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Julius John Lankes Collection

Identifier: 01/Mss. 65 L27

Scope and Contents

Papers and artifacts, 1917-1946, of Julius John Lankes, artist, who lived many years of his life in Newport News, Va. Includes biographical data, notes concerning a Lankes exhibition at the College of William and Mary; printed books by Lankes; correspondence and documents concerning the publication of Virginia Woodcuts by Lankes; photocopies of letters concerning a visit to Robert Frost; photocopies of prints from Lankes woodcuts; and woodcut blocks. Additions (Sm Coll Add 12, 1996.42, 1996.55, 1997.13 and 1997.14) include copies of twelve letters from Sherwood Anderson to Lankes (mostly concerning Lankes' woodcuts), photocopies of woodcut designs and correspondence, as well as a reproduction of a Lankes self-portrait. The additions also include two checklists: Burl N. Osborn, " A Descriptive Checklist of the Woodcut Bookplates of J. J. Lankes (Millersville, Pa., 1937) and "The Descriptive List of J. B. Lankes' Christmas Cards, 1959-1983 as well as four original signed woodcuts.


  • 1917-1946


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use:

Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Biographical Information:

Julius John Lankes was born in Buffalo, New York, 31 August 1884. He married Edee Maria Bartlett and had four children. He worked as a draftsman and took art courses. Lankes moved to Virginia in 1925. He was a visiting lecturer in art at Wells College and head of the section of technical illustration at Langley Field. Lankes was the author of several works and illustrated books. He died in Durham, N. C. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: .


6.50 Linear Feet

Arrangement of Materials:

Because of the variety of material in this collection, please ask a SCRC Staff Member to check the locations.  Each accession has been listed under the Finding Aid/Inventory, but many of these accessions have been combined so please use the PDF inventory and the staff should use the location area for accessing specific items.

Acquisition Information:

Gifts between 1962 and 2000. Acc. 1997.14 gift of Emily L. Fournier.

Related Materials:

See also oil painting by Lankes, Muscarelle Museum, College of William and Mary.

Related collections are at Dartmouth College, the Virginia State Library, and the Buffalo and Erie County (N. Y.) Library.


Other Information:

A PDF document of this inventory is available online.

Additional information may be found at

Processing Information:

Original Accession and some of the additions were physically and intellectually combined in 2009.  See Locations.

The original accession in 1965 combined with some of the earlier additions when processed. Accession 1987.43 is folder 59 is in Box a, 65 L27.
Guide to the Julius John Lankes Collection
Finding Aid Authors: Special Collections Staff.
Language of description
The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository