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Corinne Davids collection of J.J. Lankes woodcuts and letters

Identifier: C-54

Scope and Contents

Collection primarily contains correspondence and prints. Correspondence includes letter written by either J.J. or J.B. Lankes, usually to Corrine Davids. Collection also contains woodcut bookplates, Christmas cards, and mementos printed by Lankes. Note that some items in this series are also signed by Lankes. This series also contains cutouts from magazines and newspapers pertaining to Lankes, multiple various obituaries for J.J. Lankes, miscellaneous notes and letters by Lankes, and photographs of Lankes. Collection also contains Kodachrome slides of photos/works.

Note that collection was originally a part of C-36, the Wales Hawkins collection of Robert Frost materials.


  • 1940-1982


Conditions Governing Access

Open for research without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

Julius John (J.J.) Lankes (1884-1960) was an illustrator, woodcut print artist, author, and college professor. Lankes was born August 31, 1884 in Buffalo, NY. He graduated from the Buffalo Commercial and Electro-Mechanical Institute in 1902, and continued his art studies at the Art Students' League of Buffalo and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Lankes primarily produced woodcut images, and his works helped to elevate woodblock prints beyond illustrations to a fine art. Lankes illustrated for a number of authors including Robert Frost, Sherwood Anderson (both of whom became Lankes' lifelong friends), and Beatrix Potter. Lankes taught as Wells College for seven years, beginning in 1933.

J.B. Lankes (1915-2010) was the eldest child of J.J. and Edee Lankes. Lankes attended Antioch College and Bliss Electrical school, ultimately becoming an engineer.

Corrine Tenyson Davids (married to Arthur Davids) of Manchester, Vermont, was a collector of materials on Robert Frost, in memory of her late fiance, Wales Hawkins. This collection was originally a part of C-36, the Wales Hawkins collection of Robert Frost materials. The Wales Hawkins Memorial Collection was so named by its donor, Corinne Tennyson Davids of Manchester, VT, to commemorate the friendship of Robert Frost and Wales Monroe Hawkins, Frost's neighbor in South Shaftesbury, who was engaged to the donor before his death in 1928. After Hawkins's death the donor, then Corinne Tennyson, decided to build a permanent memorial to Hawkins in the form of a Robert Frost archive, the building of which would last for decades. With the encouragement of legendary professor of American Literature, Reginald L. "Doc" Cook, as well as from the poet himself, the collection found a home in Middlebury.


2 Boxes

Language of Materials



Collection is comprised of two series: Correspondence, and Prints. Series I contains 10 folders containing correspondence with either J.J. or J.B. Lankes, usually with Corrine Davids. Series I is arranged alphabetically by sender, with letter arranged chronologically. Series II Series II primarily contains woodcut prints, bookplates, Christmas cards, and mementos printed by Lankes. Series II is arranged according to its original order, which appears to be original works by Lankes, followed by materials about Lankes.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to Middlebury College by Corinne Tennyson Davids as part of the Wales Hawkins collection of Robert Frost materials, to commemorate David's late fiance, Wales Hawkins, and his friendship with Robert Frost.

Related Materials

See C-36, the Wales Hawkins collection of Robert Frost materials, of which this collection was originally a part.

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Repository Details

Part of the Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives Repository

Middlebury College
Davis Family Library
110 Storrs Avenue
Middlebury Vermont 05753 United States