S. N. Leek papers, 1882-1946  PDF  XML

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Leek, S. N. (Stephen Nelson), 1858-1943
Title
S. N. Leek papers
Dates
1882-1946 (inclusive)
Quantity
51.02 cubic ft. (104 boxes)
Collection Number
03138
Summary
S.N. Leek was a hunter, trapper, dude rancher, politician, and guide as well as a writer and wildlife photographer. This collection consists of materials related to Leek's life and various careers.
Repository
University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center
American Heritage Center
University of Wyoming
1000 E. University Ave.
Dept. 3924
Laramie, WY
82071
Telephone: 307-766-3756
ahcref@uwyo.edu
Access Restrictions
Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on the materials for research purposes, and the collection is open to the public.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Stephen Nelson Leek (1858-1943) was one of the earliest settlers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He was born in Turkey Point, Ontario, Canada and lived in Kearney, Nebraska, and Salt Lake City, Utah, before moving to Wyoming sometime around 1882. He worked on several ranches in southeast Wyoming before settling permanently in Jackson Hole between 1886 and 1888 where he homesteaded a ranchsite three miles south of the present town of Jackson.

Stephen Leek was a hunter, trapper, dude rancher and guide as well as a writer and wildlife photographer. He also served as a Uinta County Representative in the 1907 session of the Wyoming House of Representatives. He did extensive photographic and motion picture studies of elk, and toured the country on the Orpheus Vaudeville circuit billed as "The Father of the Elk." Through his photographs, writings and personal appearances he was instrumental in building public support for saving the Jackson Hole elk herd that culminated in the establishment of the National Elk Refuge in Jackson.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection documents the life and work of Stephen Leek. There are manuscripts and research materials on subjects including Yellowstone National Park, Jackson Hole and Western history; elk and other wildlife; Indian legends; and the Gros Ventre Slide, as well as bound typewritten manuscripts (1920-1924), illustrated with Leek’s photographs, on fishing trips in Jackson Hole and Yellowstone National Park and several mountain camping trips. Also included are two parts (ca. 200 pages each) of a manuscript, "Uncle Jack," and about 100 pages of poetry. There is an undated diary, ledgers and other business records, and correspondence from 1892-1941. There are several maps, including two hand-drawn maps of the Teton Pass area and the natural dam on the Gros Ventre River created by the slide in 1915. Leek’s photographic career is documented by forty-eight boxes of glass plate negatives, prints taken from the glass plate negatives, two boxes of glass lantern slides, black and white prints, a photo album, and seven motion picture reels.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Copyright Information

The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

Preferred Citation

Preferred Citation

Item Description, Box Number, Folder Number, Collection Name, Collection Number, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.

Alternative Forms Available

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital reproductions of select material from this collection are available at http://digitalcollections.uwyo.edu:8180/luna/servlet/uwydbuwy~74~74.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Arrangement

Arrangement is at the series level.

Related Materials

Related Materials

There are no known other archival collections created by Stephen N. Leek at the date of processing.

Acquisition Information

Acquisition Information

This material was received from Stephen N. Leek, Nancy Corsi, and Lillian Tonrich from 1969-2015 and the Leek family in 2009.

Processing Note

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Shaun Hayes in July 2009, revised by D. Claudia Thompson in June 2010, and updated by Jamie J. Greene in September 2016.

Portions of the collection were digitized by Rick Walters in 2009, Jamie J. Greene in 2012, Susan Gilmore in 2012, Shannon Hoskins in 2013, and from 2016-2019.


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I. Manuscript Material Return to Top

Contents include maps, ledgers, pamphlets, correspondence, news clippings, manuscripts, and published materials either including articles by Leek or used by him during his life. A number of postcards either using photos taken by Leek or containing correspondence related to his life are included as well. The manuscripts are poetry, fiction, and non-fiction notes Leek used in his publications.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
"Uncle Jack" manuscript
undated
1 2
"Uncle Jack" manuscript
undated
1 3
Manuscripts
undated
1 5
Poetry
undated
2 1
Correspondence
1907
2 2
Newsclippings
1905-1942
2 3
Library of Congress
1903, 1921
2 4
Will and family record
1918, undated
2 5
S.N. Leek biography
1941
2 6
Yellowstone correspondence and map
1919, 1931
2 7
Correspondence
1925-1941
2 8
Correspondence
1892-1925
2 9
Financial papers
1891-1929
2 10
Miscellaneous
undated
2 11
Articles of Incorporation
1906, 1927-1930
2 12
Wyoming State Constitution
1906
2 13
Maps
undated
3 1
Indian legends
undated
3 2
Indian notes
undated
3 3
"Horse Thieves" manuscript
undated
3 4
"Logging the Snake" manuscript
undated
3 5
Fish notes
undated
3 6
"Trip to Jackson, 1887," manuscript
undated
3 7
Yellowstone and Grand Teton history
1928-1946
4
Ledgers, diaries, and financial records
1882, 1920, undated
Folder
5 1
Maps
undated
5 2
Pamphlets
1909-1930
5 3
Pamphlets
1912-1932
6 1
Western history notes
undated
6 2
Jackson history notes
undated
6 3
Gross Ventre slide notes
undated
6 4
Poetry
undated
6 5
Sargent Homestead notes
undated
6 6
White Patch notes
1932
6 7
Manuscripts
undated
6 8
Various notes
undated
6 9
Elk history
1927-1932, undated
6 10
"Uncle Jack" manuscript
undated
7
Publications
1920-1926
8
Publications
1905-1911
9
Yellowstone diary, maps, and photographs
undated, 1933
10
Postcards
undated, 1909-1912
11
Postcards
undated, 1904-1912

