Table of Contents
- Descriptive Summary
- Access Information
- Use Information
- Acquisition Information
- Processing Information
- Preferred Form of Citation
- Biographical Note
- Scope and Content Note
- Arrangement of the Papers
- Detailed Description of the Collection
- Lighton Family
- Lighton Family Papers
- Inclusive Dates
- MC 779
- 18.85 linear feet (36 boxes)
- Materials are in English.
- Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries
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Papers pertaining to the William Rheem Lighton family were donated to Special Collections by Betty Lighton, Fayetteville, Arkansas, December 1987. Two additional items designated for the collection were identified in the collections in November 2018.
Processed by Nan Lawler, June 1990. Special Collections Division, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville, Arkansas. Updated by Katrina Windon in November 2018 to incorporate Box 31, Folder 1.
Preferred Form of Citation
Lighton Family Papers (MC 779), Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.
See Special Collections Citation Guide for more detailed information on how to cite specific documents from the collection.
The Lightons came to Fayetteville, Arkansas, in 1908 and built Happy Hollow Farm. An article ("The Story of an Arkansas Farm," Saturday Evening Post, 22 January 1910) and later a book about the farm (Happy Hollow Farm, New York: George H. Doran Company, 1914) made W. R. Lighton and Fayetteville famous. Although the family sold Happy Hollow Farm and moved to California around 1919, the women of the family later returned to Fayetteville, and all became prominent in the community. Laura Lighton and Suzanne Chalfant (Peggy Sue) Lighton were active in various local groups and the collection includes papers pertaining to their activities in such organizations as the Perennial Garden Club, the City Library, the Friday Social Club, the Arkansas Bar Association, the Washington County Bar Association, the Arkansas Democratic Women's Club, the League of Women Voters, and the American Red Cross. See series and subseries descriptions for further details on individual family members.
Scope and Content Note
The papers pertain primarily to William Rheem Lighton (1866- 1923), his wife Laura McMaken Lighton (1869-1948) and their children, Dorothy (1893-1967), Louis Duryea (1895-1963), Suzanne Chalfant (1905-1978), and Betty (b. 1912).
Most of the papers were collected and saved by daughters Suzanne and Betty. Included are materials pertaining to their extended family, in particular, Dorothy Lighton's children and grandchildren and Laura McMaken's father, Andrew Campbell McMaken. These include papers pertaining to Andrew McMaken's Civil War service; see Series 7 description for details. Also included are some materials pertaining to close friends Lee Seamster (a Fayetteville judge, later member of the Arkansas Supreme Court, and Suzanne Lighton's legal mentor) and Henry Tovey (music professor at the University of Arkansas).
Arrangement of the Papers
Contents of Collection (31 containers)
- Series 1. Correspondence. Boxes 1-7.
- Subseries 1. 1828-1890.
- Subseries 2. 1890-1914.
- Subseries 3. 1916-1918.
- Subseries 4. 1919-1941.
- Subseries 5. 1941-1945.
- Subseries 6. 1945-1987.
- Series 2. William Rheem Lighton. Boxes 8-13.
- Subseries 1. Personal items, Happy Hollow Farm, movie endeavors.
- Subseries 2. Manuscripts, notebooks and notes for books.
- Subseries 3. Galleys and typescripts.
- Subseries 4. Reprints and clippings.
- Subseries 5. Typescripts of stories and screenplays done in collaboration with Louis Duryea (Bud) Lighton.
- Series 3. Laura McMaken Lighton. Box 14.
- Series 4. Louis Duryea (Bud) Lighton. Boxes 15-17.
- Series 5. Suzanne Chalfant (Peggy Sue) Lighton. Boxes 18-19.
- Series 6. Marjorie (Betty) Lighton. Boxes 20-23.
- Series 7. Dorothy Lighton, Laura McMaken Lighton's extended family, and friends of the Lightons. Box 24.
- Series 8. Photographs. Boxes 25-28.
- Subseries 1. Primarily photographs pertaining to William Rheem Lighton.
- Subseries 2. Primarily photographs pertaining to Laura McMaken Lighton.
- Subseries 3. The Lighton family.
- Subseries 4. Primarily photographs pertaining to Dorothy Lighton and her family.
- Subseries 5. Primarily photographs pertaining to Louis Duryea (Bud) Lighton.
- Subseries 6. Primarily photographs pertaining to Suzanne Lighton.
- Subseries 7. Primarily photographs pertaining to Marjorie (Betty) Lighton.
- Subseries 8. Laura McMaken Lighton's extended family; the North family, Henry Tovey, and other friends; and Fayetteville scenes.
- Subseries 9. Betty Lighton's 35 mm proof sheets.
- Series 9. William Lighton's works, scrapbooks, albums, and other books. Boxes 29-30,
- Subseries 1. William Lighton's works.
- Subseries 2. Scrapbooks and albums.
- Subseries 3. Betty Lighton's college yearbooks, 1931-1934.
Detailed Description of the Collection
The following contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection
series 1: Correspondence,
Almost all correspondence in the collection is in this series. It is arranged chronologically. Letters are mostly among members of the immediate Lighton family, but also included is some correspondence from Thomas A. Edison, Will Rogers, Jimmy Durante, and Erma Bombeck.
The family was split much of the time. Willam Lighton courted Laura McMaken largely through his letters, and after their marriage (8 April 1890 in Atchison, Kansas) he traveled extensively to support the family. During Laura Lighton's confinement with their daughter Suzanne, the two older children stayed with their aunt and corresponded almost daily. Son Louis Duryea (Bud) went to New Mexico in 1916 to gather material (like most of the Lightons, he wanted to be a writer), then joined the Army, where he trained as a pilot, though World War I ended before his training was complete. Daughter Suzanne (also called Peggy Sue) went to Los Angeles after graduation from the University of Arkansas, hoping to become a newspaper reporter. Daughter Marjorie (Betty) joined the Red Cross during World War II, serving in various camps and hospitals.
Many letters are incompletely dated. Dates that can be assumed from incomplete dates, postmarks, or contents of letters are shown in brackets.
subseries 1: Correspondence,
Aside from a small collection of family letters dating from the early nineteenth century (in Folder 1), the correspondence pertains to William Lighton's courtship of Laura McMaken.
|series I: 1||Box 1||Folder 1||
Correspondence, 23 May 1828 - 12 Nov 1880.
|series I: 1||Box 1||Folder 2||
Correspondence, 9 Aug - 9 Oct 1889.
|series I: 1||Box 1||Folder 3||
Correspondence, 11 Oct - 1 Nov 1889.
|series I: 1||Box 1||Folder 4||
Correspondence, 13 Nov - 19 Nov 1889.
|series I: 1||Box 1||Folder 5||
Correspondence, [22 Nov 1889] - 8 Oct .
|series I: 1||Box 1||Folder 6||
Correspondence, 12 Jan - [12 and 13 Feb 1890.]
|series I: 1||Box 1||Folder 7||
Correspondence, 18 Feb - 23 Feb 1890.
|series I: 1||Box 1||Folder 8||
Correspondence, 25 Feb - 2 Mar 1890.
|series I: 1||Box 1||Folder 9||
Correspondence, 3 Mar - 5 Mar 1890, n.d.
subseries 2: Correspondence,
Folders 1 and 2 contain letters pertaining to the marriage of William Lighton to Laura McMaken (8 Apr 1890). Folders 3, 4, 7, and 8 contain letters from William Lighton to Laura McMaken Lighton as he moved about, trying to support the family. Folders 5 and 9 contain letters of condolence at the death of the Lighton's sons William Andrew (1892) and David McMaken (1902). Folders 9 through 12 contain letters to and from the two eldest children, Dorothy and Louis (Bud), who stayed with their aunt during Laura Lighton's confinement with Suzanne. Letters and telegrams pertaining to the birth of the donor, Marjorie (Betty), 1912, are in Folder 14. Some correspondence also pertains to William Lighton's writing.
|series I: 2||Box 2||Folder 1||
Correspondence, 27 Mar - 7 Apr 1890.
|series I: 2||Box 2||Folder 2||
Correspondence, 7 Apr - 29 Apr 1890.
|series I: 2||Box 2||Folder 3||
Correspondence, 1 Mar - 7 Oct 1891.
|series I: 2||Box 2||Folder 4||
Correspondence, 12 Oct - 12 Dec 1891.
|series I: 2||Box 2||Folder 5||
Correspondence, 8 Feb 1892 - 25 Sept 1893.
|series I: 2||Box 2||Folder 6||
Correspondence, 29 Sept 1893 - 5 Nov 1894.
