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Dennis Ryan Editorial Cartoon collection, 1873-2010

Summary Information

Abstract

Dennis B. Ryan began collecting cartoons in the early 1980s, ultimately focusing on cartons related to moments and topics of significance in American history, or on topics of personal interest.

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1834
Bib ID 12444690 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Ryan, Dennis B.
Title Dennis Ryan Editorial Cartoon collection, 1873-2010
Physical Description 8.5 linear feet (2071 items in 65 Flat Boxes and 1 Flat File)
Language(s) In English; a few items are in Polish or Yiddish
Access

The following boxes are located off-site: 1-55, 57-58, 62-63. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

Three oversized items in the collection require repair work and cannot be used until such repairs are done. These items are noted in the container list.

Many items in single folders, particularly in Boxes 56 and 61, are fragile. These are usuable but need to be handled with care.

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in one series: Editorial Cartoons.

Description

Summary

Dennis B. Ryan began collecting cartoons in the early 1980s, ultimately focusing on cartons related to moments and topics of significance in American history, or on topics of personal interest.

The collection consists almost entirely of the original artwork created for editorial cartoons that were printed in newspapers or magazines in the United States. There are a few items that include clippings, drafts, or other material, and these are noted in the container list. The vast majority of the artworks are in black and white; items in color are noted in the container list.

Ryan also kept small slips of paper with available information about the cartoons – name, caption, topic or event, size of the image, date, and the name of the publication – with most of the items in the collection. These slips of paper are usually only slight larger than the line of type: some have been lost over time. Where available, all existing slips for items in a box were retained in one folder in the box. The collection was also appraised at one point, and the appraiser's description of topics frequently differs from the collector's description. Description of individual items in the container list primarily follows the collector's description, but includes additional information gathered from the items and other sources where it was available.

The collection includes cartoons related to civil rights, the Cold War, drugs, elections, economic issues, energy, foreign affairs, government, labor, politics and political figures, Prohibition, the space program, sports, and women's rights, as well as pieces related to specific events. The collection also includes cartoons related to wars and conflicts, including the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, and the Persian Gulf War, as well as conflicts in Afghanistan, Asia, Iraq, Kosovo, Lebanon, and Libya.

The collection also includes memorials for a wide variety of persons, including cartoons printed following the deaths of Fred Astaire, Jack Benny, Edgar Bergen, Irving Berlin, Alexander Calder, Charlie Chaplin, Walt Disney, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Gerald Ford, Judy Garland, Jim Henson, Herbert Hoover, J. Edgar Hoover, J.P. Morgan, John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., John Lennon, Richard Nixon, Laurence Olivier, Elvin Presley, Jackie Robinson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jack Ruby, Joseph Stalin, Harry Truman, Malcolm X, John Wayne, and Alvin York.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

The following boxes are located off-site: 1-55, 57-58, 62-63. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

Three oversized items in the collection require repair work and cannot be used until such repairs are done. These items are noted in the container list.

Many items in single folders, particularly in Boxes 56 and 61, are fragile. These are usuable but need to be handled with care.

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); Dennis Ryan Editorial Cartoon Collection; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Catherine C. Ricciardi and Francesca Carlos (Barnard College, 2019) in 2017-2018.

Finding aid written by Catherine C. Ricciardi in October 2018.

Revision Description

2018-09-07 File created.

2018-10-05 XML document instance created by Catherine C. Ricciardi

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.

All links open new windows.

Genre/Form

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Editorial cartoons Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Cartoonists -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Editorial cartoons -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Political cartoons -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ryan, Dennis B. Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Dennis B. Ryan worked as a stockbroker, and began collecting cartoons in the early 1980s. He ultimately gathered a collection of over 2000 original editorial cartoons that capture important moments and topics in American history.