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Finding Aid for the Will Levington Comfort Papers, 1910-1932
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  • 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 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 Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    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 Library Special Collections for in-house consultation and may be obtained for a fee. Please contact:
    • Public Services Division
    • UCLA Library 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). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4232898 


    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.