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
William R. Leigh, Folder 493 New York Times newspaper article, "That Important Matter of Royalties"

Folder 493

May 4, 1930
Magazine clipping photograph of the Board of Managers of the Theatre Guild

Folder 493

early 20th century
The World newspaper clipping of theatre critic St. John Ervine's review of the play, "Playing With Love" with photo of Lewis Leverett

Folder 493

February 28, 1929
Newspaper article by theatre critic St. John Ervine regarding ticket purchases

Folder 493

February 4, 1929
Newspaper article reviewing music performances

Folder 493

January 16, 1929
Newspaper clipping reviewing the play, "Airways, Inc." and the movie, "The Iron Mask"

Folder 493

February 22, 1929
Newspaper article by theatre critic St. John Ervine regarding theatre managers

Folder 493

early 20th century
William R. Leigh, Folder 494 "Long Island Forum" Magazine with article and photo on William R. Leigh's painting "Midnight Ride of Paul Revere" on display in Boston

Folder 494

August 1958
Page from "Long Island Forum" magazine with article and photo of William R. Leigh's painting "Midnight Ride of Paul Revere"

Folder 494

August 1958
Draft of article for "New York Mirror" on William R. Leigh's painting "Midnight Ride of Paul Revere" on display in Old North Church in Boston

Folder 494

October 22, 1958
Article in "Fashion Digest" magazine with photo of Paul Revere's young descendant encouraging donations to purchase William R. Leigh's painting "Midnight Ride of Paul Revere" for the Old North Church

Folder 494

1960
Clipping from "Fashion Digest" advertising a showing of William R. Leigh's painting "Midnight Ride of Paul Revere" at the Grand Central Art Galleries in New York

Folder 494

1954 - 1955
Memo about William R. Leigh's painting "Midnight Ride of Paul Revere" and viewers suggestions of names for the horse

Folder 494

early 20th century
Note about a photo of Paul Revere's descendant

Folder 494

July 10, 1961
Self addressed envelope to Mrs. Ethel Traphagen Leigh at the Traphagen School of Fashion in New York City

Folder 494

November 4, 1952
Small picture of a painting of Paul Revere in his workshop

Folder 494

early 20th century
Note giving a quoted price for four-color plates of William R. Leigh's Paul Rever painting

Folder 494

March 10, 1960
Note about Paul Revere and various places in Boston

Folder 494

early 20th century
Note requesting permission to use a reprint photo of "Paul Revere's Ride" in a school publication

Folder 494

April 19th, early 20th century
Copy of William R. Leigh's painting "Midnight Ride of Paul Revere"

Folder 494

early 20th century
Subscription campaign mailer for The Shakespeare Theatre, New York City

Folder 494

early 20th century
Booklet authored by Yale students satirizing Shakespeare's authenticity

Folder 494

1929
William R. Leigh, Folder 495 Newspaper clipping article on advertising

Folder 495

1937
New York Herald Tribune issue

Folder 495

June 4, 1937
William R. Leigh, Folder 496 Photo duplicates of a man on horseback looking out over a cliff

Folder 496

early 20th century
Photocopy of a postcard to mail in to request a copy of "The Vanishing American"

Folder 496

early 20th century
Photocopy of caption for painting "The Poisoned Pool"

Folder 496

early 20th century
William R. Leigh, Folder 499 List of Leigh's paintings organized by the types of sky compiled by Mrs. A. Connett

Folder 499

early 20th century
William R. Leigh, Folder 500 Envelope containing "33 photographs of W.R. Leigh studies on exhibit thru Mr. A. Bement"

Folder 500

early 20th century
William R. Leigh, Folder 502 Original document in German awarding Leigh's painting of the Panorama of the "Crucifixion of Christ"

Folder 502

February 5, 1954
William R. Leigh, Folder 515 News release announcing the "Permanent Exhibition of the William R. Leigh Collection" at the Thomas Gilcrease Institute

Folder 515

November 7, 1964
William R. Leigh, Folder 516 Reprinted magazine article from "Town and Country Review" of Biographical Sketch of W. R. Leigh, "An Artist of Distinction"

Folder 516

early 20th century
Reprinted magazine article from "Town and Country Review" of Biographical Sketch of W. R. Leigh, "An Artist of Distinction"

Folder 516

early 20th century