While comic books have often been considered detrimental to learning, or literature for the illiterate, there is actually a long tradition of comics specifically created for pedagogical purposes. Some of the comic books included here had university professors on their advisory boards. For those interested in the less well-known history of comic books, or of educational literature for children, this collection makes a nice adjunct to the two boxes of uncataloged educational comics at the end of the Jonathan Zeitlin collection.
[These little "8-pagers" are all stapled from the front except for Rex Morgan. It is not clear if any of these examples dates from the 1950s or if they are later replicas. All ten were flea-market purchases in the early 1990s]
This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.
Conditions Governing Use
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Curator of Manuscripts/University Archivist, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML). The RBML approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.
Bert Hansen Educational Comics Collection. Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Columbia University.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
2018-08-03 File created.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
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Bert Hansen is a professor emeritus of history at Baruch College. He has been collecting graphics published in popular media for over thirty years, and has donated parts of his collection to Fordham University and Yale University. His book, Picturing Medical Progress from Pasteur to Polio: A History of Mass Media Images and Popular Attitudes in America (Rutgers University Press, 2009), was honored with an award from the Popular Culture Association and named to the "2010 Best of the Best" for Public and Secondary School Libraries by the American Library Association.