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Reb Russell photo collection

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Date: 1930-1940

Level of Description: Coll./Record Group

Material Type: Photograph

Call Number: Reb Russell Collection

Unit ID: 214527

Summary: Lafayette H. Russell was born May 31, 1905, in Osawatomie and died March 16, 1978, in Coffeyville. He later changed his name to Reb Russell. Russell was an All American football player for Northwestern and was one of the original Philadelphia Eagles in the team's first year of existence. In 1932, Russell went to Hollywood to appear in "The All-American" where he met Tom Mix. In 1933, Reb Russell made a string of movies. After his short film career he joined the Russell Brothers Circus and later (1937) he performed with the Downie Brothers Circus. He later purchased a ranch which extended from southeast Kansas into northeast Oklahoma. Russell is remembered for his innovative Hi-Goal Agriculture, a plan to help small farmers increase productivity and profits without government aid. Russell also ran against Joe Skubitz for the Fifth Congressional District.

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Title (Main title): Reb Russell photo collection

Scope and Content

Scope and content: 1. Studio shot from a 1934 movie. Photo #1 (Item)
2. Studio shot of Reb Russell, Eddie, and Slim in "Arizona Badman". Photo #2 (Item)
3. Studio shot from "Border Vengence". Photo #3 (Item)
4. Reb Russell, about 1933. Photo #4 (Item)
5. Studio shot from an unidentified movie. Photo #5 (Item)
6. Reb posed with one of his leading ladies. Photo #6 (Item)
7. Tom Mix and Reb were really close friends. This photograph shows some of the members of the Tom Mix Circus at a chicken dinner. The photo is grainy. Photo #7 (Item)
8. Reb with unidentified actor and actress. Photo #8 (Item)
9. Unidentified actress and her horse. Photo #9 (Item)
10. A silver mounted saddle that was loaned to Reb to use on Rebel when he appeared with the famous Los Angeles Sheriff's posse. Photo #10 (Item)
11. Reb on Rebel. Photo #11 (Item)
12. Studio shot of Reb. Photo #12 (Item)
13. Reb Russell, former Northwestern University All American football star, appearing in Universal pictures. Photo #13 (Item)
14. Reb on Rebel with an unidentified actress on horseback. Photo #14 (Item)
15. Reb with an unidentified actress. Photo #15 (Item)
16. Reb Russell. Photo #16 (Item)
17. Reb Russell. Photo #17 (Item)
18. Studio shot with Reb and unidentified actors in "Arizona Badman". Photo #18 (Item)
19. Reb with Rebel. Photo #19 (Item)
20. Reb with unidentified actor. Photo #20 (Item)
21. Studio shot from "Arizona Badman". Man at left holding two guns and wearing chaps is silent movie star cowboy, Ed Cobb. Man at right is Jack Elsom, stunt man. Photo #21 (Item)
22. Studio shot from "Man from Hell". Reb with unidentified actor. Photo #22 (Item)
23. Reb on Rebel. Photo #23 (Item)
24. Studio shot with unidentified movie. Reb with unidentified actors. Photo #24 (Item)
25. Reb with Rebel. Photo #25 (Item)
26. Studio shot from "Arizona Badman". Reb with unidentified actors. Photo #26 (Item)
27. Reb bulldogging a steer in an unidentified movie. Photo #27 (Item)
28. Reb on Rebel. This still was also made on the back side of Universal's western street. Photo #28 (Item)
29. Reb on Rebel. Photo #29 (Item)
30. Studio portrait of Reb Russell in "Range Warfare". Photo #30 (Item)
31. Reb Russell with Lucille Lund on location. Lucille Lund and Reb both attended Northwestern University. Photo #31 (Item)
32. Reb with Ester Ralston. Photo #32 (Item)
33. View of the famous rock formation 30 miles west of Hollywood, California, where Russell filmed "Range Warfare". Photo #33 (Item)
34. Studio shot of Russell in an unidentified movie. Actors are unidentified. Photo #34 (Item)
35. Studio shot of Russell in an unidentified movie. Actors are unidentified. Photo #35 (Item)
36. Studio shot of Russell in an unidentified movie. Actors are unidentified. Photo #36 (Item)
37. Reb worked for Russell Brothers Circus and Downey Brothers Circus. They were similar in size, 80 trucks or 30 railroad cars. Photo #37 (Item)
38. Reb performing his bullwhip trick with his daughter, Betty, about 1937. Photo #38 (Item)
