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Cartoon Research Library Endowment Fund

The Ohio State University Cartoon Research Library Operating Endowment Fund was established on June 6 by the University’s Board of Trustees. A generous gift of $1 million from anonymous donors funded the endowment. The purpose of this fund is to supplement the operational expenses of the library. Lucy Shelton Caswell, professor and curator of the Cartoon Research Library, said, “This endowment is a wonderful vote of confidence in this library’s future. It will allow us to enhance every aspect of our operations, from exhibition catalogues to the number of student employees we can hire. We are very grateful to our generous donors for making this possible. We hope that this endowment will continue to grow with contributions from others who are interested in the development of a comprehensive research collection of cartoon art which is organized and available to interested students, researchers, and the public.” The $1 million gift is the largest single cash gift received to date by the Cartoon Research Library.

For information about donating to the Endowment Fund or to discuss estate planning, please contact us at 614-292-0538 or

About the Cartoon Research Library: The Cartoon Research Library’s primary mission is to develop a comprehensive research collection of materials documenting American printed cartoon art (editorial cartoons, comic strips, comic books, graphic novels, sports cartoons, and magazine cartoons) and to provide access to these collections. The library is open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to5 p.m. See for further information.