|series I: 2||Box 2||Folder 7||
Correspondence, 7, 8, and 10 Oct 1895 - [Dec 1895.]
|series I: 2||Box 2||Folder 8||
Correspondence, 16 Dec  - 16 Oct 1901.
|series I: 2||Box 2||Folder 9||
Correspondence, 14 Jan 1902 - 18 July 1905.
|series I: 2||Box 2||Folder 10||
Correspondence, [18 July 1905] - 22 July 1905.
|series I: 2||Box 2||Folder 11||
Correspondence, [23 July 1905] - [26 July 1905].
|series I: 2||Box 2||Folder 12||
Correspondence, [26 July 1905] - 4 Aug .
|series I: 2||Box 2||Folder 13||
Correspondence, 8 Aug  - 3 Mar 1912, n.d.
|series I: 2||Box 2||Folder 14||
Correspondence, 16 Nov 1912 - 24 Dec 1914.
subseries 3: Correspondence,
Folders 1-3 contain Louis (Bud) Lighton's letters from New Mexico. Folders 4-8 contain his letters from various Army camps (he was training as a pilot) during World War I.
|series I: 3||Box 3||Folder 1||
Correspondence, [Apr 1916], n.d. Box 3
|series I: 3||Box 3||Folder 2||
|series I: 3||Box 3||Folder 3||
|series I: 3||Box 3||Folder 4||
Correspondence, [May 1917] - [12 June 1917], n.d.
|series I: 3||Box 3||Folder 5||
Correspondence, 12 May 1918 - 24 Sept 1918, n.d.
|series I: 3||Box 3||Folder 6||
Correspondence, 26 Sept 1918 - [1 Oct 1916], n.d.
|series I: 3||Box 3||Folder 7||
Correspondence, 1 - 17 Nov 1918, n.d.
|series I: 3||Box 3||Folder 8||
Correspondence, [17 Nov - 28 Nov 1918].
subseries 4: Correspondence,
Folders 1 and 2 contain correspondence among family members, especially after Laura Lighton returned to Fayetteville in 1919 in preparation for the family's return to Arkansas. Topics include William R. Lighton's hopes for success in Los Angeles and Louis (Bud) Lighton's marriage to Hope Loring (1920). Folder 3 contains letters pertaining to Suzanne Lighton's trip to California in 1928. When the rest of the family moved back to Fayetteville after William Lighton's death, Louis Lighton remained in Los Angeles and became a successful writer and producer. Folders 4-7 contain his letters from Hollywood and include details about the movies he was making.
|series I: 4||Box 4||Folder 1||
|series I: 4||Box 4||Folder 2||
Correspondence, December 1921 - 12 Jan 1926.
|series I: 4||Box 4||Folder 3||
Correspondence, 14 Feb 1927 -1928.
|series I: 4||Box 4||Folder 4||
Correspondence, [21 Dec 1929] - 13 Feb 1936.
|series I: 4||Box 4||Folder 5||
Correspondence, [21 Dec 1936] - [20 Dec 1938].
|series I: 4||Box 4||Folder 6||
Correspondence, 3 Mar 1939 - [28 Apr 1941].
|series I: 4||Box 4||Folder 7||
Correspondence, [Spring, 1941] - 20 Oct 1941.
subseries 5: Correspondence,
Folders 1 and 2 contain letters from Louis (Bud) Lighton with news of movies he was making and of the war's impact on California. Folders 3-6 contain Marjorie (Betty) Lighton's letters from her various Red Cross posts. Folders 7 and 8 contain letters from Louis (Bud) Lighton about his ranch and movie making (Folder 8 also contains a serviceman's letter about Lighton's movie, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn).
|series I: 5||Box 5||Folder 1||
Correspondence, [Dec 1941] - [Aug 1942].
|series I: 5||Box 5||Folder 2||
Correspondence, [20 Dec 1942] - 21 Feb 1943.
|series I: 5||Box 5||Folder 3||
Correspondence, [23 Apr 1943] - 6 May 1943.
|series I: 5||Box 5||Folder 4||
Correspondence, 8 May  -[15 June 1943].
|series I: 5||Box 5||Folder 5||
Correspondence, [19 June 1943] - 29 July 1943.
|series I: 5||Box 5||Folder 6||
Correspondence, [28 and 29 July 1943] - [29 Aug 1943].
|series I: 5||Box 5||Folder 7||
Correspondence, 17 Nov 1943 - [early 1944].
|series I: 5||Box 5||Folder 8||
Correspondence, 31 May 1944 - 16 Apr 1945.
subseries 6: Correspondence,
Box 6 contains letters from Louis (Bud) Lighton about the movies he was making, as well as letters from Greer Garson, Spyros P. Skouras, and a serviceman praising A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and A Bell for Adano. Folders 4 and 5 also include letters from Marjorie (Betty) Lighton from her Red Cross post in Colorado. Folders 1-5 of Box 7 pertain mainly to Laura Lighton's illness and death. Folders 6-12 contain various family letters, including Marjorie (Betty) Lighton's attempt to buy Happy Hollow Farm in 1964 (Folder 10) and correspondence concerning Louis (Bud) Lighton's Wine Glass Ranch in Arizona (Folder 12).
|series I: 6||Box 6||Folder 1||
Correspondence, [15 Aug 1945] - 24 Dec 1945.
|series I: 6||Box 6||Folder 2||
Correspondence, 30 Mar 1946 - 18 July 1946.
|series I: 6||Box 6||Folder 3||
Correspondence, 19 Aug 1946 - 13 Dec 1946.
|series I: 6||Box 6||Folder 4||
Correspondence, [20 Feb 1947] - 4 July 1947.
|series I: 6||Box 6||Folder 5||
Correspondence, [12 Aug 1947] - 31 Oct 1947.
|series I: 6||Box 6||Folder 6||
Correspondence, 3 Nov 1947 - 24 Feb 1948.
|series I: 6||Box 7||Folder 1||
Correspondence, [Feb or Mar 1948] - 28 May 1948.
|series I: 6||Box 7||Folder 2||
Correspondence, [8 June - 1 July 1948].
|series I: 6||Box 7||Folder 3||
Correspondence, [6 -24 July 1948].
|series I: 6||Box 7||Folder 4||
Correspondence, [28 July 1948] - 17 Aug 1948.
|series I: 6||Box 7||Folder 5||
Correspondence, [23 and 24 Aug 1948] - 15 Nov 1948.
|series I: 6||Box 7||Folder 6||
Correspondence, 21 Nov 1948 - Dec 1949.
|series I: 6||Box 7||Folder 7||
Correspondence, 25 Jan 1951 - Dec 1956.
|series I: 6||Box 7||Folder 8||
Correspondence, 12 June 1957 - 15 Sept 1959.
|series I: 6||Box 7||Folder 9||
Correspondence, 9 Jan 1962 - 15 Jan 1964.
|series I: 6||Box 7||Folder 10||
Correspondence, 1 Apr - 25 Apr 1964.
|series I: 6||Box 7||Folder 11||
Correspondence, [3 Jan 1967] - 13 Sept 1967.
|series I: 6||Box 7||Folder 12||
Correspondence, 27 Jan 1985] - 14 Aug 1987.
series 2: William Rheem Lighton,
William Rheem Lighton (whose father was, in William Lighton's words, a "musician and microscopist") was born 13 July 1866 in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, and grew up mostly in Nebraska. A childhood injury kept him out of school for a number of years, but he read voraciously and had already began writing by his thirteenth year. He spent a year teaching school in western New Mexico (not Arizona, as the 1901-02 Who's Who states), but was apparently living with his parents and supporting himself by office work (at least some of it in the business of his brother, Louis) at the time of his marriage to Laura McMaken, 8 April 1890, in Atchison, Kansas.
The couple continued to live with the elder Lightons for several years, during which William Lighton tried a number of money-making schemes to support his family. He was an office worker, stenographer, lawyer (he had apparently been admitted to the bar in Kansas and Nebraska in 1891, though he did not practice law for long), newspaperman, typing and shorthand teacher, and court reporter. Around the turn of the century his success as a freelance writer was established. He wrote regular reports (including several on the 1906 San Francisco earthquake) for the Boston Evening Transcript, sold stories--especially his "Billy Fortune" stories--steadily to magazines, and produced a few moderately successful novels.
In 1908 the Lightons came to Fayetteville, Arkansas, where they bought a run-down farm and William Lighton turned his hand to "scientific agriculture." He built a stone and log house for the family (listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings in 1978) and wrote an article about their adventures for the Saturday Evening Post, "The Story of an Arkansas Farm." The story was enormously popular and resulted in queries from other would-be "Back to the Landers," as well as a continual stream of visitors to the Lightons' Happy Hollow Farm. The article was reprinted by a number of railroads to encourage migration.
