Collections

Search books

OSU Library Catalog – Search here for printed materials (books, journals, comic books, biographical clipping files, etc.) and collection-level records of manuscript and original art material. In the advanced search, the Location indicates Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum materials. Some collection records link to finding aids.

  • Items located in the “Depository-Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum” are also available, but must be requested at least two business days prior to the appointment date to ensure that they arrive in time for your visit.

See the following video tutorial for instructions on how to find items in the OSU Library Catalog:

Search original art

Art Database – Search here to for original cartoon art.  This database contains records describing a portion of our extensive collection; many records have accompanying images.

See the following video tutorial for instructions on how to find items in the Art Database:

 

Search images

Digital Collections  Images of the cartoons, comic strips, photographs, and clippings and other collection items that have been digitized to date (only a small portion of our total collection). Searchable by keyword and by faceted searching.

* Improvements are still in progress so some images may not be available at times. You may also use our Art Database to search for images of original art. If you need assistance in locating the images you need, please contact cartoons@osu.edu We apologize for any inconvenience.

See the following video tutorial for instructions on how to find items in the Digital Collections:

Search archive and manuscript collections

Inventories for Selected Collections Browse the digital inventories for processed archival and manuscript collections .

See the following video tutorial for instructions on how to find items in the Discover Tool:

See the following video tutorial for instructions on how to find items in the                                   San Francisco Academy of Comic Art Collection:

 

Find information on a specific cartoonist

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum Biographical Files  This is a listing of files that contain cartoon and article clippings organized by the artists’ last name. Contents of the files are not digitized so they must be viewed in the reading room.

Find cartoons on a specific subject

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum Subject Files  This is a listing of files that contain cartoon and article clippings organized by subject. Contents of the files are not digitized so they must be viewed in the reading room.

Find cartoons on a specific topic

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum Topic Files  This is a listing of files that contain cartoon clippings organized by topic. Contents of the files are not digitized so they must be viewed in the reading room.

Search multi-cultural resources

Guide to Multi-Cultural Resources  Guide to materials in the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum collection that have been created by artists who are African American, Latino American, and Asian American. Each guide is presented in two different organizational structures containing the same content, in order to facilitate varying researcher needs. The first section of each guide is organized by material type (biographical files, original art, archival collections, bound volumes, comic books, online resources, and more), and the second is organized alphabetically by creator.

Search manga

OSU Manga Collection  This blog is a compilation including information on Ohio State’s manga collection, as well as links to other resources, both American and Japanese.