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Harry W. Lawton collection on Willie Boy
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This collection is comprised of correspondence, photographs, research notes, newspaper clippings, and other materials related to the Willie Boy manhunt of 1909. Topics include the Willie Boy manhunt, Harry W. Lawton's book, Willie Boy: A Desert Manhunt, the motion picture, Tell Them Willie Boy Was Here, and the legal case concerning the book, The Hunt for Willie Boy: Indian-Hating and Popular Culture. The collection includes four artifacts from the Willie Boy manhunt, which include three tin cups and a horse stirrup, Sheriff Frank Wilson's original report on the manhunt, a bone fragment purported to be from Willie Boy, scrapbooks, typescripts, screenplays, and posters.
Harry W. Lawton was born in Long Beach, CA on December 11, 1927. He was a writer, journalist, editor, historian, and a lecturer at the University of California, Riverside. He is best known for his book, Willie Boy: A Desert Manhunt and for contributing to the preservation of California history. He was a founder of the California Museum of Photography, The Malki Museum, and the Malki Press. He was also the founder of UCR's Creative Writing Program and of the University of California's Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology. He died in Dana Point, CA on November 20, 2005.
12.81 linear feet (15 boxes, 1 flat file folder)
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This collection is open for research. Some materials have been restricted while being consulted on under CalNAGPRA and NAGPRA as required by state and federal law, and are noted as such within this finding aid.