39. Reb with unidentified man. Photo #39 (Item)
40. Reb with his daughter, Betty, about 1937. Photo #40 (Item)
41. Action shot of Reb. (Original also blurry.) Photo #41 (Item)
42. Reb Russell and his congress of Indians. Downie Brothers Circus in 1934. Photo #42 (Item)
43. Reb performing his bullwhip act while employed by Downie Brothers Circus, about 1937. Reb has two 15 foot whips that he kept time with to the tune Yankee Doodle Dandy. He was standing on his horse for this photo. Photo #43 (Item)
44. Reb with unidentified people on horses. Photo #44 (Item)
45. Reb performing his rope twirling act while employed by Downie Brothers Circus, about 1937. Reb used 125 ft. of cotton rope to twirl a big wedding ring. It was difficult to start and hard to hold open. Photo #45 (Item)
46. Reb and the Downie Brothers Circus emplyees. The photo was taken in Newburg, New York, on June 1, 1939. Photo #46 (Item)
47. Reb with Rebel in his horse van and an unidentified man. Photo #47 (Item)
48. A postcard showing Reb trick riding and trick roping at the same time, about 1937. Photo #48 (Item)
49. A photograph of Reb trick riding and trick roping at the same time, about 1937. Photo #49 (Item)
50. Postcard picture of Reb trick riding and trick roping, about 1937. Photo #50 (Item)
51. Reb bought this custom made saddle in 1934 with the tapadero, the leather hoods which cover the stirrups. Photo #51 (Item)
52. Reb unloading Rebel from his horse van. Photo #52 (Item)
53. Reb while employed with the Russell Brothers Circus in 1936. Photo #53 (Item)
54. Studio shot of Reb and unidentified actor in a scene from "Fargo Phantom". Photo #54 (Item)
55. Reb and an unidentified woman doing a knife trick act. Photo #55 (Item)
56. Unidentified movie, unidentified actors. Photo #56 (Item)
57. Tim McCoy's Real Wild West poster with the Rough Riders of the World, 1938. Photo #57 (Item)
58. Reb in unidentified movie with unidentified actor. Photo #58 (Item)
59. Reb dancing with an unidentified actress in "Arizona Badman". Photo #59 (Item)
60. Reb in unidentified movie with unidentified actor. Photo #60 (Item)
61. Reb in unidentified movie with unidentified actors. Photo #61 (Item)
62. Reb in unidentified movie with unidentified actors. Photo #62 (Item)
63. Reb in unidentified movie with unidentified actors. Photo #63 (Item)
64. Reb in unidentified movie with unidentified actor. Photo #64 (Item)
65. Reb working with Rebel. Other man unidentified. Photo #65 (Item)
66. Reb with one of his leading ladies. Photo #66 (Item)
67. Reb Russell. Photo #67 (Item)
68. Reb with unidentified young actor. Photo #68 (Item)
69. Reb in unidentified movie with unidentified actors. Photo #69 (Item)
70. Reb in unidentified movie with unidentified actor. Photo #70 (Item)
71. Reb and unidentified actor in "Lightning Triggers". Photo #71 (Item)
72. Reb with unidentified actors in "Lightning Triggers". Man with gun is Ed Cobb, silent movie star of the 20's. Photo #72 (Item)
73. Reb with unidentified actors possibly in "Border Vengence". Man in black hat standing behind Reb Russell is Yakima Cunnutt, famous stuntman. Photo #73 (Item)
74. Reb with unidentified actor in "Lightning Triggers". Photo #74 (Item)
75. Reb with unidentified actor in unidentified movie. Photo #75 (Item)
76. Reb with Yakima Canutt, king of the stuntmen, in unidentified movie. Photo #76 (Item)
77. Reb with Rebel, about 1933. Photo #77 (Item)
78. Reb Russell with Rebel. Photo #78 (Item)

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  1. Studio shot from a 1934 movie. Photo #1
  2. Studio shot of Reb Russell, Eddie, and Slim in "Arizona Badman". Photo #2
  3. Studio shot from "Border Vengence". Photo #3
  4. Reb Russell, about 1933. Photo #4
  5. Studio shot from an unidentified movie. Photo #5
  6. Reb posed with one of his leading ladies. Photo #6
  7. Tom Mix and Reb were really close friends. This photograph shows some of the members of the Tom Mix Circus at a chicken dinner. The photo is grainy. Photo #7
  8. Reb with unidentified actor and actress. Photo #8
  9. Unidentified actress and her horse. Photo #9
  10. A silver mounted saddle that was loaned to Reb to use on Rebel when he appeared with the famous Los Angeles Sheriff's posse. Photo #10
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