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L. Lee Layton, Jr.

1928 - 1984

Manuscript Collection Number: MSS 534
     Boxes 1-23 are housed in Library Annex
     Box 24 (oversize material) housed in the Special Collections Department    
Extent: 23 linear ft. and 1 oversize box (24 x 20 inches)
Content: personal papers, business papers, correspondence, publications, maps, tax records, pamphlets, newsletters, photographs, financial statements, prints.
Access: Limited pending completion of processing. Material in annex requires 24-hour notice for retrieval.

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Table of Contents

Biographical Note

Landreth Lee Layton, Jr. (1889-1985), was born in Georgetown, Delaware, and later became a resident of Dover, Delaware. He was a grocery executive, businessman, and land developer in the Burnt Cypress area of Sussex County and Layton Farms, near Dover. Mr. Layton was known for his prolific and controversial letters to newspaper editors championing personal causes such as government reform and attacks on Zionism, racial desegregation, communism, and unionism.

Scope and Content Note

The L. Lee Layton, Jr., papers include personal and business papers of this well known Sussex countian and Dover-area businessman. Files relate to his business Layton & Company, and landholdings in Layton Farms and Cypress Farms. Mr. Layton maintained topical files on various political and social issues, as well as correspondence and publications related to his opinions. Additional papers belong to Mr. Layton's wife, Marianne Layton.

Contents List

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*Note all correspondence and subject files are Lee Layton's unless otherwise noted.



1 Layton & Company, Inc. business files, A-H

Includes payroll and tax information, charter, bylaws, accounts payable and receivable


2 Layton & Company, Inc. business files, I-W


3 Layton & Company, Inc. financial statements, 1928-1948

Layton & Company, Inc. annual stockholder's reports, 1940-1957

Lee Layton - personal correspondence, 1960s


4 Lee Layton articles, 1960s-1970s

Includes clippings of his letters to the editor and responses (News Journal, Delaware

State News, The Sussex Countian, and the New York Herald Tribune), as well as issues of conservative political publications (The Councilor, The Thunderbolt, Bugle, and Don Bell Reports), correspondence with Senator John Williams, copies of some of Layton's leaflets sent to the Delaware General Assembly, and a copy of Election Laws of Delaware (1972).


5 Correspondence & publications, 1950s

Publication files for The Grapevine (written and published by Layton) Publication files for The Live Wire (written and published by Layton) Newspaper clippings, 1940s-1960s


6 "Desk correspondence 1960s"


7 "Desk correspondence 1960s" (cont'd) Correspondence with David W. Burnet, 1961-1976


8 Correspondence and subject files, 1970s


9 Correspondence and subject files, 1970s


10 Correspondence and subject files (A-L), 1980s


11 Correspondence and subject files (M-Z), 1980s


12 Office copies of Lee Layton's mailings, 1973-1983


13 Series of political subject files (numbered 1-45), 1970s

Issues of American Capsule News, 1963-1965

Files of material on railroads, electricity, TVA, 1950s

File of maps



14 Miscellaneous files of correspondence, letters to patriots, personal, etc., 1959-1975

Files of letters to Middletown Transcript, Seaford Reader, Delaware Coast Press, 1970s


15 Miscellaneous correspondence and subject files, 1970s

Includes files for Henrickson, Walworth, Conservative Book Club, Cornwell, Bishop, railroads, American Independent Party, Mason, and ministers


16 Copies of pamphlets, leaflets, pamphlets, and letters composed by Lee Layton for

distribution to the Delaware General Assembly, citizens, etc., (Topics: taxes, patriotism, Delaware politics, racism, the Holocaust, President Carter, federal spending, Israel, etc.) 1959-1978

Religious and political pamphlets written by others


17 Files for and copies of The Epistle (Layton's newsletter for employees), 1950s

Miscellaneous clippings, pamphlets, and correspondence related to political beliefs for possible publication in The Grapevine, 1962


18 Correspondence and files related to Layton Farms Inc. and Cypress Farms, ca. 1950-1975

Includes bank information, contracts, letters to stockholders, vital statistics, and cash flow statements


19 Layton Farms and Cypress Farms (cont'd)

Includes photographs and income tax records


20 Personal correspondence and material related to Marianne Gibbs Layton, 1940s

Includes a scrapbook, high school/college notebooks, University of Colorado degree, McConnell School degree (airline stewardess), photographs, issues of Colorado Alumnus, tour and travel booklets, a program for Fantasia

Personal correspondence related to Penelope R. Layton


21 Personal correspondence of Lee Layton, 1940-1970s

Estate settlement of Marianne Layton

Miscellaneous personal material related to Lee Layton (photographs, slides, lawsuit)


22 Lee Layton's personal financial records, 1970-1984

Includes bank statements and income tax records Alfred Layton bank book, 1946


23 Cassette tapes (most of political or religious content, many unidentified)

Tape recorder, plus pipe and other ephemera


24 Copy of Our Islands and Their Peoples (2 vols.), 1899

Cypress Farms aerial photographs and maps

Photograph of the stockholders of Layton & Co., 1942

Prints of scenes in U.S. National Parks (belonging to Marianne Layton). OVERSIZE BOX in Spec Coll

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