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Indianapolis News cartoonists collection

Identifier: L657

Scope and Contents

This collection contains originals and copies of cartoons created by Robbie Robinson while he worked at the Indianapolis News as editorial cartoonist as well as his successor, Jerry Barnett. Among Robbie Robinson's materials are ten scrapbooks of cartoons.


  • 1949-1986


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Literary rights, including copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their legal heirs and assigns. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts. The publisher must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical Note

"William Busby "Robbie" Robinson (1908-1969) was an Irish-American editorial and comic strip cartoonist.

William B. Robinson was born in Belfast, Ireland on May 25, 1908. Three years later, he came to the United States and received citizenship in 1920. From 1926 to 1928 Robinson was enrolled at Butler University and from 1928 until 1931 he studied at the John Herron Art School. Robinson worked as the editorial cartoonist at the Indianapolis News from 1948 until 1969.

In addition to his editorial cartoons, he created the nationally syndicated panel comic strip Josephine, which ran for 12 years. Robinson also enjoyed vocal music and was one of the earliest members of the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir.

Robinson, a Sigma Delta Chi member, was president of the Indianapolis Press Club and also received several Freedom Foundation Awards. He died on October 31, 1969."


William B. Robinson cartoons [finding aid]. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Libraries: Special Collections Research Center. Retrieved

Biographical Note

Jerry A. Barnett (1942-2015) worked at the Indianapolis News as editorial cartoonist for 30 years.


12.7 Cubic Feet (22 manuscript boxes, 3 cubic foot boxes, 5 medium oversize boxes, 1 large oversize box)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically by item type.

Custodial History

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


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed 2020/12/30 by Lauren Patton
Indianapolis News cartoonists collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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