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Lorene Jackson Western Art and Illustration Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections
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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
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
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
Several of Will James titles are included in Jackson’s Texana collection:
These are titles written about Will James:
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,
Other titles pertinent to the manuscript collection contents include:
Correspndence between Lorene Jackson and Souther Methodist University's DeGolyer Library.
Catalogs from the Will James Art Company and the Mountain Press Publishing Company.
Photocopy of an article written by Les Davies.
Photocopy of an article written by Will James, published in Something about the Author, vol.19.
Photocopy of an article written by Will James in the Southwest Review, Vol. X, No. 4, July 1925.
Photocopy of "Watched by Wild Animals" by Enos A. Mills, with illustrations by Will James.
Photocopy of a poem written by May Davison Rhodes.
Photocopy of a poem written by Maxwell Struthers Burt.
Photocopy of an article written by J. Frank Dobie.
Photocopy of an article written by Gwendolyn Clancy, published in Nevada, September/October 1990.
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.
A photocopy of A Texas Ranger by N.A. Jennings with a foreword by J. Frank Dobie.
Clippings about Clayton Moore and Will James.
This folder contains pamphlets from Will James exhibits.
This folder contains biographical information, articles, and photos about Leander Harvey McNelly.
This folder contains drawings from J.M. Wong.
This folder contains photocopies of reproductions of Will James' works.
This folder contains greeting cards, postcards, and paper with printed with Will James' works created in the 1920s -1930s. Includes one photo.
Flat Storage prints.
Posters from the Will James movies titled Sand and Smoky.
Items were originally framed.
Two copies of calendar housed with oversized items.
Poster on the December 29, 1845 annexation of the Republic of Texas.
Reproduction of print from the Virginia Snook Collection, Yellowstone Art Center, Billings, Montana.
This item is a poster from the exhibition tour.
This item is a poster from the exhibition held at the Philmount Museum, May 17-October 17, 1992.
Poster advertising reprinted editions of Will James' work by the Mountain Press Publishing Company.
This is a first edition, 689/1000, by Yellowstone Valley Prints, 1980.