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Title
Wood collection of cartoon and caricature drawings
Other Title
Art Wood collection of cartoon and caricature drawings
J. Arthur Wood, Jr., Collection of Cartoon Art
Summary
The collection, spanning three centuries, is distinctive and unparalleled because of the depth of holdings in political cartoons and comic strips and the specific landmark pieces in all major genres. It stands out as a jewel among the Library's special collections, illuminating the history of American cartoon art forms and greatly enhancing the Library's extensive holdings of cartoon art. The subseries indicate the breadth of the collection's coverage: WOOD - AN [Animation], - BI [British Illustration], - BPI [British Political Illustration], - CA [Caricature], - CB [Comic Books], - CS [Comic Strips]; - EPI [European Political illustration], - EX [Exhibited cartoons]; - EFE [For Exhibition, Cartoon Cornucopia]; - GA [Gags and Humor]; - IL [Illustrations]; - MC [Miscellaneous]; - PH [Photographs]; - PI; [Political illustration - 16,000 items, so almost 50% of collection here]; - PJ [Puck & Judge]; - RE, [Reproductions]; WOOD - SP [Single Panel]; WOOD - WS [Wood Specials: deframed objects, some conserved]; - [Sports].
Created / Published
ca. 1700-2000, bulk 1850-1990.
Headings
Drawings--1700-2000.
Photographic prints--1900-2000.
Genre
Drawings--1700-2000
Photographic prints--1900-2000
Notes
-  Arrangement: Organized as one filing series using the call number "WOOD - PI, no. 1," with 18 subseries based on Art Wood's original categories for the collection. Sample call number: WOOD - AN, no. 1 (A size). Also contains Art Wood's picture file, used by Wood as a reference for creating his cartoons, under the call number PR 13 CN 2003:133. (Add more information when records are added to the online catalog in 2010.)
-  This preliminary catalog record contains draft information to be verified and expanded.
-  Includes work by more than 2,800 artists, including such celebrated figures as political cartoonists Thomas Nast, Rube Goldberg, Bill Mauldin, and Patrick Oliphant; comic strip creators Winsor McCay, George Herriman, Chic Young, Milt Caniff, Charles Schulz, and Lynn Johnston; humorous gag cartoonists Peter Arno and William Steig; caricaturists Al Hirschfeld, and David Levine; animation drawings and cels from Walt Disney Productions and Hanna-Barbera; and illustrations by Edwin A. Abbey, John Held, and Michael Hague.
-  Cite as the Art Wood Collection, Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.
-  Digitized images of some items, along with corresponding identifying information, are available through the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog, at [add address fall 2010]
-  MCE size materials from accessions DLC/PP-2003:133 and DLC/PP-2004:052 have been intermingled with DLC/PP-2001:055 material.
-  Gift and purchase; Art Wood; 1999-2008 (DLC/PP-2001:055; DLC/PP-2001:056; DLC/PP-2003:133; DLC/PP-2004:052; DLC/PP-2006:003; DLC/PP-2008:014)
-  James Arthur Wood, Jr., an award-winning cartoonist himself, began collecting original drawings at the age of 12. During a period of 60 years, he contacted and befriended numerous older masters of cartoon art forms, as well as leading contemporary creators in the field, and obtained selections of their work, primarily by gift and some by purchase. During his professional life, Wood worked diligently to establish a museum or gallery to preserve and showcase his collection. He achieved his goal in 1995 with the opening of the National Gallery of Caricature and Cartoon Art in downtown Washington, D.C., but the gallery closed in 1997, due to a lack of sustained funding. Undeterred, Wood turned to the Library of Congress, where he had worked early in his career, to preserve and present his collection.
-  Finding aid (published): Cartoon cornucopia, the J. Arthur Wood, Jr., Collection of Cartoon Art, https://www.loc.gov/rr/print/swann/artwood/aw-home.html
-  Finding aid (unpublished): A local database lists each artist and the quantity of drawings. These records are scheduled to be added to the online catalog in 2010 and later years.
-  Published in: Cartoon America : comic art in the Library of Congress / [edited by] Harry Katz. New York : Abrams, 2006.
-  Selections exhibited in: "Cartoon America: Highlights from the Art Wood Collection of Cartoon and Caricature" at the LIbrary of Congress, 2006-2007.
Medium
ca. 36,000 drawings ; various sizes.
Call Number/Physical Location
Guide Record (Filing series: WOOD) [P&P] Unprocessed in PR 13 CN 2001:055 Unprocessed in PR 13 CN 2001:056 Unprocessed in PR 13 CN 2003:133 Unprocessed in PR 13 CN 2004:052 Unprocessed in PR 13 CN 2006:003 Unprocessed in PR 13 CN 2008:014
Repository
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
Library of Congress Control Number
2009632516
Rights Advisory
Rights status of individual images not evaluated. For general information see "Copyright and Other Restrictions ...," http://lcweb.loc.gov/rr/print/195_copr.html
Access Advisory
Serve by appointment (Unprocessed). To make a request, see "Access to Unprocessed Materials," https://www.loc.gov/rr/print/info/022_unpr.html
Language
English
Description
The collection, spanning three centuries, is distinctive and unparalleled because of the depth of holdings in political cartoons and comic strips and the specific landmark pieces in all major genres. It stands out as a jewel among the Library's special collections, illuminating the history of American cartoon art forms and greatly enhancing the Library's extensive holdings of cartoon art. The subseries indicate the breadth of the collection's coverage: WOOD - AN [Animation], - BI [British Illustration], - BPI [British Political Illustration], - CA [Caricature], - CB [Comic Books], - CS [Comic Strips]; - EPI [European Political illustration], - EX [Exhibited cartoons]; - EFE [For Exhibition, Cartoon Cornucopia]; - GA [Gags and Humor]; - IL [Illustrations]; - MC [Miscellaneous]; - PH [Photographs]; - PI; [Political illustration - 16,000 items, so almost 50% of collection here]; - PJ [Puck & Judge]; - RE, [Reproductions]; WOOD - SP [Single Panel]; WOOD - WS [Wood Specials: deframed objects, some conserved]; - [Sports].
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Wood Collection of Cartoon and Caricature Drawings. to 2000, Bulk 1850 to 1990, ca. 1700.

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(ca. 1700) Wood Collection of Cartoon and Caricature Drawings. to 2000, Bulk 1850 to 1990.

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Wood Collection of Cartoon and Caricature Drawings. to 2000, Bulk 1850 to 1990, ca. 1700.

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