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Dr. James A. Leitch Wright, Jr. Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1981-001

Scope and Contents

The papers of Dr. James A. Leitch Wright, Jr., noted historian who taught at Florida State University from 1968 to 1986. Wright received acclaim for his Colonial American research. His papers include correspondence, research materials, and manuscripts for his publications related to Southern Indian tribes.

Includes MSS 88-1, 86-26 and 92-19.


  • Creation: approximately 1968-1986


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to quote, publish, broadcast or otherwise reproduce from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean for Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Florida State University Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Biographical or Historical Information

James Leitch Wright, Jr. was born August 9, 1929 in Ashland, Virginia. He received a B.S. in Engineering from Virginia Military Institute in 1950, an M.A. in History from the University of Virginia in 1956, and his Ph.D. in History from the University of Virginia in 1958. Dr. Wright served as Associate Professor at the Virginia Military Institute from 1958-1961, Professor at Randolph-Macon College from 1961-1968, and taught history at Florida State University from 1968 until his death on September 28, 1986.

He received acclaim for six scholarly books and was very knowledgable about Spanish-English Colonial America. With books such as Anglo-Spanish Rivalry in North America (1971), Britain and the American Frontier, 1783-1815 (1975), Florida in the American Revolution (1975), and The Only Land They Knew: The Tragic Story of American Indians in the Old South (1981), in addition to numerous articles, Dr. Wright had established himself as a major historian of the Southern frontier and of the Native American involvement in it.

Among his accomplishments, Dr. Wright received the Rembert W. Patrick Award from the Florida Historical Society, a certificate of commendation from the American Association of State and Local History, and the Florida College of Teachers Annual Award for historical scholarship. He was also an avid runner and active member of the Gulfwinds Track Club.


2743.00 items

12.25 Linear Feet

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Source of Acquisition

Donated by Mrs. Beth Wright

Processing Information

MSS 81-1, 86-26 processed in March 1987 (2,743 items). Additional gift to 81-1 was received December 1987 and processed January 1988 (245 items). MSS 92-19 was processed in November 1992.


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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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PO Box 3062047
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