Finding Aid for the Will Levington Comfort Papers, 1910-1932

Processed by Manuscripts Division staff; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé
UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
Manuscripts Division
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
© 1999
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Finding Aid for the Will Levington Comfort Papers, 1910-1932

Collection number: 254

UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections

Manuscripts Division



Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information

  • Manuscripts Division
  • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
  • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Box 951575
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
  • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
  • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
  • URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
Processed by:
Manuscripts Division staff, September 1953
Encoded by:
Caroline Cubé
Online finding aid edited by:
Josh FIala, June 2002
© 1999 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Will Levington Comfort Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1910-1932
Collection number: 254
Creator: Comfort, Will Levington, 1878-1932
Extent: 5 boxes (2.5 linear ft.)
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: Will Levington Comfort (1878-1932) was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He was a newspaperman (1890s), a war correspondent and author. He also issued two periodicals chiefly concerned with spiritualism. The collection consists of correspondence, notes, printed material and drafts of his novels, including a draft of a novel by his daughter, Jane Levington Comfort.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

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Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

Additional Physical Form Available

A copy of the original version of this online finding aid is available at the UCLA Department of Special Collections for in-house consultation and may be obtained for a fee. Please contact:
  • Public Services Division
  • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
  • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Box 951575
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
  • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
  • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of Jane Levington Comfort, 1953.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Will Levington Comfort Papers (Collection 254). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Biography

Comfort was born on January 17, 1878 in Kalamazoo, Michigan; served in the cavalry in the Spanish-American War; newspaperman in Cincinnati in the 1890s; war correspondent in the Philippines for the Detroit Journal, and in Japan and Russia for the Pittsburgh Dispatch in 1904; published books include: Routledge Rides Alone (1910), Fate Knocks at the Door (1912), Red Fleece (1915), The Autobiographical Midstream: a Chronicle at Halfway (1914), and Apache (1931); from South Pasadena, California he issued two periodicals, The Glass Hive and Reconstruction Letters, which were chiefly concerned with spiritualism; he died on November 2, 1932.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of correspondence, notes, printed material and drafts of his novels, including a draft of a novel by his daughter, Jane Levington Comfort. Includes his novel Apache (1931), the story of Mangas Coloradas, Apache chief, and four issues of his periodical The Glass Hive.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in the following series:
  1. Correspondence, notes, clippings and pictures (Box 1).
  2. Glass Hive and Reconstruction Letters (Box 2).
  3. Drafts of novels by Comfort, with notes on how Apache came to be written (Boxes 3-5).

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Comfort, Will Levington, 1878-1932--Archives.
Authors, American--20th century--Archival resources.
Manuscripts for publication.
Comfort, Will Levington, 1878-1932--Apache.


Container List

Box 1

Correspondence, notes, clippings, and pictures.

Note

Includes:
  • Comfort, Will Levington, 1878-1932. The Will Levington Letters: The Mystic Road. Los Angeles, Comfort Book Room, 1920-1921. 2 vol.
  • Comfort, Will Levington, 1878-1932. The Glowworm. In: Lippincott's Monthly Magazine for May 1910, pp. 513-589.
Box 2

Glass Hive and Reconstruction Letters.

Boxes 3, 5

Drafts of novels by Will Levington Comfort.

Box 4

Drafts of novels by Will Levington Comfort.

Note

Includes: Comfort, Will Levington, 1878-1932. Apache. New York: Bantam Books no.922 [c. 1952]. 202pp.