J R Williams Cartoon Collection & Scrapbooks

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1096 (local)
1926 - 1960 (Date created)
Collection consists of five scrapbooks, plus eight packets of loose clippings, totaling over 4,500 cartoons by J. R. Williams clipped from Olympia and Tacoma, Washington newspapers. Also, one newspaper article about the cartoonist. Cartoons are not dated but each bears a copyright notice with a year. Cartoons are all single frame, as they appeared in newspapers nationwide. At time of cataloging, no index exists, but several series have been identified based on different cartoon series created by Williams. One scrapbook features mostly cowboy themed cartoons (many incorporate verses--"cowboy poetry") but the collection reflects diverse topics and includes numerous different titled “strips,” such as "Out Our Way," “Why Mothers Get Gray,” “Born to Be Heroes,” etc. —Gift of John “Mick” Weber of Olympia, Washington, July 2011.
Administrative/Biographical History Element
At time of cataloging, approximately 300 cartoons have been scanned but no further organization or digitization has been implemented.
4500 (images)
5 (folders)
English (Dialects)
Other Subject Headings
Cartoons and comics (Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH))
Humor (Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH))
Racism in cartoons (Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH))
Newspapers--Sections, columns, etc.--Comics (Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH))
Cowboys--Poetry (Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH))
Temporal Coverage
1926 - 1960
Preferred Citation
Western Folklife Center Archives
Related Subjects:
J R Williams (subject)
Mick Weber (subject)