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Personal Papers circa 1915-1994

Physical Description: [67 folders]

Scope and Content

Primarily comprised of correspondence, financial records, music and theater programs, the series is arranged into 5 subseries: (1) Biographical Documents, (2) Correspondence, (3) Financial Records, (4) Pefroming Arts Programs, and (5) Clippings. The biographical documents include various personal records. The Correspondence files document his life through continued correspondence with a number of friends and relatives. The files also contain correspondence related to the other series of the collection including the Church of Christ, Scientist series and the Landscape Designer and Architect series. His federal and state income tax returns primarily comprise the Financial Records subseries. The Performing Arts Programs subseries contains ballet, motion picture, music, opera, and theater programs. The final subseries, Clippings, consists of loose clipping found among the Legg papers with the exception of his Music clippings folder.

Biographical Documents 1921-1994

Physical Description: [17 folders]

Scope and Content

The subseries includes biographical documents from his birth certificate to his memorial service program. The folders include: a journal with brief entries followed by clippings of that year, 1921-1940; a folder of four small spiral notebooks, 1937-1971; an identification documents folder that includes passports that chart his journeys abroad; a desk calendar with notes concerning,The Knights of Clocks; a folder of certificates, recognizing his service to the community, a letter to the editor, his paper presented to the American Historical Association (AHA), Committee on Lesbian and Gay History. The Publications folder includes an early draft of the Counseling the Homosexual, a letter concerning the publication of his article Homosexual Blackmail and fliers for A Comprehensive Bibliography of Homosexuality and Homophile Studies in Theory and Review. The final folder of the subseries contains his obituary and related materials.
Box 1, Folder 1

Scrapbook of Clippings and Programs 1921-1940

Map-case 2-3, Folder 1

Letter to Michigan Chime October 28, 1926

Box 1, Folder 2

Miscellaneous Small Spiral Note Pads 1937-1971

Box 6, Folder 26

Knights of Clocks Notes circa 1950

Box 1, Folder 3

Birth Records, Passports, and Identification Cards 1961-1984

Box 1, Folder 4

Certificates of Recognition circa 1965-1994


Mattachine Society, circa 1965; Metropolitan Community Church, 1977; Quest Institute, 1972; ONE, Incorporated, 1977; Los Angeles City College Community Services, 1978; Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center, circa 1982; Award of merit, Lesbian and Gay Aging, 1983; Victorian Register, 1983; City of West Hollywood, 1986; and Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality,1994

Trophy: Judy Coleman Memorial 1980

Box 11, Item 1

Plaque: American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California Gay Right Chapter, Founders Award 1981

Box 11, Item 2

Plaque: Christopher Street West 1982


Plaque reads, "Dorr Legg is hereby recognized as Man of the Year for outstanding contributions to the gay community by Christopher Street West, Los Angeles, October 2, 1982."
Box 11, Item 3

Plaque: The Erickson Foundation 1982


Plaque reads, "The Erickson Foundation presents to W. Dorr Legg. This expression of recognition and appreciation for your many years of unselfish, dedicated effort and service to the education, and understanding and dignity of your fellow citizens, Los Angeles, January 1982."
Box 11, Item 4

Plaque: Gay United Fund 1982

Box 1, Folder 5

Newsweek,"Letters" August 19, 1968

Box 1, Folder 6

Interview by Brad Mulroy for Gay Sunshine Press 1975-1976

Map-case 2-3, Folder 1

Interview by Robin Fulton, University Times, California State University, Los Angeles November 10, 1976

Box 1, Folder 7

Publications circa 1980

Map-case 2-3, Folder 1

Interview by Darel Hale for Frontiers February 6-13, 1985

Box 1, Folder 8

American Historical Association Paper 1990

Box 1, Folder 9

Obituary and Memorial Service Documents 1994

Box 1, Folder 32

Exploring Frontiers: An American Tradition by W. Dorr Legg 1993

Scope and Contents

Copy of article that appeared in New York Folklore, volume XIX, numbers 1-2, 1993.

