Nye, Nelson C. (Nelson Coral), 1907-1997

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Nelson C. Nye was a Western writer originally from Chicago, Illinois. He worked as a ranch hand in Texas before owning a horse ranch in New Mexico. He studied under authors Laurence D'Orsay and Arthur Sullivant and wrote numerous Westerns under his own name and pseudonyms Drake Denver and Clem Colt. In addition, Nye was one of the founders and twice served as president of Western Writers of America.

From the guide to the Nelson C. Nye manuscripts, 1941-1988, (University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections)

Western writer; owner-trainer of race horses.

From the description of Oral history interview, 1983 Jul. 13 [sound recording]. (Arizona Historical Society, Southern Arizona Division). WorldCat record id: 35295603

Western writer.

From the description of Nelson C. Nye manuscripts, 1950-1988. (University of Arizona). WorldCat record id: 32138954

Nye was a prolific author of Western novels. He was co-founder of the Western Writers of America and served as president in 1953 and in 1960-1961. He received the WWA's "Spur" award for best Western novel in 1959. Nye was also a quarter horse enthusiast. He raised horses and wrote many articles on quarter horses and horse racing.

From the description of Papers, 1941-1982. (University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center). WorldCat record id: 28484989

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creatorOf Nye, Nelson C. (Nelson Coral), 1907-1997. Papers, 1941-1982. University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center
creatorOf Caldwell, Erskine, 1903-1987. Nine shots in the dark, 1951. University of Arizona Libraries
creatorOf Nye, Nelson C. (Nelson Coral), 1907-1997,. Oral history interview, 1983 Jul. 13 [sound recording]. Arizona Historical Society, Southern Arizona Division
creatorOf Nye, Nelson C. (Nelson Coral), 1907-1997. Nelson C. Nye manuscripts, 1950-1988. University of Arizona Libraries
creatorOf Nelson C. Nye manuscripts, 1941-1988 University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
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associatedWith Brown, Sue, person
associatedWith Caldwell, Erskine, 1903-1987. person
associatedWith Committee to Preserve Historic Rillito Race Track. corporateBody
associatedWith Rillito Race Track (Tucson, Ariz.) corporateBody
associatedWith Vinik, Joanne Hamilton, person
associatedWith Wegner, Sally Calkins, person
associatedWith Western Writers of America. corporateBody
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Horse racing


Birth 1907-09-28

Death 1997-10-04




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