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Personal papers of Paul Coker

Call Number: PP 87


Coker graduated from the University of Kansas in 1951. During his time there he was a cartoonist for the University Daily Kansan, the University's school newspaper. This collection consists of original illustrations and reproduction instructions that were used for the 25th reunion of the Class of 1951, as well as some correspondence and miscellaneous papers that were sent out to the Class of 1951 regarding the reunion.


  • 1976


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Biography of Paul Coker

Paul Coker was born in Lawrence, Kansas in 1929 and later graduated from the University of Kansas in 1951. Coker later went on to work in many media, including advertising and greeting cards, as well as for Mad magazine in which one of his illustrations first appeared in 1961. Since then he has gone on to illustrate over 400 articles for the magazine. Coker later went on to design for more than a dozen Rankin-Bass TV specials, including Frosty the Snowman, Santa Claus is comin' to Town, The Year Without a Santa Claus, Rudolph's Shiny New Year and The Easter Bunny is Comin' to Town. Coker also collaborated with writer Don Edwing on two comic strips: "Lancelot" and "Horace and Buggy." Coker currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


.25 Linear Feet (1 document case + 1 oversize box)

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Physical Location

PP 87

Related Materials

Consult library staff regarding the availability of related photographs, biographical files, and scrapbooks.

Guide to the Paul Coker Collection
Personal papers of Paul Coker
Finding aid prepared by ad, 2005; revised by caf, 2012. Finding aid encoded by ad, 2005; revised by caf, 2012.
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Preferred citation
Personal papers of Paul Coker, University Archives, PP 87, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States