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Wayne D. Overholser papers

Identifier: COU:4351

Scope and Contents

The collection contains three boxes of materials about Colorado and the West, such as mining reports, geographic surveys records, and pamphlets on agriculture and ranching methods. Also contains "Land of Promises" manuscript (MS 53)


  • 1869 - 1952

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for access.

Conditions Governing Use

Limited duplication of materials allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for all copyright compliance.

Biographical Note

Wayne D. Overholser was born September 4, 1906 in Pomeroy, Washington. He attended Albany College and Oregon Normal School from 1924-1926 and the University of Montana and the University of Southern California before receiving his B.S. from the University of Oregon in 1937. Overholser taught school in Tillamook, Mohler, and Bend, Oregon, from 1926-1945. From 1945 to the present, he has been a free-lance writer publishing some 27 Western novels, 4 of which were bought for movies. Overholser has contributed more than 400 western short stories and novelettes to magazines and periodicals. In 1950, he won the Colorado Author League Award for Best Adult Novel and in 1953 and 1954, the Silver Spur from the Western Writers of America for Best Western Novel. Overholser also publishes under the nom de plume of John S. Daniels, Lee Leighton, Wayne Roberts, Dan J. Stevens, and Joseph Wayne.


1.5 linear feet

Language of Materials



Wayne D. Overholser was born in Pomeroy, Washington, in 1906 and presently lives in Boulder. From 1926-1945, he taught in Oregon schools before he turned to free-lance writing. He has published over 27 western novels and 400 western short stories and novelettes. The collection contains material on Colorado and the West: mining directories, descriptions of agriculture and ranching methods and geological survey records.


This collection is arranged in the following series: Series 1: Engineering Material, 1883-1888 Series 2: Farming, 1869-1945 Series 3: Geographical Information,1907-1950 Subseries 3.1: Surveys, 1907-1914 Subseries 3.2: Transportation, 1950 Series 4: Geological Information, 1946 Series 5: Mining, n.d. Series 6: Western/Historical Materials, 1885-1951 Series 7: Literature,1906-1948 Subseries 7.1: Books, 1906-1946 Subseries 7.2: Newspapers, 1936-1943 Subseries 7.3: Yearbooks, 1919-1948

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, Rare and Distinctive Collections Repository

1720 Pleasant Street
184 UCB
Boulder Colorado 80503 United States