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General Cartoon Collection

An inventory of the cartoons at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MD
Date: 26 Mar 2009

Biographical History

The General Cartoon Collection is an artificial collection bringing together samples of original work from a wide variety of cartoonists and illustrators.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The General Cartoon Collection contains original newspaper comic strip and comics cartoons, editorial cartoons and magazine cartoons/illustrations representative of the history of cartooning from the late 19th century to the late-1950s. Artists represented include Herblock, C. K. Berryman, Billy DeBeck, Bernhard Gillam, Eugene "Zim" Zimmerman, Winsor McCay, T. E. Powers, Alex Raymond and many others. There are also unidentified cartoonists or unidentified art featured in this collection, including items related to Looney Tunes, Pepsi-cola and Superman.

Arrangement of the Collection

Items were sorted into 3 containers (based on size). Cartoons in each container are in alphabetical order by artist name.

Other Related Finding Aids

A partial set of cards containing titles, dates, captions, condition and other information about some of the cartoons is located in the finding aids folder. It appears to have been completed after receiving the collection, possibly by a staff member, student or intern.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

A number of cartoons were separated into standalone collections, or transferred into existing collections, for example items from C.D. Batchelor, George Herriman, Carey Orr and others.

Special Collections Research Center has collections of over one hundred cartoonists. Please refer to the SCRC Subject Index for a complete listing.

Subject Headings


Anderson, Jesse Sylvester, 1873-1966.
Bairnsfather, Bruce, 1887-1959.
Bastian, Robert O.
Berryman, Clifford Kennedy, 1869-1949.
Block, Herbert, 1909-2001.
Gillam, Bernhard, 1856-1896.
Peb, 1926-
Swan, Curt.


American wit and humor, Pictorial.
Caricatures and cartoons -- United States.
Cartoonists -- United States.
Comic books, strips, etc. -- United States.
Editorial cartoons -- United States.
Illustrators -- United States.
World politics -- Caricatures and cartoons.

Genres and Forms

Cartoons (humorous images)
Editorial cartoons.



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

General Cartoon Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Majority purchased from Goodspeed's Bookshop, 1963.

Vet Anderson artwork (2 items), purchased, 2012.

Table of Contents


Printed material