Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Charles Saxon papers, 1940-1989

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1112
Bib ID 4079735 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Saxon, Charles, 1920-1988
Title Charles Saxon papers, 1940-1989
Physical Description 19 linear feet (30 mapcase drawers, 10 boxes)
Language(s) English .

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.



The bulk of the collection is arranged alphabetically by the title of the magazine in which the cartoon or cover illustration appeared or was proposed for, and within titles chronologically.



Sketches, sketchbooks, scrapbooks, tearsheets, photographs and printed material. The collection includes more than 900 drawings and watercolors. The material covers much of Charles Saxon's professional career


Scanned finding aid with additional subject headings found here: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/libraries/inside/projects/findingaids/scans/pdfs/ldpd_rbml_4079735.pdf

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

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); Charles Saxon papers; 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

Entered in AMC MJT 02/06/91.

Cartoons & drawings Processed RE 02/10/94.

Revision Description

2009-06-26 File created.

2019-04-18 Container list derived from PDF added.

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.

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Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Artists' proofs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Caricatures Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cartoons Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cartoons (humorous images) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cartoons (working drawings) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Charcoal drawings Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Drawings (visual works) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lithographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Periodical illustrations Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Political cartoons Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sketchbooks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sketches Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Watercolors Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Artists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Caricatures and cartoons Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cartoonists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Catalogs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Commercial art Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Illustrated books Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Illustrators Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Magazine covers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Magazine illustration Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Noted illustrator and cartoonist. Charles David Saxon (1920-1988) graduated with a B.A. from Columbia in 1940. While still in his teens, Saxon joined the staff of Dell Publishing Company as an editor before becoming a pilot in the Army Air Corps. He continued his work at Dell after the war until he joined the staff of "The New Yorker." His drawings were used in advertisements for a number of corporations. His cartoons and illustrations appeared in such magazines as "Architectural Record" "McCall's Magazine" "Sports Illustrated" "Newsweek" "Town and Country" "Woman's Day" and "Gourmet Magazine." His work was collected in three volumes, OH, HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY! (1960), ONE MAN'S FANCY (1970), AND HONESTY IS ONE OF THE BEST POLICIES (1984).