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Leyburn, James Graham



  • Existence: 1902 - 1993


A.B., 1920, A.M., 1921, LL.D., 1962, Duke; A.M., Princeton, 1922; Ph.D., Yale, 1927; Litt.D., W&L, 1974. Professor of sociology, 1947; dean university, 1947-56; dean and professor sociology emeritus, W&L, 1972-1993. Author: The Haitian People, 1941; The Scotch-Irish, 1962, etc. see Faculty Publications. See Who's Who, 1976-77. See also Leyburn's scrapbook, which includes some of his speeches.

Found in 25 Collections and/or Records:

"A Child's Song of Christmas", 1935

 File — Box 1: [Barcode: 0000005041], Folder: 8
Scope and Contents

This file consists of published copies of the piece as well as original copies made for James G. Leyburn and Mary Monroe Penick. The piece was written for The Children's Choir of The Presbyterian Church of Lexington, Va. It also contains copies for violin, violin II, viola, and cello.

Dates: 1935


 File — Box 1, Folder: 2
Scope and Contents

Contains a copy of a memoir written by James Leyburn.

Dates: 1961 - 1993

Ben Sherman Collection

Identifier: WLU-Coll-0623
Content Description The collection consists of materials preserved by former WLU student Ben Sherman (Class of 1975) related to his student years with a focus on the 1972 Washington and Lee University Mock Democratic Convention. Ben Sherman participated in the 1972 Mock Convention as the floor leader for candidate Hubert Humphrey. Items include an autographed copy of Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter' s May 5, 1972 Mock Convention keynote address, a copy of Sherman's typescript nomination remarks for candidate...
Dates: Majority of material found within 1915 - 1976; Event: 1972

"Descants and Fa-Burden: To Make Hymn-Singing More Interesting To All Concerned"

 File — Box 6A: [Barcode: 0000005215], Folder: 160
Scope and Contents

One of the copies is signed by James G. Leyburn and has a message from John A. Graham on it.

Dates: Inclusive 1910-1947; Majority of material found within Bulk 1915-1947

Francis Baldwin Crawford Collection

 Collection — Box 1: [Barcode: 35101013592683], Folder: 1-6
Identifier: WLU-Coll-0564

General, 1970-05 - 1981-10-19

 File — Box 1, Folder: 3
Scope and Contents

This file consists of materials related to the Historic Lexington Foundation, including the information on the property acquistion of the Jacob M. Ruff House, a pamphlet on the Historic Lexington Foundation and its work on the Alexander-Withrow house (corner of Main and Washington St), an invitation to the Historic Lexington Foundation's Parking Lot Party behind the Central Hotel, and remarks from the first annual Historic Lexington Foundation Dinner.

Dates: 1970-05 - 1981-10-19

"Gentle Mary Laid Her Child"

 File — Box 1: [Barcode: 0000005044], Folder: 10
Scope and Contents

This file consists of one original and four copies. The piece was for the choir of the Lexington Presbyterian Church.

Dates: Inclusive 1910-1947; Majority of material found within Bulk 1915-1947

"Invocation", 1924-04-14

 File — Box 2: [Barcode: 0000005093], Folder: 49
Scope and Contents

Graham composed the work for Miss MacDonald, Mr. Leyburn, and two pianos.

Dates: 1924-04-14

James G. Leyburn Class Lecture

Identifier: WLU-Coll-0136
Scope and Contents

This collection is an audiorecording of a class lecture given by James G. Leyburn to his Communications 202 class on May 18, 1966. Professor Leyburn talks about rhetoric and southern American writers, specifically women writers.

Dates: 1966-05-18

James G. Leyburn Letters, 1991, 2009

 File — Box 1, Folder: 16
Scope and Contents From the Collection: This collection primarily contains a series of memoranda, correspondence, newspaper articles, and transcripts regarding William Gladstone and his service to the state of Florida. In addition, the collection included a book showcasing Gladstone’s judicial activism, and has since been transferred within the Special Collections Department. A collection of great breadth within the juvenile criminal justice system, it features several policy efforts supported by William Gladstone, including the...
Dates: 1991; 2009

James Graham Leyburn collection

Identifier: WLU-Coll-0288
Scope and Contents This collection contains many materials relating to the South African mission. Dr. Leyburn saved a number of newspaper articles concerning South Africa which are contained herein. Reports on various industries and other aspects of South Africa are included. Also within this collection are an assortment of Dr. Leyburn's speeches, some of which address South Africa. The remainder of the speeches concern the future of Washington and Lee University. Among the correspondence in...
Dates: 1902 - 1993

