Finding Aid: William R. Leigh Manuscript Collection

Institution: Thomas Gilcrease Library and Archive
Language of Material: English
Description: 500 + items
Period covered: 1883 - 1927
Subject matter: William R. Leigh (1866-1955), traveler and artist, was a painter of wild animals, primitive people, and local color. His home was in New York City, but he traveled and studied in Europe when he was a young man, and later he traveled in Africa with the Carl Akely Expedition and with the Martin Johnsons (1926).
The collection is the gift of his wife, Ethel Traphagen Leigh, presented by her brother, Edward Traphagen, after her death. It was received by the Gilcrease Institute in 1963.
The manuscripts consist of many letters, some personal and some concerning his African safaris. In addition there are a number of letters written to his mother while he was studying in Germany and touring other countries of Europe. Also included are numerous manuscripts of poems and stories plus a lengthy typescript of his autobiography.

Background: Staff, interns, and volunteers of the Thomas Gilcrease Library and Archive have contributed to the organization and maintenance of the files since the collection passed to the City of Tulsa in the 1950s. The Gilcrease Foundation acquired these materials before 1964 and is housed in the Helmerich Center for American Research (HCAR). The library currently receives most materials through community donation, board members, artists and the acquisition of manuscript collections.

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Availability: This collection is open for use by appointment only at the Helmerich Center for American Research (HCAR). Contact the Library at 918-631-6441 or renee-harvey@utulsa.edu in advance to inquire if materials exist pertaining to your research interests.

Arrangement Title Description Date
Sketches drawn by T.W. Allen regarding "Clipt Wings"

Folder 397

1930
Typescript of "My Life", with pencil corrections and notes by Margaret Louise Wallace

Folder 1

early 20th century
Letter and envelope from Maggie Wood to Leigh's mother, Mary W. Leigh appealing for contribution to mission churches

Folder 290

November 22, 1885
Letter from Richard to Leigh regarding a plan for Buffalo group in Buffalo Bill Museum

Folder 354

3/30/1931
Letter from Richard to Leigh with details regarding plans for Buffalo group

Folder 355

4/24/1931
Note from C. S. Barston, Salmagundi Club, to Leigh asking him to submit a story to be included in a book with fall publishing date

Folder 293

June 6, 1922
Letter from Alice M. Robinson to Ethel thanking her for the picture by Leigh

Folder 368

July 26, 1922
Letter from Agnes C. Robinson to Ethel T. Leigh enclosing newspaper clippings of Leigh's Munich letters

Folder 369

March 15, 1926
Letter and envelope from W. H. Prescott to Leigh regarding Owen's Cypher (code) and details about the life of Francis Bacon

Folder 298

December 31, 1927
Letter and envelope from W. H. Prescott to Leigh regarding the marriage of Francis Bacon and Marguerite de Valois

Folder 300

February 22, 1928
Letter from Albert M. Todd to Leigh thanking him for his Christmas card and recalling "The Great Spirit" painting

Folder 299

January 4, 1928
Letter and envelope from H.G. Paine to Leigh regarding scholarly interpretation of Elizabethan usage

Folder 302

May 1, 1928
Letter from C. H. Grandgent to Henry Gallup regarding use of "thou" and "you" in Elizabethan English

Folder 301

April 30, 1928
Letter and envelope from H.G. Paine to Leigh answering earlier inquiry regarding Elizabethan usage of thou and you

Folder 303

May 10, 1928
Letter from Agnes C. Robinson to Leigh thanking him for depicting a "Madonna of the Dark Continent"

Folder 304

January 21, 1929
Letter from Orra Wever Smith to Leigh thanking him for "Wyoming Bear Dog" painting and recalling a happy summer spent at Miss Mary Withers

Folder 297

September 19, 1925
Postcard from G.B. Pierce to Thornton W. Allen Company requesting that his name be taken off their list

Folder 311

May 20, 1930
Letter from Solar Sturges Mfg. Co. to Leigh enclosing etching press circular

Folder 313

June 16, 1930
Thank you note with envelope and two small tracts from Florence Scovel Shinn to Mrs. Leigh for her offering

Folder 371

December 19, 1929
Thank you note from Florence Scovill Shinn to Miss Traphagen for article on Leigh's book

Folder 374

July 10, 1930
Thank you note and envelope from Hester B. Slade to Miss Traphagen regarding a sent clipping

