|Creator:||Stevens, Bob, 1923-1994.|
|Title:||Bob Stevens Papers|
|Quantity:||2.83 linear ft.|
|Abstract:||135 original editorial cartoons, printed material and an engraving plate (with a copy of the cartoon).|
|Repository:||Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
Robert Merrill Stevens (1923-1994), commonly known as Bob Stevens, was an American cartoonist and illustrator.
Bob Stevens, born in Iowa in 1923, became interested in drawing at age seven and graduated from Syracuse University with a B.A. Stevens joined the Air Force, as a pilot, and served for 22 years before retiring in 1964. During his military career, Stevens contributed cartoons to the Army Times and Stars and Stripes.
His comic strip, Clementine, distributed by the Lew Little Syndicate debuted in July 1965. He joined Copley Newspapers (publishers of the San Diego Union Tribune) as an editorial cartoonist and his cartoons appeared in 300 papers. In 1972 he left Copley to pursue freelance work. Stevens, influenced by his Air Force career, was also known for his aviation cartoons which appeared in Private Pilot magazine in the 1970s and 1980s and in Professional Pilot. His published books include: There I Was, Flat On My Back (1968) and More There I Was (1974). He also served as the cartoon editor for Trailer Life Publications.
Stevens was a member of the National Cartoonists Society. He received five Freedoms Foundation awards and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.
Bob Stevens died in 1994.
The Bob Stevens Papers (1966-1970) contain primarily original editorial cartoons.
The Cartoons series (1966-1970) is comprised of 135 original editorial cartoons drawn by Stevens for syndication through Copley Newspapers. The cartoons typically bear two dates: one on the front indicating the day on which the cartoon was to appear and a stamped date on the back listing the day the engraver received the cartoon prior to publication. For the purpose of this finding aid, the date on the front of the cartoon has been used where possible. Note that cartoons dating to 1970 are stamped with an engraving date of "1960".
The cartoons were drawn primarily with ink and crayon on illustration board with dot screening. Many pieces from 1969 and 1970 (see Oversize Box 3) were created on Grafix paper. Captions and dates appear in pencil. Dimensions vary but the majority of the cartoons measure 11" x 14".
Printed material contains one copy of the Copley Press from Winter 1969.
The Engraving plate is of Stevens' cartoon about the death of Walt Disney (1966). It shows Mickey Mouse in a spotlight with a tear running down his cheek. A 8"x10" copy of the cartoon is included.
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Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Bob Stevens Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
Gift of Bob Stevens, 1967-1970.
Created by: MD
Date: 1 Dec 2008
Revision history: 1 Dec 2008 - converted to EAD (MD); 11 Jan - added detailed bio, scope and inventory (SK)
|Cartoons 11" x 14"|
|Click here for a detailed inventory.|
|See below for an index to the cartoons.|
|Oversize 1, Folder 1||1966 Jan - Mar|
|Oversize 1, Folder 2||1966 Apr - Jun|
|Oversize 1, Folder 3||1966 Jul - Aug|
|Oversize 1, Folder 4||1966 Sep - Oct|
|Oversize 1, Folder 5||1966 Nov - Dec|
|Oversize 2, Folder 1||1967 Jan - Mar|
|Oversize 2, Folder 2||1967 Apr - May, 1967 Jul, 1967 Sep, 1967 Nov - Dec|
|Oversize 2, Folder 3||1968 Jan, 1968 Mar - Apr|
|Oversize 2, Folder 4||1968 May - Aug|
|Oversize 2, Folder 5||1968 Sep, 1968 Nov - Dec|
|Oversize 2, Folder 6||1969 Jan - Apr|
|Oversize 3, Folder 1||1969 May - Aug|
|Oversize 3, Folder 2||1970 Jan - Mar|
|Oversize 3, Folder 3||1970 Apr - May|
|Oversize 3, Folder 4||1970 Jun - Jul|
|Oversize 3, Folder 5||1970 Aug - Nov|
|Oversize 3||Copley Press Winter 1969 - contains cartoon by Stevens and short blurb about Stevens|
|Engraving plate 4 3/4" x 6 1/2" x 1/16"|
|Oversize 3||Walt Disney's death with copy of the cartoon 1966 Dec|
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.