Special Collections Department
Lee Layton, Jr.
1928 - 1984
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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Newark, Delaware 19717-5267
Table of Contents
Lee Layton, Jr. (1889-1985), was born in
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.
Please contact Manuscripts Librarian for further assistance.
*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