Finding aid created by: [Summit record]
|23 Mar 2007||converted to EAD (MRC)|
|4 Feb 2009||revised (MD)|
Overview of the Collection
|Creator:||Van Buren, Raeburn, 1891-1987|
|Title:||Raeburn Van Buren Cartoons|
|Dates:||1954-1968 (bulk: 1966-1968)|
|Quantity:||2 linear ft.|
|Abstract:||Original daily cartoons from the comic strip Abbie an' Slats.|
|Repository:||Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
Raeburn Van Buren (1891-1987) was an American cartoonist and illustrator. He was a co-creator of the comic strip Abbie an' Slats.
Van Buren was born in Pueblo, Colorado in 1891 and grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. He learned cartooning on the job from Harry Wood of the Kansas City Star, and then moved to New York City where he began to contribute illustrations to magazines like Life, Puck, Judge and Street and Smith's pulp publication, Smith's Magazine. He served in New York's 27th Division during World War I and was art director of the Division's magazine, Gas Attack. After the war, he quickly rose to prominence as one of the industry's top freelance illustrators, contributing work to a wide variety of popular publications of the day—the Saturday Evening Post, Collier's, the New Yorker, Esquire and many others.
In 1937, Li'l Abner cartoonist Al Capp hired Van Buren to provide the art for his newest comic strip Abbie an' Slats, for which Van Buren has received a great deal of critical praise. Capp served as writer on the strip for the first nine years then passed the scripting duties to his brother Elliot Caplin. Van Buren remained the sole artist on Abbie an' Slats for the duration of its 34 year run (1937-1971). Raeburn Van Buren died in 1987, shortly before his 97th birthday. He was inducted into the National Cartoonists Society Hall of Fame in 1979.
The Raeburn Van Buren Cartoons collection contains 160 original daily cartoons from the newspaper comic strip Abbie an' Slats (1954-1968). Daily cartoon: traces of graphite, zipatone, pen and ink on illustration board, approx. 6 ½ x 21 in.
Cartoons are in chronological order.
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Van Buren, Raeburn, 1891-1987.
United Feature Syndicate.
Abbie an' Slats (comic strip)
American wit and humor, Pictorial.
Caricatures and cartoons -- United States.
Cartoonists -- United States.
Comic books, strips, etc. -- United States.
Genres and Forms
Cartoons (humorous images)
Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Raeburn Van Buren Cartoons
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
Gift of United Feature Syndicate, 1968.
Abbie an' Slats daily cartoons
|Abbie an' Slats daily cartoons (160 items)|
|Click here for detailed inventory.|
|Box 1||April 1954 - April 1968|