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Henry Ward Ranger Estate papers, 1888-circa 1999, bulk 1904-1954

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Series 2: Settlement of Will , 1907-1920
1.05 Linear feet
Boxes 1-3

This series documents the settlement of Ranger's will, which entered two years of litigation shortly after the artist's death, having been contested by Ranger's sister, Edith Ranger, whose lawyers presented a fraudulent will claiming her as an heir to Ranger's estate. The District Attorney papers include correspondence, memoranda, and legal documents related to the litigation. Court documents further record the legal proceedings. Of note are the court documents from 1916-1917 which include statements by various people who knew Ranger, some of whom were employed by him, as they provide limited biographical information about him and about his development as an artist. Also found are a photograph of Ranger, estimates of commissions due to William Macbeth from Ranger's estate, a copy of William Macbeth's will, and copies of Ranger's will and the fraudulent will.
Records are arranged by type.
A portion of this series has been digitized. Duplicates and records which relate primarily to the litigation of Ranger's will have not been digitized.
Description Container Select
Court Documents
Bogus Will, 1916-1918
1
41
Charles N. Wexler Resignation, 1918
1
42
Judicial Settlement of the Account of Proceedings, 1918-1919
1
43
Proving Ranger's Will, 1907-1918
1
44
Proving Ranger's Will, 1907-1918
1
45
Statements, 1916
2
1
Court Documents, 1916
2
2
Court Documents, 1916-1918
2
3-9
Court Documents, 1917-1918
2
10
Court Documents, 1917-1918
2
11
Court Documents, 1917-1920
2
12-14
District Attorney Papers, 1915-1918
2
15
District Attorney Papers, 1915-1918
3
1
District Attorney Papers, 1917-1919
3
2
District Attorney Papers, 1918-1919
3
3-7
Legal Counsel Correspondence, 1916-1918
3
8-9
Legal Counsel Preparation, circa 1916-1919
3
10
Legal Counsel Preparation, circa 1916-1919
3
11
Memoranda Regarding Contesting of Will, 1916-1917
3
12
Memoranda Regarding Contesting of Will, 1916-1917
3
13
News Clippings, 1918
3
14-16
Private Investigator Reports, 1917
3
17

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