Albert T. Reid cartoon collection
This collection consists of cartoons collected by the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas, as started by a donation from Kansas-born cartoonist Albert T. Reid. The collection also includes records regarding the acquisition of the collection, as well as a few scattered personal records from Reid.
- Creation: 1850s - 1960s (bulk 1920s-1950s)
- Reid, Albert Turner, 1873-1955 (Person)
Language of Materials
Most of the collection is in English; some cartoons were produced in French-speaking areas.
Conditions Governing Access
No access restrictions.
Conditions Governing Use
Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.
History of the Albert T. Reid Cartoon Collection
The Albert T. Reid Cartoon Collection was begun in the 1930s when Kansas-born cartoonist Reid presented to the University of Kansas a small number of items that formed the nucleus of the collection. Considerable effort was undertaken in 1954 to expand the collection by the William Allen White Foundation, to be housed in the School of Journalism's Historical Center at the University. These efforts to expand were made through solicitations to editorial and comic strip cartoonists all over the United States for examples of their work. As a result of this, nearly 600 cartoonists contributed approximately 1750 items between the years 1954 and 1956. In the late 1960s, the School transferred to the collection to the newly-opened Kenneth Spencer Research Library.
14.5 Linear Feet (15 boxes + 53 oversize boxes, 141 oversize folders, 9 volumes, 9 framed objects)
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of records related to the acquisition of the Albert T. Reid cartoon collection by the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas, as well as the cartoons acquired by the School and transferred to the Kenneth Spencer Research Library in the late 1960s. Records related to the acquisition and inventorying of the collection are located at RH MS 97 and RH MS D171. The materials at RH MS 97 include loose correspondence to cartoonists and Reid, exhibit preparations, clippings, and like items. These records are arranged in alphabetical order with correspondence preceding the alphabetical file. Some personal items donated by Reid to the School are also included in the collection. These items include three dimensional objects, Reid's marriage certificate, and photographs. These items are located at RH MS-P 97, RH MS Q32, and RH MS 1427. The bulk of the collection consists of the cartoons collected by the School. These items are organized by size and include original sketches and pen and ink drawings, as well as copies printed in newspapers and examples of other processes involved in the drafting, designing, and production of newspaper comic strips. These items are located at RH MS 1427, RH MS Q430, RH MS R421, and RH MS R428.
RH MS D171
RH MS 97
RH MS-P 97
RH MS Q32
RH MS G47
RH MS 1427
RH MS Q430
RH MS R421, RH MS R428, RH MS R489
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Transfer, School of Journalism, 1968?
- Guide to the Albert T. Reid Cartoon Collection
- Albert T. Reid Cartoon Collection
- Finding aid prepared by pg, August 1976; nh, 1987. Finding aid encoded by mg, 2004. Finding aid revised by mg, wb, and mwh, 2018; mwh, 2021.
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Finding aid written in English.
- Support for processing portions of this collection was provided by the Ringle Conservation Intern, funded by Stata and David Ringle.
- Finding aid permalink
- Preferred citation
Albert T. Reid cartoon collection, RH MS D171, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.