|Title:||Warren King Papers|
|Quantity:||13.5 linear ft.|
|Abstract:||Over 900 original editorial cartoons, photocopies of cartoons, sketches and a sample book.|
|Repository:||Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
Warren King (1916-1978) was an American editorial cartoonist and painter.
Born January 3, 1916, Warren King grew up on Long Island, New York. After graduating from Fordham University in 1938 with a B.S., King studied at the Grand Central School of Art and at the Phoenix Art Institute until 1941. Although trained in painting, King pursued freelance illustration work for books, movies and advertising. King worked as cartoonist Rube Goldberg’s assistant before becoming editorial cartoonist for the New York Daily News in 1955.
The National Cartoonists Society recognized King in 1968 with the best editorial cartoon award and he also received several Freedoms Foundation awards (1953, 1959-1960, 1962-1963) and a 1963 award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews. King was a member of NCS, the Society of Illustrators, and the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists. He was also active in New York journalism organizations including the Newspaper Guild of New York and the Silurians, both of which presented him with awards. King's paintings appeared at the Pentagon and the Air Force Academy in Colorado.
Due to illness, King retired from the Daily News in June 1977 and he died on February 9, 1978 in Wilton, Connecticut.
The Warren King Papers consist of two series: Cartoons and Sketches. Cartoons is primarily comprised of over 900 original editorial cartoons drawn for the New York Daily News from 1960 to 1966. Several cartoons are completely undated. Many of the cartoons have notes taped on them listing the edition, final size and other instructions before the cartoon was published.
Also included in the series are 55 copies of cartoons. Notes appear providing information about the government official or personality to whom the original was sent. Also in this series is a bound sample book containing a brief biography of King, a note to the Silurians and examples of his work from the New York Daily News from 1966.
King was also the cartoonist during the 1962-1963 New York City newspaper strike. While King used cartoons to comment on many national and internation events, the cartoons present a unique look at issues and politicians particular to New York City. Included as frequent subjects were Mayors John Lindsay and Robert Wagner as well as rising crime rates, a proposed civilian police review board, off track betting and the city and state's financial problems. Also worth noting is the language used by King in his cartoons. King often labeled figures (both of actual people and his more generic characters) as "finks", "pinkos" (labor union leader Walter Reuther) and "Vietniks".
The cartoons were drawn with pen and ink and graphite on varying textures of paper. Captions appear in blue pencil and traces of pencil are visible on the artwork. Sizes vary, but the majority are approximately 18" x 24".
Sketches contains 13 preliminary pencil sketches of ideas for cartoons on paper. These measure approximately 8 1/2" x 11".
The cartoons and sketches are arranged in chronological order with undated materials appearing at the end of the series.
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Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Warren King Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
Gift of Warren King, 1966-1968.
