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
Story ideas appraisals and others

Folder 462

early 20th century
Note on The Individuality Imbecility

Folder 462

early 20th century
List of rhyming words

Folder 462

early 20th century
Note for part of a story

Folder 462

early 20th century
Notes opposing Christianity and the English aristocracy

Folder 462

early 20th century
Ideas for stories

Folder 462

early 20th century
Ideas for stories

Folder 462

early 20th century
List of unusual words

Folder 462

early 20th century
Ideas for stories

Folder 462

early 20th century
Thoughts on Absinthe

Folder 462

early 20th century
Definitions of rubrics and secular notions

Folder 462

early 20th century
Thoughts on "Original Sin"

Folder 462

early 20th century
List of ideas for stories and books to be written

Folder 462

early 20th century
Comments on a man's problems

Folder 462

early 20th century
"The Victim…Which?"

Folder 462

early 20th century
"The Educated Fool"

Folder 462

early 20th century
Incomplete thought for a poem

Folder 462

early 20th century
List of words, minerals and other

Folder 462

early 20th century
Notes on humans' abilities to think

Folder 462

early 20th century
Poem mentioning Hitler and Wilson

Folder 462

early 20th century
"There is a land of light somewhere"

Folder 462

early 20th century
List of reproductions of Leigh's paintings appearing in publications since 1910

Folder 497

1910 - 1948
Fourteen captions for Leigh's pictures sent to Grand Central Galleries

Folder 498

1937
"Love"

Folder 440

early 20th century
"The Incubus of Fashion"

Folder 440

early 20th century
"Bluffing"

Folder 440

early 20th century
Letter and copy from Leigh to Mr. Percival Vivian of Shakespeare Theatre regarding an advertising plan for Leigh's play "Clipt Wings"

Folder 330A

January 27, 1933
Letter from H.S. Howard to Leigh discussing Leigh's play "Clipt Wings"

Folder 330A

January 29, 1931
Poem "The Two Poets" by C.W. Hopper on Shakespeare and Burns differences, thinking that Burns was lowly born while Shakespeare may have been Queen Elizabeth's son

Folder 330A

20th century
Letter from William H. Perkins and Lillian Barlow to Leigh concerning their mutual concepts about Shakespeare being Queen Elizabeth's son

Folder 330A

September 26, 1930
Note from National Arts Club to Leigh about a review in Variety of a play "Elizabeth the Queen" remarking that Leigh's play would have been better

Folder 330A

20th century
A letter to the editor of New York Evening Post from anonymous reader regretting that Leigh's play, "Clipt Wings" claims that Queen Elizabeth had illegitimate sons

Folder 330A

June 4, 1930
A letter to the editor of The Brooklyn Daily Eagle from anonymous reader regretting that Leigh's play, "Clipt Wings" claims that Queen Elizabeth had illegitimate sons

Folder 330A

June 6, 1930
A letter from Julius Hopp of the Shakespeare Theatre of New York informing Leigh that the producing director, Percival Vivian is not interesting in producing Leigh's play, "Clipt Wings"

Folder 330A

January 30, 1933
Letter from Leigh to Mr. William Madison in Los Angles hoping to get a copy of Leigh's play, "Clipt Wings" to John Barrymore, hoping that his acting and its controversial subject will make it a famous play

Folder 330A

October 21, 1938
Letter from Harold S. Howard to Leigh discussing Leigh's play and Howard's lack of money

Folder 330A

October 4, 1930
Fourteen page letter from Harold S. Howard to Leigh discussing at length the controversy about Bacon being Shakespeare and how to prove the point

Folder 330A

October 10, 1930
Note from H. S. Howard to Leigh accompanied by a poem about Shakespeare by Howard, hoping to have it read at the meeting of the American Bacon Society

Folder 330A

January 30, 1931
A list of William R. Leigh poems

Folder 434

early 20th century
"The Bogy-Man"

Folder 421

early 20th century
"Dead World - Earth's pallid satellite"

Folder 421

early 20th century
2 drafts of "Job Frontiers" radio program with guest speaker, William R. Leigh

Folder 448

February 21, 1939
Typed copy of Leigh's diary from his Wyoming trip

Folder 453

July 12, 1910 - August 7, 1910
Notes for Mr. Leigh on the first military expedition to New Mexico Territory after the war with Mexico from the Story of New Mexico by Horatio O. Ladd and "Doniphan's Expedition"

Folder 458

early 20th century
2 drafts of essay describing Leigh's panorama painting "The Crucifixion of Christ" housed in Einsiedeln, Switzerland

Folder 445

circa 1880
Newspaper article from Milwaukee Sentinel, Art and Artists: "No 'Modern Art' in Wildlife Paintings at Sports Show"

Folder 491

February 10, 1952
Newspaper article "Named Painter of Year by Women's Club Group" from The New York Times with photo of Leigh

Folder 491

April 19, 1951
Article from Long Island Forum magazine, "Westerns for Ranch Houses" with photo of Leigh painting "Old-Time Longhorn Roundup"

Folder 491

October 1951
Newspaper article "Leigh Painting Received by Museum" from The Cody Times

Folder 491

May 24, 1911
Newspaper article and photo of painting "Hopi Driving a Bargain" from the Christian Science Monitor

Folder 491

September 22, 1951