L. Lee Layton, Jr. papers
Held at: University of Delaware Library Special Collections [Contact Us]181 South College Avenue, Newark, DE 19717-5267
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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.
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.
Boxes 1-23: Shelved in Library Annex
Box 24: Shelved in SPEC MSS oversize boxes (24 inches)
Gift of Alfred Layton, 1998.
Finding aid encoded by Lauren Connolly, September 2015, and Tiffany Saulter, April 2016.
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Includes payroll and tax information, charter, bylaws, accounts payable and receivable
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).
Publication files forThe Grapevine (written and published by Layton) Publication files for The Live Wire (written and published by Layton) Newspaper clippings, 1940s-1960s
Correspondence with David W. Burnet, 1961-1976
Includes files for Henrickson, Walworth, Conservative Book Club, Cornwell, Bishop, railroads, American Independent Party, Mason, and ministers
Topics: taxes, patriotism, Delaware politics, racism, the Holocaust, President Carter, federal spending, Israel, etc., religious and political pamphlets written by others.
Includes bank information, contracts, letters to stockholders, vital statistics, and cash flow statements
Includes photographs and income tax records
Includes a scrapbook, high school/college notebooks, University of Colorado degree, McConnell School degree (airline stewardess), photographs, issues ofColorado Alumnus, tour and travel booklets, a program for Fantasia Personal correspondence related to Penelope R. Layton
Estate settlement of Marianne Layton Miscellaneous personal material related to Lee Layton (photographs, slides, lawsuit)
Includes bank statements and income tax records Alfred Layton bank book, 1946
Tape recorder, plus pipe and other ephemera
OVERSIZE BOX in Spec Coll