In preparation for our move to Sullivant Hall this summer, the Cartoon Library & Museum will need to temporarily stop services for our patrons. Here is a list of important dates to be aware of if you plan a visit to the library or use our reproduction services:
Currently: No longer accepting requests for group tours through the Summer
May 31: Last day we will accept digital image requests and photocopy requests
May 31–July 12: Reading room will be open to researchers by limited appointment only (please contact the library) and to view the exhibition, Alternate Views: Perspectives on the American Civil War
July 15–September 6: Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum is CLOSED to all visitors and patrons
The National Cartoonists Society Foundation has contributed $20,000 to support the new Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum location, part of the Sullivant Hall renovation at The Ohio State University. This gift will be matched dollar for dollar by Jean Schulz, widow of Peanuts’ creator Charles M. Schulz, giving it a $40,000 impact on the project. Ms. Schulz promised to match donations to the new facility up to $2.5 million.
The National Cartoonists Society Foundation’s board of Directors unanimously approved this gift. The Foundation's mission is to support and promote the art of cartooning through scholarships, donations to museums and cartooning institutions as well as to support individual cartoonists in need. The fund was created by a generous grant from the estate of cartoonist David Pascal and the merger of previous contributions from the Herblock Foundation, the estate of Toni Mendez and the Milt Gross fund. The Foundation is also supported by individual contributions from cartoonists, syndicates and other benefactors.
Jean Schulz, philanthropist and widow of Peanuts creator Charles Schulz, pledged to match all gifts to our new building project, up to $2.5 million. We are happy to announce that we are very close to meeting her challenge! So far we have received $2.38 million in gifts and pledges. We only have $120,000 left to go! You can help us reach our goal and complete our capital campaign. Remember that Jean Schulz will double your gift, making it worth twice as much to our project. Giving is easy: just mail a check to the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum or give online with a credit card at https://www.giveto.osu.edu/igive/onlinegiving/search_results.aspx?fundnum=313023
Jay N. "Ding" Darling (1876-1962) was one of America's most beloved political cartoonists. For more than four decades, he drew for the Des Moines Register and his cartoons were syndicated around the country for millions to see. A two-time Pulitzer winner, Ding repeatedly topped popluarity polls throughout the Twenties and Thirties.
In Iconoclast in Ink, cartoon historial Richard Samuel West sets out to show that Ding was a fiercely independent spirit, a progressive Republican who followed his conscience, without care for party dogma. This led him to take many surprising stands, such as impassioned suppport for the League of Nations and later the New Deal.
Ding also was an influential conservationist and a founder of the national Wildlife Federation. The J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island, Florida is named in his honor.
This book explored his life's work, in all its antic and powerful glory.
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The Ohio State University Libraries is thrilled to announce that The
Hershey Foundation of Northeast Ohio has answered the Schulz Challenge
with a multi-year grant of $100,000 to support the new Billy Ireland
Cartoon Library & Museum (BICLM) facility, part of the Sullivant
Hall renovation at OSU. Read the full press release at:
Professor emerita Lucy Shelton Caswell received the Silver T-Square Award from the National Cartoonists Society (NCS), the world’s largest organization of professional cartoonists.The Silver T-Square is awarded to persons who have demonstrated outstanding dedication or service to the NCS or the cartooning profession.
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The Ohio State University Press is adding a new series to its literature and literary studies publications. Studies in Comics and Cartoons
will be edited by Lucy Shelton Caswell and Jared Gardner. Comics
studies is the epitome of a growing scholarly pursuit that is
continually gaining both public and critical attention. Complicating the
long-standing assumption that a fusion of image and text is not a
serious work of either literature or art, academic institutions are
giving comics and cartoons more attention than ever before. Despite a
number of important individual books published by university presses in
the field, this burgeoning area of study does not yet have its own
series at any press. Ohio State University Press, with its affiliation
to Ohio State's Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum and focus on
literary studies, is well-suited to publish such a series.
Lucy Shelton Caswell is the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library &
Museum's founding Curator. Jared Gardner is Associate Professor in the
Department of English.
