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James, Will, 1892-1942

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1892-06-06 - 1942-09-03

biographical statement

William Roderick, commonly known as Will James, was born Joseph Ernest Nephtali Dufault in 1892. Author of 24 books and scores of articles, James is best known for his horse story, Smoky (1926) which won him the Newberry Medal for Most Distinguished contribution to American Literature for children, and for his autobiography, Lone Cowboy. James, through his stories and illustrations, chronicled the life of the American cowboy of the early 20th century.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Artists of the Philip Gillette Cole Papers, Undated

 Collection
Identifier: 5
Scope and Contents Numerous letters, cards, and envelopes, usually illustrated by sketches of the artists listed in the subjectsin their correspondence to Dr. Philip G. Cole are included here to indicate their presence in the total Gilcrease collection and because of their connection with Dr. Cole.

It is illustrative material cataloged and filed with the art collection.
Dates: Undated

William Roderick James publications, 1920-1932

 Collection
Identifier: 1000-039
Scope and Contents This collection consists of articles and illustrations by William Roderick James excised from Sunset Magazine, Scribner's, The Saturday Evening Post, The Bookman and other periodicals dating from 1920 to 1932. Stories such as these by Will James generally appeared first in serial installments in magazines such as those listed above, and thus these articles often represent the first appearance of James' work. Seventy-nine items in all are included. The collection is organized into 3...
Dates: 1920 - 1932