Leonebel Jacobs papers, 1930s-1960s

Overview of the Collection

Leonebel Jacobs papers
1930s-1960s (inclusive)
0.05 linear feet, (2 folders)
Collection Number
Coll 402
Leonebel Jacobs (1883-1967) was a portrait painter who painted Herbert Hoover and Chinese Emperor Pu Ti, among others. The collection (1930s -1960s) contains print copies and photographs of paintings, photographs of Jacobs, correspondence, a manuscript, and mementos.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives
UO Libraries--SCUA
1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 5413463068
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

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The collection was donated by John M. Macgregor, who may have been Jacobs's lawyer, and the material comes from his files.

Images of Jacobs include portrait prints and contact prints spanning a number of years, and a photograph of a dinner party at her home. There is also a newspaper article that includes a picture of Jacobs painting the portrait of Sloan Simpson O'Dwyer, the wife of the Mayor of New York, in 1950.

There are photographs and drawings of portraits by Jacobs and subjects include Kahlil Gibran, Wayman Adams, and Pu Yi, the Emperor of China. Also includes is a large booklet of text and photographs that document the time Jacobs spent in China, titled, "China's last Emperor Pu-Yi and his Empress.

Jacobs often used prints or drawings of portraits as christmas cards and the collection includes a few examples of these.

Other photographs include a photo sent to Jacobs from Lowell Thomas of himself and others posed outside the Forbidden City, in Lhasa, China (1949).

There is a few pieces of correspondence, including letters from Burt Brown Barker (1955-1966), of the University of Oregon, who addressed Jacobs as "Duchess." There is also a poem sent to her from an admirer, a letter from Louise Young's nurse, "Trudy," a letter from Pear S. Buck about a book Jacob's sent her of Jacobs time in China, and a letter regarding the owners of one of Jacob's paintings, "Emperor and Empress."

The collection also contains notes and a draft of a manuscript on China that Jacobs was planning to write. These are contained in an envelope.

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Restrictions on Use

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Leonebel Jacobs papers, Coll 402, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

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Acquisition Information

Donated by John M. MacGregor, 1972.

Processing Note

Collection processed by Tanya Parlet, 2013.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal organization and rehousing.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents.

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Subject Terms

  • Women painters--United States

Form or Genre Terms

  • Correspondence
  • Drawings
  • Portraits