Correspondence 1909-1993

Physical Description: [34 folders]

Scope and Content

The subseries consists of Legg's A to Z correspondence files preceded by the following folders. The alphabetically arranged files for Brothers and Brothers: The Gay Man's Adaption to Aging a dissertation by James J. Kelly, Legg contributed as an informant; Marion A. Carter, a person known to the members of ONE that was homeless from time to time; Fred Cuthbert, a fellow student from the Foundation of Architecture and Landscape Architecture program, and his wife Elva; Marjorie Howell, a friend from Ann Arbor; Clark A. Larrabee, a critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer; his brothers, Frank and his first wife Elizabeth (Betty) and second wife Phyllis, Victor and his wife, Agnes; his cousin Mary Lint and her husband Sam; and a professor from the University of Michigan, Harlow O. Whitmore. The series also contains a folder Legg labeled "music" yhat consists of correspondence, newsletters, and programs including those of the Michigan Composer's Club. Following these folders are Legg's holiday / Christmas letters, a folder of correspondence with only given names or illegible last names, and a running typescript of an intimate nature. The folders of the letters "B" and "K" include Legg's correspondence with servicemen during World War 2. The folder "B" includes a soldier's pencil drawings; folder "K" includes "V-mail" prints from micro-film and original V-mail stationery.
Box 1, Folder 10-11

Brother and Brothers: The Gay Man's Adaption to Aging Dissertation by James. J. Kelly 1974-1975

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 1, Folder 12

Carter, Marion A. 1981-1982

Box 1, Folder 13

Cuthbert, Fred and Elva 1929-1990

Box 1, Folder 14

Howell, Marjorie 1980-1988

Box 1, Folder 15

Larrabee, Clark C. 1961-1990 bulk

Box 1, Folder 16

Legg Jr., Frank E. and Betty (-1970), Phyllis (1971-) 1949-1991

Box 1, Folder 17

Legg, Victor E. and Agnes 1949-1992 bulk

Box 1, Folder 18

Lint, Sam and Mary 1984-1987

Box 1, Folder 19

Whittemore, Harlow O. 1972-1985

Box 1, Folder 20

Music 1928-1949

Box 1, Folder 21

Holiday / Christmas Letters 1963-1993

Box 1, Folder 22

Given Names (no family name) 1967-1993

Box 1, Folder 31

Intimate Typescript circa 1930

Box 1, Folder 22-30

A-K 1928-1992

Physical Description: [8 folders]
Box 2, Folder 1-11

J-Z 1909-1990

Physical Description: [11 folders]
Map-case 2-3, Folder 1

Correspondence (oversized) circa 1945-1991


Financial Records 1932-1980

Physical Description: [21 folders]

Scope and Content

Federal and state income tax returns make up the bulk of the Financial Records series. The latest copy of Legg's federal income tax return is from the 1978 tax year; the date span includes protracted disputes of Legg's 1975 and 1976 returns. The subseries also contains records concerning a house Legg owned in Oregon, a ledger, and a few bank account records.
Box 2, Folder 12-19

Federal Income Tax Returns 1932-1980

Physical Description: [8 folders]
Box 2, Folder 20

Oregon Income Tax Returns 1936-1943

Box 2, Folder 21

Portland, Oregon Home 1941-1944

Box 2, Folder 22

Income and Expenses Ledger 1942-1949

Box 2, Folder 23-24

California Income Tax Returns 1954-1978

Physical Description: [2 folders]


540 forms and instruction booklets
Box 10, envelope 1

Check Register and Stubs, Bank Books 1949-1977

Physical Description: [12 items]
Box 2, Folder 12-19

Federal Income Tax Returns 1932-1980

Physical Description: [8 folders]

Performing Arts Programs 1928-1980 bulk

Physical Description: [7 folders]

Scope and Content

The Arts Programs subseries consists of programs found among the Legg papers. The third Michigan file contains 2 programs listing Legg: the first is his graduation recital program and the second lists Legg on a committee for housing. The subseries includes Rhapsody in Blue sheet music autographed by George Gershwin and conductor Willem van Hoogstraten. Mr. Van Hoogstraten included the notation, "stadium summer 1929, New York." E. William Doty's performance programs are located in the Correspondence subseries in the "D" file.
Box 6, Folder 23-25

