Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Jerry Robinson papers, 1942-1964

Summary Information


Papers of comic book illustrator Jerry Robinson.

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1640
Bib ID 10098862 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Robinson, Jerry, 1922-2011 ; Cameron, Don ; Finger, Bill, 1914-1974 ; Samachson, Joseph, 1906-1980 ; Schiff, Jack ; Schwartz, Alvin, 1916-2011
Title Jerry Robinson papers, 1942-1964
Physical Description 40 linear feet
Language(s) English .

This collection is located on-site.

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This collection is arranged in 1 series.


Scope and Content

The Jerry Robinson collection contains a number of Batman scripts given to Robinson to illustrate. These include scripts from the Batman book, but also a script for World's Finest Comics #16 which included Batman as a featured character. In addition to the scripts, the collection includes coursework from high school and Robinson's time as a student at Columbia, as well as notebooks, script ideas, and examples of Robinson's illustrating work outside of the comics.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Jerry Robinson Papers; Box and Folder (if known); Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.


Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. Contact rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2012.2013.M078: Source of acquisition--Jens Robinson and Mrs. Jerry Robinson. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--12/05/2012.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers processed Carrie Hintz 12/07/2012.

Finding aid written Carrie Hintz 12/10/2012.

Revision Description

2012-12-12 xml document instance created by Carrie Hintz

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Sherrill David Robinson was born January 1, 1922. He briefly attended Columbia University (1940-1941) to study journalism before leaving school to work with Batman creator Bob Kane as an inker and letterer for the book, and then at National Comics as a staff illustrator. Robinson was instrumental in creating many of the Batman secondary characters and villains. Robinson was president of the National Cartoonists Society from 1967 to 1969 and served a two-year term as president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists starting in 1973. He was inducted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2004 and received the Sparky Award for lifetime achievement from the Cartoon Art Museum in 2011. Robinson died in 2011 at the age of 89.