The Clare Leighton Papers document Leighton's artistic production, and particularly her illustrations for the book Southern Harvest, published by the Macmillan Company in 1942, and The Frank C. Brown Collection of North Carolina Folklore, a seven-volume series published by Duke University Press from 1952-1964.
Materials in the collection include printer's proofs, preparatory sketches and prints, sketches, engravings, and a limited amount of correspondence related to the publication of Southern Harvest and to the acquisition of the Clare Leighton Papers.
Collection consists of Joe Sitter's files and acquired artwork documenting the career of Gaylord Schanilec, including examples of Schanilec's wood engravings; fine printing prospectuses and keepsakes featuring Schanilec's work; Schanilec illustrations from publications by Midnight Paper Sales and the Gregynog Press; printer's waste and other printing scraps; clippings and articles documenting Schanilec's career, public appearances, and publications; correspondence between Sitter and Schanilec; and some photographs of Schanilec.
Broadsides, prints, and prospectuses from various fine press printers and artists; as well as subject files created by Sitter about various fine press printers and artists. Presses represented include The Whittington Press, Shanty Bay Press, Solmentes Press, and Ian Mortimer. Artists and printers represented are John Randle, Walter Bachinski, David Esselmont, Russell Maret, Howard Phipps, Miriam Macgregor, Hellmuth Weissenborn, and Judy Ling Wong.