Michigan 1928-1949, undated

Physical Description: [3 folders]
Box 9, Folder 1

New York 1929-1947, undated

Box 9, Folder 2

Oregon 1936-1944, undated

Box 9, Folder 3

California 1941-1967, undated

Box 9, Folder 4

Other 1932-1980, undated


Clippings, Newspaper, and a Scrapbook circa 1915-1991

Physical Description: [6 folders]

Scope and Content

The alphabetically arranged topical files primarily consist of clippings. The subseries also includes 12 issues of Current Events: a Short History of our Times, a national weekly school newspaper and a Progressive Art Guide. The guide was used as a scrapbook presumably by Legg. The Michigan folder contains newspaper clippings primarily concerning the City of Ann Arbor and the University. The Miscellaneous folder consists of a variety of clipping from images of 1930s Miami to a story about Louis I. Kahn's design of the Salk Institute. The Music folder contains clippings from Ann Arbor, Michigan and New York newspapers and book pages.
Box 11, Folder 2

Current Events: a Short History of our Times newspaper 1916

Physical Description: 12 issues: volume 15, number 22-number 34
Box 9, Folder 5

Michigan circa 1930

Map-case 2, Folder 8

Michigan (oversized) 1955-1988

Box 9, Folder 6

Miscellaneous 1920-1991

Box 9, Folder 7

Music circa 1925-1940

Box 11, Folder 1

Progressive Art Guide used as a Scrapbook circa 1915-1920


Church of Christ, Scientist 1928-1953

Physical Description: [25 folders]

Arrangement Note

The files represent Legg's original files arranged chronologically with the following exceptions. The Selective Service correspondence file was relocated from the Correspondence subseries. The primary subject of the Selective Service correspondence are related to Legg's role as Christian Scientist practitioner during World War 2. Approximately six letters of Legg's father, Frank E. Legg, to the Church were relocated to the Family records series. A 1952 letter from the Board of Directors was moved from the Membership folder to the Board of Directors folder.

Scope and Content

The files in the Church of Christ, Scientist series consist of Legg's files refoldered, except as documented in the Arrangement note. Legg's "Miscellanea" file contains clipping, pamphlets, and typescripts of teachings and lectures of the Church of Christ, Scientist. The White Plains church files consists of copies of church records including by-laws, treasurer reports, and audit reports. The subseries also contains correspondence files. These folders include Hermann S. Hering, lecturer, past president and reader of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston correspondence. Church files include: Committee on Publications correspondence; Membership, primarily donation receipts; Corvallis, Oregon church business; Legg's practitioner records, The Christian Science Monitor correspondence; and the Board of Directors correspondence concerning Legg's arrest. The files also contain correspondence from Marian W. Hering, wife of Hermann S. Hering; the Student Association of Professor Hermann S. Hering; and the United States Selective Service. The university club records include: Oregon State College campus club records; Normal class correspondence and notes; Wayne University, college chapter; and Student Chapter of Tacoma, Washington speaking engagement correspondence. Additional files include Legg's own typescripts of introductions, articles, and lectures; 4 folders of "notes" and typescripts including the teachings of Mary Baker Eddy which may or not be related to the prior file; annual meeting programs; pamphlets; and records of the Ninth Church, Detroit, including treasurer reports and a few records of the Consulting Committee charged with the planning of a new church building.
Box 10, Folder 1

Science and Health: with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy 1928