The popularity of the article lead to a full-length book, Happy Hollow Farm, illustrated with photographs by early Fayetteville art photographer J. H. Field (the friendship between the two families continued--many later portraits of family members were made by Field).
William Lighton was genuinely interested in new developments in agriculture, and was making plans for a trip to Europe to study latest techniques there when World War I broke out. At about this time, the popularity of his stories also began to decline, so when the opportunity arose to write for the movies, the family sold Happy Hollow Farm and went to Los Angeles. William Lighton wrote the screenplay for one of Will Rogers's earliest movies, Water, Water Everywhere, with Will Rogers playing Billy Fortune. Although both William Lighton and his son had expectations of more movies, this did not happen.
The family decided to move back to Fayetteville and Laura McMaken Lighton returned alone to attempt to buy back Happy Hollow Farm. She could not and instead bought land nearby and built the house known as "Green Tree in the Country." She and their three daughters moved to Fayetteville (Suzanne had by then graduated from Los Angeles High School), while William Lighton and their son remained in California. Before he could join the women in Fayetteville, William Rheem Lighton died suddenly in Los Angeles, 25 January 1923. He was cremated and the ashes scattered.
subseries 1: Personal items, Happy Hollow Farm, movie endeavors,
Included here also are items pertaining to the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and book contracts.
|series II: 1||Box 8||Folder 1||
Scrapbook [made by William Rheem Lighton as a child], including a clipping of an 1881 letter to the editors of the [Ottumwa, IA] Courier signed by "Will Lighton, Louis Lighton, Robert E. Lynch, and others."
|series II: 1||Box 8||Folder 2||
Items and clippings pertaining to William Rheem Lighton in general, 1899-1923. Includes two pieces of sheet music composed by Lighton's father, one with words by W. R. Lighton, in oversize box 31
|series II: 1||Box 8||Folder 3||
Clippings and typescripts pertaining to John Whitcomb Riley and other friends of the Lightons, 1915, n.d
|series II: 1||Box 8||Folder 4||
List of William Lighton's writings [by Laura Lighton] and information about his writings (by Suzanne Lighton), correspondence with William Lighton's literary agent, contracts, 1904-1921, 1968, n.d
|series II: 1||Box 8||Folder 5||
Items pertaining to Lighton's reporting of the San Francisco earthquake, 1906 (see also Series 8, Photographs)
|series II: 1||Box 8||Folder 6||
Clippings of the San Francisco earthquake, 1906. See also oversize box 31
|series II: 1||Box 8||Folder 7||
Legal papers pertaining to Happy Hollow Farm, 1908-1910
|series II: 1||Box 8||Folder 8||
Ledger containing financial records of Happy Hollow Farm, Aug 1908 - Oct 1910, including some notes on building
|series II: 1||Box 8||Folder 9||
Notes by Laura Lighton on Happy Hollow Farm; manuscript, "The Making of an Arkansas Farm."
|series II: 1||Box 8||Folder 10||
Clippings and reprints of Happy Hollow Farm article, 1910, 1914, n.d., including booklets by three railroads
|series II: 1||Box 8||Folder 11||
Items pertaining to response to Happy Hollow Farm article and life at Happy Hollow; contract for book about Happy Hollow Farm, 1910-1919
|series II: 1||Box 8||Folder 12||
Clippings about Happy Hollow Farm (1950-1986); program for dedication of Happy Hollow School (1972)
|series II: 1||Box 8||Folder 13||
Items pertaining to movie, Water, Water Everywhere, starring Will Rogers. (See photographs in Series 8, Photographs.)
|series II: 1||Box 8||Folder 14||
Items pertaining to William Lighton's other efforts in the movie business. See also photographs in oversize box 31
subseries 2: Manuscripts, notebooks, and notes for books
|series II: 2||Box 9||Folder 1||
Manuscript: homemade notebook of William Lighton's writings, 1879-1880
|series II: 2||Box 9||Folder 2||
Manuscript: "Ottumwa, Iowa. Journal of a Boy" (autobiographical material, written at age 13), 1880
|series II: 2||Box 9||Folder 3||
Manuscript: "The Life and Experiences of Jim Holmes". Written by Lighton at age 14 and "Dedicated to my Mother.", 1880
|series II: 2||Box 9||Folder 4||
Three notebooks of story ideas (including notes for Shadow of the Great Rock), clippings, some records of stories submitted
|series II: 2||Box 9||Folder 5||
Notebook containing poetry of William Lighton and 2 pages by Suzanne Lighton, 1923
subseries 3: Galleys and typescripts
|series II: 3||Box 10||Folder 1||
Galleys, "The Heart of a Man" for Ladies' Home Journal, 1905
|series II: 3||Box 10||Folder 2||
Typescripts of poems, short essay, 1913, n.d.
|series II: 3||Box 10||Folder 3||
Typescripts: essays on writing and on stories
|series II: 3||Box 10||Folder 4||
Typescript of Lewis and Clark
|series II: 3||Box 10||Folder 5||
Typescripts of essays on economics, shipbuilding, and agriculture
|series II: 3||Box 10||Folder 6||
Typescript of essay, "The Relations of the Prairies to the Orient."
|series II: 3||Box 10||Folder 7||
Typescripts of article, "The Mississippi Empire," two with drafts of letter, 1919
|series II: 3||Box 10||Folder 8||
Typescripts of essays and articles on the west
|series II: 3||Box 10||Folder 9||
Typescripts of essays and articles on the west
|series II: 3||Box 10||Folder 10||
Typescripts of "Letters to my Boy in Service" (I and II)
|series II: 3||Box 10||Folder 11||
Typescripts of stories
|series II: 3||Box 10||Folder 12||
Typescripts of stories
|series II: 3||Box 10||Folder 13||
Typescripts of stories (Arkansas settings or themes)
|series II: 3||Box 10||Folder 14||
Typescripts of stories [Arkansas settings or themes]
|series II: 3||Box 11||Folder 1||
Typescripts of stories [Nebraska settings or themes]
|series II: 3||Box 11||Folder 2||
Typescripts of stories [Wyoming settings or themes]
|series II: 3||Box 11||Folder 3||
Typescripts of stories [Arizona and New Mexico settings or themes]
|series II: 3||Box 11||Folder 4||
Typescripts of stories [other western settings or themes]
|series II: 3||Box 11||Folder 5||
Typescripts of Brad Betts stories (or start of novel?)
|series II: 3||Box 11||Folder 6||
Typescripts of Judge Jerry stories
|series II: 3||Box 11||Folder 7||
Typescripts of Billy Fortune stories (includes one synopsis for screenplay with letter, 1918
|series II: 3||Box 11||Folder 8||
Typescripts of Billy Fortune stories (plus two fragments of Billy Fortune stories)
|series II: 3||Box 11||Folder 9||
Typed story fragments
|series II: 3||Box 11||Folder 10||
Typescripts and correspondence pertaining to book, The Flaming Sword, 1918
subseries 4: Reprints and clippings.
|series II: 4||Box 12||Folder 1||
"Preliminary Notes on a Study of Atrypa Reticularis, Linn." (clipping from Bulletin of the Washburn College Laboratory of Natural History), by W. R. Lighton (Willam Lighton or his father?); Bound booklet: Essay of Protean Nature, by "The Hermit of Leavenworth" [by Lighton?]
|series II: 4||Box 12||Folder 2||
Booklets, mostly reprints by railroads and other companies of articles
|series II: 4||Box 12||Folder 3||
Clippings of articles, mostly on agriculture. Two clippings in oversize box 31, 1900-1914, n.d.
|series II: 4||Box 12||Folder 4||
Clippings of stories, 1893-1913, n.d.
subseries 5: Typescripts of stories and screenplays done in collaboration with Louis Duryea (Bud) Lighton
|series II: 5||Box 13||Folder 1||
Billy Fortune stories
|series II: 5||Box 13||Folder 2||
|series II: 5||Box 13||Folder 3||
Typescript and carbon copies of novel, The Rooftree: A Story of Home
|series II: 5||Box 13||Folder 4||
series 3: Laura McMaken Lighton,
Laura McMaken (sometimes called "Lola"), born 24 August 1869 in Plattsburg, Nebraska, was from a pioneer family. Her father, Andrew Campbell McMaken, was an early Nebraska settler, and her uncle, Henry McMaken, participated in the first survey of the Territory. Henry's tales of early Nebraska were later gathered in William Lighton's book, Uncle Mac's Nebrasky.
