers)

Language of Materials



Vance J. Hoyt (1889-1967) was a physician, naturalist, and a writer. The collection (1913-1965) contains manuscripts of radio, and motion picture scripts, and articles, correspondence, copies of published works, scrapbooks, and photographs.


Collection is organized into the following series: Correspondence, Manuscripts, Published Works, Scrapbooks, and Photographs.

Other Finding Aids

Paper finding aid with additional information is available in Special Collections & University Archives.

Physical Description

2 record storage boxes, 1 half-manuscript box, and 1 flat box; Photo boxes: 2 half-manuscript boxes, 3 5x7 boxes, and 1 flat box.

Processing Information

Collection processed by staff, 1967.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal to no organization and rehousing.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents. Folder titles are based on those created by the creators or previous custodians. Titles have not all been verified against the contents of the folders. In some cases, staff supplied folder titles during initial processing.

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Finding aid written in English.
Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA