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John Hansford and Bill Leach Personal Papers

Identifier: LH-wua00466

The John Hansford and Bill Leach Personal Papers consists of correspondence, writings, personal papers, photographs, audiovisual material, and realia.


  • 1957-2013


Conditions Governing Access

Some restrictions. Please contact Local History Curator for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)


6.00 linear feet

7 boxes

Biographical Information

John Wayne Hansford (September 4, 1942 – January 15, 2011) was born in Wilmington Ohio and graduated from Wilmington High School in 1960. Hansford received a Bachelor of Arts in French from Georgetown University in 1964 and served in the United States Army from 1967-1969. He retired from Washington University in St. Louis after 25 years as the Director of Development Communications in July 2008. He had also held positions at Wittenberg University in Springfield Ohio and Wright State University in Fairborn Ohio.

William (Bill) Ray Leach (August 15, 1949 - January 9, 2015) was born in Madison County, Ohio. He graduated from Versailles High School in 1967. Bill was a retired courier. Hansford and Leach were partners for 37 years after meeting in January 1974 in Ohio.

Source of Acquisition

Accession number LH2017-004. Gift of Doug Eller, Executor of Estate, March 6, 2017

Other Descriptive Information

Part of the St. Louis LGBTQ Collecting Initiative.

John Hansford and Bill Leach Personal Papers
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Revision Statements

  • 2021 February 26: Resource record updated in ArchiveSpace by Sarah Schnuriger.

Collecting Area Details

Part of the Local History Collecting Area

Miranda Rectenwald
Olin Library, 1 Brookings Drive
MSC 1061-141-B
St. Louis MO 63130 US
(314) 935-5495