Ohio State Cartoon Library Gets $1-Million Endowment

By: E&P Staff

A gift of $1 million from anonymous donors has funded an endowment for the Ohio State University Cartoon Research Library.

The endowment fund, established by the university’s board of trustees, is designed to supplement the operational expenses of the 1977-founded library — which has an enormous collection of original cartoons and related material.

“This endowment is a wonderful vote of confidence in the library’s future,” Lucy Shelton Caswell, professor and curator of the library, said in a statement. “It will allow us to enhance every aspect of our operations, from exhibition catalogs to the number of student employees we can hire.”

The $1 million in donations is the largest single cash gift received to date by the Columbus, Ohio-based library — which announced in May that it was expanding even more with the addition of the International Museum of Cartoon Art (IMCA) collection. E&P stories about that can be seen here and here.

Combined, the cartoon library and IMCA collections include about 450,000 items.

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