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Kin Hubbard "Abe Martin" cartoons

 Collection — Folder: S0839
Identifier: S0839

Scope and Contents

This collection contains an early version of Kin Hubbard’s drawing of his Abe Martin character printed on photograph paper (circa 1905) and a postcard with the same image used by the Indiana Committee for the Humanities (ICH) for its “Postscript Postcards” promotion regarding grants for Indiana writers (circa 1970s-1980s). The collection also includes a postcard with a version of the Abe Martin cartoon character that Hubbard started drawing in the 1920s and "Christmas Greetings from the Indianapolis Public Library Staff" printed below the drawing (undated).


  • circa 1905-1980s


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

Frank "Kin" McKinney Hubbard was born on September 1, 1868 in Bellenfontaine, Ohio to Thomas and Sarah Jane Hubbard. Kin was a well known cartoonist and humorist who was best known for his "Abe Martin" comics. As a young man he worked a variety of jobs before being hired by the Indianapolis News as a newspaper artist for twelve dollars a week in 1891. After three years he left and worked at a few newspapers in Ohio before returning to Indiana to work for the Indianapolis Sun in 1899. In 1901, the Indianapolis News offered him another job and he spent the rest of his career there. Abe Martin, his cartoon of a "slouching country philosopher of Brown County," developed out of pictures Kin created during the Roosevelt-Parker presidential campaign in 1904. Abe Martin first appeared in the paper on December 17, 1904 and was a regular part of the back page for twenty five years. The comic was syndicated in 1910 and was published in newspapers in over 200 cities. Kin married Josephine Jackson on in 1905 and they had 4 children. He passed away at the age of 62 on December 26, 1930.


Hubartt, Kerry L. "Frank McKinney (Kin) Hubbard, 1967." Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame. Accessed November 07, 2018.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2018/11/07 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2018/11/07 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.