01/AR0859 Guide to the Lorene Jackson Western Art and Illustration Collection Jackson, Lorene Western Art and Illustration Collection Finding Aid Authors: E. Aparicio and Hailey LaRock.

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Guide to the Lorene Jackson Western Art and Illustration Collection University of North Texas Special Collections Overview of the Collection Lorene Jackson Western Art and Illustration Collection Undated - 2010 01/AR0859 2.00 English University of North Texas Special Collections
University of North Texas, Wilis Library 1155 Union Circle # 305190 Denton, TX, URL: http://libiow.library.unt.edu/Archon321
A collection of papers and prints with a primary focus on western artist and author Will James.
Administrative Information Acquisition Information:

Gift.

Accruals:

2015-044

Conditions Governing Use:

Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Special Collections department. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is not restricted.

Preferred Citation:

Lorene Jackson Western Art and Illustration Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections

Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements:

This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hour notice prior to use.

Scope and Contents

The Lorene Jackson Western Art and Illustration Collection showcases Lorene Jackson’s admiration for the West in art and literature. It is a manuscript collection of correspondence between Jackson and Southern Methodist University's De Golyer Library regarding the Library of Texas, publications which include articles and clippings, subject files which include research on Texas Ranger Leander McNelly and illustrator J.M. Wong, posters of movie stills from Sand and Smoky, prints with reproductions of Will James' artwork including greeting cards, stationery, and oversize prints.

The collection's focus is on Will James who was an author and artist of the American West and the legend of the Cowboy. James wrote and illustrated many novels and short stories during his career including Smoky the Cowhorse, Sand, Lone Cowboy, and The Three Mustangs. Five feature films were made from works created by James: Dymka, Shoot Out, Smoky, Sand, and Lone Cowboy. The collection highlights the prolific career of Will James with its inclusion of articles about the American West in the papers series as well as the many illustrations showcased in the prints series.

The manuscript materials are part of a larger collection of Western books donated by Lorene Jackson’s son, Marc Jackson. Both the book and manuscript collections celebrate the iconic American West and how it has inspired many authors, illustrators, and photographers to capture and document its allegorical nature. Throughout many of the works included in the collection, the American West is itself a character in its own right, as well as the idea of freedom. In this landscape, which exemplifies the dualism of creation and ruin, the legend of the Cowboy, as well as the legend of animals such as Smoky the Cowhorse, is built upon a delicate relationship with the West; shaping characters to echo the transformations seen in the land.

Several of Will James titles are included in Jackson’s Texana collection: The dark horse (1939); The drifting cowboy (1925); Horses I’ve Known (1940); Lone Cowboy; my life story (1930); Sand (1929); Scorpion, a good bad horse (1936); Smoky, the Cowhorse (1929, 1957); Sun up: tales of the cow camps (1931); and The three mustangers (1933).

These are titles written about Will James: Ride for the high points: the real story of Will James (1987); Will James, The Gilt Edged Cowboy (1930); Will James: the life and works of a lone cowboy (1987); and Will James: the spirit of the cowboy (1985).

Jackson was a member of the Will James Society – a society founded in 1992 dedicated to preserving the memory of Will James – and also collected the society’s periodical, Cowboys north and south. Issues from Fall 1993 to Spring 2010 are included in Jackson’s Texana Collection.

Other titles pertinent to the manuscript collection contents include: The Alamo story: from early history to current conflicts (2000); Leander McNelly: Texas Ranger: he just kept on keepin’ on (1998); The log of a cowboy: a narrative of the old trail days (1964, 1996); Old ranches of the Texas Plains: an exhibit of paintings (2001); Powder River; let ‘er buck (1938); Songs of the cowboys (1921); Taming the Nueces Strip; the story of McNelly’s rangers (1962); The West: a treasury of art and literature (1994); The west that was; from Texas to Montana (1958); Western Words: a dictionary of the American West (1968). Titles from the De Golyer Library and William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies: The Diary of William Fairfax Gray: from Virginia to Texas, 1835-1837 (1997); Narrative of the Texan Santa Fe expedition comprising a description of a tour through Texas and across the great Southwestern prairies, the Camanche and Caygua hunting grounds, with an account of the sufferings from the want of food, losses from hostile Indians, and final capture of the Texans and their march, as prisoners, to the city of Mexico (2004); and North America, particularly Texas, in the year 1849: a travel account: a book for emigrants, especially for persons enthusiastic about emigration (1999).

