Billy Ireland Opens Its Archives, Digitally

 

 

 

 

Just announced: Ohio State’s Billy Ireland Cartoon Library  & Museum has put its original art and book holdings online.  This is no small thing as they have over 200,000 items in their collection.

I noted in the Museum’s description of their holdings (below, in pink) that single panel cartoons (such as those found most famously in The New Yorker) aren’t mentioned, but they are certainly there, including the recently donated works of Jack Ziegler. 

MCA’s collection consists of approximately 200,000 items, including 83,214 original drawings from all genres of cartoon art (comic strips, comic books, animation, editorial, advertising, sport, caricature, greeting cards, graphic novels, and illustrations)…

  A Finding Aid is promised soon, which will make searching less of a guessing game as to who is included in their collection (of course, that game can be fun). Also searchable are their book holdings. I’ve shown a partial screen grab of what turned up when I searched in “Art” for Peter Arno. You’ll find links to both “Art” and “Books” by going here.

Congratulations and thanks to the Museum for providing us with this wonderfully exciting resource.

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