Box 2, Folder 25

"Miscellanea" 1932-1948

Box 2, Folder 26

White Plains Church Records 1933-1935

Box 3, Folder 1

Hermann S. Hering Correspondence 1933-1940

Box 3, Folder 2

Introductions, Articles, and Lectures 1933-1944

Box 3, Folder 3

Committee on Publications Correspondence 1933-1949

Box 3, Folder 4

Membership Correspondence and Per Capita Tax Receipts 1933-1953

Box 3, Folder 5

Corvallis, Oregon, Church Business 1934-1945

Map-case 2, Folder 2

Corvallis, Oregon, Church Business (oversized) 1943-1949

Box 3, Folder 6-10

Clippings, Notes, and Typescripts circa 1935

Physical Description: [5 folders]
Box 3, Folder 11

Oregon State College Correspondence 1936-1949

Box 3, Folder 12

Annual Meeting Programs 1936-1949

Box 3, Folder 13

Practitioner Correspondence and Records 1937-1950

Box 3, Folder 14

Marian W. Hering, Correspondence 1939-1945

Box 3, Folder 15

Association of Students of Professor Herrman S. Hering 1940-1965

Box 3, Folder 16

Selective Service, Correspondence 1941-1944

Box 3, Folder 17

Pamphlets 1943-1946

Box 3, Folder 18

The Christian Science Monitor, Correspondence 1943-1948

Box 3, Folder 19

Board of Directors, Correspondence 1944-1952

Box 3, Folder 20

Normal Class, Lists of Names 1946

Box 3, Folder 21

Wayne University 1946-1948

Map-case 2, Folder 2

Detroit Collegian, Wayne University (oversized) 1948-1949

Box 3, Folder 22

Ninth Church, Detroit, Treasurer and Consulting Committee Records 1946-1948

Box 3, Folder 23

Student Association of Tacoma, Washington 1947-1949


Landscape Designer and Architect 1925-1965

Physical Description: [55 folders]

Scope and Content

This series consists primarily of correspondence and professional membership materials along with published works and a few blueprints documenting Legg's employment as a landscape designer and architect. The Landscape Designer series consists of the following subseries (1) Florida and New York, (2) Correspondence, (3) Oregon State College, (4) Dorr School of Design and Dorr Institute, and (5) Landscaping Organizations and Publications. The Florida and New York subseries contains a limited number of blueprints. The Correspondence subseries documents his contact with professional organizations and clients. The Oregon State College subseries contain records related to his employment and activities while at the college. The Dorr School of Design subseries consist of administrative and school records. The final subseries Landscaping Organizations and Publications is comprised of membership materials, journals, and related magazines.

Florida and New York 1925-circa 1933

Physical Description: [15 items]

Scope and Content

The subseries consists of a limited number of documents from Legg's early career as a landscape designer and architect. This includes blue prints from the Florida Landscape Eng. (Engineering?) Company and the firm, Spoon & Hoggson, later known as John Jacob Spoon, Incorporated. Later correspondence from Spoon can be found in the Personal Papers series, Correspondence subseries.
Map-case 2, drawer 3

Florida Landscape Eng. Company, Blueprint and Entrance Sketches 1925-1926

Physical Description: [4 items]
Map-case 2, drawer 3

Spoon & Hoggson and John Jacob Spoon, Inc. circa 1930

Box 11, Folder 3

The Architectural Digest Drawing Inside Back Cover circa 1933

Box 10, envelope 2

Drafting Instruments circa 1930


Correspondence 1936-1962

Physical Description: [9 folders]

Scope and Content

The Correspondence subseries consist of Legg's re-foldered files, primarily related to Legg's commissions in Oregon. A limited number of photographs from his work during this period can be found in the Photograph series. Two additional folders were found with these materials, a folder of articles and related correspondence and the California Board of Landscape Architects correspondence folder.
Box 3, Folder 24

Fair grounds, Salem Oregon 1936-1938

Box 3, Folder 25

Professional Articles and Correspondence 1936-1942, undated

Box 3, Folder 26

Woodcock Garage Building 1937-1941

Box 3, Folder 27

Keenan's Newberg Property 1939

Box 3, Folder 28

Oregon Roadside Council / Oregon Roadside Defense Council 1939-1942

Box 3, Folder 29

Oregon College of Education, Campus Development Plan 1940-1941

Map-case 2, Folder 3

Oregon College of Education, Campus Development Plan (oversized) 1941, 1945

Box 3, Folder 30

Stilz House / Estate of H.G. Stilz 1941-1942

Box 3, Folder 31

California Board of Landscape Architecture 1954-1962


Oregon State College 1934-1944

Physical Description: [12 folders]

