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George Mann Shellhase collection, 1917-1918

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#2036
Bib ID 15320994 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Shellhase, George, 1895-1988
Title George Mann Shellhase collection, 1917-1918
Physical Description 0.10 Linear Feet (1 oversize folder in a Mapcase drawer)
Language(s) English .

This collection is located on site.



Scope and Contents

Two letters (fragmanted) and four postcards, written to Ester Meyers [sic] and sent from France in 1917/1918 by future illustrator and cartoonist George Mann Shellhase. One letter and three postcards are illustrated; the fourth postcard is Shellhase's promotional card.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is located on site.

Conditions Governing Use

Much of the material is very fragile. Great care must be taken when handling this material.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

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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Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Cartoons (humorous images) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Caricatures and cartoons Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cartoonists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
World War, 1914-1918 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Content Description

Geroge Mann Shellhase (1895-1988), who went on to become a successful illustrator and cartoonist, wrote these letters and postcards while a soldier in France during World War I. The letters, written on Red Cross stationery, describe the conditions in France, and Shellhase illustrated them with scenes from the Red Cross hospital.

Shellhase was born in Philadelphia. He studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the Art Students League in New York. His comic illustrations of American life appeared in the Saturday Evening Post, Collier's, The New Yorker, and The New York Times from the 1940s through the 1960s.