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 from Leigh to his mother reporting on the cold weather in Munich

Folder 253

January 10, 1892
Letter from Leigh in Stuttgart to "Mother" after visit to Munich and discussing family news and money needed to stay in Munich another two years

Folder 254

September 24, 1893
Letter from Leigh in Stuttgart to "Mother" discussing finding studio with Eckstein in Munich

Folder 255

October 23, 1893
Letter from Mrs. E.E. Lowry in Indiana Territory to Mes. M.W. Leigh concerning death of a son who boarded with Mrs. Lowry

Folder 256

December 6, 1893
Letter and envelope from Leigh in Munich to "Mother" discussing Eckstein and Braun and studio Leigh has taken

Folder 258

January 14, 1894
Letter from Richard to Leigh regarding his trip to Mombasa with comments about Martin Johnson and wife

Folder 352

11/17/1929
Unsigned copy of letter to Ramesh Gupta from Leigh criticizing the play manuscript of The Idol

Folder 330

May 15, 1936
Drafts of Part 7, Chapter 29 of "The Lion Group"

Folder 410

April 1936
Typed draft Part VIII, Chapter 37, Mt. Kilimanjaro, "The Greater Koodoo"

Folder 414

May 17, 1936
Draft, Part 1 of "Frontiers of Enchantment - a Painter's Adventures in Africa"

Folder 416.1

July 1936
Draft, Part 2 of "Frontiers of Enchantment - a Painter's Adventures in Africa"

Folder 416.2

July 1937
Unpublished typescripts of chapters not used in the book

Folder 1938

1938
"Amid the rocks and ferns, forever down"

Folder 427

early 20th century
Notes for a story about a maître 'd hotel

Folder 464

early 20th century
"Come gather around"

Folder 423

early 20th century
Typescript of Leigh's "A Day with a Navajo Shepherd"

Folder 389

early 20th century
Typescript (corrected copy) of Leigh's "The Coward"

Folder 391

1922
Typescript of Leigh's "A Night with an African Herder"

Folder 393

1929
First draft of "Clipt Wings"

Folder 396

1930
Four copies of "Clipt Wings" typescript copyrighted in 1928

Folder 398

1928
Copy of manuscript of "Clipt Wings" submitted to printers, corrected by Min Oehler

Folder 399

circa 1928
Copy of manuscript of "Clipt Wings" submitted to printers, corrected by Min Oehler

Folder 399

circa 1930
Four unbound drafts of "Western Ponies"

Folder 400

1933
1922 pamphlet about Historic Shepherdstown and Jefferson County, West Virginia

Folder 435

early 20th century
"William H. Bonney (The Kid)"

Folder 436

early 20th century
Typed drafts of history and creation of "Pocahontas' painting by William R. Leigh

Folder 441

early 20th century
Carbon copies of memos from Grand Central Art Galleries about "Midnight Ride of Paul Revere" painting

Folder 494

August 1958
Poetry and Prose

Folder 450

early 20th century
Prose about vampires and "blood-sucking"

Folder 450

early 20th century
"The vapid sound and brassy impudence of impotent ignorance"

Folder 450

early 20th century
"And this delightful herb whose living Green…"

Folder 450

early 20th century
"The Manly Art"

Folder 450

early 20th century
"Wontinell do they mean by Hell?"

Folder 450

early 20th century
"Believe me, if all those endearing young charms…"

Folder 450

early 20th century
"Discontent" and "Friendship"

Folder 450

early 20th century
"Hopi Winnowing Grain"

Folder 451

early 20th century
"Grinding Corn" short essay about Hopi maidens

Folder 451

early 20th century
"Mohavi Basket Connoisseur," short essay about Mohave" basket-weaving

Folder 451

early 20th century
"Acceptance without Evidence"

Folder 456

early 20th century
"India"

Folder 456

early 20th century
"Circumstantial Evidence: A Case of Homicide"

Folder 456

early 20th century
"Circumstantial Evidence, A Case of Arsen"

Folder 456

early 20th century
"Doctor's Orders"

Folder 456

early 20th century
"James' Matrimonial Venture"

Folder 456

early 20th century
"American Wife"

Folder 456

early 20th century
"The Hidden Foe" written on the back of typed draft of "A Flash of Genius"

Folder 456

early 20th century
2 pages of suggestions for plays

Folder 456

early 20th century
"Blook and Ability"

Folder 456

early 20th century
"The Conspiracy"

Folder 456

early 20th century
Screenplay for "Mary Randolph"

Folder 456

early 20th century