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Willard Mullin Cartoon Collection

An inventory of his collection at the Syracuse University Archives


Creator: Mullin, Willard, 1902-1978.
Title: Willard Mullin Cartoon Collection
Dates: circa 1953-1961
Size: 1 map case drawer (4 linear feet)
Abstract: The Willard Mullin Cartoon Collection contains cartoons by the artist featuring members of the Syracuse University football team.
Language: English
Repository: University Archives,
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Ave., Suite 600
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010


Willard Mullin (1902-1978) was an American cartoonist. Born on September 14, 1902 in Columbus, Ohio, he grew up and attended school in Los Angeles, California. In 1923, he began working for the Los Angeles Herald doing photograph retouching. Mullin learned a wide array of artistic skills while at the Herald and worked his way up to cartoonist. He moved to New York in 1934 and a year later found a job as a cartoonist with the New York World-Telegram, where he worked until its collapse in the 1960s. After leaving the World-Telegram, Mullin did work for LIFE magazine, TIME magazine, and the Saturday Evening Post, among others.

Mullin is most well-known for his sports cartoons. In 1937 he developed his most famous character, the Brooklyn Bum, after the Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team. He covered both professional and collegiate sports, lending his hand to the New York Rangers, the Harlem Globetrotters, the New York Mets, and a number of college football teams. In 1954, Mullin won the National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Award, its highest honor.

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Scope and Content Note

The Willard Mullin Cartoon Collection contains five cartoons about Syracuse University football made by the artist between 1950 and 1960. The cartoons feature prominent members of the football community such as Ernie Davis and Ben Schwartzwalder and were made in anticipation of upcoming games.

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Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from the Syracuse University Archives and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Related Material

More work by Willard Mullin can be found in the Willard Mullin Cartoons collection in the Syracuse University Special Collections Research Center.

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Selected Search Terms


Davis, Ernie, 1939-1963.
Mullin, Willard, 1902-1978.
Schwartzwalder, Ben, 1909-1993.
Syracuse University.


Syracuse University -- History.
Syracuse University -- Sports.
Higher education.

Types of material

Cartoons (humorous images).

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Willard Mullin Cartoon Collection,
University Archives,
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

The Willard Mullin Cartoon Collection was received by the Archives from the Syracuse University Athletics Department in 2013.

Processing Information

Items have been encapsulated in Mylar.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: Erin Carter
Date: 2015
Revision history:

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Materials are arranged alphabetically.

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MC 12-2 Cartoon - Ernie Davis and George Mira circa 1959-1961
MC 12-2 Cartoon - Syracuse vs. Colgate circa 1953
MC 12-2 Cartoon - Syracuse vs. Kansas circa 1960
MC 12-2 Cartoon - Syracuse vs. University of California, Los Angeles circa 1960
MC 12-2 Cartoon - Syracuse vs. University of Texas circa 1960

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