Lorene Jackson Western Art and Illustration Collection, Undated - 2010Add to your cart.

By E. Aparicio and Hailey LaRock

Collection Overview

Title: Lorene Jackson Western Art and Illustration Collection, Undated - 2010Add to your cart.
ID: 01/ AR0859
Extent: 2.0 Boxes
Date Acquired: 09/00/2015. More info below under Accruals.
Languages: English


A collection of papers and prints with a primary focus on western artist and author Will James.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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).

Access Information

Access Restrictions:

This collection is not restricted.

Use Restrictions:

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

Physical Access Note:

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

Reading Room or Duplication Requests

Depending on any access restrictions noted above, you may be able to request items be delivered to our reading room, or that we make reproductions for you. Just click on either the or icons in the listings below to be routed to our request form.

Administrative Information

Repository: University of North Texas Special Collections
Accruals: 2015-044
Acquisition Source: Marc Jackson
Acquisition Method: Gift.
Preferred Citation: Lorene Jackson Western Art and Illustration Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections


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Box and Folder Listing

  • Box 1: Papers and Prints, undated - 2010Add to your cart.

    Barcode: 708156
    • Folder 1: Correspondence, 2000-2001Add to your cart.

      Correspndence between Lorene Jackson and Souther Methodist University's DeGolyer Library.
    • Folder 2: Publications - Art and Publishing Company catalogs, undated - 1997Add to your cart.

      Catalogs from the Will James Art Company and the Mountain Press Publishing Company.
    • Folder 3: Publications - Articles, undated - 1993Add to your cart.

      • Item 1: "Will James: The CS Connection", undatedAdd to your cart.

        Photocopy of an article written by Les Davies.
      • Item 2: "Smoky the Cow Horse", undatedAdd to your cart.

        Photocopy of an article written by Will James, published in Something about the Author, vol.19.
      • Item 3: "Filling in the Cracks", 1925Add to your cart.

        Photocopy of an article written by Will James in the Southwest Review, Vol. X, No. 4, July 1925.
      • Item 4: "Watched by Wild Animals", 1927Add to your cart.

        Photocopy of "Watched by Wild Animals" by Enos A. Mills, with illustrations by Will James.
      • Item 5: "The Hired Man on Horseback", 1938Add to your cart.

        Photocopy of a poem written by May Davison Rhodes.
      • Item 6: "Powder River, Let 'Er Buck", 1938Add to your cart.

        Photocopy of a poem written by Maxwell Struthers Burt.
      • Item 7: "Life and Literature of the Southwest: Both Knowledge and Wisdom", 1969Add to your cart.

        Photocopy of an article written by J. Frank Dobie.
      • Item 8: "In Search of Will James", 1990Add to your cart.

        Photocopy of an article written by Gwendolyn Clancy, published in Nevada, September/October 1990.
      • Item 9: "The Story of the Alamo: Thirteen fateful days in 1836", 1993Add to your cart.

        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.
    • Folder 4: Publications - Book - A Texas Ranger, 1936Add to your cart.

      A photocopy of A Texas Ranger by N.A. Jennings with a foreword by J. Frank Dobie.
    • Folder 5: Publications - Clippings, undated - 2010Add to your cart.

      Clippings about Clayton Moore and Will James.
    • Folder 6: Publications - Exhibit pamphlets, 1993-1998Add to your cart.

      This folder contains pamphlets from Will James exhibits.
    • Folder 7: Subject Files: McNelly, Leander Harvey, 1996Add to your cart.

      This folder contains biographical information, articles, and photos about Leander Harvey McNelly.
    • Folder 8: Subject Files: Wong, J.M., 1982-1985Add to your cart.

      This folder contains drawings from J.M. Wong.
    • Folder 9: Prints - Vertical Files - Reproductions, 1925 - 1936Add to your cart.

      This folder contains photocopies of reproductions of Will James' works.
    • Folder 10: Prints - Vertical files - Stationary, undated - 1980Add to your cart.

      This folder contains greeting cards, postcards, and paper with printed with Will James' works created in the 1920s -1930s. Includes one photo.
  • Box 2: Posters and Prints, 1925 - 1966Add to your cart.

    Flat Storage prints.
    Barcode: 663071
    • Folder 1: Posters - Sand, Smoky, 1946 - 1966Add to your cart.

      Posters from the Will James movies titled Sand and Smoky.
    • Folder 2: Poster and Print - Untitled, Smoky, 1925, 1966Add to your cart.

      Items were originally framed.
    • Item 1: 1995 Will James Society calender, 1995Add to your cart.

      Two copies of calendar housed with oversized items.
      Barcode: 663071
    • Item 2: Sepia tone reproduction of a lithograph, image is of a rural scene with windmill, signature reads "Hill/77", 1977Add to your cart.

    • Item 3: Color print of the Alamo, by P.L. HohnstoetAdd to your cart.

    • Item 4: Brochure on the Alamo-La Bahia CorridorAdd to your cart.

    • Item 5: 1961 reproduction of an 1845 map of Texas, 1961Add to your cart.

    • Item 6: Reproduction of an 1839 map of TexasAdd to your cart.

    • Item 7: "Texas 1850", 1986-11Add to your cart.

      Poster on the December 29, 1845 annexation of the Republic of Texas.
  • Map Case 1: Posters and Prints, undated - 1993Add to your cart.

    • Item 1: Will James, I was right with 'em that little scrap we'd have, 1924Add to your cart.

      Reproduction of print from the Virginia Snook Collection, Yellowstone Art Center, Billings, Montana.
    • Item 2: Will James "The Spirit of the Cowboy", 1985-1986Add to your cart.

      This item is a poster from the exhibition tour.
    • Item 3: "Lone Cowboy" - Art by Will James, 1992Add to your cart.

      This item is a poster from the exhibition held at the Philmount Museum, May 17-October 17, 1992.
    • Item 4: "The Tumbleweed Series by Will James," posterAdd to your cart.

      Poster advertising reprinted editions of Will James' work by the Mountain Press Publishing Company.
    • Item 5: Will James Society posterAdd to your cart.

    • Item 6: Reproduction poster of Edward S. Curtis's 1904 photograph, "Canon de Chelly"Add to your cart.

    • Item 7: "Chuckwagon Chronicles; The Photographic Legacy of Livestock Reporter Frank Reeves," posterAdd to your cart.

    • Item 8: Poster reproduction of "Practicing at Home" by Will JamesAdd to your cart.

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

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