Thursday, March 26, 2009

Ohio State University Cartoon Library and Museum

I do like cartoons. I like libraries. In a perfect world there would be a cartoon library. Fortunately, even in an imperfect world there is a cartoon library. The Ohio State University Cartoon Library and Museum has been in existence since 1977.

Ohio State University Cartoon Library
According the the About Us page its mission is to:
...develop a comprehensive research collection documenting American printed cartoon art, to organize the materials, and to provide access to these resources.
The scope of the collection includes:
  • editorial cartoons
  • comic strips
  • comic books
  • graphic novels
  • sports cartoons
  • magazine cartoons

There is a database to locate a certain artist or work:
OSU Cartoon DatabaseYou can search by creator, type of publication, type of market, the name of the cartoon or the format that the cartoon or graphic novel was published. Not all comics are represented but you do get to search for some of the early work in the topic.

You can view some of the collection online in galleries and albums:

Cartoon Artist Gallery
This is a great example of a specialized library and a library/museum partnerships.

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