Detailed List of Contents id144713 1 Papers and Prints undated - 2010 708156 id144716 1 1 Correspondence 2000-2001 Scope and Contents

Correspndence between Lorene Jackson and Souther Methodist University's DeGolyer Library.

id144717 1 2 Publications - Art and Publishing Company catalogs undated - 1997 Scope and Contents

Catalogs from the Will James Art Company and the Mountain Press Publishing Company.

id144718 1 3 Publications - Articles undated - 1993 id144753 1 3 "Will James: The CS Connection" undated Scope and Contents

Photocopy of an article written by Les Davies.

id144754 1 3 "Smoky the Cow Horse" undated Scope and Contents

Photocopy of an article written by Will James, published in Something about the Author, vol.19.

id144755 1 3 "Filling in the Cracks" 1925 Scope and Contents

Photocopy of an article written by Will James in the Southwest Review, Vol. X, No. 4, July 1925.

id144756 1 3 "Watched by Wild Animals" 1927 Scope and Contents

Photocopy of "Watched by Wild Animals" by Enos A. Mills, with illustrations by Will James.

id144757 1 3 "The Hired Man on Horseback" 1938 Scope and Contents

Photocopy of a poem written by May Davison Rhodes.

id144758 1 3 "Powder River, Let 'Er Buck" 1938 Scope and Contents

Photocopy of a poem written by Maxwell Struthers Burt.

id144759 1 3 "Life and Literature of the Southwest: Both Knowledge and Wisdom" 1969 Scope and Contents

Photocopy of an article written by J. Frank Dobie.

id144760 1 3 "In Search of Will James" 1990 Scope and Contents

Photocopy of an article written by Gwendolyn Clancy, published in Nevada, September/October 1990.

id144761 1 3 "The Story of the Alamo: Thirteen fateful days in 1836" 1993 Scope and Contents

Article published by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. Also includes a pamphlet titled, "The Alamo," and a photocopy of almanac facts on the Alamo.

id144719 1 4 Publications - Book - A Texas Ranger 1936 Scope and Contents

A photocopy of A Texas Ranger by N.A. Jennings with a foreword by J. Frank Dobie.

id144720 1 5 Publications - Clippings undated - 2010 Scope and Contents

Clippings about Clayton Moore and Will James.

id144721 1 6 Publications - Exhibit pamphlets 1993-1998 Scope and Contents

This folder contains pamphlets from Will James exhibits.

id144722 1 7 Subject Files: McNelly, Leander Harvey 1996 Scope and Contents

This folder contains biographical information, articles, and photos about Leander Harvey McNelly.

id144723 1 8 Subject Files: Wong, J.M. 1982-1985 Scope and Contents

This folder contains drawings from J.M. Wong.

id144789 1 9 Prints - Vertical Files - Reproductions 1925 - 1936 Scope and Contents

This folder contains photocopies of reproductions of Will James' works.

id144724 1 10 Prints - Vertical files - Stationary undated - 1980 Scope and Contents

This folder contains greeting cards, postcards, and paper with printed with Will James' works created in the 1920s -1930s. Includes one photo.

id144534 2 Posters and Prints 1925 - 1966 663071 Scope and Contents

Flat Storage prints.

id144790 2 1 Posters - Sand, Smoky 1946 - 1966 Scope and Contents

Posters from the Will James movies titled Sand and Smoky.

id144791 2 2 Poster and Print - Untitled, Smoky 1925, 1966 Scope and Contents

Items were originally framed.

id144792 2 1995 Will James Society calender 1995 663071 Scope and Contents

Two copies of calendar housed with oversized items.

id162709 2 Sepia tone reproduction of a lithograph, image is of a rural scene with windmill, signature reads "Hill/77" 1977 id162710 2 Color print of the Alamo, by P.L. Hohnstoet id162711 2 Brochure on the Alamo-La Bahia Corridor id162712 2 1961 reproduction of an 1845 map of Texas 1961 id162713 2 Reproduction of an 1839 map of Texas id162714 2 "Texas 1850" 1986-11 Scope and Contents

Poster on the December 29, 1845 annexation of the Republic of Texas.

id144793 1 Posters and Prints undated - 1993 id144794 1 Will James, I was right with 'em that little scrap we'd have Housed in Map Case 1, drawer 1A. 1924 Scope and Contents

Reproduction of print from the Virginia Snook Collection, Yellowstone Art Center, Billings, Montana.

id144795 1 Will James "The Spirit of the Cowboy" Housed in Map Case 1, drawer 1A. 1985-1986 Scope and Contents

This item is a poster from the exhibition tour.

id144796 1 "Lone Cowboy" - Art by Will James 1992 Scope and Contents

This item is a poster from the exhibition held at the Philmount Museum, May 17-October 17, 1992.

id162715 1 "The Tumbleweed Series by Will James," poster Housed in Map Case 1, drawer 1A. Scope and Contents

Poster advertising reprinted editions of Will James' work by the Mountain Press Publishing Company.

id162716 1 Will James Society poster Housed in Map Case 1, drawer 1A. id162717 1 Reproduction poster of Edward S. Curtis's 1904 photograph, "Canon de Chelly" Housed in Map Case 1, drawer 1A. id162718 1 "Chuckwagon Chronicles; The Photographic Legacy of Livestock Reporter Frank Reeves," poster Housed in Map Case 1, drawer 1A. id162719 1 Poster reproduction of "Practicing at Home" by Will James Housed in Map Case 1, drawer 1A. Scope and Contents

This is a first edition, 689/1000, by Yellowstone Valley Prints, 1980.