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Leon Fradley Whitney papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 21

Scope and Contents

The Leon Fradley Whitney Papers contain, in one box, the typescript of Pigeon City (1931) and the original manuscript and typescript of That Useless Hound (1950). The typescript of Pigeon City was donated to Yale University by the author in 1948. The manuscript and typescript of That Useless Hound were also donated by the author. Both works are juvenile fiction concerning young boys training animals.

Pigeon City, a 1932 Junior Literary Guild Selection, describes how three boys breed, train, and race homing pigeons. That Useless Hound, written in sixty hours while the author recuperated from a double hernia operation, chronicles the experiences of a young boy training a bloodhound to track missing persons.


  • 1931, 1950


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Leon Fradley Whitney Papers are 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

Gift of Leon F. Whitney.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

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The papers contain the typescript of Pigeon City (1931) and the manuscript and typescript for That Useless Hound (1950).


Leon F. Whitney, biologist and veterinarian, was born on March 29, 1894 in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of Leon and Geneva Fradley Whitney. He received a B.S. from the University of Massachusetts in 1916 and a D.V.M. from Alabama Polytechnic Institute in 1940. From 1940 until 1964 he was a clinical instructor in pathology at the Yale School of Medicine.

He was the author of many works on animals, including The Basis of Breeding (1928), How to Breed Dogs (1937), All About Guppies (1952), and Keep Your Pigeons Flying (1960). He was a proponent of eugenics and published scientific papers on human genetics, population problems, and the genetic characteristics and mental aptitudes of dogs. He also wrote at least three juvenile books on pets, the manuscripts for two of which are found in the collection.

Whitney married Katharine Carroll Sackett in 1916 and was the father of two children. He died in 1973.

Guide to the Leon Fradley Whitney Papers
Under Revision
by Heather L. Holeman
September 1986
Description rules
Beinecke Manuscript Unit Archival Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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