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Will Nickless papers

Identifier: Ax 863

Scope and Contents note

The collection includes various sketches, watercolor paintings, ink drawings, Christmas cards, and one letter. The original sketches in the collection are complete with working notes from Nickless.


  • 1916-1964


Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use note

Property rights reside with Special Collections and 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 and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical/Historical note

Will Nickless (1902-1979) is a self-made man with a great variety of talents and interests. He began illustrating when he was fourteen and has pursued a career as a professional illustrator as well as printer and writer. Mr. Nickless follows a traditional style and seems to have been involved mostly with portrayals of characters from English Classics. He did the illustrations for the works of H. Rider Haggard, and through the Kathleen Boland Studio; he has illustrated various educational works for early grades. While Mr. Nickless cannot be classified as innovative, his work does reflect a certain wit and humor that makes it quite appealing.


0.5 linear feet (1 container)

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Will B. Nickless (1902-1979) was greatly known for his illustrations of characters from English classics. The collection includes various sketches, watercolor paintings, ink drawings, Christmas cards, and one letter.

Arrangement note

Collection is organized into the following series:

Series: Pencil on Onionskin Sketches

Series: Watercolor and Ink

Series: Ink Drawings

Series: Christmas Cards

Series: Illustrated Publications

Series: Correspondence

Processing Information note

Collection processed by Carolyn Minette, July 1979.

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Finding aid is in English
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA