was the last update
the Erle Stanley Gardner--Raymond Burr Library & Museum: The World's
Most Significant Archive of Personal and Professional Papers, Scripts,
Photographs, Costumes, Mementos and Memorabilia in private hands, from
the man who created Perry Mason
and Mr. Perry Mason, himself.
Erle Stanley Gardner Museum will shortly be open at 748 E. Main Street,
Ventura, CA 93001 in the Bank of Books building. You may call Clarey
Rudd at 805-643-3154 for more information, or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org
California was the birthplace of the
most successful fictional
in literary history.
EMAIL John Anthony Miller
Updated Erle Stanley Gardner links
as of March 2005
Some photos of a few of our holdings!
ESG's Ventura law books, other ephemera.
Click here or
on photo below.
Anthony Miller with Erle Stanley
Gardner's law books. Photo by Keith Burns.
We are down to our last few stacks of
books. It will not be reprinted.
here to order ESG's Ventura:
Birthplace of Perry Mason from Phantom Bookshop
heavy bronze plaque is the only public recognition Ventura
has to this great author, Erle
Stanley Gardner, who was and still is in the year 2007 the
unchallenged and undisputed and undeniable "Mystery King of
The Universe" :
above heavy bronze plaque was privately purchased at no small cost and affixed to
the building where his old law office was. The cartoon shown on
this page implies that the City of Ventura put the plaque
up. This is in error. This dedicated plaque was provided by
donations by the people listed on the plaque.
Hey, just who is this guy, anyway?
Keith Burns, ESG Mobile Museum's Founder. This was the first
museum in history to honor Erle Stanley Gardner.
Keith Burns says:
'Donate now, or be forever square.'
We are almost out of "Sharks Never Sleep" so order yours below!
We are also down to our last box of "Erle Stanley Gardner's
Neither one of these fine and interesting books will be reprinted,
so order your copies now, see below...
We Dedicate This Web Site to our Bus, and
The Erle Stanley Gardner Mobile Museum,
We love you, Mr. Bus!
"We have made the attempt to reach out to Ventura and the surrounding
area, but failed to gain essential support. Our fight is not over. We
now go to Phase 2."
- Keith Burns, 2005.
A few Erle Stanley Gardner items that we rescued
and brought back to Ventura, where they belong to present a total
picture of a really fascinating personality who did many positive things
to help society become a better place, virtually on all levels.
We feel that is important to preserve items that once belonged
to such an important literary figure as Erle Stanley Gardner. If you
agree, please help by making a small donation so we may continue our
Shown in the above photograph are Erle Stanley Gardner's myrtle wood table, Panama hat, eyeglasses,
ivory cigarette holders he had in his downtown Ventura office, his
baby cup, incense
burners, statues, bottle stoppers, the wrist watch that he wore in the
1930's when living in Ventura (it still runs by the way), film projector, the very first
copy off the press, so indicated.....
of The Case of The Lucky Loser as well as some other ephemera.
is shown above is just a
small fraction of our holdings.
California was the birthplace of the most
lawyer in literary history.
anyone with a sixth sense had wanted to pick the one place in
California where an attorney could have grown up with the
community, and in all probability make a fortune out of the
practice of law,
Ventura County would have been the place...and
even today, after many many years, Ventura County is considered
a hot spot."
--- Erle Stanley Gardner, 1969
Gardner (1889-1971) not only created Perry Mason, but was a
tireless and world renowned attorney, author, human rights activist, conservationist, naturalist,
photographer, astronomer, archaeologist and true Renaissance
A great cartoon by Steve Greenberg of
Ventura Star, which appeared May 22, 2003.
Stanley Gardner, lawyer, author, citizen, friend, who has
contributed more to the cause of justice than any other man of
his generation."--Marshall Houts, member of the Court of
Last Resort, March 13, 1970.
of Ventura in PDF file format.
Courtesy of Pierpont Inn
in Ventura, CA. The Inn
where Erle Stanley Gardner met his future secretary and
future wife Jean Bethel who later was immortalized in the Mason
novels as "Della
statue From Erle's Ventura
days. Statue is part of the
archive of several statues
in the Erle Stanley
Gardner Museum in
Story of Bravo the Coyote
Land of the Free and Home of the Bravo...
Read the Keith Burns piece below! After reading this, you will
Coyotecratic in 2008! You can read more from Keith by going to
The Ojai and Ventura Voice, online, where he writes a witty
is little Bravo. This was Erle Stanley Gardner's pet
coyote. His most beloved pet, and a favorite of
author Raymond Chandler (author of "The Big Sleep") as well. These
and many other photographs of Bravo were shot and
developed by ESG.
Playful and friendly Bravo met a tragic end when a
group of hunters illegally crept onto Erle's
Temecula Ranch and fatally shot him as the little coyote ran up to greet them.
This was a tragic event, which is true. Hopefully this story
will bring about an awareness to people about conservation of
animals and coyotes..
NOTE: The death of his
beloved pet Bravo so affected Erle Stanley Gardner that he turned away from being a
hunter to an animal rights advocate and writer !
Watch for more Bravo photos,
including the Christmas album Erle gave Jean Bethell (Della
Street), his secretary and only true love, of photos
he had taken of their beloved Bravo.
Story of The Roadrunner and The Coyote
A bit of Gardner history by Keith Burns
A decade before Warner
Bros. created the legendary cartoon exploits of a little desert
Roadrunner and a wily Coyote, Erle Stanley Gardner brought these
two icons together for the first time.
For 35 years ESG lived and authored over 100 books on his
sprawling ranch in Temecula, California. It was named
"Rancho del Paisano." In Spanish "paisano"
means "countryman" or "friend." But everyday
Spanish usage of the word "paisano" means Roadrunner!
And the image of a speeding roadrunner adorned Erle's
stationary, art, ceramics, statues, ties and many other objects
at the ranch. Little Bravo the Coyote shared the ranch,
the house, and the life of Erle Stanley Gardner, Jean and his
staff and many celebrity visitors.
The symbols of the Roadrunner and The Coyote are forever
intertwined with Rancho del Paisano and the life of Erle Stanley
Did a visitor from Warner Bros. come to Rancho del
Paisano and take home the story of Erle's favorite
creatures? The Roadrunner and The Coyote became one of Warner
Bros. most popular and enduring cartoon enterprises. We think
it's possible, what do you think?
Sharks Never Sleep
by William F. Nolan.
The only mystery book to feature ESG as a
character. Only 5000 copies printed. We still have a few
copies left over from our 1999 book signing. Signed and
dated in Ventura, CA by the author.
Order this book from Phantom Bookshop. (Only have a
few copies left now.)
"SHARKS NEVER SLEEP"
Signed. First edition. About ESG, the ONLY mystery novel with ESG as a
by William F. Nolan.
This is the first mystery novel to feature Erle
Stanley Gardner as a character in a mystery book. Only 5000
copies first edition copies were printed. We have a few left from our
old book signing-
These were dated and signed in Ventura, CA by William Nolan, the author
of Logan's Run.
An awesome novel written by one of the world's living literary geniuses.
SHARKS NEVER SLEEP now!!!
|Raymond Burr's hat, one that he
wore in filming one of the Perry Mason shows.
Click on the hat to see more Raymond Burr items. We will be