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Series I: MAD magazine
Series II: Other comics and illustrations
At a Glance
This collection is arranged in 4 series: Series I: MAD Magazine; Series II: Other comics and illustrations; Series III: Panels, conventions, exhibitions, and press; and Series IV: Correspondence and personal materials. Materials in each series are arranged in chronological order.
The collection contains includes artwork, correspondence, fan mail, contracts and publishing records, news clippings, inscribed books, and ephemera documenting the career of the comic artist and frequent MAD Magazine contributor Al Jaffee. Though Jaffee's career in comics spans eight decades, the bulk of the collection dates from the 1990s through the 2010s.
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Restrictions on Access
The following boxes are located off-site: Boxes 1, 22-28, and 32-40. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least two days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.
One folder in Box 21 is closed to researchers until after its publication in MAD magazine.
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.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Al Jaffee Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
Selected Related Material
Oral History interview with Al Jaffee, 2016: Interview of Al Jaffee by Suzanne Snider on March 18, March 21, and December 21, 2016.
Al Jaffee Sampling of Correspondence, 1962-2002: At the Ohio State University's Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum. Contains fan mail, Jaffee's correspondence with other cartoonists, and an audiocassette of an interview with Toni Mendez regarding her role in founding the National Cartoonists Society.
The first group of materials was received in May 2013. Additional accretions were received in November 2013, April 2014, December 2014, and July 2018. Additions are expected.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Inscribed books processed ceh 06/21/2013.
Collection processed by Celeste Brewer. Finding aid written by Celeste Brewer in September 2018 and January 2019.
2019-01-25 File created.
2019-01-31 xml document instance created by Celeste Brewer.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Al Jaffee, born Abraham Jaffee on March 13, 1921, is an American cartoonist best known for his work for MAD magazine, and in particular the intricate Fold-In pieces he creates for the magazine. Other popular works by Al Jaffee include the MAD feature "Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions" and the comic strip "Tall Tales," which was syndicated by the New York Herald-Tribune between 1958 and 1965. He illustrated his biography, Al Jaffee's MAD Life, the text of which was written by Mary-Lou Weisman. Jaffee also writes and illustrates "The Shpy," published in the Brooklyn-based children's magazine Moshiach Times. As of 2016, he holds the Guinness World Record for the longest career as a comic artist.