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William Roderick James publications, 1920-1932

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 series: 1. Biographical ; 2. Stories written and illustrated by Will James ; and 3. Illustrations of other author's works and individual illustrations. The material is arranged alphabetically by title of the story or illustration.


  • Creation: 1920 - 1932


These materials are in English.


This material is open for research use by any registered reader.

Use and Copyright

This material is owned by the University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections. Therefore, permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from both the repository and the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

William Roderick James, 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.


1 Linear Feet (2 boxes)


Note that stories are described in this finding aid in chronological order. The Saturday Evening Post stories are housed in box 2. The box and folder locations will appear under each record's title in red.

Physical Location

Collections shelved on 3rd floor.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Provenance unknown.

Related Materials

There is a collection of Jame's novels and other books in Special Collections and can be found through the external link below.


William Roderick James publications, 1920-1932
Milissa Burkart
2016 June
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections & University Archives Repository

McFarlin Library
University of Tulsa
2933 E. 6th St
Tulsa 74104-3123 USA
(918) 631-2496