Joe Maddalena Collection

Joe Maddalena Collection, 1954-2000
4 folders
Location: 0299; 0145
Accession #: RC2009.067


This collection includes comic books, a coloring book, and a certificate of authentication from a purchase of Roy Rogers costume related items.


A brief biography of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Rogers is included below.

Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Rogers
Roy Rogers, born Leonard Franklin Slye on November 5, 1911, in Cincinnati, Ohio, was an American singer and cowboy actor. He and his wife Dale Evans, his golden palomino Trigger, and his German shepherd dog, Bullet, were featured in over one hundred movies and The Roy Rogers Show. The show ran on radio for nine years before moving to television from 1951 through 1957. His productions usually featured a sidekick, often either Pat Brady or George “Gabby” Hayes. Roy’s nickname was “King of the Cowboys” and Dale’s nickname was “Queen of the West.”

Roy and Dale were inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in 1976 and Roy was inducted again as a member of the Sons of the Pioneers in 1995. Roy was also twice elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame, first as a member of The Sons of the Pioneers in 1980 and as a soloist in 1988. Rogers died of congestive heart failure on July 6, 1998, when he was residing in Apple Valley, California. He was buried at Sunset Hills cemetery in Apple Valley.

Roy Rogers on Wikipedia. (link)
Dale Evans on Wikipedia. (link)
Official Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Wesbite. (link)

Two comic books, one coloring book, and one certificate of authentication were included with a Museum purchase of Roy Rogers signature “Nudie’s” costume from his television series The Roy Rogers Show and other appearances. The Registrar has records for the costume items. The comic books, coloring book, and certificate were assigned accession numbers in the Center on March 30, 2010. The current guide was written and updated online by Archivist/Librarian Laura Anne Heller on March 31, 2010.

Personal Names:
Rogers, Roy, 1911-1998.
Rogers, Dale Evans

Subject Headings:
Western comic books, strips, etc.
Western actors

The Center received the coloring book, comic books, and certificate on March 30, 2010, after accompanying costume items had been received and recorded by the Registrar. The Center assigned accessioned numbers to archival items upon acceptance. Librarian Karen Spilman cataloged the coloring book and two comic books into the Library catalog, and Archivist/Librarian Laura Anne Heller wrote the current guide and updated it online on March 31, 2010.

The collection is open for research. It is advisable for researchers to discuss their proposed research with staff prior to visiting the Center.

Joe Maddalena Collection, Box ##, Folder ##, Dickinson Research Center, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Series 1: Joe Maddalena Collection (Location 0229) -

Box/Folder # Accession # Folder Title/Description
38/23 RC2009.067.1 Roy Rogers’ and Dale Evans’ Big Book to Color: Lots of Western Pictures. Racine, WI: Whitman Publishing, 1954. Drawings by John Ushler. “Authorized Edition.” 1184:25. Features Roy Rogers wearing the “Nudie’s” costume. [Cataloged in Library Catalog]
38/24 RC2009.067.2 Roy Rogers and Trigger. Vol. 1, no. 140, Nov-Dec, 1960. New York City, NY: Dell Pub. Co., 1955-1961. “In South America, Roy and Dusty save a man doomed by a neighbor’s dream.” Features Roy Rogers wearing the “Nudie’s” costume. [Cataloged in Library Catalog]
38/25 RC2009.067.3 Roy Rogers and Trigger. Vol. 1, no. 97, January, 1956. New York City, NY: Dell Pub. Co., 1955-1961. Features Roy Rogers wearing the “Nudie’s” costume. [Cataloged in Library Catalog]

Series 2: Joe Maddalena Collection (Location 0145) -

Box/Folder # Accession # Folder Title/Description
02/22 RC2009.067.4 “I certify that this item: Roy Rogers Own Personal TV Series Wool Pants by ‘Nudie’, is an authentic original and that it came from the backroom of The Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Museum.” Signed by Roy Rogers Jr. on August 7, 2000. Certificate, 4 x 6 in.