Finding aid created by: MM
Date: 29 May 1968
|22 Dec 2008||converted to EAD (MD)|
|22 Oct 2009||adds, inventory updated (MRC)|
|14 Feb 2018||numerous errors in inventory corrected (MRC)|
Overview of the Collection
|Creator:||Lariar, Lawrence, 1908-1981|
|Title:||Lawrence Lariar Papers|
|Dates:||1926-1965 (bulk: 1942-1954)|
|Quantity:||2 linear ft.|
|Abstract:||Original cartoons, sketches, book and magazine illustrations, writings, scripts, correspondence, scrapbooks, clippings and published material (including biographical material).|
|Repository:||Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
Lawrence Lariar (1908-1981) was an American cartoonist, illustrator and writer.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Lariar graduated from Erasmus High School in 1925 and studied art at the New York School of Fine and Applied Arts (1926-1929). Later, he studied at the Academie Julien in Paris and at the Art Students League of New York. Initially he worked as a commercial advertising artist, but after 1933 he shifted his focus to freelance illustration and cartooning. His work often appeared in the New York daily papers, as well as popular magazines of the era including Saturday Evening Post, Collier's, American Magazine, College Humor, New Yorker, Judge, and Country Gentlemen. He was cartoon editor of Liberty Magazine (1941-1948) and of Parade magazine. He served as Director of the Professional School of Cartooning and as President of the American Society of Magazine Cartoonists. Lariar authored and edited numerous books over the course of his career including the annual series Best Cartoons of the Year. He also published mystery novels under the names Adam Knight, Michael Stark and Michael Lawrence.
The Lawrence Lariar Papers consists of artwork, correspondence, memorabilia, and writings. In some cases material arrived with notes from Lariar giving explanations or dates; these notes have been retained with the material in the appropriate folders.
Artwork contains both published and original work. Original art contains drawings for the books Andrew the Ant and Golf and Be Damned, as well as greeting cards, assorted cartoons and sketches, and a self-caricature. Published material includes cartoons published in both magazines and newspapers as well as advertising art, several comic strips, and a few political cartoons. In some cases it was impossible to tell whether the title at the top of the page was the title of the cartoon or the title of the publication in which it appeared, so all are alphabetized together. Many of the published cartoons were published during World War II and have military life as their theme.
Correspondence contains general correspondence as well as a separate folder relating to Lariar's work with the USO, the Committee on War Cartoons, and other war efforts.
Writings contains published material (articles, the dust jackets for two of Lariar's books, humor pieces, and short stories) and manuscripts (typescript of Andrew the Ant, the short story "Flatbush is a horrible place," and a television script for Rocky King, Detective.
Memorabilia contains clippings about Lariar, two scrapbooks of Lariar's cartoons and humorous writings, and clippings from the "Colonel Stoopnagle's Scrapbook" humor page.
Material is arranged alphabetically.
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Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.
Special Collections Research Center has more than 40 published works by, or edited by, Lawrence Lariar in our Rare Books holdings. Please consult the Classic Catalog for additional information.
Lariar, Lawrence, 1908-1981.
American wit and humor, Pictorial.
American wit and humor.
Caricatures and cartoons -- United States.
Cartoonists -- United States.
Humorous stories, American.
Illustrations -- United States.
Illustrators -- United states.
Military life -- Caricatures and cartoons.
Soldiers -- Caricatures and cartoons.
Genres and Forms
Cartoons (humorous images)
Clippings (information artifacts)
Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Lawrence Lariar Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
Gift of Lawrence Lariar, 1967, 1969-1970, 1977.
|Oversize 1||Andrew the Ant book illustrations - book illustrations|
|Oversize 1||Cartoons, miscellaneous 1965, undated|
|Oversize 1||Golf and be Damned undated - book illustrations|
|Box 1||Greeting cards undated - most are military-themed Christmas cards|
|Box 1||Self-caricature 1941|
|Box 1||Miscellaneous 1926, 1927, 1936, 1938 - political cartoon, sketch of centaur labeled as "done while working on Walt Disney's Fantasia"|
|Oversize 1||Miscellaneous 1927, 1929, undated - includes student drawing (age 18), cover art for Best Cartoons of 1945|
|Oversize 1||Advertisements 1943, undated|
|Oversize 1||"...And so it goes!" 1937|
|Box 1||Army Daze undated|
|Box 1||College Life undated|
|Box 1||Collier's 1948, undated|
|Box 1||Fun Riot undated|
|Box 1||"The Home Front" undated - includes parody entitled "Shirt Front," an advertisement for a shirt company|
|Box 1||Hooey undated|
|Box 1||"Laffs by Lariar" 1935, 1936|
|Box 1||"Manual of War," no's 4, 5, and 6 undated|
|Box 1||Parade Magazine 1964|
|Box 1||Saturday Evening Post undated|
|Box 1||Squad's Riot undated|
|Box 1||"This and That" 1941-1942|
|Box 1||Whiz Bang undated|
|Box 1||Miscellaneous 1929, 1943-1944, undated - clippings from magazines and newspapers (2 folders)|
|Oversize 1||Miscellaneous undated|
|Oversize 1||The Bantam Prince undated - press kit, including sample strips|
|Oversize 1||Barry O'Neill 1934|
|Oversize 1||Ben Friday 1950 - press kit, including sample strips|
|Box 1||Inspector Keene of Scotland Yard undated - includes clipping of published fan letter|
|Box 1||Samson the Cop 1928 - Lariar's first attempt at a comic strip; proofs|
|Box 1||Political cartons circa 1941-1945 - includes cartoons relating to World War II, political figures and parties, cartoons featuring soldiers and sailors|
|Oversize 1||Political cartons 1937, 1942-1944, undated - includes cartoons relating to World War II, political figures and parties, cartoons featuring soldiers and sailors|
|Box 1||War effort 1943-1945, undated - includes correspondence, photographs of USO visit, a few printed cartoons|
|Box 1||General 1936, 1942-1945, 1950, 1953-1954, 1964|
|Oversize 2||Clippings about 1941-1946, 1949-1957, 1962|
|Oversize 2||Cartoon clippings undated - bound volume|
|Oversize 2||Cartoon clippings undated - cartoons published in Collier's, Saturday Evening Post, other magazines|
|Oversize 2||"Colonel Stoopnagle's Scrapbook" 1946 - clippings of full-page humor featureone bound volume, several loose pages|
|Box 1||Andrew the Ant undated - children's book; typescript withe extensive notes and corrections|
|Box 1||"Flatbush is a horrible place" undated - short story; typescript|
|Box 1||Rocky King, Detective television script 1951|
|Box 1||Articles 1945, 1951, 1952, undated - includes "Morale literature: its part in rehabilitation" on cartoons and soldiers|
|Box 1||Book jackets 1944, undated - The Man with the Lumpy Nose (mystery novel by Lariar) and Best Cartoons of the Year (edited and cover art by Lariar)|
|Box 1||Humor pieces undated - includes several humorous essays illustrated with 19th century photographs|
|Box 1||Letter to the editor 1945 - rebuttal of negative review of Lariar's Best Cartoons of 1945|
|Oversize 2||Short stories 1945, 1949, 1957, undated - clippings from various magazines|