Finding Aid to the Will Levington Comfort Apache Manuscript MS.580

Finding aid prepared by Holly Rose Larson
Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
234 Museum Drive
Los Angeles, CA, 90065-5030
2012 October 9

Title: Will Levington Comfort Apache Manuscript
Identifier/Call Number: MS.580
Contributing Institution: Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 0.2 linear feet (7 folders)
Date (inclusive): 1931-1932
Abstract: This collection contains copies of the manuscript for Apache by Will Levington Comfort, published by E. P. Dutton and Company, New York, 1931; one piece of correspondence, and two newspaper clippings. Materials date from 1931-1932.
creator: Comfort, Will Levington, 1878-1932

Processing history

Processed by Glenna Schroeder, circa 1977-1981. Finding aid completed by Holly Rose Larson, NHPRC Processing Archivist, 2012 October 9, made possible through grant funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commissions (NHPRC).

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a typed letter from Comfort; typed carbons and galley proofs of the manuscript for Apache by Will Levington Comfort, published by E. P. Dutton and Company, New York, 1931; a newspaper clipping of a Comfort article entitled "The Apaches Have a Flood Story Too"; and a newspaper clipping of an article about Comfort and his book The Hive.


Donation from Will Levington Comfort, 1931 April 13. Additional donation from Edith Manear, 1942 December 4.

Preferred citation

Will Levington Comfort Apache Manuscript, 1931-1932, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS.580; [folder number] [folder title][date].


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Biographical note

Will Levington Comfort (1878, February 17 - 1932, November 2) was a U.S. writer, known primarily for adventure novels such as Apache. Three of Comfort's works served as the story for feature films. "Somewhere in Sonora," based on his novel Somewhere South of Sonora, was remade in 1933 starring John Wayne.
Comfort gained experience as a newspaper reporter in Detroit, Michigan, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Covington, Kentucky. In the Spanish-American War, he served in the 5th U.S. Cavalry. Later, in 1899, he became a war correspondent. In connection with his correspondent's duties, he traveled in the Philippines and China. In 1904 he also traveled in Russia and Japan as correspondent. Later in life he came to live in Highland Park, a suburb of Los Angeles, California.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Mangas Coloradas, Apache Chief, d. 1863?
Apache Indians -- Fiction
Apaches Have a Flood Story Too
Proofs (Printing)