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At a Glance
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
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Restrictions on Access
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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); Mort Meskin Art Collection; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
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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
Collection-level record describing unprocessed material made public in summer 2018 as part of the Hidden Collections initiative.
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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.".