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Gaar Williams collection 1939-1951

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  • 2 of 2 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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0 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Indiana State Library - Indianapolis [Mss I] ISLI L178 (Text) 00000106297336 Manuscripts Available -
Indiana State Library - Indianapolis [Mss I] ISLI OB032 (Text) 1417-1718 Manuscripts Available -

Record details

  • Physical Description: 0.4 Cubic feet 1 manuscript box, 1 oversize folder

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General Note:
Processing Information: Collection processing completed 2016/02/15 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2016/02/15 by Laura Eliason.
Restrictions on Access Note:
This collection is open for research.
Summary, etc.:
This collection includes 12 paperback portfolios each containing 25 Gaar Williams cartoons reprinted from the Chicago Tribune, with a foreward written by cartoonist, John T. McCutcheon. According to an ad in the Tribune's December 17, 1940 edition, the portfolios where printed as a special Christmas box set. Also included are 321 clippings of Williams's cartoons (ca. 1927-1935) that were reprinted and published in the Chicago Tribune starting in 1939 and continuing into the 1940's; 3 calendars from 1946, 1950, and 1951 that contain Mr. Williams cartoons; and an undated black and white drawing signed by Gaar Williams (13 1/2" x 12 ") showing two boys standing beside a tree tapped for the collection of sap.
Preferred Citation of Described Materials Note:
Gaar Williams collection, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction Note:
Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.
Location of Other Archival Materials Note:
Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN: S2911: Indianapolis Branch of the American Fund for French Wounded, French Relief Fund, 1918
Biographical or Historical Data:
Gaar Campbell Williams, the "Hoosier Cartoonist", was born on December 12, 1880 in Richmond, Indiana to George and Sarah Williams. Often referred to as the "James Whitcomb Riley of the Pencil", he attended the Cincinnati Art Academy and the Chicago Art Institute. He married Magdalena (Lena) Englebert (1881-1959) on April 22, 1911. He was a staff artist for the Chicago Daily News from 1904-1909, the front page cartoonist for the Indianapolis News from 1909-1921, and a cartoonist for the Chicago Tribune from 1921 until his death on June 15, 1935 at the age of 54.Sources:Information found within collection."Gaar Williams, 54, Cartoonist, is Dead." Indianapolis Star, June 16, 1935."Gaar Williams Dies Suddenly on Auto Trip: Prominent Cartoonist Lived Here as a Boy." The Richmond Palladium (Richmond, IN), June 15, 1835.
Ownership and Custodial History:
This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Kenneth Reeve on 1999/01/04 and from Ray Banta.
Accumulation and Frequency of Use Note:
No further additions are expected.
Subject: Caricatures and cartoons.
Cartoonists > Indiana.

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