Following her marriage in 1890, Laura McMaken Lighton gave birth to four children who survived to adulthood: Dorothy, Louis (usually called Bud), Suzanne (in her youth usually called Peggy or Peggy Sue), and Marjorie (usually called Betty; the donor of this collection). In addition, there were two sons who died in childhood: William Andrew (1891-1892) and David McMaken (1899- 1902).
Laura Lighton's business skills became apparant after her husband's death. She turned Green Tree in the Country into a tea room (the Green Tree Inn) and also started building and buying and selling property to support her daughters. One of her main properties was the Green Tree Apartments, rented largely by students who called her "Ma Lighton." She became involved in community affairs, particularly the Perennial Garden Club (a major project was the planting and beautification of Arkansas Avenue as a memorial to Will Rogers), the City Library, and the Friday Social Club. She died 8 September 1948.
|series III||Box 14||Folder 1||
Calling cards and other personal items
|series III||Box 14||Folder 2||
Scrapbook, Christmas present from Laura McMaken's mother, 1878
|series III||Box 14||Folder 3||
Clippings and pictures originally laid into scrapbook in Folder 2
|series III||Box 14||Folder 4||
Items pertaining to Laura McMaken's marriage (photograph of church in Series 8, Photographs)
|series III||Box 14||Folder 5||
Notes Laura McMaken Lighton wrote on each anniversary, including events of the past year for each, 1891- 1894
|series III||Box 14||Folder 6||
Items pertaining to family and birthdays
|series III||Box 14||Folder 7||
Diaries, 1899-1902 and 1902; envelope containing locks of children's hair; clippings pertaining to burial of William Andrew Lighton (1892) and to Fayetteville women's activities during flu epidemic (1918; Laura Lighton was a volunteer nurse)
|series III||Box 14||Folder 8||
Personal and household accounts, (see also Volumes 24-25 and oversize box 31), 1898-1940
|series III||Box 14||Folder 9||
Papers pertaining to Laura Lighton's real estate dealings, 1920-1929
|series III||Box 14||Folder 10||
Notebook of Green Tree Inn expenses (see Volume 26 for Green Tree guest book), chattel mortage for Green Tree Apartments furnishings; sheet music inscribed by composer, a former resident of Green Tree Apartments
|series III||Box 14||Folder 11||
Items pertaining to Laura Lighton's travels, 1934-1937
|series III||Box 14||Folder 12||
Items pertaining to Arkansas Avenue beautification, 1931- 1937, 1976
|series III||Box 14||Folder 13||
Items pertaining to Laura Lighton's last birthday (24 August 1948) and death (8 September 1948)
series 4: Louis Duryea Lighton,
Louis Duryea Lighton (usually called Bud) was born 25 November 1895 in Florence, Nebraska. He traveled and worked in New Mexico (William Lighton's parents were living in Albuquerque at the time) and was in the army during World War I. When the rest of the family moved back to Fayetteville after William Lighton's death, Louis Lighton remained in Hollywood, married a script writer, Hope Loring (born 1893), and became a successful writer and producer. Among other movies, he produced A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Captains Courageous, and A Bell for Adano. He had no children, but adopted Hope Loring's daughter, Pat, who later married Thomas H. (Mike) Sword. Louis Lighton and his wife owned ranches in California and Arizona, raising race horses for a while, and later cattle. They retired to Mallorca, Spain, where both died, Hope Loring in 1959, Louis Lighton on 1 February 1963.
|series IV||Box 15||Folder 1||
Personal and military papers, 1917-1941
|series IV||Box 15||Folder 2||
Notes on short story ideas, short story, "Old Lady."
|series IV||Box 15||Folder 3||
Six notebooks of notes and ideas for scenes
|series IV||Box 15||Folder 4||
"Desk Diary" containing notes and ideas for scenes, clippings, and papers
|series IV||Box 15||Folder 5||
Pages removed from looseleaf notebook, containing inventory of works of art and books on horses and the west
|series IV||Box 15||Folder 6||
Items pertaining to Louis Lighton's life work and death
|series IV||Box 15||Folder 7||
Other personal items
|series IV||Box 15||Folder 8||
Clippings, mostly about movies
|series IV||Box 15||Folder 9||
Publicity for Flesh and Blood (from story by Bud) and program for The Circus, starring Charlie Chaplin, 1920?; 1927
|series IV||Box 15||Folder 10||
Other items pertaining to movies: publicity, reviews, programs. See Volume 27 for book, The Virginian, signed by members of cast of Lighton's movie
|series IV||Box 16||Folder 1||
Script, Mr. Coronado (Arizona setting)
|series IV||Box 16||Folder 2||
Script, Soldiers Three, "copy for L. D. Lighton."
|series IV||Box 16||Folder 3||
Script, Lucky Night, "copy for L. D. Lighton"; "Script okayed by: Mr. Lighton."
series 5: Suzanne Chalfant Lighton,
Suzanne Chalfant Lighton (frequently called Peggy Sue) was born 24 July 1905 in Omaha, Nebraska. After graduation from the University of Arkansas in 1925, and her unsuccessful attempt to become a newspaper reporter in California, she did some free-lance writing, then read law with Judge Lee Seamster of Fayetteville and became a lawyer in 1933. She was active in politics (she organized the Arkansas State Democratic Women's Club) and community affairs (in particular, Red Cross blood drives, the Arkansas Bar Association, various social services organizations, and city beautification). She died 15 November 1978.
|series V||Box 17||Folder 1||
Personal items pertaining to Suzanne Lighton's birth, childhood, high school, and college. See also Manuscript Collections Oversize Box 8, 1905-1931
|series V||Box 17||Folder 2||
Mementos of family and friends, including greeting cards, 1938-1969
|series V||Box 17||Folder 3||
Items pertaining to Suzanne Lighton's "shower," (see associated photographs in Series 8, Photographs), 1951
|series V||Box 17||Folder 4||
Other personal items and items pertaining to family and Happy Hollow Farm (see associated photographs in Series 8, Photographs), 1938-1978
|series V||Box 17||Folder 5||
Notes, correspondence, deed, and photos pertaining to the installation of grave markers for the McMaken grandparents, William Andrew Lighton, and David McMaken Lighton, Plattsmouth, Nebraska, 1967-1968. Death certificate for Lydia Lighton and bill for burial, Fayetteville, 1936
|series V||Box 17||Folder 6||
Four diaries and journals: 1 Jan 1922 - 8 Nov 1923, 24 July 1924; 1934 trip west (see associated photographs in Series 8, Photographs); 1936 Democratic National Convention; 1964 trip to England, 1 Jan 1922 - 8 Nov 1923, 24 July 1924; 1934; 1936; 1964
|series V||Box 17||Folder 7||
Suzanne Lighton's accounts: income from freelance writing and legal work, expenses for business, Feb 1933 - Dec 1950
|series V||Box 17||Folder 8||
Papers and accounts pertaining to house at 424 N. Willow, Fayetteville
|series V||Box 17||Folder 9||
Notes for and fragments of stories by Suzanne Lighton
|series V||Box 18||Folder 1||
Notes, typescripts, photocopies of Suzanne Lighton's published articles on fox hunting. See also photo in Series 8, Photographs
|series V||Box 18||Folder 2||
Notes and typescript of article, "The Old Record Book," Washington county record book (2 versions). See photo in Series 8, Photographs, about 1829
|series V||Box 18||Folder 3||
Other articles and fragments by Suzanne Lighton (see associated photos in Series 8, Photographs.)
|series V||Box 18||Folder 4||
Short story, "Cockles for Barley," including several versions and two pages of criticism by [Charles Morrow Wilson]
|series V||Box 18||Folder 5||
Courtroom proceedings; stories or fragments, mostly with courtroom or law enforcement setting
|series V||Box 18||Folder 6||
Clippings on local history and local color; notes on Arkansas and local history
|series V||Box 18||Folder 7||
Items pertaining to Suzanne Lighton's law career: attorney's license, Ft. Smith, January 24, 1941; samples of her stationery and business cards; clippings (1933-1978), letters regarding juvenile court (1978). See also Manuscript Collections Oversize Box 8, 1941; 1933-1978
|series V||Box 18||Folder 8||
[Papers pertaining to the sale of her law business, 1967- 1969, are restricted until the year 2038.], 1967-1969
|series V||Box 18||Folder 9||
Material (1957-1967) pertaining to activities in the Arkansas Bar Association and the Washington County Bar Association (Suzanne Lighton was President 1958-1959), 1957-1967; 1958-1959
|series V||Box 18||Folder 10||
Materials pertaining to politics, 1937-1977
|series V||Box 18||Folder 11||
Materials pertaining to the Arkansas Democratic Women's Club, 1937-1956
|series V||Box 18||Folder 12||
Materials pertaining to League of Women Voters, 1963-1967
|series V||Box 18||Folder 13||
Material pertaining to Estate Planning Council of Northwest Arkansas, 1966-1967
|series V||Box 19||Folder 1||
Card, certificate, stationery, correspondence pertaining to the Red Cross, 1962-1975
|series V||Box 19||Folder 2||
Bylaws, annual reports, minutes, notes pertaining to the Red Cross, 1952-1967
|series V||Box 19||Folder 3||
Information, notes on recruitment of donors, procedures pertaining to the Red Cross blood program
|series V||Box 19||Folder 4||
Printed matter on the Red Cross blood program; clippings and lists of donors for Red Cross Bloodmobile visits, 1973-1976
|series V||Box 19||Folder 5||
Material pertaining to urban renewal, Child-Family Guidance Service, Child Welfare Department, mental health, "Exploring" program, 1960-1965 n.d.
