|Title:||Ralph Yoes Papers|
|Quantity:||3.5 linear ft.|
|Abstract:||382 original editorial cartoons and correspondence primarily from political leaders.|
|Repository:||Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
Ralph Yoes (1922-1999) was an American editorial cartoonist.
Ralph Yoes was born on February 15, 1922. He joined the staff as the editorial cartoonist for the San Diego Union in 1952 and in 1967 moved to the San Diego Evening Tribune which allowed Yoes to have more creative freedom over his cartoons. Yoes also produced caricatures of famous figures for distribution through Copley News Service, owner of the Union and Evening Tribune.
Yoes’ work was included in the compilation, A Nation Grieved: the Kennedy Assassination in Editorial Cartoons. His cartoons were also used to illustrate the Encyclopedia Britannica annual yearbooks. He won several Freedoms Foundation awards including the George Washington Honor Medal in 1953.
Ralph Yoes retired from the Evening Tribune in 1985 and died on August 30, 1999.
The Ralph Yoes Papers are divided into Cartoons and Correspondence.
Cartoons contains 382 original editorial cartoons drawn by Yoes and published by the San Diego Union and the San Diego Evening Tribune from 1964 to 1965 and 1967 through 1969. Two cartoons do not bear any date information and there is more than one cartoon for some dates.
Yoes’ style featured loose brush strokes and shapes frequently appear as merely outlines without any shading. In many cartoons, generous amounts of white space dominate the image as well as large borders. In this particular collection, a large majority of cartoons caricature Charles De Gaulle. Yoes also uses a lion to represent Britain. Of interest are Yoes' cartoons about college student protestors, illegal drug use, Russia’s growth as a naval power and his cartoons acknowledging the 50th anniversary of the Soviet Union.
The cartoons were drawn exclusively with ink on paper. Traces of pencil are visible. Many of the cartoons have ragged edges having been torn from a bound pad and others have trimmed edges. Several cartoons are mounted on red illustration board. Overall dimensions for mounted cartoons are 11” x 14” with an image size of approximately 10 ½” x 13” Unmounted cartoons measure 12” x 18”. Captions and dates appear in pencil, some are crossed out. Some have engraver stamps on back. Many have blue notes taped on the back from the newspaper regarding publication and any special instructions.
Correspondence (1953, 1958-1965) contains three folders of incoming correspondence primarily from elected officials and publishers. Many letters thank Yoes for the gift of original cartoons. Other correspondents are requesting Yoes cartoons for publishing or exhibition. Of particular interest are signed letters from Senators Ted Kennedy, Strom Thurmond and Hubert Humphrey as well as a letter from Richard Nixon during his vice presidency which he signed "Dick Nixon". The Kennedy and Humphrey letters are about the Civil Rights Act of 1964. For a brief list of other prominent correspondents, please see the inventory.
Cartoons and correspondence are arranged in chronological order.
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Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Ralph Yoes Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
Gift of Ralph Yoes, 1965-1966, 1968-1969.
Created by: MD
Date: 2 Dec 2008
Revision history: 2 Dec 2008 - converted to EAD (MD); 4 Mar 2010 - added detailed bio, scope, index and inventory (SK)
|Cartoons (382 items)|
|Click here for a detailed inventory.|
|Oversize 1, Folder 1||1964 Mar, 1964 Oct-Dec|
|Oversize 1, Folder 2||1965 Apr-May, 1965 Jul-Sep|
|Oversize 1, Folder 3||1967 Jan|
|Oversize 1, Folder 4||1967 Sep|
|Oversize 1, Folder 5||1967 Oct|
|Oversize 1, Folder 6||1967 Nov|
|Oversize 1, Folder 7||1967 Dec|
|Oversize 2, Folder 1||1968 Jan|
|Oversize 2, Folder 2||1968 Feb|
|Oversize 2, Folder 3||1968 Mar|
|Oversize 2, Folder 4||1968 Apr|
|Oversize 2, Folder 5||1968 May|
|Oversize 2, Folder 6||1968 Jun|
|Oversize 2, Folder 7||1968 Jul|
|Oversize 2, Folder 8||1968 Aug|
|Oversize 2, Folder 9||1968 Sep|
|Oversize 2, Folder 10||1968 Oct|
|Oversize 2, Folder 11||1968 Nov-Dec|
|Oversize 3, Folder 1||1969 Jan|
|Oversize 3, Folder 2||1969 Feb|
|Oversize 3, Folder 3||1969 Mar|
|Oversize 3, Folder 4||1969 Apr|
|Oversize 3, Folder 5||1969 May|
|Oversize 3, Folder 6||1969 Jun|
|Oversize 3, Folder 7||1969 Jul|
|Oversize 3, Folder 8||1969 Aug|
|Oversize 3, Folder 9||1969 Sep|
|Oversize 3, Folder 10||1969 Oct, undated|
|Prominent correspondents include:
Byrd, Harry F. (1963)
Greene, Jr., Wallace M. (U.S. Marine Corps, 1965)
Humphrey, Hubert (1959, 1964)
Kennedy, Ted (1964)
Morse, Wayne (1959)
Murphy, George (1965)
Nixon, Richard (1958)
Salinger, Pierre (1961)
Schlesinger, Jr., Arthur (1960)
Thurmond, Strom (1962, 1964)
Wilson, Bob (Congressman, 1960)
|Box 1||1953, 1958-1959|
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.