Guide to the Clare Leighton Papers, 1940-1968
Clare Ellaline Hope Leighton was an English printmaker who immigrated to the United States in 1939. The Clare Leighton Papers date from the mid-twentieth century and include woodblocks, preparatory prints and drawings, engravings, and correspondence related to Leighton's artistic practice.
- Collection Number
- Clare Leighton papers
- Leighton, Clare, 1898-1989
- 5.8 Linear Feet, 594 Items
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Material in English
The Clare Leighton Papers document Leighton's artistic production, and particularly her illustrations for the book Southern Harvest, published by the Macmillan Company in 1942, and The Frank C. Brown Collection of North Carolina Folklore, a seven-volume series published by Duke University Press from 1952-1964.
Materials in the collection include printer's proofs, preparatory sketches and prints, sketches, engravings, and a limited amount of correspondence related to the publication of Southern Harvest and to the acquisition of the Clare Leighton Papers.
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The Woodblocks series contains a number of Leighton's blocks used for her wood engravings.
Corn Husking, Baptizing, Fishing in Creek, Tobacco Barons, Sorghum, Coon Hunt, All Day Singing, Quilting Party, Herb Gatherers, Washing Clothes, Cockfight, Weeding Tobacco Bed, Dante Bookplate, Still, Wreck (block broken), Village Lovers, Windblown Tree, Cotton Picking, Centenarian, Chopping Cotton, Cotton Pickers, Spring House, Catfish, Cypress Swamp, and Mountain Girl
This series contains preparatory sketches and various sizes of prints. Some of these materials were used in the preparation of Leighton's book, Summer Harvest, and for her illustrations in the volumes of The Frank C. Brown Collection of North Carolina Folklore and Henry David Thoreau.
The Correspondence series includes limited documentation of Leighton's publication of Summer Harvest, as well as some materials related to the acquisition of the Clare Leighton Papers and art objects by the Rubenstein Library.
5. Other Works
This series contains materials relating to Clare Leighton's other artistic works.
Clare Leighton was born in England in 1898. She studied at Brighton College of Art and the Central and Slade Schools in London. Leighton is best known for her books of stories and illustrations of agrarian subjects and the American South. The artist was a member of Duke University's Department of Art, Aesthetics, and Music from 1943 to 1945 and was awarded several prizes for her artistic achievements.
For more information, see Hickman, Caroline. "Clare Leighton and the American South." Duke Library Magazine Vol. 17, No. 3 (Spring/Summer 2004).
[Identification of item], Clare Leighton Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
The Clare Leighton Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift.
Processed by Elisabeth Narkin, February 2013
Encoded by Elisabeth Narkin, Meghan Lyon, February 2013
Updated to include unnumbered accession, Alice Poffinberger, January 2016
Accession(s) described in this finding aid: UA 1993-0116, 2013-0008
Materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.