Scope and Contents
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 (circa 1927-1935) that were reprinted and published in the Chicago Tribune starting in 1939 and continuing into the 1940s; 3 calendars from 1946, 1950, and 1951 that contain 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.
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.
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 to 1921, and a cartoonist for the Chicago Tribune from 1921 until his death on June 15, 1935 at the age of 54.
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 (IN), June 15, 1835.
0.4 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box, 1 oversize folder)
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