Scope and Content

The Oregon State College (OSC) subseries consists of Legg's work for the college as an architect and landscape designer along with his related extracurricular activities. Employment records, along with college related clipping, pamphlets, and programs comprise the first file. The subseries also contains transcripts of Legg's one-hour gardening program, college catalogs, and Alumni News newsletters; the first has a one page article by Legg. The folders of the Oregon Society of Landscape Architect (OSLA) and the OSC Gates and Gardens Committee (GGC) contain a limited number of records from each organization. The OSLA folder includes bylaws, clippings, a membership list, and a copy of minutes from a single meeting. The GGC folder contains clippings, correspondence, fliers, and pamphlets. The OSLA and GGC files are followed by a folder of clippings primarily related to the GGC; however the folder does contain clippings related to other programs at OSC.
Box 4, Folder 1

OSC Correspondence and Programs 1934-1944

Box 4, Folder 2

KOAC Radio Garden Program 1936-1941

Box 7, Folder 1-3

Oregon State College Catalogs 1937-1943

Physical Description: [6 items]
Map-case 2, drawer 3

OSC Blueprints and Maps (oversized) 1938-1940

Map-case 2, Folder 4

OSC Clippings (oversized) 1940-1941

Box 4, Folder 3

Department of Landscape Architecture Alumni Newsletter 1938, 1940

Box 4, Folder 4

Oregon Society of Landscape Architects Records 1940-1941

Box 4, Folder 5

Oregon State College, Gates and Gardens Committee Records 1940-1941

Box 4, Folder 6

OSLA and GGC Clippings 1940-1941

Map-case 2, Folder 4

OSLA and GGC Clippings (oversized) 1940-1941


Dorr School of Design and Dorr Institute 1949-1965

Physical Description: [8 folders]

Scope and Content

The subseries comprises the records of the Dorr School of Design (DSD) and the Dorr Institute (DI) educational enterprises. Legg provided "Design training the Dorr Way" offering art, architecture, interior design and landscape design classes in Los Angeles. The subseries contains financial records, correspondence, DSD brochures and flyers, DSD advertising clippings, Dorr Institute lessons on "Basic Design and Color" and two blueprints by students. The records of the Institute suggest that the school was designed to be correspondence school. Legg may have drawn his inspiration from a folder of correspondence school materials found in close proximity to the DSD and DI records.
Box 4, Folder 7

Spreadsheet of Income and Expenses 1949-1952

Box 4, Folder 8

Check Stubs and Bank Book 1949-1952

Box 4, Folder 9

Correspondence 1949-1965

Box 4, Folder 10

Brochures and Flyers circa 1950

Box 4, Folder 11

Advertising Clippings circa 1950

Box 4, Folder 12

Dorr Institute Lessons circa 1950

Box 4, Folder 13

Correspondence School Materials circa 1949

Map-case 2, drawer 3

Blueprints (oversized) 1949-1950


Landscaping Organizations and Publications 1926-1962

Physical Description: [34 folders]

Scope and Content

Professional landscape association membership materials, contributions to publications concerning landscaping and architecture, and correspondence comprise the Landscaping Organizations and Publications subseries. The subseries documents Legg's membership in the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), the California Landscape Contractors Association(CLCA), and related organizations.

American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) 1926-1962

Physical Description: [12 folders]

Scope and Content

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) folders includes journals, newsletters, illustrations of members' work, correspondence, pamphlets, and reports. The chronologically arranged materials consists of the ASLA publications. The records also include Legg's articles from the 1926 and 1939 issues of Landscape Architecture: A Quarterly Journals. The correspondence files are comprised of Legg's correspondence with the national office of ASLA. The ASLA national and Southern California files contain the Society's pamphlets, reports, and records. The national folder includes the ALSA constitution, bylaws, membership list, and presentation descriptions from the 1961 conference at Lake Arrowhead, California. The ASLA Southern California file contains a few of the 1953 and 1960 chapter's newsletters, a couple of treasurer reports, a 1958 newsletter from the state organization, and the 1959 chapter's constitution.
Box 4, Folder 14-16

Landscape Architecture: A Quarterly Magazine, Legg Articles 1926, 1939, 1953

Physical Description: [3 folders]
Box 4, Folder 17

ASLA Legg Correspondence 1929-1962

Box 7, Folder 4-5

ASLA: Illustrations of Work of Members 1931-1932

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Map-case 2, Folder 3

ASLA Certificate of Election to Membership (oversized) 1936

Box 4, Folder 18

ASLA National Pamphlets and Reports 1950-1961

Box 4, Folder 19-20

ASLA Bulletin: An Occasional Journal 1951-1961

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 4, Folder 21

ASLA Southern California Chapter Records 1953-1960

Box 4, Folder 22

ASLA Newsletter Landscape Architectural News Digest ( LAND) 1960-1961


California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA) circa 1954-1961

