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Chic Jackson collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S0710

Scope and Contents

This collection contains 2 prints of Chic Jackson’s "Roger Bean" comic strip released by the George Matthew Adams Service on June 29 and 30, 1928, a pen and ink drawing of his characters Woody and Yank (1922), a drawing of “Golduh the Maid” created for Arcada S. Balz, a friend who later became the first woman to serve in the Indiana Senate (circa 1920s), and a typed biographical sketch of Jackson that was sent to Miss Esther McNitt, a librarian at the Indiana State Library, on November 4, 1933.

The collection also has 5 oversize pen and ink drawings of Jackson’s comic strip, including those from June 29 and 30, 1928 and three that were printed in the newspaper on June 7, June 24, and July 13, 1933 (OBD018).


  • 1922-1933


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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.

Biographical Note

Chic Jackson (who was christened Charles Bacon Jackson) was born in Muncie, Indiana, on December 31, 1876. He attended Muncie schools and, upon graduation, took a job as illustrator and front page cartoonist for the Muncie News, remaining there until it was absorbed by the Muncie Star. In 1902, Jackson married Margaret Wagner, who also worked for the Muncie newspapers.

The Jacksons moved to Chicago, where Chic studied at the Chicago Art Institute for one year. They then moved to Indianapolis in 1907, at which time Chic Jackson became an artist for the Indianapolis Star. The comic strip family that Jackson became known for, Roger Bean and family, premiered on April 22, 1913, with the Bean family arriving at Union Station in Indianapolis. The comic strip, known for what the Star described as its "homely and piquant Hoosier philosophy," appeared as far away as Schenectady, New York, where it ran for almost as many years as it did in the Indianapolis newspaper. Chic Jackson died at the age of 57 on June 3, 1934.


0.11 Cubic Feet (1 folder, 1 extra-large oversize folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Della Lindley on 1967/04/12.


No further additions are expected.

Related Materials

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

OBD018: Chic Jackson oversize collection

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 1998 by Philip N. Williams. EAD finding aid created 2015/02/09 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid revised 2019/09/27 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.