The only solution of the Mormon problem. Hal Coffin. 1871. Prints and Photographs Division.
The Prints and Photographs Division has maintained a strong focus on political satire and comic art, in the forms of editorial
cartoon and comic strip drawings. Two collections, the Cartoon Drawings (9,200 drawings, 1794-1994) and the Caroline and Erwin Swann Collection of Caricature and Cartoon (2,000 drawings, 1780-1975) provide entrée to examining the ways in which cartoon artists used images of women metaphorically
to comment on political events of the day. The materials also invite exploration of the humorous, sometimes biting ways in
which cartoonists dealt with issues that touched on the rights and status of women, such as suffrage, health issues, participation
in sports, and paid (and unpaid) labor.
The more than one hundred recently acquired drawings for the comic strip “Blondie,” for instance, offer evidence of changes—and
surprising continuities—in the equality-minded title character's approach to marriage and domestic life between the 1930s
and the 1960s.
As another example, a number of cartoons by African American artist Oliver Harrington portray black women putting black men
in their place, guiding and chiding their children, and serving as symbols in the struggle for racial justice. The drawings
thus offer commentary on relationships between the sexes and the generations within the urban African American community,
well as on race relations in general.
“The government has my whole family working on scientific progress.” Bill Mauldin. Copyright c1948 by Bill Mauldin. Reprinted by permission. Prints and Photographs Division.
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As with many of the division's drawings collections, the images and the associated documentation could be used in conjunction
with materials available in the Serial and Government Publications Division or in the General Collections to study the editorial and technical practices that newspaper and magazine staffs have employed in reproducing such drawings
in their publications.
Searching the Collections
Both the Cartoon Drawings and the Swann Collection of Caricature and Cartoon can be searched in the Prints and Photographs
Online Catalog, where each has its own separate category. Digitized images accompany many of the online records.
Go to the Prints and Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)