Physical Description: [7 folders]

Scope and Content

The California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA) folders contain annual landscape contractors directories, circa 1954-1960, along with a 1961 membership rooster. The subseries is arranged chronologically.
Box 4, Folder 23-28

Annual CLCA Directories circa 1954-1960

Physical Description: [6 items]
Box 4, Folder 29

Annual CLCA Membership Roster 1961


Other Journals and Organizations 1931-1954

Physical Description: [5 folders]

Scope and Content

The chronologically arranged folders contain other publications related to Legg's work as a landscape designer and architect. Each publication includes an article, illustration, letter to the editor, or a contractor listing for or by Legg. The collection contains a Los Angeles Times: Home Magazine article titled "Adobe" along with 5 pages of related blueprints concerning the load on vertical elements of the structure.
Box 5, Folder 1

The American Cemetery, Illustration 1931

Box 5, Folder 2

Sunset, "How to Make a Brick and Concrete Terrace" May 1938

Box 5, Folder 3

Pencil Points Journals, Letter to Editor 1939

Box 8, Folder 1

The American School and University: A Yearbook Devoted to the Design, Construction, Equipment, Utilization, and Maintenance, of Educational Buildings and Grounds Listing 1942

Map-case 2, Folder 4

Los Angeles Times: Home Magazine, "Adobe" and Blueprints (oversized) April 4, 1954


Education 1918-1995

Physical Description: [37 folders]

Scope and Content

The Education series documents Legg's educational experience from Ann Arbor High School through the post-graduate program of the Foundation for Architecture and Landscape Architecture including alumni materials. The Education series consists of the following subseries; (1) High School and Higher Education and (2) Alumni Materials. The series consists of his works, yearbooks, various performing arts and school programs, correspondence, and alumni mailings including magazines, clippings, and fund raising materials.

High School and Higher Education 1918-1988

Physical Description: [22 folders]

Scope and Content

The subseries High School and Higher Education includes some of Legg's class work, programs, master's thesis, and his university diplomas. The last folder in the subseries documents Legg's acceptance of a scholarship for the summer program of the Foundation for Architecture and Landscape Architecture in Urbana and Lake Forest, Illinois. This folder also contains reunion materials including correspondence and alumni lists for the program.
Box 5, Folder 4

Blue Books 1918-1927

Physical Description: Modern history (2, 1918) Architecture (4, 1926-1927) Orchestration (1, 1927) Music History (2, 1927)


Modern history (2, 1918) Architecture (4, 1926-1927) Orchestration (1, 1927) Music History (2, 1927)
Box 5, Folder 5-7

The Omega Ann Arbor High School Yearbooks 1918-1920

Physical Description: [3 folders]
Box 5, Folder 8

Class Notes Circa 1925

Box 5, Folder 9

Typescripts circa 1925

Box 11, Folder 4-6

Original Music Compositions circa 1925-1951

Physical Description: [3 folders]
Box 5, Folder 10

University of Michigan May Festival Program 1926

Box 5, Folder 11

Drawings and Blueprint 1926-1928

Map-case 2, drawer 3

Drawings and Blueprints (oversized) 1926-1928

Box 5, Folder 12

Sketchbook, Landscape 5 W.D. Legg circa 1927

Box 12, Folder 1

University of Michigan, Bachelor of Arts Diploma 1926

Box 8, Folder 2-3

Michiganensian University of Michigan Yearbook 1927-1928

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 5, Folder 13

Master thesis: John Claudius Loudon, 1783-1843 1928

Box 5, Folder 14

University of Michigan Commencement Programs 1928


The file includes the order of exercises and names of candidates for degrees program along with the School of Music commencement program.
Box 12, Folder 2

University School of Music, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Bachelor of Music, Piano Diploma 1928