|series V||Box 19||Folder 6||
Correspondence, clippings, press releases, printed matter, and notes pertaining to the Arkansas Chapter, Arthritis and Rheumatism Foundation, 1962-1967
|series V||Box 19||Folder 7||
Material pertaining to Economic Opportunity Study Committee for Washington County, 1965-1966
|series V||Box 19||Folder 8||
Material pertaining to the Ozark Society, especially efforts to save Buffalo River; includes many letters from J. William Fulbright, Winthrop Rockefeller, and others in answer to Suzanne Lighton's letters. , 1965-1967
|series V||Box 19||Folder 9||
Material pertaining to the Citizens' Association of Fayetteville, 1965-1967
|series V||Box 19||Folder 10||
Material pertaining to the Planning, Urban Renewal, and Public Housing Information Committee, Fayetteville, Arkansas, 1966
|series V||Box 19||Folder 11||
Material pertaining to the County Conference on Social Services, 1966
|series V||Box 19||Folder 12||
Material pertaining to Downtown Fayetteville Unlimited, Inc., 1966-1967; Suzanne Lighton's literacy tutoring certificate, 1974; clippings and correspondence concerning landscaping of Arkansas Avenue median, 1975. See Oversize Folder 1 for blueprint of landscape plan. , 1966-1967; 1974; 1975
series 6: Marjorie (Betty) Lighton,
The donor, Marjorie Lighton (usually called Betty), was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, 15 November 1912. She graduated from the College of Industrial Arts (now Texas Women's University) in Denton, Texas, with a major in speech in 1934. That summer she traveled across the country with her mother and sister Suzanne, visiting the Nine Bar Ranch in Wyoming and her brother Louis in Hollywood. Betty Lighton worked for the Triangle Producing Company of Greensboro, North Carolina, in the summer of 1937, producing "home talent" plays--a sort of community theater--and also directed Blackfriar plays at the University of Arkansas. She performed and taught dancing in Fayetteville, was a legal secretary, took radio and speech courses at Northwestern University (summer 1939), and was a court reporter before joining the Red Cross during World War II. In the Red Cross she served at O'Reilly General Hospital, Springfield, Missouri; Camp Crowder Station Hospital, Neosho, Missouri; Bruns General Hospital, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Fitzsimons General Hospital, Denver, Colorado; and traveled throughout fourteen states as Recreation Consultant. Her eyesight began to fail (she and Louis Lighton had the same disability), and she began to seek a career that she could handle with her disability. She worked for the Girl Scouts as a Council Advisor, working out of the Regional Office in Memphis, Tennessee, then was Executive Director of the Knoxville (Tennessee) Girl Scout Council (later enlarged to an Area Council, Tanasi Girl Scout Council). She won a fellowship from the American Foundation for the Blind to the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Social Work, Nashville, 1958-1960, doing field work at the Senior Citizens' Center and the Council of Community Agencies there. After graduation she became Associate Executive Director of the YWCA, Dayton, Ohio, until her retirement back to Fayetteville in 1964.
|series VI||Box 20||Folder 1||
Items pertaining to Betty Lighton's childhood, including early poems
|series VI||Box 20||Folder 2||
Clippings, notes, programs from Betty's high school days (see related photos in Series 8, Photographs) and dance performances (1929 and 1930), 1929-1930
|series VI||Box 20||Folder 3||
Records and programs pertaining to studies at Texas State College for Women, College of Industrial Arts, Denton (CIA). Diploma in Manuscript Collections Oversize Box 8, 1930-1934
|series VI||Box 20||Folder 4||
Betty Lighton's notes and reports, CIA, 1933, n.d.
|series VI||Box 20||Folder 5||
Poems and materials collected as part of speech work at CIA
|series VI||Box 20||Folder 6||
Class notes; copied poems, plays, and essays from speech or drama classes at CIA
|series VI||Box 20||Folder 7||
Items pertaining to plays studied or performed and copies of plays with production notes
|series VI||Box 21||Folder 1||
Typed carbon copies of plays with notes on production
|series VI||Box 21||Folder 2||
Notes for speeches, CIA
|series VI||Box 21||Folder 3||
Program and scripts for "The Painted Doll," a "Musical Extravaganza" presented by junior and senior classes, CIA. See related photo in Series 8, Photographs, 1933
|series VI||Box 21||Folder 4||
Clippings, letters, notes, mostly pertaining to Betty Lighton's activities with CIA Students' Association, 1933-1934
|series VI||Box 21||Folder 5||
Handwritten resume of jobs, 1934-1939; grades, letters, clippings, and certificates pertaining to jobs, 1935-1939, 1934-1939; 1935-1939
|series VI||Box 21||Folder 6||
Grades, clippings, play programs, notes, and class handouts from Northwestern University, 1939
|series VI||Box 21||Folder 7||
Plays with production notes
|series VI||Box 21||Folder 8||
Article, "The 'Lost Generation' Speaks Back," by "Betty Marjorie Lighton", radio script; notes and letter containing local color for planned radio scripts, 1936
|series VI||Box 21||Folder 9||
Typed transcript from Betty Lighton's days as a court reporter, kept for story material
|series VI||Box 21||Folder 10||
Series of radio plays, "Jedge Lem's A-Courting Today," done for class at Northwestern University, 1939
|series VI||Box 21||Folder 11||
"Plan for Series of Broadcasts" and synopses for 25 plays for "Jedge Lem's A-Courtin' Today" series. (At least some of these were based on Fayetteville cases, especially Suzanne Lighton's.)
|series VI||Box 21||Folder 12||
Rewritten versions of the "Jedge Lem's A Courtin' Today" series of radio plays
|series VI||Box 21||Folder 13||
Journal of trip to Chicago and other items pertaining to the start of World War II and Betty Lighton's entering the Red Cross, 1940-1943
|series VI||Box 22||Folder 1||
Schedules, programs, newsletters, reference lists pertaining to Red Cross work as Recreation Worker at O'Reilly General Hospital, Springfield, Missouri (1943-1944) and as Head Recreation Worker at ASF Regional Hospital, Camp Crowder, Neosho, Missouri, (1944-1945); letter of resignation from Red Cross (1945), 1943-1945
|series VI||Box 22||Folder 2||
Mimeographed information sheets for Red Cross workers on mental hygiene, psychotic psychoneurotic patients, recreation programs, and supervision; mimeographed instructions for games and quizzes
|series VI||Box 22||Folder 3||
Memos, notes, bibliographies, information sheets pertaining to work as Area Recreation Consultant (14-state territory) for Red Cross, St. Louis, Missouri
|series VI||Box 22||Folder 4||
Papers Betty Lighton was working on regarding integration of case work and recreation, recreation, and music as therapy
|series VI||Box 22||Folder 5||
Notes from different hospitals visited as Recreation Consultant
|series VI||Box 22||Folder 6||
Clippings, memos, brochures, letters, and papers pertaining to Red Cross work as Head Recreation Worker, Bruns General Hospital, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1946-1946, 1946
|series VI||Box 22||Folder 7||
Reports, 1946, 1946
|series VI||Box 22||Folder 8||
Positive photocopies of letter and patient records, Bruns General Hospital (patients' names have been obliterated on copies; original letters available for research only with special permission), 1946, 1946
|series VI||Box 22||Folder 9||
Manuals, brochures, programs, letters pertaining to Red Cross work as Head Recreation Worker, Fitzsimons General Hospital, Denver, Colorado, 1946-1947
|series VI||Box 22||Folder 10||
Memos concerning cut-back in employees, Betty Lighton's letter of resignation, work performance reviews, cards, and letters, 1947-1948 (for all employee records, positive photocopies with names obliterated are provided for research; originals are available only with special permission)
|series VI||Box 22||Folder 11||
Papers, cards, health report, and certificate for Red Cross service during World War II
|series VI||Box 23||Folder 1||
Correspondence and clippings pertaining to activities after leaving Red Cross, search for a new job, work with Girl Scouts, 1947-1955
|series VI||Box 23||Folder 2||
Material pertaining to Tanasi Girl Scout Council, including correspondence (1979) regarding anniversay of Tanasi, 1979
|series VI||Box 23||Folder 3||
Material, primarily pertaining to work with Girl Scouts, 1949-1958
|series VI||Box 23||Folder 4||
Materials pertaining to Betty's fellowship and studies at University of Tennessee School of Social Work, 1958-1960
|series VI||Box 23||Folder 5||
Correspondence and clippings pertaining to summer work, 1959
|series VI||Box 23||Folder 6||
Betty's thesis, 1960, University of Tennessee Graduate School of Social Work, with copies of survey letter and questionnaire used by Betty for thesis, approval of thesis topic, invitation to commencement exercises.
