Cartoon Library’s Collection of Originals Tops 250,000

By: E&P Staff

Ohio State University’s Cartoon Research Library now has 250,000-plus original cartoons in its collection.

It also has more than 2.5 million comic strip clippings and tearsheets, 34,500 books, and other material. In addition, there’s a biographical registry of 5,000-plus cartoonists.

The library was established in 1977 with the papers of Milton Caniff, the Ohio State graduate who went on to create the “Terry and the Pirates” and “Steve Canyon” comics.

Caniff’s work will be one focus of the library’s ninth triennial Festival of Cartoon Art next fall. That Oct. 26-27 gathering, which takes place in the centennial year of Caniff’s 1907 birth, has a “Graphic Storytelling” theme.

The library is headed by Lucy Shelton Caswell.

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