Box 12, Folder 3

University of Michigan, Master of Landscape Design Diploma 1928

Map-case 2, Folder 5

Clippings (oversized) 1928-1941

Box 5, Folder 15

Foundation for Architecture and Landscape Architecture (Lake Forest, Illinois) 1928-1988


Alumni Materials 1930-1995

Physical Description: [15 folders]

Scope and Content

University of Michigan's publications comprise the bulk of the Alumni subseries including the The Michigan Alumnus, The Michigan Alumnus: Quarterly, Honor Roll, School of Music Announcements, Music at Michigan, School of Natural Resources Alumni Directory, School of Natural Resource News, Michiganscapes Newsletter, School of Natural Resources Annual Report, and the Rackham Reports: School of Graduate Studies. Legg's articles, letters, and photographs appear in The Michigan Alumnus and Music at Michigan. Legg's name appears in the Honor Roll and Alumni Directory of the School of Natural Resources. The first two folders contain correspondence between Legg and the Alumni office, School of Music, and the School of Natural Resources.

University of Michigan 1933-1993

Physical Description: [8 folders]
Box 5, Folder 16-17

University of Michigan Correspondence 1935-1988

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 5, Folder 18

A Bibliography of the University of Michigan by Wilfred B. Shaw 1936

Box 5, Folder 19

The Michigan Alumnus Magazine 1941-1977

Physical Description: [12 items]
Box 5, Folder 20

The Michigan Alumnus Magazine Clippings 1933-1993

Box 5, Folder 21

Michigan Alumnus Quarterly Review 1952

Box 5, Folder 22

University of Michigan Alumni Fund Honor Roll 1962-1981

Box 8, Folder 4

Rackham Reports 1982-1991

Physical Description: [12 items]

School of Music 1930-1995

Physical Description: [3 folders]
Box 5, Folder 23

School of Music Announcements 1930-1935

Physical Description: [3 items]
Box 5, Folder 24

Music at Michigan Alumni Newsletter 1945-1995

Physical Description: [11 items]
Box 5, Folder 25

Music at Michigan Alumni Newsletter Clippings 1983-1988


School of Natural Resources 1980-1991

Physical Description: [4 folders]
Box 5, Folder 26

School of Natural Resources Alumni Directories 1980-1986

Physical Description: [5 items]
Box 5, Folder 27

School of Natural Resources News and Clippings 1980-1990

Box 5, Folder 28

Michiganscapes Landscape Architecture Newsletter 1986-1990

Box 5, Folder 29

School of Natural Resources Annual Report 1991


Photographs circa 1850-1995

Legg (W. Dorr) photographs, sample

Physical Description: [12 boxes]

Scope and Content

The Photographs series contains images of Legg, his family, and his ancestors in a variety of formats including a daguerreotype, ambrotypes, tintypes, card photographs, and photographic prints. The images include his ancestors from the Legg, Cross, and Crosby families. Along with the cased photographs and card photographs are three albums documenting Legg and his family through the early 1930s. Legg's personal photographs include images from his vacations, homes, and his professional life as an landscape designer and professor. In box 15 there are photographic images of Legg mounted on two souvenir china plates from Taipei, Taiwan. The collection included a couple of loose pages from an unknown album documenting his early life and a small photograph album primarily of his later travels in Europe. The photographs of these albums were photocopied to document their arrangement and transferred to sleeves. The color photographs comprise images of his later life with John Nojima, their travels together, visits from relatives, and photographs of Legg's burial. Along with the print images are slides, ink-jet prints, and a limited number of negatives documenting the same topics.

Arrangement Note

The documents of the Photographs Series are arranged chronologically.
Box 13

Cased Photographs circa 1850-circa 1860

Physical Description: [12 items]


A daguerreotype along with 12 cased ambrotypes and tintypes in 11 cases, including images of Legg's paternal grandparents, Charles Confucius Legg and Mary Jane Cross, and great grandparents, only identified as Cross and Cross. The other 9 images are unidentified.
box-binder 16

Tintypes and Early Photographs circa 1860-circa 1930

Box 13

Photograph Album circa 1870

Physical Description: [18 items]

