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Charles H. Kuhn collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S0792

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a color landscape drawing by Herman Davis (undated); a drawing of a small street scene by Gaar Williams the appeared in the Chicago Daily News (ca. 1908); a drawing of WWI "doughboy" by Gaar Williams (1918); and a photograph of Gaar Williams (undated). The collection also includes twenty lessons created by Charles Kuhn for an Indianapolis News cartoon course (1934).

There are also oversize cartoons created by Charles Kuhn, Franklin Booth, Gaar Williams, and John T. McCutcheon (OB048; OBC072).


  • circa 1908-1934, undated


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

Charles Harris Kuhn was born March 20, 1892 at Prairie City, Illinois to James and Minnie Kuhn and spent his childhood in Bushnell, Illinois. He studied at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and published his first cartoon in 1915. He worked as a cartoonist for the Chicago Journal and the Rocky Mountain News (Denver, CO) before joining the Indianapolis News in 1922. He began drawing the comic strip, Grandma, in 1947 and it was distributed by King Features until 1969. Kuhn was a navy veteran of World War I and was married to his wife, Lois, from 1922 until his death at the age of 96 on January 16, 1989.

Sources: "Charles H Kuhn." 1900 United States Federal Census. Accessed February 17, 2017. "Charles H Kuhn." Cook County, Illinois Marriage Indexes, 1912-1942. Accessed February 17, 2017.

Banta, Ray. Indiana's Laughmakers: The Story of Over 400 Hoosiers: Actors, Cartoonists, Writers, and Others. Indianapolis, IN: Pennultimate Press, 1990.

"Charles Kuhn rites Saturday; ex-cartoonist." Indianapolis Star, January 19, 1989.


0.16 Cubic Feet (2 folders, 3 oversize folders)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Charles Kuhn on 1979/04/12, Ray Banta in 1978/04, and Lois S. Kuhn in 1989/05/26.


No further additions are expected.

Related Archival Material

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

OB048: Charles H. Kuhn oversize collection

OBC072: Charles H. Kuhn oversize collection

OH199: Charles H. Kuhn oral history

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2017/02/17 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2017/02/17 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid updated 2021/09/02 by Lauren Patton.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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