Guide to the Lee J. Ames Illustrations

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Ames, Lee J.
Title: Lee J. Ames papers
Dates: 1953-1965 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 0.75 linear feet (1 container)
Collection Number: Ax 727
Summary: Lee Ames (1921-) is an illustrator for “how-to-draw” and children’s books, and he has worked on animated films for Walt Disney Studios. The collection includes books illustrated by Ames, both dust jackets and chapter illustrations.
Repository: University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
Contact Information: UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical Note

Lee Judah Ames is an illustrator and writer of children’s and how-to-draw books. He was born in New York City, and decided early in his childhood that becoming a book illustrator was the life for him. After high school, Ames was hired to work for Walt Disney. He later enlisted in the military and served as a second lieutenant during World War II.

Early on in his illustrating career, Lee J. Ames was selected over a list of well-recognized illustrators to illustrate Samuel Hopkins Adams' book, The Pony Express. From there, his career grew rapidly and he was hired on to do six more books in the series. He has completed many Westerns, biographies, Boy Scout books, Girl Scout books, textbooks, Golden Books, and how-to books. He has authored many of his own books, most of these being how-to-draw books.

Content Description

The collection contains illustrations for four specific titles. The book The Quest of Captain Cook is well represented. Each folder displays his unique style of artistry, and there are a few different forms of media in use.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Restrictions on Use :  

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival material may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Lee J. Ames Illustrations, Ax 727, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information :  

Gift of Lee J. Ames in 1976.

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by processing staff.

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

Detailed Description of the Collection

1 1 Illustrations for Abe Lincoln 1953
1 2 Illustrations for Abraham Lincoln 1965
1 3 Illustrations for Andrew Jackson 1961
1 4-5 Illustrations for The Quest of Captain Cook 1963


  • Subject Terms :
  • Children's literature, American--Illustrations
  • Illustrators--United States
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Book illustrations

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