Scope and content

18 images including 6 tintypes in a small album with a broken latch.
Box 13

E.M. Crosby Tinted Photograph circa 1870

Scope and content

A hand-tinted image of a young child mounted behind a cracked convex piece of glass.
Box 14, Item 1

Photograph Album 1 1909-1934

Box 14, Item 2

Photograph Album 2 circa 1920-circa 1934

Box 15, Item 1

Photograph Album 3 1930-1939

box-binder 17, 18, 23

Black & White Photographs circa 1900 - circa 1980

Map-case 2, Folder 6

Black & White Photographs (oversized) 1945-1980

Physical Description: 0 photographs : b&w.
box-binder 18

Color Photographs circa 1970 - 1995

box-binder 19

Post Cards & Travel Photographs circa 1970-1990

Map-case 2, Folder 6

Color Photographs (oversized) circa 1985

box-binder 22

Negatives circa 1925-circa 1990

box-binder 21

Slides 1967-1981

box-binder 20

Ink-Jet Prints 1970-1995

Map-case 2, Folder 6

Ink-Jet Prints (oversized) circa 1985


Legg Family Papers and Realia circa 1850-1988

Physical Description: [25 folders]

Scope and Content

The Legg Family Papers and Realia consist primarily of Legg family personal and business records. The personal materials include autograph books, correspondence, family recipes, a fan, financial records, manuscripts, and scrapbooks. The business records include newspaper advertisements, correspondence, and ledgers of Frank E. Legg's and Morris M. Seabolt's business, The Ann Arbor Music Company. Several items found with the collection lack any documentation or provenance, including a fan, manuscripts, and recipes. The first folders of this series are genealogical records of the Legg family complied by Legg and others. Also included in this series are 3 articles by Victor E. Legg and limited correspondence of Frank E. Legg, Junior. The correspondence presumably collected was after Frank E. Legg, Junior's death in 1983.

Arrangement Note

The files of the Legg Family Paper and Realia Series are arranged chronologically.
Box 6, Folder 1-2

Legg Genealogy circa 1850-1985

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 6, Folder 3

Legg Journal 1848-1858

Box 6, Folder 4

Legg Ledger 1849-1884

Box 10, Box 1

Frank E. Legg's Toy Hand Tools circa 1865

Physical Description: [8 items]
Box 6, Folder 5-6

Legg / Crosby Correspondence 1875-1942

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 6, Folder 7

Broadsides, Handbills, Clippings and Ephemera circa 1880-1922

Map-case 2, Folder 7

Broadsides, Handbills, Clippings and Ephemera (oversized) 1911-1970

Box 6, Folder 8

Frank E. Legg Autograph Book 1881-1889

Box 6, Folder 9

Wille Legg Autograph Album 1883-1888

Box 6, Folder 10

Scrapbook of Biographical Clippings of Authors, Composers, Lecturers, Singers, etc 1883-circa 1890

Box 10, Folder 2

Fan, Bone and Fabric circa 1890

Box 6, Folder 11

Ann Arbor Music Company Ledger 1898-1906

Box 6, Folder 12

Frank E. Legg Ledger 1905-1914

Box 6, Folder 13

Ann Arbor Music Company Ledger 1905-1920

Box 6, Folder 14

Manuscripts circa 1910

Box 6, Folder 15

Recipes & Cook Book circa 1910-1945

Box 10, envelope 3

Recipes (3"x5" note cards) circa 1910-1945

Box 6, Folder 16

Morris M. Seabolt Correspondence 1910-1951

Box 6, Folder 17

Federal Income Tax Returns, Frank E. Legg, Sr. 1922, 1942-1943

Box 6, Folder 18

Victor E. Legg, Bell Telephone System Technical Publications 1939-1940

Physical Description: [2 items]
Box 6, Folder 19

Frank E. Legg Estate Records 1949-1951

Box 6, Folder 20

Victor E. Legg, article 1954

Physical Description: 0 item.

Genral note

Magnetic Ferrites: New Materials for Modern Applications, page 726; Electrical Engineering magazine, August 1954
Box 6, Folder 21

Frank E. Legg, Jr. Estate Records 1975-1984

Box 6, Folder 22

Forrest Hills Cemetery, Legg and Crosby Plots 1984-1988