Rarities: Unusual Works from the Caniff Collection


September 4, 2007 - January 19, 2008


Reading Room Gallery
27 W. 17th Avenue Mall
Columbus Ohio

Milton Caniff was a saver, and he was the son of a saver.  As a result of this, the Milton Caniff Collection, which was the founding collection of The Ohio State University Cartoon Research Library, is enormous—nearly 12,000 original artworks by Caniff, 85 boxes of memorabilia, and more than 450 boxes of manuscript materials, fan letters and business records.

This exhibition celebrates the richness of the Caniff Collection and provides insights into the work, friendships, and influence of one of the twentieth century’s great cartoonists. In addition to work by Caniff, several drawings of Caniff by Noel Sickles, a fan letter from Mort Walker when he was 13, and an oil painting of General George Patton by Bill Mauldin are among the items on display.