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
Unsigned draft of final four paragraphs of letter to Edith Terry from Leigh about visit to Hollywood

Folder 363A

November 11, 1931
Photo and carbon copy of letter to Edith Terry from Leigh with comments on "Clipt Wings" and "The Black Peril"

Folder 364

January 5, 1932
Postcard from W.H. Hennesey to Edward C. Leigh thanking him

Folder 325

December 8, 1933
Letter and envelope from Colston to Leigh regarding book by Colin Harvey and other news

Folder 327

December 16, 1933
Note and envelope from Margaret L. Wallace to Ethel Leigh denying authorship of book reviews

Folder 375

July 11, 1930
Letter and envelope from Margaret Louise Wallace to Leigh regarding his play The Vagabomd Poet

Folder 328

March 1, 1935
Letter from Leigh to Mr. Oscar Ameringe of The American Guardian regarding a Bill he is promoting, which Leigh believes is useless. Leigh says that religion and ownership of private property need to be destroyed for a country to succeed

Folder 331

January 5, 1939
Letter from Leigh to Mr. W.E. Zeuch of American Foundation for Abundance in Oklahoma City, discussing Leigh's beliefs that all religions are "dope" for the people, appealing to emotion, never common sense

Folder 332

January 13, 1939
Unsigned letter to Dr. Phillip G. Cole of Tarrytown, New York requesting an appointment to meet with Dr. Cole along with William Robinson Leigh, "his old friend"

Folder 333

October 19, 1939
Unsigned letter to Mr. Frank Phillips, New York, NY discussing the paintings of William R. Leigh as outstanding examples of true Western Art, as the two Phillips has purchased, "Custer's Last Fight" and "The Lookout"

Folder 334

1939
Note from Margaret Louise Wallace to Leigh regarding unfinished work on verses

Folder 335

January 27, 1940
Letter to Robert M. La Follette, Jr. Madison, Wisconsin commenting on article in The Progressive

Folder 337

August 31, 1942
Letter to Robert M. La Follette Jr. commenting on article in The Progressive

Folder 337

August 31, 1942
Two copies of a form letter signed by Ethel Traphagen Leigh regarding Leigh's designation as outstanding American painter of 1950 and citation for distinguished service in art by Kappa Pi

Folder 383

April 11, 1951
Letter from May Cornell Stoiber to Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Leigh regarding article in "Think" magazine honoring Leigh's work

Folder 385

May 19, 1951
Letter from R. L. Freshel to Miss Traphagen regarding publicity for pamphlets and reprints sent by her

Folder 381

July 12, 1930
Letter from Colston to Dear Boy, his son, regarding a controversial article he is sending him about a covered-up murder

Folder 336

December 19, 1941
Carbon copy of letter from Edmund W. Putnam, G. P. Putnam and Sons, to Leigh rejecting his play manuscript, "The Black Peril"

Folder 292

April 13, 1922
Letter from Margaret Louise Wallace to Leigh regarding literary agents

Folder 326

December 11, 1933
Letter from J. C. Traphagen to Leigh about returning a play by Leigh as well as his story, "The Song of the Ticker"

Folder 296

April 3, 1924
Letter and envelope from Robert E. Corradini to Leigh regarding circulation of manuscript of Leigh's play Anaconda

Folder 323

April 25, 1933
Letter from I. Rosenfeld to Leigh regarding paintings to be listed in The Western Pony

Folder 320

January 7, 1933
Letter from W. Seward to Miss Wallace regarding the Leigh play The Witch

Folder 322

March 7, 1933
Letter from Orra Wever Smith to Leigh praising Clipt Wings and his many talents

Folder 315

August 3, 1930
Letter to Mrs. Edith Rongstad from W. R. Leigh regarding mixture of paints to copy colors of "Home Sweet Home" painting

Folder 339A

February 14, 1950
Letter from John C. Traphagan to Gordon T. Hicks declining nomination to Board of Thomas Gilcrease Institute

Folder 4

December 16, 1965
Letter from Gordon T. Hicks to John C. Traphagan regretting latter's decision not to join Board of Gilcrease Institute

Folder 4

December 21, 1965
Letter from A.V. McDermott to Miss Tyroler including copy of Clipt Wings review

Folder 316A

February 5, 1931
Form letter signed by Ethel Traphagen to owners of Leigh's work that cites current honors given to him

Folder 384

April 14, 1951
Form letter from Ethel Traphagen Leigh to "Dear Sir" with congratulations on the establishment of the National Cowboy Hall of Fame

Folder 387

mid-20th century
Letter from Gladwell Richardson to Leigh concerning Rainbow Lodge and Inscription House Lodge accommodations

Folder 272

May 19, 1932
Letter (unsigned carbon copy) from Leigh to Blazer asking for revision suggestions on the nineteen chapters of "Littlefoot" mailed to Blazer

Folder 283

July 16, 1934
Letter from Blazer to Leigh enclosing seventy pages of notes on Mescaleros

Folder 264

October 28, 1931
Letter from Edith Terry to Leigh regretting he did not recover "The Black Peril" and enclosing her poem "Mother Love"

Folder 360

August 3, 1923
Letter from Edith Terry to Leigh expressing interest in his African article and requesting advice for acquiring an agent

Folder 361

May 2, 1928
Letter from Edith Terry to Leigh wishing him well after long hospital stay and thanking him for the copy of "Clipt Wings"

Folder 362

September 4, 1930
Transcript of letter from Terry to Leigh about her readings of "Black Peril"

Folder 365

March 3, 1932
Letter from Terry to Leigh about her readings of "Black Peril"

Folder 365

March 3, 1932
Letter from Edith Terry to Ethel Traphagen congratulating her on her engagement to Leigh

Folder 367

May 28, 1921
Letter from Edith Terry to Leigh wishing congratulations and happiness on his upcoming marriage

Folder 359A

May 28, 1931
Letter from Terry to Leigh thanking him for permission to read "Clipt Wings"

Folder 366

October 26, 1933
Letter from Lynn Atkinson, Los Angeles, California to William Robertson Leigh regarding market value of painting with enclosed photo of painting

Folder 339

April 11, 1949
Letter from A.N. Blazer to Leigh enclosing original draft and sketches of proposed collaboration with Leigh

Folder 261

March 4, 1931
Letter from A.N. Blazer to Leigh about collaboration on proposed publication

Folder 262

March 16, 1931
Letter from Blazer to Leigh with more on possible publication and Leigh's family visit to Mescalero

Folder 263

October 22, 1931
Letter from Blazer to Leigh with notes on Venturito, Santana, Chapultepec, and Billy the Kid

Folder 266

January 14, 1932
Letter and envelope from Blazer to Leigh with more about the Mescaleros

Folder 268

February 17, 1932
Letter from Blazer to Leigh referring to enclosed notes on "Blood Feud" and "Crazy Boy"

Folder 270

March 7, 1932
Unsigned letter from Blazer to Leigh regarding a book ready for publication

Folder 271

April 15, 1932
Letter and envelope from Blazer to Leigh regarding newspaper clippings being sent to Leigh and an enclosed draft of "Crooked Finger's Elk"

Folder 275

September 12, 1932