Books published in Studies in Comics and Cartoons
will focus exclusively on comics and graphic literature, highlighting
their relation to literary studies. It will include monographs and
edited collections that cover the history of comics and cartoons from
the editorial cartoon and early sequential comics of the nineteenth
century through webcomics of the twenty-first. Studies that focus on
international comics will also be considered.
Inquiries should be directed to Sandy Crooms <email@example.com> at The Ohio State University Press.
World-renowned cartoonist Bil Keane and his
family have answered the Schulz Challenge with a $50,000 gift to support
the new Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum facility, part of
the Sullivant Hall renovation at The Ohio State University. The Keane
Family gift will be matched dollar for dollar by Jean Schulz, widow of Peanuts’
creator Charles M. Schulz, giving it a $100,000 impact on the project.
Schulz has promised to match all donations to the new facility up to
"This donation is our way of thanking Ohio State for their great
support of the cartoon art form. This library and museum will give
future generations the opportunity to enjoy the original art of cartoons
that have graced refrigerators, cubicles and classroom walls for
years.” said Jeff Keane, Bil Keane’s son and collaborator.
Bil Keane is the creator of the cartoon panel The Family Circus, which first appeared in 1960 and soon grew to become the most widely syndicated panel in America.Keane
looked to his own family including wife Thelma and their five children,
Gayle, Neal, Glen, Christopher and Jeff, for ideas for the cartoon.Youngest
son Jeff, the inspiration for the character “Little Jeffy,” now assists
his father in creating the strip and serves as President of the
National Cartoonists Society.
We are grateful for the Keane Family’s support of the library in
general and of this renovation project in particular. Their generous
gift brings us even closer to meeting the total Schulz Challenge of $2.5
million,” said Lucy Shelton Caswell, curator of the Billy Ireland
Cartoon Library & Museum.
The Sullivant Hall renovation is estimated to cost
$20.6 million and will be completed in 2013, at which time Sullivant
Hall will house both the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum and
The Ohio State University Department of Dance. Upon completion of the
Schulz Challenge, the Sullivant Hall renovation will be completely
Established in 1977 with a founding gift of the
Milton Caniff Collection, the Cartoon Library & Museum was housed
originally in two converted classrooms in Ohio State's Journalism
Building. Since then, Caswell has built it into a widely renowned
special collection that is a destination for both cartoon researchers
and fans from around the world.
Thousands of donors have contributed to the
collection, with gifts ranging from one item to tens of thousands. With
the recent addition of the International Museum of Cartoon Art's
extensive permanent collection, the Cartoon Library and Museum now
houses more than 450,000 works of original cartoon art, 36,000 books,
51,000 serial titles, 3,000 linear feet of manuscript materials, and 2.5
million comic strip clippings and newspaper pages.
Now the world's largest collection of cartoon art
and comics material, the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum is
currently located in the lower level of the Wexner Center for the Arts
complex. Its new, permanent home in Sullivant Hall will expand its space
from its current 6,808 square feet to more than 40,000 gross square
feet, providing much-needed additional storage and new exhibition
galleries that will allow more of the collection to be displayed and
accessible to the public.For more information, see http://cartoons.osu.edu.
The Cartoon Library and Museum needs your support to raise funds for the renovation of Sullivant Hall, the future home of the library. Donate to the Schulz Challenge & Cartoon Library and Museum Fundand your contribution will be matched dollar for dollar by Jean Schulz.
Jean Schulz, the widow of Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz, issued a challenge: in addition to her initial gift of $1 million, she will provide an additional matching gift of $2.5 million if Ohio State raises the same amount from other sources.
"We are very grateful to Jean Schulz for her generous gift and for her challenge which will encourage everyone who cares about cartoon art to become involved in our project," said Lucy Shelton Caswell, Professor and Curator of the library. "The new Cartoon Library and Museum will be a place of learning and enjoyment for the public and scholars alike."
Located at a highly visible location along High Street and adjacent to the Wexner Center for the Arts, the historic Sullivant Hall is in dire need of repair. The planned renovation will provide 40,000 gross square feet of space for the new Cartoon Library and Museum that will include a spacious reading room for researchers, three museum-quality galleries, and expanded storage with state-of-the-art environmental and security controls. A dedicated ground-level entry will allow for easy access to the new facility. The addition of exhibition galleries dedicated to cartoon art will facilitate public display of the Library's extraordinary collection. Total renovation costs are estimated at $20.6 million.