|series VI||Box 23||Folder 7||
Materials pertaining to job search and employment with YWCA, Dayton, Ohio, 1960-1963
|series VI||Box 23||Folder 8||
Clippings, correspondence, and minutes pertaining to Betty Lighton's activities after retirement; her education and employment history (written October 1987)
|series VI||Box 23||Folder 9||
Other clippings and historical items
series 7: Dorothy Lighton, Laura McMaken Lighton's extended family, and friends of the Lightons
Dorothy Lighton was born 21 April 1893 in South Omaha, Nebraska. After several years as Assistant to the Registrar, University of Arkansas, Dorothy married (12 February 1929) Sidney Wright Benton, a 1917 graduate of the University. They had two children, Meah Elizabeth (Betsy) and William Briant. Betsy married Wiley Washington Murrell, Jr., 6 June 1949, in Fayetteville, and had three children, Wiley Washington III, Rebecca Jane (Becky), and Laura Ann. A number of items, mostly newspaper clippings, pertain to Dorothy Lighton Benton's children and grandchildren. Dorothy Benton died 14 January 1967.
Laura McMaken Lighton's extended family played an important part in William Lighton's writings. Her uncle, Henry McMaken, participated in the first survey of Nebraska Territory, and his tales of early Nebraska were the basis for William Lighton's book, Uncle Mac's Nebrasky. William Lighton's fictitious "Billy Fortune" was based upon Laura Lighton's cousin, Dan Chalfant. His sister, Alice Chalfant Wolfe, and her family homesteaded in Wyoming, establishing the Nine Bar Ranch near Lusk. While visiting the Nine Bar, William Lighton met Dan Chalfant, who had homesteaded the adjoining property. William Lighton returned to the Nine Bar later, in company with an illustrator, to gather further information for his Billy Fortune stories. Much of the material was gathered or saved by Suzanne Lighton, who was interested in family history.
During Laura Lighton's last illness, Suzanne Lighton questioned her and took notes on family history. Included are papers and correspondence pertaining to A. C. McMaken's Civil War service. Andrew McMaken, Company A, First Nebraska Cavalry, enlisted as a private but was promoted to sergeant in October 1861. In December 1863, he resigned in order to accept a commission as second lieutenant of Company C, Sixty- second United States Colored Infantry. During his tour of duty with the Sixty-second, McMaken survived the sinking of the steamboat Planet on February 1, 1864, on the Mississippi River near St. James Parish, Louisiana. McMaken resigned his commission on July 4, 1864, and returned to Nebraska. There he reenlisted as a private with the First Regiment of Nebraska Veteran Volunteer Cavalry and saw service at Fort Kearney, Nebraska, as a quartermaster sergeant. Other than his notice of resignation from the Sixty-second U. S. Colored Infantry, no letters of McMaken from 1861 to 1865 are in the collection, but there are numerous supply returns from Fort Kearney dated 1864 and a report of equipment lost during the sinking of the Planet. Some of McMaken's letters from the late nineteenth century mention his war exploits, and there are numerous pension documents. The collection also includes one letter, dated November 11, 1864, written from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, by Private H. A. Seiffert, Company M, Second Colorado Cavalry. Seiffert, apparently writing to McMaken, describes in detail his experiences during the battle of Westport, Missouri, October 23, 1864, and his regiment's subsequent pursuit of General Sterling Price's retreat toward Arkansas.
Friends include the North Family (neighbors and good friends of Laura McMaken Lighton's in Atchison, Kansas), Judge Lee Seamster (Suzanne Lighton's friend and mentor), and Henry Tovey (a music professor at the University of Arkansas and a close friend of the Lighton family). Like Suzanne Lighton, Seamster was interested local color, and many of his resesarch notes and papers were saved by Suzanne Lighton. Most Seamster material was separated and incorporated into MC 637, Lee A. Seamster Papers.
|series VII||Box 24||Folder 1||
Printing plate for Dorothy's calling cards; card from Betsy to Laura; invitation to Betsy's wedding, 1949; clippings, 1949
|series VII||Box 24||Folder 2||
Pages from family Bible and additional family information (mostly written by Suzanne)
|series VII||Box 24||Folder 3||
Materials pertaining to Andrew Campbell McMaken's Civil War service, 1864-1909, including explanation by Suzanne Lighton (1968) and correspondence concerning where McMaken served (1946). See also oversize box 31 and Manuscript Collections Oversize Box 8, 1864-1909
|series VII||Box 24||Folder 4||
Obituaries, clippings, cards, notices, etc., pertaining to Andrew Campbell McMaken and his family, 1872-1951, 1872-1951
|series VII||Box 24||Folder 5||
Clippings pertaining to the North family. See also photograph album in Series 9
|series VII||Box 24||Folder 6||
Papers pertaining to Lee Seamster and Henry Tovey. See also photographs in Series 8, Photographs
series 8: Photographs
subseries 1: Primarily photographs pertaining to William Rheem Lighton
|series VIII: 1||Box 25||Folder 1||
Photographs 1-4. Portraits of William Rheem Lighton's grandmother and uncle; early portraits of Lighton
|series VIII: 1||Box 25||Folder 2||
Photographs 5-10. Portraits of William Rheem Lighton
|series VIII: 1||Box 25||Folder 3||
Photographs 11-29. Photographs from the San Francisco earthquake, 1906, some with captions by Lighton (see Box 8, Folder 5), 1906
subseries 2: Primarily photographs pertaining to Laura McMaken Lighton
|series VIII: 2||Box 25||Folder 4||
Photographs 30-36. Portraits of Laura McMaken, 1880-1922, 1880-1922
|series VIII: 2||Box 25||Folder 5||
Photographs 37-44. Snapshots of Laura McMaken Lighton, 1928- 1948, 1928-1948
|series VIII: 2||Box 25||Folder 9||
Photographs 81-94. Green Tree in the Country, the Lighton daughters and their friends
subseries 3: The Lighton Family
|series VIII: 3||Box 25||Folder 6||
Photographs 45-55. The Lighton family before move to Arkansas, including portraits of children
|series VIII: 3||Box 25||Folder 7||
Photographs 56-62. Happy Hollow Farm, including several views of exterior and interior of house and many J. H. Field photographs
|series VIII: 3||Box 25||Folder 8||
Photographs 63-80. Stills from movie, Water, Water Everywhere, starring Will Rogers and snapshots taken on the set. See also Box 8, Folder 13
|series VIII: 3||Box 25||Folder 9||
Photographs 81-94. Green Tree in the Country, the Lighton daughters and their friends
subseries 4: Primarily photographs pertaining to Dorothy Lighton and her family
|series VIII: 4||Box 25||Folder 10||
Photographs 95-101. Dorothy Lighton
|series VIII: 4||Box 31||Folder 1||
Photographs 915-916. "Morning Lights" landscape by J.H. Field, and woman in rural landscape, likely by J.H. Field.