Series II. Photographs, Negatives, and Motion Pictures FilmsReturn to Top

Consists of a number of photographs and negatives of images taken by Leek throughout his life, as well as motion picures of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and other subjects. Prints, interpositives, and duplicate negatives are included.

Container(s) Description
Sub-series 1. Glass Lantern Slides
Box
12 undated
13 undated
Sub-series 2. Glass Plate Negatives
Box
35 undated
36 undated
37 undated
38 undated
39 undated
40 undated
41 undated
42 undated
43 undated
44 undated
45 undated
46 undated
47 undated
48 undated
49 undated
50 undated
51 undated
52 undated
53 undated
54 undated
55 undated
56 undated
57 undated
58 undated
59 undated
60 undated
61 undated
62 undated
63 undated
64 undated
65 undated
66 undated
67 undated
68 undated
69 undated
70 undated
71 undated
72 undated
73 undated
74 undated
75 undated
76
Prints from glass plate negatives (LPs 1-104)
undated
77
Prints from glass plate negatives (LPs 105-242)
undated
78
Prints from glass plate negatives (LPs 243-382)
undated
79
Prints from glass plate negatives (LPs 383-531)
undated
80
Prints from glass plate negatives (LPs 534-670)
undated
81
Prints from glass plate negatives (LPs 670B-784)
undated
82
Prints from glass plate negatives (LPs 785-950)
undated
83
Prints from glass plate negatives (LPs 951-1113)
undated
84
Prints from glass plate negatives (LPs 1114-1266)
undated
85
Prints from glass plate negatives (LPs 1267-1412)
undated
86
Prints from glass plate negatives (LPs 1413-1567)
undated
87
Prints from glass plate negatives (LPs 1568-1713)
undated
88
Prints from glass plate negatives (LPs 1714-1998)
undated
89-90
Unidentified prints from glass plate negatives
undated
Sub-series 3. Motion Picture Film
Box
20 undated
21 undated
22 undated
23 undated
24 undated
25 undated
26 undated
Sub-series 4. Panoramic and Oversize
Box
27-34
Oversized prints
undated
91
Oversize originals
undated
99
Panoramic prints
undated
100 undated
Sub-series 5. Prints and Negatives (Miscellaneous)
Box
14
Prints
undated
15
Photographs and negatives
undated
16 undated
17
Duplicate negatives
undated
18
Interpositives
undated
19
Interpositives (LPS 7-1992)
undated
101 undated

Series III. ArtifactsReturn to Top

Consists of equipment used by Leek during his career as a photographer, including a tripod, cameras, and other materials.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
92
Glass lantern projector and view finder
undated
93
Photographic plates
undated
94
Miscellaneous photographic supplies
undated
95
Circuit camera and swivel base
undated
96
Projector
undated
97
Glass negative camera and camera with film box
undated
98
Tripod
undated
102
Black leather Kodak camera case containing a Century Model 46 camera, pocket Kodak camera, Kodak Eastman glass plates, and formula guide for Kodak Eastman glass plates
1915-1920
103
Eastman Kodak film cartridge
undated
104
Oliver typewriter Co. No. 7 (olive green typewriter)
1914-1915

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Camping --Wyoming.
  • Elk --United States.
  • Elk --Wyoming.
  • Fishing --Wyoming.
  • Indians of North America --Legends.
  • Landslides --Wyoming --Teton County..
  • Photography --Wyoming.
  • Wildlife cinematography.
  • Wildlife conservation --United States.
  • Wildlife conservation --Wyoming.
  • Wildlife cinematography --Wyoming.
  • Wildlife photography --Wyoming.

Geographical Names

  • Grand Teton National Park (Wyo.)
  • Jackson Hole (Wyo.)
  • National Elk Refuge (Wyo.)
  • Wyoming --History --1919-1945.
  • Wyoming --History --1980-1918.
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Gros Ventre Range (Wyo.)
  • Teton County (Wyo.)
  • West (U. S.) --History
  • Wyoming --History --To 1889.