View the video to learn more about the Cartoon Library and Museum, this renovation project and the Schulz Challenge!
Promises to match an additional $2.5 million in a challenge to "others"
The Ohio State University received a gift of $1 million from Jean Schulz, the widow of Peanuts creator
Charles M. Schulz, to support the renovation of Sullivant Hall, the
future home of the world's most comprehensive academic research facility
dedicated to documenting printed cartoon art.
Along with her generous gift, Mrs. Schulz issued a challenge: she
will provide an additional matching gift of $ 2.5 million if Ohio State
raises the same amount from other sources, making the total impact of
her gift $ 6 million.
"By helping to underwrite a state-of-the-art facility for the
University's renowned Cartoon Library and Museum, Jean Schulz advances
the work of students, faculty, and scholars, and deepens our
understanding of the importance of the genre," said Ohio State President
E. Gordon Gee. "Her gift is an especially fitting way to honor the
remarkable creative legacy of her late husband, Charles."
Located at a highly visible location along High Street and adjacent
to the Wexner Center for the Arts, the historic Sullivant Hall is in
dire need of repair. The planned renovation will provide 40,000 gross
square feet of space for the new Cartoon Library and Museum that will
include a spacious reading room for researchers, three museum-quality
galleries, and expanded storage with state-of-the-art environmental and
security controls. A dedicated ground-level entry will allow for easy
access to the new facility. The addition of exhibition galleries
dedicated to cartoon art will facilitate public display of the Library's
When asked what inspired her to give to the Cartoon Library and
Museum at Ohio State, Jean Schulz said, "Lucy Caswell has done a
marvelous job in collecting and preserving works in the cartoon medium. I
was pleased at the opportunity to help provide a fitting home for this
important collection and to recognize her contribution in the field."
The Sullivant renovation will also provide new spaces for the
Department of Dance and the Music/Dance Library, and an upgraded
auditorium, which will be used for numerous community, academic, and
Total renovation cost is estimated at $ 20.6 million, with
architectural design to take 12 months, followed by 6 months for bidding
and contracts, and 24 months for construction.
Due to its outstanding reputation, growing collection and a surge of
scholarly interest in comics and cartoons, the Cartoon Library and
Museum -- formerly known as the Cartoon Research Library -- is a
destination location for researchers from around the world.
With a founding gift of the Milton Caniff Collection, Ohio State's
Cartoon Library and Museum was established in 1977 in two converted
classrooms in the University's Journalism Building. From this small
beginning, founding curator Lucy Shelton Caswell has spent more than
thirty years building the Library into the widely renowned facility it
The Cartoon Library and Museum at Ohio State is one of the most
admired and sought-after caretakers of legacy collections. Thousands of
donors have contributed to the collection, with gifts ranging from one
item to tens of thousands. In 1992, the Robert Roy Metz Collection of
83,034 original cartoons by 113 cartoonists was donated by United Media,
and in 2007, the entire collection of the International Museum of
Cartoon Art (IMCA), numbering more than 200,000 originals, was
transferred to the Cartoon Library and Museum.
With the addition of the IMCA's extensive permanent collection, the
Cartoon Library and Museum now houses more than 400,000 works of
original cartoon and comic art, 35,000 books, 51,000 serial titles,
2,800 linear feet of manuscript materials, and 2.5 million comic strip
clippings and newspaper pages. Moving into its new home from its current
location, a 6,800-square-foot basement north of Mershon Auditorium,
will allow more of the collection to be displayed and readily
"We are very grateful to Jean Schulz for her generous gift and for
her challenge which will encourage everyone who cares about cartoon art
to become involved in our project," said Lucy Shelton Caswell. "The new
Cartoon Library and Museum will be a place of learning and enjoyment for
the public and scholars alike."
Rendering of Sullivant Hall once renovation is complete
Join the Schulz Challenge and Support the Sullivant Hall Renovation