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
"Religion"

Folder 456

early 20th century
"Democracy"

Folder 459

early 20th century
"Capital" on the ownership or control of natural resources

Folder 459

early 20th century
"Will Occidental Civilization survive?"

Folder 459

early 20th century
Draft for short story "Billy the Kid," pages 13 through 16

Folder 460

early 20th century
Bound copy of Leigh's essay "Painting the Backgrounds (for the African Hall Group)"

Folder 461

early 20th century
Draft essay on "Christ"

Folder 478

1930s
Lists of Color Studies of Burros and Horses

Folder 501

January 1950
List of 48 "Original Pen and Ink Sketches by W.R. Leigh"

Folder 506

March 9, 1948
List of 52 drawings made for "Frontiers of Enchantment"

Folder 506

early 20th century
List of 48 drawings with descriptions for "Frontiers of Enchantment"

Folder 506

early 20th century
Handwritten biographical work on W. R. Leigh

Folder 511

early 20th century
Encyclopedia of American Biography" article on William Robinson Leigh

Folder 512

early 20th century
Typed draft of biography of W. R. Leigh by Margaret Taylor Dry

Folder 513

early 20th century
Essay "A day in the Grand Canyon with a Painter"

Folder 454

early 20th century
"Why Did I Go To Africa?"

Folder 446

circa 1920
Notes to Leigh from Mary Akeley about an autographed copy of his book

Folder 461

early 20th century
Descriptive story of an encounter with "Death"

Folder 462

early 20th century
Newspaper clipping from "The Christian Science Monitor" about Paul Revere's story and the Old North Church

Folder 494

April 1959
Newspaper clipping from "The New York Times" about two Rembrandt portraits bought by the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston

Folder 494

February 6, 1957
Essay by Emma A. Walker, M. D. entitled "The Effects of Absinthism"

Folder 291

circa 1914
Typescript by T.W. Allen regarding Leigh and "Clipt Wings"

Folder 397

1930
Typescripts of untitled work regarding "Art"

Folder 342a

early 20th century
Transmittal note with sketch

Folder 342a

early 20th century
Announcement of Leigh's portfolio publication on "Africa: Land of the Lion," a form letter and mail-in request form for publication

Folder 447

early 20th century
"Government Should Govern"

Folder 438

early 20th century
"Can anybody tell me where this circle begins or ends?"

Folder 438

early 20th century
"The Public"

Folder 438

early 20th century
"The value of painting"

Folder 439

early 20th century
"To the Average Citizen of the USA on The Inferiority Complex in High Places"

Folder 439

early 20th century
"What is the matter with our art?"

Folder 439

early 20th century
Multiple essays and poems related to the topic of art

Folder 466

early 20th century
"Biographical Sketch of William Robinson Leigh, N.A." It is typed in shorthand with references to his marriages, education, travels, paintings (and where they were housed), writings, and address

Folder 514

early 20th century
Typed draft page of biography with large pencil "X" through it and reorganization of paragraphs

Folder 514

early 20th century
Notes for the manuscript of "My Life"

Folder 2

early 20th century
Notes for the manuscript of "My Life"

Folder 2

early 20th century
Notes for the manuscript of "My Life"

Folder 2

early 20th century
Notes for the manuscript of "My Life"

Folder 2

early 20th century
Notes for the manuscript of "My Life"

Folder 2

early 20th century
Notes for the manuscript of "My Life"

Folder 2

early 20th century
Notes for the manuscript of "My Life"

Folder 2

early 20th century
Notes for the manuscript of "My Life"

Folder 2

early 20th century
Note about the display of William R. Leigh's painting "Midnight Ride of Paul Revere" along with Revere's two lanterns

Folder 494

August 1958
List of plants

Folder 462

early 20th century
List of little-used words

Folder 462

early 20th century
Notes on two-headed monster, Priestcraft and Capital

Folder 462

early 20th century
Notes on Truth

Folder 462

early 20th century
List of words

Folder 462

early 20th century
"Break the Power of Tradition"

Folder 462

early 20th century
"Thoughts on a woman"

Folder 462

early 20th century