Finding aid created by: BM
Date: Dec 1968
|24 Feb 2009||converted to EAD (MD)|
|18 May 2012||added inventory (MRC)|
|8 May 2015||Rt 128/Boston cartoons added, M15-040 (MRC)|
Overview of the Collection
|Title:||James Dobbins Cartoons|
|Quantity:||24 linear ft.|
|Abstract:||Original editorial cartoons, sketches and clippings.|
|Repository:||Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
James J. Dobbins (1924-1994) was an American editorial cartoonist. He spent most of his career affiliated with Boston-area newspapers.
Born in Woburn, Massachusetts, Dobbins graduated from Woburn High School and attended Cornell College for a brief period before serving as a Navy flier during World War II, where he was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross. After the war, Dobbins attended Massachusetts College of Art, graduating in 1951. He landed his first newspaper job with the Woburn Daily Times while still in college (1947-1949). Dobbins continued at the Boston University Graduate School of Education and worked as an English teacher in the Boston School System before signing on with the Lowell (Mass.) Sun as an editorial cartoonist (1952-1953). In 1953, Dobbins took a short term, 4 ½ week assignment with the New York Daily News while that paper's esteemed cartoonist, C. D. Batchelor, was on an extended leave of absence. When Batchelor returned, Dobbins continued to produce the Sunday drawing for another several months.
Dobbins began what turned out to be a steady run with Boston-area newspapers in 1954, when he took up with the now defunct Boston Post (1954-1956). Subsequently, Dobbins spent sixteen years with the Boston Herald Traveler (1956-1972) and another five years with the Boston Herald-American (1972-1977) before finishing his distinguished newspaper career with the Manchester (N.H.) Union Leader. In his retirement, Dobbins continued to produce cartoons, regularly contributing to the monthly publication of the National Association of Government Employees. James Dobbins died May 5, 1994.
The James Dobbins Cartoons collection contains original editorial cartoons, sketches and clippings of cartoons. For
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Boston herald traveler and Boston record American (Boston, Mass.)
Boston post (Boston, Mass. : Daily)
Lowell sun (Lowell, Mass. : 1888)
New York daily news.
American wit and humor, Pictorial.
Caricatures and cartoons -- United States.
Cartoonists -- United States.
Editorial cartoons -- United States.
World politics -- Caricatures and cartoons.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1953-1961 -- Caricatures and cartoons.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1961-1963 -- Caricatures and cartoons.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1963-1969 -- Caricatures and cartoons.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1969-1974 -- Caricatures and cartoons.
Genres and Forms
Cartoons (humorous images)
Clippings (information artifacts)
Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
James Dobbins Cartoons,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
Gift of James Dobbins, 1967-1972.
Editorial cartoons (1968 accession)
Published cartoons (1978 accession)
Original artwork (1978 accession)
Original artwork, later accessions
|Editorial cartoons (1968 accession)|
|Click here for an itemized list of dates present for each year in this accession.|
|Folder 3||1954, Jan-Jun 14|
|Folder 4||1954, Jun 15-Dec 31, undated 1954|
|Folder 7||1957, Jan-Jun|
|Folder 8||1957, Jul-Dec|
|Folder 9||1958, Jan-Jul|
|Folder 10||1958, Aug-Dec|
|Folder 13||1965, Jan-Jun|
|Folder 14||1965, Jul-Dec|
|Published cartoons (1978 accession)|
|Box 1||Published cartoons|
|Original artwork (1978 accession)|
|Oversize 1||Cartoons 1959-1960|
|Oversize 2||Cartoons 1961-1965|
|Oversize 3||Cartoons 1966-1967|
|Oversize 4||Cartoons 1967|
|Oversize 5||Cartoons 1968|
|Oversize 6||Cartoons 1969|
|Oversize 7||Cartoons 1970|
|Oversize 8||Cartoons 1971|
|Oversize 9||Cartoons with rough sketches 1967-1970|
|Original artwork, later accessions|
|Map-Case 100||Cartoons 1956-1957 - eight editorial cartoons by James Dobbins pertaining to the connecting highway between Route 128 and Boston|