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Vaughan Kelley collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: 2010-027-s-r

Scope and Contents

This collection contains material owned by Chapman University graduate Vaughan Kelley '62, pertaining to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, select members of the Roosevelt family, the fictional character of Hopalong Cassidy, and actor William Boyd and General George Armstrong Custer. Each series primarily consist of photographs, realia and ephemera.

Vaughan Kelley Series: This series contains photographs and objects from Vaughan Kelley and his family. Of particular interest are an authentic, 1851 officer’s ceremonial presentation Saber and a 1969, 22 caliber, lever action, single shot rifle.

Roosevelt Series: This series contains photographs and ephemera of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, James Roosevelt and Sara Ann Roosevelt. Of particular interest are one piece of siding taken from Roosevelt Cottage on Campobello Island, two original campaign buttons for FDR’s presidential election (date unknown) and a talking, 12 inch action figure of FDR.

Hopalong Cassidy Series: This series contains memorabilia for actor William Boyd, in his portrayal of fictional western character Hopalong Cassidy. Of particular interest are an original copy of Life magazine, with cover featuring William Boyd as “Hoppy,” three original HOPALONG CASSIDY'S SAVINGS RODEO pin backed buttons and an original poster for the film Hopalong Cassidy Serves a Writ.

George Armstrong Custer Series: This series contains information on George Armstrong Custer. Of particular interest are two hand-painted pewter figurines of General Custer, one hand painted miniature diorama depicting General Custer and his men in battle, a plaster relief sculpture of General Custer and a 12 inch action figure of General Custer in uniform.


  • 1934 - 2003
  • Majority of material found within 1934 - 1945

Language of Materials

The materials in this collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions.


2 Linear Feet (1 Box, 6 objects)


This collection contains photographic material, postcards, ephemera and realia on Vaughan Kelley '62, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the Roosevelt family, fictional character Hopalong Cassidy, actor William Boyd and George Armstrong Custer.


This collection is arranged by series.

SERIES 1, Vaughan Kelley Personal Items

SERIES 2, Roosevelt

SERIES 3, Hopalong Cassidy

SERIES 4, George Armstrong Custer

Physical Location

Leatherby Libraries

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Vaughan Kelley '62
Finding Aid for the Vaughan Kelley collection
In Progress
Norm Lee '06
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections and Archives, Leatherby Libraries Repository

Chapman University
One University Drive
Orange 92866 USA US