Collection inventory

Finding Aids

William B. Robinson Cartoons

An inventory of his cartoons at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: –
Date: Jan 1967

Revision history:
3 Apr 2008 converted to EAD (MRC)
23 Sep 2009 added detailed inventory and index, revised bio (SK)

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Robinson, William B., 1908-1969.
Title: William B. Robinson Cartoons
Dates: 1965-1968
Quantity: 1.75 linear feet
Abstract: 36 original editorial cartoons created for the Indianapolis News.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

William Busby Robinson (1908-1969) was an Irish-American editorial and comic strip cartoonist.

William B. Robinson was born in Belfast, Ireland on May 25, 1908. Three years later, he came to the United States and received citizenship in 1920. From 1926 to 1928 Robinson was enrolled at Butler University and from 1928 until 1931 he studied at the John Herron Art School. Robinson worked as the editorial cartoonist at the Indianapolis News from 1948 until 1969.

In addition to his editorial cartoons, he created the nationally syndicated panel comic strip, Josephine which ran for 12 years. Robinson also enjoyed vocal music and was one of the earliest members of Indianapolis Symphonic Choir.

Robinson, a Sigma Delta Chi member, was president of the Indianapolis Press Club and also received several Freedom Foundation Awards. William B. Robinson died on October 31, 1969.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The William B. Robinson Cartoons consist of 36 original editorial cartoons about national and international politics. They were drawn on illustration board with ink and graphite.

Arrangement of the Collection

Cartoons are arranged in chronological order and foldered by year.


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Related Material

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

Subject Headings


Robinson, William B., 1908-1969.

Corporate Bodies

Indianapolis News (Indianapolis, Ind.)


American wit and humor, Pictorial.
Caricatures and cartoons -- United States.
Cartoonists -- United States.
Editorial cartoons -- Indiana.
Editorial cartoons -- United States.
Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973 -- Caricatures and cartoons.
Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994 -- Caricatures and cartoons.
Political cartoons.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Caricatures and cartoons.
World politics -- 1945-1989 -- Caricatures and cartoons.

Genres and Forms

Cartoons (humorous images)
Editorial cartoons.



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

William B. Robinson Cartoons,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of William B. Robinson, 1966-1967, 1969.

Table of Contents


Index to cartoons


Cartoons (36 items) 11 3/4" x 15"
Click here for a list of specific dates.
See below for an index to the cartoons.
Oversize  1, Folder  1 1965
Oversize  1, Folder  2 1966
Oversize  1, Folder  3 1967
Oversize  1, Folder  4 1968

Index to cartoons

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.