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
Letter with envelope from Leigh to Mother at Christmas including small sketches of himself at an easel and a clever still life of nuts and fruit

Folder 122

December 24, 1884
Letter with envelope from Leigh to Mother describing th American Club Christmas festivities with candles of red, white and blue lighted simultaneously

Folder 123

December 29, 1884
Letter with envelope from Leigh to Mother concerning his early tries at ice skating and regret that the etchings he sent were given to the wrong recipients

Folder 125

January 17, 1885
Letter with envelope from Leigh to Mother explaining that sickness kept him from writing sooner but overall good health this winter

Folder 126

January 20, 1885
Letter from Leigh to Mother inquiring about the future prospects of his relatives,Tommy, Rawleigh, Watkins and Colstone

Folder 127

January 25, 1885
Letter with envelope from Leigh to his brother, Rawleigh T.C. Leigh in West Virginia telling of a German songbook and a recent sword fight he and his friend witnessed

Folder 128

February 1, 1885
Letter with envelope from Leigh to Mother telling that he has four cavities

Folder 130

February 15, 1885
Letter with envelope from Leigh to Mother hoping for a trip to Venice at Easter and explaining his hope to have new inspiration for drawing

Folder 131

February 22, 1885
Letter and envelope from Leigh to Mother regretting the death of his cousin, Eddie Williams

Folder 132

March 1, 1885
Letter and envelope from Leigh to Mother about working on several trial drawings to be presented for decisions on which students will be expelled before Easter

Folder 133

March 8, 1885
Letter and envelope from Leigh to his mother regarding attending church and music in the square afterwards

Folder 134

March 15, 1885
Letter and envelope from Leigh to his mother regarding trip to Venice

Folder 135

March 22, 1885
Letter and envelope from Leigh to his mother regarding trip to Venice and rail to Innsbruck, Brenner Pass, and Verona

Folder 136

March 29, 1885
Letter and envelope from Leigh to his mother regarding return to Munich and the Academy opening

Folder 137

April 19, 1885
Letter and envelope from Leigh to his mother regarding account of trip to Innsbruck and Brenner Pass

Folder 138

April 26, 1885
Letter and envelope from Leigh to his mother describing trip from Brenner Pass to Verona

Folder 139

May 5, 1885
Letter and envelope from Leigh to his mother regarding drawing class and an account of trip to Verona and Venice

Folder 140

May 14, 1885
Letter and envelope from Leigh to his mother describing his stay in Venice

Folder 141

May 18, 1885
Letter and envelope from Leigh to his mother regarding his stay in Venice

Folder 142

May 24, 1885
Letter from B. W. Leigh, William R. Leigh's brother, to his mother regarding his work on the N. and N. W. Railroad in Texas

Folder 143

May 31, 1885
Letter and envelope from Leigh to his mother regarding his trip to Venice

Folder 144

June 4, 1885
Letter and envelope from Leigh to his mother regarding his trip to Venice

Folder 145

June 10, 1885
Letter and envelope from Leigh to his mother describing conclusion of Venice trip and his return trip to Munich

Folder 146

June 17, 1885
Letter and envelope from Leigh to his mother regarding students' life-size nude drawings and award recipients

Folder 147

June 22, 1885
Letter and envelope from Leigh to his mother regarding summer break plans

Folder 148

July 1, 1885
Letter and envelope from Leigh to his mother requesting money

Folder 149

July 12, 1885
Letter and envelope from Leigh to his mother describing medals won and study plans for the next term

Folder 150

July 17, 1885
Letter and envelope from Leigh to his mother informing her that he is in Chiemsee

Folder 151

August 2, 1885
Letter and envelope from Leigh to his mother regarding sketching and painting at Chiemsee

Folder 152

August 9, 1885
Letter from Leigh to his mother regarding swimming, boating, and beer at Chiemsee

Folder 153

August 16, 1885
Letter and envelope from Leigh to his mother regarding possibility of Academy fees doubling for foreign students

Folder 154

August 24, 1885
Letter and envelope from Leigh to his mother regarding difficulty sketching, painting, and swimming in Chiemsee weather

Folder 155

August 30, 1885
Letter and envelope from Leigh to his mother about dance and steamboat trip

Folder 159

September 20, 1885
Letter from Leigh to his mother about money and painting

Folder 160

September 27, 1885
Letter and envelope from Leigh to his mother from Chiemsee and enclosing two sketches

Folder 158

September 16, 1885
Letter and envelope from Leigh to his mother who now approves his staying in another year, and his return to Munich

Folder 161

October 8, 1885
Letter and envelope from Leigh to his mother recalling Miss Raupp at Chiemsee dances, his afternoon painting schedule, and etchings sent home and to art dealer

Folder 162

October 28, 1885
Letter from Leigh to Uncle (Alfred) regarding money orders, his drawing and painting schedule, and American Club exhibitions

Folder 165

November 9, 1885
Letter and envelope from Leigh to his mother regarding Meyer's withdrawal from painting school

Folder 168

November 30, 1885
Letter and envelope from Leigh to his mother concerning skating and difficulty painting during holidays

Folder 169

December 6, 1885
Letter and envelope from Leigh to his mother regarding recent drawings and approval of submissions

Folder 170

December 14, 1885
Letter and envelope from Leigh to his mother regarding painting through Christmas and possible sales of personal art works

Folder 171

December 20, 1885
Letter and envelope from Leigh to his mother regarding money and family matters

Folder 172

December 28, 1885
Letter and envelope from Leigh to his mother regarding money issues

Folder 173

February 2, 1886
Letter and envelope from Leigh to his mother regarding borrowed money from Uncle Chapman and the land lady increasing rent

Folder 174

March 1, 1886
Letter and envelope from Leigh to his mother regarding painting and work on nude figure

Folder 176

March 13, 1886
Letter and envelope from Leigh to his mother regarding money received and new address

Folder 175

March 9, 1886
Letter and envelope from Leigh to his mother about plays seen and fight between Germans and Greeks

Folder 177

March 25, 1886
Letter and envelope from Leigh to his mother regarding money, walk through countryside and proposed trip to Tyrol

Folder 178

March 30, 1886
Letter and envelope from Leigh to his mother about end of term and upcoming trip to Tyrol

Folder 179

April 6, 1886