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Loren and Stanley Disney Family Papers

Call Number: WA MSS S-4149

Content Description

The Loren and Stanley Disney Family Papers, which span from 1896 to 1989, contain correspondence, diaries, writings, photographs, clippings, ephemera, and other papers created by or related to Loren G. Disney, his children Stanley E. Disney and Dorothy Cameron Disney MacKaye, and Stanley E. Disney’s wife, Frances Higbee Martin Disney.

An unpublished, typescript memoir, “Political Recollections of L. G. Disney,” describes Loren Disney’s life in Oklahoma politics and government from 1900 into the 1920s including his work for the Dawes Commission in Muskogee; his collaboration with Edward Perry, the Canadian-born husband of Carrie LeFlore, the daughter of Choctaw leader Forbis LeFlore; and his participation in Alice Mary Robertson’s successful 1920 campaign for election to the United States House of Representatives. The bulk of the papers document the personal lives of Stanley E. Disney and his wife, Frances Higbee Martin Disney. Stanley Disney’s papers related to his service as Deputy chief and chief, Decartelization and Deconcentration Division, United States Office of Military Government in Germany, 1950-1955 were acquired by the Hoover Institute, Stanford University, in 1986. Stanley Disney’s correspondence includes a run of letters from his sister, author Dorothy Cameron Disney MacKaye.


  • 1896 - 1989


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Loren and Stanley Disney Family Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Book Shop LLC on the Frederick W. and Carrie S. Beinecke Fund For Western Americana, 2020.


Organized into three series: I. Correspondence, Writings and Personal Papers Related to Stanley E. Disney, 1898-1989. II. Correspondence, Writings, and Personal Papers Related to the Disney family, 1924-1965. III. Correspondence and Writings related to Loren G. Disney, 1896-1900.


7.08 Linear Feet (17 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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The Loren and Stanley Disney Family

Loren G. Disney (1876-1938) was born in Leavenworth, KS and served in the Spanish-American War. He was a lawyer, judge, and Republican political figure in Oklahoma during its transition from territory to statehood. Disney's writings document the treatment of Indigenous peoples and African Americans in Oklahoma, along with political happenings, his experiences as a soldier, and other elements of his life.

Stanley Eugene Disney (1910-1985) was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He is the son of Loren G Disney and married Frances Higbee Martin in 1936. Disney attended Oklahoma University and George Washington University Law School. He worked as an attorney for the United States Department of Justice from 1929-1942, then served in World War II before returning to the Department of Justice from 1948-1950. Disney worked as Attorney for Allied High Commission in Germany through 1954, then returned to the US Justice Department from 1955 until his retirement in 1975.

Frances Higbee Martin Disney (1910-1993) was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma, attended the University of Alabama, and graduated from National Park Seminary in Washington, D.C. in 1910, and married Stanley E. Disney in 1936. She and Disney adopted nine children during the course of their marriage.

Dorothy Cameron Disney MacKaye (1903-1992) was a mystery writer and journalist. Under a byline of Dorothy Cameron Disney, she published nine novels. Her column, "Can This Marriage Be Saved," ran in “Ladies' Home Journal” for thirty years.

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This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing and minimal organization.

Information included in the Description of Papers note and Collection Contents section is drawn from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Guide to the Loren and Stanley Disney Family Papers
by Rosemary K. J. Davis
December 2020
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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