James Graham Leyburn Sunday School Lectures

Identifier: WLU-Coll-0624
Content Description This collection consists of a small three ring binder of typescript Sunday school lectures by Dr. James G. Leyburn, one of Washington and Lee's most revered 20th century professors. Leyburn used this notebook to teach his class at the Lexington (Va.) Presbyterian Church from October 2, 1949 to the final class of the year on May 28, 1950. The lectures cover and introduction to the Bible, it's characters, and the tenets of Presbyterianism. In the final lecture, Leyburn details a transformative...
Dates: Majority of material found within 1949 - 1950

Jefferson Davis Futch, III collection

Identifier: WLU-Coll-0495
Scope and Contents

This collection contains WLU alumnus Michael Barr's collection of letters and recorded lectures of WLU Professor Jefferson Davis Futch, III. It also contains an undated audiorecording of WLU alumnus, Dr. Ward W. Briggs remarks about James Graham Leyburn. Briggs'remarks were likely given at an alumni event on the subject of liberal arts education and Greek philosophy.

Dates: 2003 - 2014

Joseph James Murray Diaries

Identifier: WLU-Coll-0302
Scope and Contents The diaries give a precise record of Joseph James Murray's four years as superintendent of home missions in Wilmington, North Carolina, as well as of his life as pastor, family man, traveller, lover of the arts and ornithologist while in Lexington, Virginia (1924-1968). Reminiscences include information about his family, including his wife, Jane Dickson Vardell Murray, and children, J. J. (Jimmy) Murray, Jr. and Jane Murray, and close friends, including Matthew Paxton, Nell Paxton, James G....
Dates: Inclusive 1920-1968

Letter from John to James

 File — Box 8: [Barcode: 0000005248], Folder: 11
Scope and Contents

This file consists of a letter written by Graham to 'James,' most likely James G. Leyburn.

Dates: Inclusive 1910-1947; Majority of material found within Bulk 1915-1947

Letter to Mr. and Mrs. Gottwald from John D. Wilson, 1994-06-13

 Item — Box 1: [Barcode: 0000007293], Folder: 10
Scope and Contents Touches on the weather in Lexington as well as the recent Reunion weekend, and commencement of both the undergraduate and Law School classes. Notes the three graduating Russian students and their academic success. Notes the dedication of the University Library as the James Graham Leyburn Library. Highlights some of the activities of the students and the campus as a whole as well as the recent success in the performing arts department. Also touches on the success of the spring sports teams...
Dates: 1994-06-13

Letters Concerning Job Applications, 1953 - 1954

 File — Box 2: [Barcode: 0000004522], Folder: 19
Scope and Contents

This file consists of letters to Robert Stewart from the College and Specialist Bureau concerning opening at various colleges. It also contains letters of inquiry from Stewart and correspondences from different colleges. Many of the letters are from James G. Leyburn and Marion Letcher from Washington and Lee University.

Dates: 1953 - 1954

Ollinger Crenshaw Correspondence

Identifier: WLU-Coll-0262
Scope and Contents This collection consists of correspondence to Robert McLean Jeter, Jr., an alumnus of the Washington and Lee University class of 1941. The letters cover issues regarding curricula, faculty, and faculty social life at Washington and Lee University, including curricular changes under Dean James Leyburn and the administration of University President Fred Carrington Cole (1959-1967). Other topics include integration, World War II and the Vietnam War, and publication of Crenshaw's ...
Dates: Inclusive 1939-1969

Series 2, 1987 - 1993

Scope and Contents

This series includes correspondence, proofs, and reviews concerning Leyburn's book The Way We Lived. Correspondents include Kenneth Rockwell, Marshall Fishwick, Rupert Nelson Latture, Michael Barr, and Lon K. Savage. There are also photographs of Leyburn, his music programs, and notices of his death.

Dates: 1987 - 1993

Series 3, Oversized materials, 1902 - 1974, bulk: 1919 - 1927

 Series — Oversize 27: [Barcode: 0000008111]
Scope and Contents

This series consists of James G. Leyburn's diplomas and certificates of distinction.

Dates: 1902 - 1974; Majority of material found within 1919 - 1927

"Sonata for Violin and Piano"

 File — Box 3: [Barcode: 0000005101], Folder: 57
Scope and Contents

This file includes copies for each violin and piano part. The sonata was written for and dedicated to Francis Rouclebush and James G. Leyburn.

Dates: Inclusive 1910-1947; Majority of material found within Bulk 1915-1947

"Valse Ignoble et Sentimentale" - pour deux pianos, 1924-04-28

 File — Box 3: [Barcode: 0000005106], Folder: 62
Scope and Contents

Graham wrote and dedicated the music to Anne MacDonald and James G. Leyburn.

Dates: 1924-04-28