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(Edwin) Lee Allen Card Paintings Collection Edit




  • 1988-1997 (Creation)
  • 1995-1997 (Creation)


  • 0.25 linear feet (Whole)
  • Photographs in Box 1. other_unmapped (Whole)

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  • Abstract

    Mr. Allen worked with Grant Wood and muralist Diego Rivera. From 1937 to 1976, Allen was a medical illustrator at the University of Iowa Hospitals. This collection consists of the drawings, mostly on 5 x 7 cards, that accompanied his book  'A Hole in My Vision: An Artist's View of His Own Macular Degeneration'.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.

  • Preferred Citation

    (Edwin) Lee Allen Card Paintings Collection, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa.

  • Other Descriptive Information

  • Related Materials

    Allen, Lee. The Hole in My Vision: An Artist's View of His Own Macular Degeneration. Iowa City, IA: Penfield Press, 2000. Includes a list of Mr. Allen's publications.

    Wong, D. and Fishman, M. "Lee Allen: The Man, The Legend." Journal of Ophthalmic Photography. 12(2):51-67. 1990.

  • Scope and Contents

    The Lee Allen Collection of Card Paintings consists of one document box containing 54 paintings on individual cards each measuring, on average, five by seven inches. The collection also includes 48 photographic prints of many of the paintings. The paintings chronicle Mr. Allen's personal experience with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), symptoms of which he first noticed at age 78. They were used in part to illustrate his book, 'The Hole in My Vision: An Artist's View of His Own Macular Degeneration' (Iowa City, IA: Penfield Press, 2000).

    The collection is arranged in two series: paintings and photographic prints. Each series is arranged first by depiction of left eye ("O.S.") and right eye ("O.D.") activity. Within the O.S. and O.D. groupings the images are arranged chronologically. Notes by the artist are on the back of each image and generally include information about date, time, and references to pre- and post-treatment, such as laser therapy. The notes are transcribed in the box inventory below.

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