|series VIII: 4||Box 25||Folder 11||
Photographs 102-108. Dorothy Lighton Benton's children, including (103) J. H. Field photographs of Betsy and Bill Benton
|series VIII: 4||Box 25||Folder 12||
Photographs 109-118. Dorothy Lighton Benton's children
|series VIII: 4||Box 25||Folder 13||
Photographs 119-122. Dorothy Lighton Benton's grandchildren
subseries 5: Primarily photographs pertaining to Louis Duryea (Bud) Lighton
|series VIII: 5||Box 26||Folder 1||
Photographs 123-127. Childhood and college, including (127) on steps of Old Main
|series VIII: 5||Box 26||Folder 2||
Photographs 128-130. World War I
|series VIII: 5||Box 26||Folder 3||
Photographs 131-208. Movie stills and photographs at movie locations, including (131-136) Bud's silent movie, Alice in Wonderland, (137-177) The Virginian (silent version), and (200-208) unidentified aerial photo of landing strip in arid landscape and postcards of Marrakesh (location for The Black Rose)
|series VIII: 5||Box 26||Folder 4||
Photographs 209-228. Bud, Hope, and their Hollywood friends and activities, including (219, 220) Amelia Earhart and (221) Spencer Tracy. See oversize box 31 for portrait of Bud (210)
|series VIII: 5||Box 26||Folder 5||
Photographs 229-261. Rancho Monserate (Bud's California ranch), including buildings, people, animals, 1939-1941, n.d, 1939-1941; nd
|series VIII: 5||Box 26||Folder 6||
Photographs 262-295. Wine Glass Ranch, Paulden, Arizona: buildings, animals, Bud, Hope, and friends, including (271-277) working cattle on horseback
|series VIII: 5||Box 26||Folder 7||
Photographs 296-310. Bud, Hope, and dogs in Los Angeles and on the ranches, 1949, 1951, n.d, 1949;1951;nd
|series VIII: 5||Box 26||Folder 8||
Photographs 311-362. Mallorca, Spain, 1956-1963, including (352-362) cemetery and stones for Hope and Bud, 1956-1963
subseries 6: Primarily photographs pertaining to Suzanne Lighton
|series VIII: 6||Box 26||Folder 9||
Photographs 363-369. Formal portraits of Suzanne
|series VIII: 6||Box 26||Folder 10||
Photographs 370-373. Formal portraits of Suzanne. See also oversize box 31
|series VIII: 6||Box 27||Folder 1||
Photographs 374-388. Snapshots and activities, including (378-381) Suzanne's "shower" at Mountain Inn, 1951 (see Box 17, Folder 3) and (386-387) 1975 reunion of U of A class of 1925 (see Box 17, Folder 4)
|series VIII: 6||Box 27||Folder 2||
Photographs 389-460. From trip across country with Laura and Betty, 1934 (see Box 17, Folder 6). The photographs are numbered (some missing) and with information on verso written by Suzanne
|series VIII: 6||Box 27||Folder 3||
Photographs 461-481. Pertaining to Suzanne's writing and local color (see Box 18, Folders 1-3, 6)
subseries 7: Primarily photographs pertaining to Marjorie (Betty) Lighton
|series VIII: 7||Box 27||Folder 4||
Photographs 482-498. Childhood, high school (see Box 20, Folder 2), and dance performances, including portraits by (482) B. E. Grabill, 1913, and (483) J. H. Field; (484-486) Happy Hollow Farm; and (490-491) group portraits of Betty's high school sorority (see Box 20, Folder 2), 1913
|series VIII: 7||Box 27||Folder 5||
Photographs 499-505. Formal portraits (1928-1934) and college activities (see Box 21, Folder 2), including (499-500) portraits by J. H. Field and (503) performance of "The Painted Doll" (see Box 21, Folder 3), 1928-1934
|series VIII: 7||Box 27||Folder 6||
Photographs 506-516. After college: (506) parade in Lusk, Wyoming, probably 1934 and (507-516) photographs from plays directed by Betty (ca. 1935-1936) for Blackfriars, an honorary drama group at the University of Arkansas, 1934-1936
|series VIII: 7||Box 27||Folder 7||
Photographs 517-554. Horses, Dixie Stables (owned by Andy Jones, on corner of Leverett and North Streets, Fayetteville), riding, late 1930s - 1940s, 1930s-1940s
|series VIII: 7||Box 27||Folder 8||
Photographs 555-599. Primarily Betty's horses: (555-570) her first mare and other horses at Dixie Stables; (571-574) horse postcards sent to Betty when she fell off horse in 1941 and broke her pelvis; and (575-599) Betty, her mare Lady, and Lady's colt (Stinker), 1941
|series VIII: 7||Box 27||Folder 9||
Photographs 600-645. Saddle-Bow Riding Club, organized ca. 1940, and other events and rodeos, 1940
|series VIII: 7||Box 27||Folder 10||
Photographs 646-670. Trail rides, including (649-657) one to White Rock, 1943 or 1944, Fayetteville and Fort Smith groups, 1943-1944
|series VIII: 7||Box 27||Folder 11||
Photographs 671-723. Dogs and other friends
|series VIII: 7||Box 27||Folder 12||
Photographs 724-741. Red Cross, including (726-735) military drills at O'Reilly, Springfield, Missouri, 1943, and (737-741) activities and people at Camp Crowder, Neosho, Missouri, 1944, 1943-1944
|series VIII: 7||Box 27||Folder 13||
Photographs 742-769. Red Cross: pictures taken when Betty was Area Recreation Consultant, based in St. Louis, including (743-747) party at [Borden Hospital, Chickasha, Oklahoma], ca. 1945; pictures taken when Betty was Head Recreation Worker at Bruns General Hospital, Santa Fe, New Mexico, June 1946 - Nov 1946, including trip to (751-755) El Paso, Texas, and (757-759) a wedding at one of the pueblos near Santa Fe, 1945-1946
|series VIII: 7||Box 28||Folder 1||
Photographs 770-805. Red Cross: pictures taken when Betty was Head Recreation Worker at Fitzsimons General Hospital, Denver, Colorado, Nov 1946 - Nov 1947, including (770-786) picnics and (787-801) trips out from Denver, 1946-1947
|series VIII: 7||Box 28||Folder 2||
Photographs 806-821. Girl Scouts, 1948-1950s, including (810) lodge dedicated as "Lighton Lodge.", 1948-1950
|series VIII: 7||Box 28||Folder 3||
Photographs 822-823. University of Tennessee Graduate School of Social Work, Knoxville. Photographs 824-825. Dayton, Ohio (Betty on YWCA staff there). Photographs 826-837. Mt. Sequoyah, Fayetteville, Arkansas, in the snow
subseries 8: Laura McMaken Lighton's extended family; the North family, Henry Tovey, and other friends; and Fayetteville scenes
|series VIII: 8||Box 28||Folder 4||
Photographs 838-847. Portraits of Chalfants, McMakens, and Zolls
|series VIII: 8||Box 28||Folder 5||
Photographs 848-873. Laura McMaken Lighton's cousins Alice Chalfant Wolfe, Dan Chalfant, and the Nine Bar Ranch
|series VIII: 8||Box 28||Folder 6||
Photographs 874-891. Friends, including (874-879) old friends of Laura's from Nebraska, (880) Lt. Frank Ellis and granddaughter (had peach orchard on Mt. Kessler when Lightons at Happy Hollow Farm, used to meet at Baptist Ford for picnics), (885-891) pictures of Henry Tovey (see also Box 24, Folder 6)
|series VIII: 8||Box 28||Folder 7||
Photographs 892-903. Other photographs pertaining to Henry Tovey, his family, friends, house, and car, (902 and 903 in oversize box 31)
|series VIII: 8||Box 28||Folder 8||
Photographs 904-914. Other scenes of Fayetteville and vicinity; other people. Includes (905) J. H. Field photographs of Ida Gregg's garden; (910) tintype of unidentified black man, possibly Fayetteville native William Pettigrew; and (914) copy photograph of Union soldiers in Fayetteville during the Civil War (on display in reading room)
subseries 9: Betty Lighton's 35 mm proof sheets
At the time that Betty Lighton was taking 35 mm photographs, it was customary to have the roll developed and contact proofs made. The customer would then order enlargements (about 3" x 4 1/2" was common) from chosen negatives.
The collection includes both contact proofs and negatives. In only a few cases are there negatives without proofs or proofs without negatives. Relatively few enlargements were made; those in the collection are noted on the proofs.
