Jean Schulz, widow of Peanuts creator Charles Schulz, has given $1 million to support the renovation of Sullivant Hall, the future home of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum.
To celebrate the renovation and move, Mrs. Schulz issued a challenge to cartoon art lovers everywhere: she will match every dollar donated to the project through March 9, 2014, up to $2.5 million.
This generous offer will double the impact of your gift.
The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum—the world’s largest academic facility dedicated to cartoon art—is home to more than 400,000 works and artifacts from all genres of cartoon art. Additionally, it houses 50,000 books; 61,000 serial and comic book titles; 3,000 linear feet of manuscript materials; and 2.5 million comic strip clippings and newspaper pages.
Sullivant Hall, the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum’s new home, will feature museum-quality gallery and archival space.
Rendering of Sullivant Hall once renovation is complete.
Join the Schulz Challenge today!
Our collection has been built primarily through donations from generous cartoonists, collectors, and fans. If you are interested in making a donation, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-292-0538.
*Tax benefits: Gifts to The Ohio State University are considered charitable contributions. Please consult your tax advisor for advice on charitable deductions. Information is also available from the Internal Revenue Service.
What We Collect
The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum collects materials related to printed cartoon art including the following genres:
- Comic books
- Comic strips
- Editorial cartoons
- Graphic novels
- Magazine cartoons
- Sports cartoons
Although we collect some animation materials, this is not our primary focus.
Types of Materials We Collect
- Books about cartooning and cartoonists
- Books containing cartoons or cartoon illustrations
- Periodicals containing, about or related to printed cartoons
- Original art
- Manuscript collections related to cartoonists and the business of cartooning including correspondence, business records, scrapbooks, ephemera, clippings and proof sheets.
Preservation & Access
We are a special collection with particular emphasis on the long-term preservation of all the materials accepted into our collection. Therefore, our materials do not circulate outside the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum except as exhibition loans to other institutions. Access to all of our collections is available for researchers, scholars, students, and members of the public in our supervised reading room. Materials are stored in closed stacks in our climate-controlled facility which is protected by an electronic security system.
Gifts to The Ohio State University are considered charitable contributions. The fair market value of donated materials (gifts-in-kind) is tax-deductible in most cases. One exception is that artists are currently prohibited by law from deducting the fair market value when donating their own artwork. Please consult your tax advisor for advice on charitable deductions. Information is also available at Internal Revenue Service.
Curators and librarians of The Ohio State University Libraries cannot provide appraisals for materials offered as gifts-in-kind because the Internal Revenue Service regards the Libraries as an interested party to such contributions. In general, an appraisal is not necessary for gifts-in-kind valued at less than $5,000 by the donor. Additional information on appraisals and qualified appraisers is included in Internal Revenue Service Form 8283 which must be filed by persons claiming the donation of a gift-in-kind valued at more than $500. A list of appraisers is available at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum's Appraisals section.
Assignment of copyright is often very complex in the case of cartoon art. The copyright may be owned by the creator, his or her heirs, the syndicate, the publisher or another party. The original copyright owner maintains the copyright of all donated materials, unless copyright ownership is expressly transferred to the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum may own the physical object (letter, original cartoon, etc.) but not the copyright.
Transfer of Ownership
If all parties agree that the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum is the appropriate repository for your gift-in-kind, then our staff will work with you to arrange the physical transfer of the material. An instrument of donation outlining the terms and conditions of the donation will be sent to you for your approval and signature, along with a letter acknowledging your gift.
Information about donating to libraries and special collections is available at the Society of American Archivists website. See A Guide to Donating Your Personal or Family Papers to a Repository and A Guide to Donating Your Organizational Records to a Repository
Making a Gift of Funds
The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum welcomes financial contributions which are used to support our mission to develop a comprehensive research collection documenting American printed cartoon art, to organize the materials, and to provide access to these resources. We rely on the generous donations of our supporters:
- To help us acquire, catalog and preserve cartoon-related materials including books, periodicals, original art and manuscript collections
- To support our educational programming including exhibitions, presentations, workshops, online resources for teachers and researchers, and our Festival of Cartoon of Art, which takes place every three years
- To assist us in making our collection accessible to researchers and scholars around the world
The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum is a non-profit, educational institution and financial donations are tax-deductible. Checks can be written to The Ohio State University and sent to: The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, 27 West 17th Ave. Mall, Columbus, OH 43210-1393. To give online with a credit card, please go to the Ohio State University's Make a Gift Online. For more information about other ways to give, visit the Ohio State University's Ways to Give section. For information about the Friends of the Libraries at the Ohio State University, please visit Friends of the Libraries. If you have questions about giving to the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, please email email@example.com.
The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum is grateful to those volunteers who share their time and talents. Volunteer jobs include processing collections, data entry, organizing and filing clippings, and special projects.
Festival of Cartoon Art Hospitality Committee
The Festival of Cartoon Art takes place every three years. The date of the next Festival is to be determined .
The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum offers unpaid internships and practicums to students in masters programs including Information and Library Science, Museum Studies, and Archival Management. Internships are generally project based. Past projects have included:
- Creating a digital album
- Researching 18th and 19th-century cartoon art and entering the information into our database
- Co-curating an exhibition
If you are interested in any of these volunteer opportunities, please contact the Library at 614.292.0538 or firstname.lastname@example.org.