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Will Nickless papers, 1916-1964

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Nickless, Will
Title
Will Nickless papers
Dates
1916-1964 (inclusive)
Quantity
0.5 linear feet, (1 container)
Collection Number
Ax 863
Summary
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.
Repository
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
97403-1299
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
spcarref@uoregon.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

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

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

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.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

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.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

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], Will Nickless Papers, Ax 863, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Pencil on Onionskin SketchesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
1 1
Panorama of characters from Vanity Fair
1 1
Bank interior with variety of characters doing business
1 1
Columbus' landing in New World
1 1
The Rajah of Sumutra
1 1
Pizzarro's caotyre of Atahallpa
1 1
Panorama of characters from Pride and Prejudice
1 1
Runner, from The Story of Athletics
1 1
Gulliver with the Emperor of Lilliput
1 1
Panorama of some characters from the novels of Charles Dickens
1 1
Panorama of characters from Dickens in Paddington Station
1 1
Sir Rodger de Coverley's Christmas Party
1 1
Characters from the School for Scandal
1 1
Cartier and Gaspe
1 1
The Vicar of Wakefield
1 1
Characters from Pilgrims Progress
1 1
Balboa viewing the Pacific
1 1
More characters from Dickens
1 1
Panorama of characters from The Ballad of Robin Hood
1 1
Columbus pleading with his mutinous crew
1 1
Contemporary children in school

Watercolor and InkReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
1 2
Ships from Boy's Treasury of Sea Stories
1 2
Rapids of the Moon
1 2
Hide and Seek
1 2
Book jacket for Heidi

Ink DrawingsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
1 3
Animal figures in Edwardian regalia socializing before fireplace
1 3
Animal figures in Edwardian attire taking tea on the terrace

Christmas CardsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
1 4
Scrooge at his ledger
1 4
Scrooge and Bob Crachet
1 4
Sardonic Oriental Santa

Illustrated PublicationsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 5
Pictorial Education, Quarterly edition
1967

CorrespondenceReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 6
Adamson, George
1958