Created by: MM
Date: 22 May 1968
Revision history: 23 Sept 1970 - inventory updated (MB); 1 Dec 2008 - converted to EAD (MD); 1 Dec 2009- added detailed inventory and index (SK)
|See below for an index to the cartoons.|
|Oversize 1||Sample book circa 1966 - contains 12 copies of cartoons published during 1966, has a brief bio and a note to the Silurians society inside the front cover|
|Oversize 1, Folder 1||1960 Jan - Feb|
|Oversize 1, Folder 2||1960 Mar - Apr|
|Oversize 1, Folder 3||1960 May|
|Oversize 1, Folder 4||1960 Jun|
|Oversize 1, Folder 5||1960 Jul - Aug|
|Oversize 1, Folder 6||1960 Sep - Oct|
|Oversize 2, Folder 1||1960 Nov|
|Oversize 2, Folder 2||1960 Dec, 1960|
|Oversize 2, Folder 3||1961 Jan - Mar|
|Oversize 2, Folder 4||1961 Apr|
|Oversize 2, Folder 5||1961 May|
|Oversize 2, Folder 6||1961 Jun|
|Oversize 2, Folder 7||1961 Jul|
|Oversize 3, Folder 1||1961 Aug - Sep|
|Oversize 3, Folder 2||1961 Oct - Nov|
|Oversize 3, Folder 3||1961 Dec, 1961|
|Oversize 3, Folder 4||1962 Jan - Feb|
|Oversize 3, Folder 5||1962 Mar|
|Oversize 3, Folder 6||1962 Apr|
|Oversize 4, Folder 1||1962 May|
|Oversize 4, Folder 2||1962 Jun|
|Oversize 4, Folder 3||1962 Jul - Aug|
|Oversize 4, Folder 4||1962 Sep|
|Oversize 4, Folder 5||1962 Oct|
|Oversize 4, Folder 6||1962 Nov|
|Oversize 4, Folder 7||1962 Dec, 1962|
|Oversize 4, Folder 8||1963|
|Oversize 5, Folder 1||1964 Jan|
|Oversize 5, Folder 2||1964 Feb|
|Oversize 5, Folder 3||1964 Mar|
|Oversize 5, Folder 4||1964 Apr|
|April 29 cartoon bears stamp from when it was used in Life magazine|
|Oversize 5, Folder 5||1964 May|
|Oversize 5, Folder 6||1964 Jun|
|Oversize 6, Folder 1||1964 Jul|
|Oversize 6, Folder 2||1964 Aug|
|Oversize 6, Folder 3||1964 Sep|
|Oversize 6, Folder 4||1964 Oct|
|Oversize 6, Folder 5||1964 Nov|
|Oversize 6, Folder 6||1964 Dec|
|Oversize 7, Folder 1||1965 Jan|
|Oversize 7, Folder 2||1965 Feb|
|Oversize 7, Folder 3||1965 Mar|
|Oversize 7, Folder 4||1965 Apr|
|Oversize 8, Folder 1||1965 May|
|Oversize 8, Folder 2||1965 Jun|
|Oversize 8, Folder 3||1965 Jul|
|Oversize 8, Folder 4||1965 Aug|
|Oversize 8, Folder 5||1965 Sep|
|Oversize 8, Folder 6||1965 Oct|
|Oversize 8, Folder 7||1965 Nov|
|Oversize 9, Folder 1||1965 Dec - includes 3 copies of cartoons|
|Oversize 9, Folder 2||1965 - includes cartoon for which King was awarded the Freedom Foundation Medal of Honor|
|Oversize 9, Folder 3||1966 Jan|
|Oversize 9, Folder 4||1966 Feb - includes 1 copy of a cartoon|
|Oversize 9, Folder 5||1966 Mar|
|Oversize 9, Folder 6||1966 Apr - includes 1 copy of a cartoon|
|Oversize 10, Folder 1||1966 May - includes 2 copies of cartoons|
|Oversize 10, Folder 2||1966 Jun - includes 2 copies of cartoons|
|Oversize 10, Folder 3||1966 Jul - Aug|
|Oversize 10, Folder 4||1966 Sep|
|Oversize 10, Folder 5||1966 Oct|
|Oversize 10, Folder 6||1966 Nov|
|Oversize 11, Folder 1||1966 Dec|
|Oversize 11, Folder 2||undated - includes 14 copies of cartoons|
|Oversize 11, Folder 3||undated - includes 15 copies of cartoons|
|Oversize 11, Folder 4||undated - includes 15 copies of cartoons|
|Oversize 11, Folder 5||undated|
|Oversize 11, Folder 6||undated - includes 2 copies of cartoons|
|Sketches (16 items)|
|Box 1||Preliminary sketches|
|29 Nov 1966
1 Dec 1966
24 Dec 1966
29 Dec 1966
30 Dec 1966
The following is a list of predominant people, places and subjects appearing in the editorial cartoons in this collection. The list is not exhaustive. Some subjects may require you to browse with alternative terms.
B= Box, F= Folder. For example: B1F1= Box 1 Folder 1.