The 35 mm proofs have been put in negative file sheets. With few exceptions, each file sheet (sometimes with an additional file strip) represents one roll of film and is numbered with "35-" as a prefix. (Corresponding negatives have also been put in file sheets and numbered the same, with "n" as a suffix.)
|series VIII: 9||Box 28||Folder 9||
File sheets 35-1 through 35-8, including family, friends, dogs, horses, Saddle Bow Riding Club, Mt. Sequoyah, trail ride
|series VIII: 9||Box 28||Folder 10||
File sheets 35-9 through 35-16, including trail ride, Mt. Sequoyah in the snow, horses, rodeos, family, and cats
|series VIII: 9||Box 28||Folder 11||
File sheets 35-17 through 35-25, including puppy, rodeos, Betty's colt, swimmers, and Mt. Sequoyah
|series VIII: 9||Box 28||Folder 12||
File sheets 35-26 through 35-31 (proof sheets only; no negatives), including friends, pets, horses, and snow
|series VIII: 9||Box 28||Folder 13||
Sample of envelopes from photo processing establishments, including decorative printed envelope from Sowder Studio, Fayetteville
series 9: William Lighton's works, scrapbooks, albums, and other books
subseries 1: William Lighton's works
Louis D. Lighton had many of the published works of William R. Lighton bound. In most cases, the entire magazine the work appeared in was included. Volume 11 (unnumbered by Louis Lighton) is a bound copy of a manuscript. Volumes 12-15 are ledgers containing manuscripts. Volumes 16-22 are published books containing William Lighton's work.
|series IX: 1||Box 32||Volume 1||
Volume "William R. Lighton Collected Works, Vol. 1," including short stories (some in collaboration with Louis D. Lighton), poem, and serialized versions of The Ultimate Moment and The Shadow of a Great Rock
|series IX: 1||Box 32||Volume 2||
"William R. Lighton Collected Works, Vol. 2," including short stories
|series IX: 1||Box 32||Volume 3||
"William R. Lighton Collected Works, Vol. 3," including short stories
|series IX: 1||Box 32||Volume 4||
"William R. Lighton Collected Works, Vol. 4," including short stories and an article
|series IX: 1||Box 32||Volume 5||
"William R. Lighton Collected Works, Vol. 5," including short stories, mostly Billy Fortune
|series IX: 1||Box 32||Volume 6||
"William R. Lighton Collected Works, Vol. 6," including Billy Fortune and other short stories
|series IX: 1||Box 32||Volume 7||
"William R. Lighton Collected Works, Vol. 7," including Billy Fortune and other short stories (some in collaboration with Louis D. Lighton)
|series IX: 1||Box Volume 8-10||Volume 8||
"William R. Lighton Collected Works, Vol. 8," including short stories, sheet music, and articles (including series, From Father to Son")
|series IX: 1||Box Volume 8-10||Volume 9||
"William R. Lighton Collected Works, Vol. 9," including Billy Fortune, Judge Jerry, and other short stories and serialized version of Happy Hollow Farm
|series IX: 1||Box Volume 8-10||Volume 10||
"William R. Lighton Collected Works, Vol. 10," including Billy Fortune, Judge Jerry, and other short stories (some in collaboration with Louis D. Lighton) and an article
|series IX: 1||Box 32||Volume 11||
"William R. Lighton Collected Works," containing record book with manuscript first chapter of The Holy Graft: A Novel, by William R. Lighton, 1907, and other fragments
|series IX: 1||Box 32||Volume 12||
Ledger containing notes and manuscripts for The Ultimate Moment (1901) and other notes and articles
|series IX: 1||Box 32||Volume 13||
Ledger containing notes and manuscripts for The Ultimate Moment (1902) and other notes and articles
|series IX: 1||Box 32||Volume 14||
Ledger containing fiction notes and manuscripts for The Rooftree
|series IX: 1||Box 33||Volume 15||
Ledger containing manuscripts for The Rooftree, partial inventory of music sound recordings, and site plan for farm
|series IX: 1||Box 33||Volume 16||
Bound issues of Back to the Land ("A Magazine of Modern Farming for the Man ["or Woman" added with vol. 1, no. 3 issue, Dec 1910) Who Wants to Make a Profitable, Modern Farm-Home"), edited by William R. Lighton, vol. I, no. 1 (Sept 1910) through vol. II, no. 6 (Nov 1911)
|series IX: 1||Box 33||Volume 17||
Love. New York: McClure, Phillips & Co., 1901. A collection of five stories, one, "The State Against Ellsworth," by William R. Lighton. Inscribed "To my dear wife in remembrance of the days when 'Ellsworth' had birth. Will. Feb. 19, 1901
|series IX: 1||Box 33||Volume 18||
William R. Lighton. Uncle Mac's Nebrasky. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1904. Bookplate inside front cover: "Suzanne Chalfant Lighton. Fayetteville. Dec 25--38."
|series IX: 1||Box 33||Volume 19||
William R. Lighton. The Shadow of a Great Rock. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (The Knickerbocker Press), 1907. Inscribed "Suzanne Chalfant Lighton With love from Mother. Fayetteville. January 25--1942."
|series IX: 1||Box 33||Volume 20||
William R. Lighton. Billy Fortune. Toronto: Thomas Langton, 1912. Inside front cover: "Suzanne Chalfant Lighton. Fayetteville, Arkansas. August, 1951."
|series IX: 1||Box 33||Volume 21||
William R. Lighton. Letters of an Old Farmer to His Son. New York: George H. Doran Compnay, 1914. Bookplate inside front cover: "Suzanne Chalfant Lighton. Fayetteville. Dec 25--38."
|series IX: 1||Box 33||Volume 22||
William R. Lighton. Happy Hollow Farm. New York: George H. Doran Company, 1915. Illustrated with photos, at least some J. H. Field. Inside front cover: "Mrs. L. [T.] Lighton" and (different color ink) "For Peg."
subseries 2: Scrapbooks and albums,
|series IX: 2||Box 33||Volume 23||
Scrapbook containing WRL's press clippings, poems, illustrations from stories, some copies of contracts, etc. Also includes letters, notes by Laura on Will's writings, and some clippings originally laid in, ca. 1898-1914
|series IX: 2||Box 33||Volume 24||
Notebook of Laura McMaken Lighton's, containing a few household accounts (1902) and notes on travels around Boston, 1902
|series IX: 2||Box 33||Volume 25||
Notebook of Laura McMaken Lighton's, containing household accounts for 1906-1908, 1906-1908
|series IX: 2||Box 33||Volume 26||
Green Tree Inn guest book, 1922-1925
|series IX: 2||Box 33||Volume 27||
Copy of Owen Wister, The Virginian (New York: The Macmillan Company, 1905), signed by members of cast of Louis Lighton's movie, 1905
|series IX: 2||Box 29||Volume 28||
(In box 29; many pictures loose.) Photo album pertaining to Bud: movie location, "Pat" Hope's daughter by previous marriage, Mike = Mike Sword--married Pat), friends (including Amelia Earhart), animals, airplanes
|series IX: 2||Box Volume 29-31||Volume 29||
Scrapbook of clippings and photos pertaining to Bud. Includes photos of airplanes, Happy Hollow Farm; clippings laid in. [reviews of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn removed to Series 5.] Also includes typed carbon copy of list of contents of scrapbook
|series IX: 2||Box Volume 29-31||Volume 30||
Bud's scrapbook from Wine Glass Ranch, Arizona and from ranch in California (had two-story house; ranch in Arizona had one-story house). Gift from step-daughter Pat Sword, 1934
|series IX: 2||Box Volume 29-31||Volume 31||
Bud's scrapbook--wood cover with marquetry horse branded with Wine Glass brand--mostly from California ranch--also some airplanes, Amelia Earhart, Hollywood people, etc
|series IX: 2||Box 31||Volume 32||
(In oversize box 31.) Photo album of baby pictures of Suzanne, apparently put together by photo studio, 1905
|series IX: 2||Box 30||Volume 33||
(In Box 30.) "My Vacation Days" Photo album. Happy Hollow Farm, Los Angeles, Fayetteville & U of A (including some trick double exposures), Green Tree in the Country, Fayetteville Centennial, ca.1919-1929
|series IX: 2||Box 29||Volume 34||
(In Box 29.) Photo album. Green Tree in the Country (including 2 Field photos), 1923-1926
|series IX: 2||Box 31||Volume 35||
(In oversize box 31; falling apart, so taken apart, pages numbered, and put in folder.) Betty's scrapbook from college (College of Industrial Arts, Denton, Texas), 1931-1934
|series IX: 2||Box 31||Volume 36||
(In oversize box 31; falling apart, so taken apart, pages numbered, and put in folder.) Betty's photo album (CIA, Northwestern, Green Tree Apartments, swimming, horses, elatives, friends), 1931-ca. 1940
|series IX: 2||Box 30||Volume 37||
(In Box 30.) Photo album containing 25 cabinet photos and 11 cartes de visite, small tintype laid in. Mostly portraits of North and Lukens families--friends of Laura's in Atchison
subseries 3: Betty Lighton's college yearbooks,
Four volumes of The Daedalian, yearbook of the Texas State College for Women, College of Industrial Arts, Denton, Texas. Volumes include many inscriptions to Betty.
|series IX: 3||Box 33||Volume 38||
The Daedalian - 1931
|series IX: 3||Box 34||Volume 39||
The Daedalian - 1932
|series IX: 3||Box 34||Volume 40||
The Daedalian - 1933
|series IX: 3||Box 34||Volume 41||
The Daedalian - 1934
END OF COLLECTION