Folder 373

July 10, 1930
Thank you note from Sara K. Burton to Miss Traphagen for article on Mr. Leigh's book

Folder 372

July 10, 1930
Thank you note from Sara K. Burton to Miss Traphagen upon receiving a copy of "Clipt Wings" and an article on "The French Fashion Factory"

Folder 380

July 29, 1930
Thank you note from Elizabeth Koeniger to Miss Traphagen for booklets and press excerpts

Folder 376

July 12, 1930
Thank you note from Harriett H. Smith to Ethel for enclosing "The French Fashion Factory" and the notice of "Clipt Wings"

Folder 377

July 14, 1930
Letter from Elizabeth Page to Ethel regarding William's recovery and his book, "Clipt Wings"

Folder 378

July 14, 1930
Letter and envelope from Ryan Walker to Leigh and Ethel thanking them for press information about Leigh's book and for an article from "The Review"

Folder 379

July 15, 1930
Postcard from H.W. Wack to Leigh describing the itinerary of his trip

Folder 319

August 31, 1932
Postcard from H.W. Wack to Leigh regarding coming trip to New York

Folder 324

November 3, 1933
Letter from H.W. Wack to Leigh regarding upcoming publication of Grand Canyon photo in Arts & Decoration

Folder 306

October 7, 1929
Letter from H.W. Wack to Leigh thanking him for approval of caption and final installment of Grand Canyon article

Folder 307

October 11, 1929
Letter from H.W. Wack to Leigh regarding the publication of Arts and Decoration containing the Grand Canyon photograph

Folder 308

November 21, 1929
Letter from H.W. Wack to Mrs. Leigh regarding Newark Museum's accepting Leigh's "Grand Canyon" painting

Folder 370

December 11, 1929
Letter from H.W. Wack to Leigh in hospital asking him to furnish photo of one of his southwestern action pictures

Folder 309

December 19, 1929
Letter from H.W. Wack to Leigh enclosing a copy of his answer to a question regarding "Lunacy in the Arts"

Folder 316

January 1, 1931
Copy of Wack's answer to a question regarding "Lunacy in the Arts" raised at Brooklyn Conference on Adult Education

Folder 316

May 16, 1930
Letter from H.W. Wack to Leigh regarding script of play

Folder 316B

June 1, 1931
Letter from H.W. Wack to Leigh regarding his health and improvements to property

Folder 317

June 16, 1931
Letter from H. W. W. to Mrs. Leigh, with envelope addressed to Wm. Robinson Leigh, Esq., regarding choices of book cloth

Folder 388

early 20th century
Unsigned copy of letter to H.W. Wack from Leigh giving account of voyage from New York to California via Panama and return overland via Southwest and South

Folder 318

November 13, 1931
Letter from Richard to Leigh thanking him for oils purchased to enlarge Grand Canyon lithograph and congratulating him on his upcoming marriage

Folder 344

February 7, 1921
Letter from Richard to Leigh welcoming June visit, letters expressing best wishes for his "Movie Play" and asking for 50 reproductions for Ned Frost and trade for Fred's Ranch

Folder 345

4/30/1921
Letter from Richard to Leigh thanking him for Christmas presents and discussing Groll's {Albert}, an artist friend, dyspepsia

Folder 346

6/14/1922
Letter from Richard, who is busy with tourists at Museum, to Leigh wishing him well on his play, and suggesting that Leigh join him on a trip to Africa

Folder 347

8/19/1922
Letter from T A. Riordan, Arizona Lumber and Timber Company, to Leigh thanking him for magazines with "The Maya Historian" painting and the story, "A Flash of Genius"

Folder 295

December 9, 1922
Letter from Richard to Leigh chiefly requesting help to find the most direct steamship line to British East Africa

Folder 348

December 20, 1922
Letter from Richard to Leigh and wife with news of family and a request for Leigh to give lectures on his African experience

Folder 349

8/15/1923
Letter from Richard to Leigh with Cody news, chiefly his beating up our "lying" movie director at a directors' meeting

Folder 350

7/24/1925
Letter and envelope from Richard to Leigh acknowledging his letter about African trip and the museum hall

Folder 351

1/26/1929
Unsigned copy of letter from Leigh to Edith Terry describing his and Ethel's trip to Cuba, Panama, Mexico, and the United States

Folder 363

November 11, 1931