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Lee J. Ames papers

Identifier: Ax 727

Scope and Contents note

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.


  • 1953-1965


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

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.


0.75 linear feet (1 container)

Language of Materials



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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Lee J. Ames in 1976.

Processing Information note

Collection processed by processing staff.

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Language of description note
Finding aid written 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