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Mort Meskin Art collection, 1941-2007

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1835
Bib ID 12444901 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Meskin, Mort, 1916-1995
Title Mort Meskin Art collection, 1941-2007
Physical Description 27 linear feet (22 boxes and 3 mapcase drawers)
Language(s) English .
Access You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.

Material is unprocessed. Please contact rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Description

Summary

The collection displays the diverse artistic venues that a comics artist pursued in order to make a living. For more on Meskin, see the book From shadow to light: the life and art of Mort Meskin: https://clio.columbia.edu/catalog/7982354.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.

Material is unprocessed. Please contact rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

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); Mort Meskin Art Collection; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Accruals

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

2015.2016.M067: Source of acquisition--Curator: Karen Green. Method of acquisition--Purchase; Date of acquisition--1/23/2017.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Collection-level record describing unprocessed material made public in summer 2018 as part of the Hidden Collections initiative.

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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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Genre/Form

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Comics (Graphic works) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Caricatures and cartoons Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cartoonists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Meskin, Mort, 1916-1995 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Mort Meskin was a Golden Age comics artist, known for his work for a variety of comics companies, including the studios of Will Eisner, of Jack Kirby & Joe Simon, and one he founded with Jerry Robinson. He worked on a variety of early titles, before leaving comics in 1965 and becoming an advertising artist for BBD&O. He was famously prolific; the collection includes what comic art remains in the family, as well as his advertising art, and a large number of his fine art pieces, including small pieces he referred to as "haikus.".