Guide to the Merle H. Cunnington Collection, 1964-2012

Special Collections & Archives

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California State University, Northridge
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Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: Merle H. Cunnington Collection
Dates: 1964-2012
Bulk Dates: 1964-1983
Identification: URB/MHC
Creator: Cunnington, Merle H., 1931-2013
Physical Description: 7.81 linear feet
Language of Materials: English
Repository: Urban Archives
Abstract: Merle Howard Cunnington (1931-2013) was an editorial cartoonist, both freelance and on staff at the Van Nuys News & Green Sheet from 1964-1978. The collection consists primarily of preliminary drawings and tear sheets, as well as a handwritten autobiography (through 1979), correspondence, lists, and other materials. Topics of interest include the Vietnam conflict, the energy crisis, school busing, the environment, social security, and Right-to-Work legislation.
Note:
This collection was processed with generous support from the Tom W. Reilly estate.

Biographical Information:

Merle Howard Cunnington (1931-2013) was born near Sun Valley, Idaho in 1931. He studied history and political science at Utah State University, graduating in 1953. He met his future wife, Elise Mae, in 1956 at friend’s wedding in the San Fernando Valley. They married in 1957 and had three children.
Cunnington worked at Chevy plant in Van Nuys, CA before getting a teaching job at Pacoima Jr. High School, where he worked from 1957-1960. He transferred to Columbus Jr. High School, where he taught history and art until his retirement. He also taught art and cartooning classes at Pierce College, the California State University Northridge Extension, and Ventura College.
His interest in art led his to study at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. Cunnington used the pen name McHoward for the first years of his cartooning career. He began working as a free-lance cartoonist for the Valley News in 1964 and was doing five cartoons a week when he left in May of 1978, just a few years after the paper was bought by the Chicago Tribune Co. In 1975 he illustrated The San Fernando Valley by Jackson Mayers.

Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Genre/Form of Material:

Paper records

Administrative Information

Processing Information:

April Feldman, 2013

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is open for research use.

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], [date], Merle H. Cunnington Collection , Special Collections and Archives, Oviatt Library, California State University, Northridge.

Arrangement of Materials:

Series I: General Files, 1964-2012
Series II: Drawings, 1964-1978
    Sub-Series A: Preliminary Drawings, 1964-1978
    Sub-Series B: Tear Sheets, 1964-1978

Scope and Contents

The Merle H. Cunnington Collection consists primarily of preliminary drawings and tear sheets, as well as a handwritten autobiography (through 1979), correspondence, lists, and other materials. The collection documents such topics as the Vietnam conflict, the energy crisis, school busing, the environment, social security, and Right-to-Work legislation. Also of interest are a small number of illustrations from the Jackson Mayer book The San Fernando Valley (1976). The collection has been divided into two series: General Files (1964-2012) and Drawings (1964-1978).
Series I, General Files, documents the business and professional development aspects of Cunnington’s artistic career. The series includes accounting and payment information, professional journals and correspondence, and ideas for future drawings. This series consists of correspondence, lists, and other similar materials, and is arranged alphabetically.
Series II, Drawings, consists entirely of Cunnington’s preliminary drawings and published tear sheets. Topics of interest include the Vietnam conflict, energy crisis, school busing, the environment, social security, and Right-to-Work legislation. Also of interest are a small number of illustrations from the Jackson Mayer book The San Fernando Valley (1976). The series has been further divided into two subseries. Subseries A, Preliminary Drawings, consists of hand-drawn ink sketches of many of Mr. Cunnington’s editorial cartoons. There are also a small number of copies or transparencies when no original drawing was present. Subseries B, Tear Sheets, consists of editorial cartoons as they appeared in publications, primarily the Valley News & Green Sheet. Materials are arranged chronologically.

Collection Contents

 

Series I: General Files, 1964-2012

 

Box 1

Folder 1

13th International Salon of Cartoons, 1976

Folder 2

Accounting, Drawings, 1964-1969

Folder 3

Accounting, Drawings, 1970-1974

Folder 4

American Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, Annual Convention, 1973, 1990-2004

Folder 5

American Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, Membership lists, 1969, 1983, 1990-1996

Folder 6

California State University, Northridge Cartooning Class, 1977

Folder 7

Cartoonews, No. 17, 1977

Folder 8

Correspondence, 1967, 1969

Folder 9

Correspondence, 1970-1979

Folder 10

Correspondence, 1981-2012

Folder 11

Correspondence

Folder 12

Cunnington, Merle H, Personal History

Folder 13

Drawings in Galleries, Sold or Given

Folder 14

Drawings, Other

Folder 15

Editorial Cartoons, Brochures and Catalogs, 1983, 1991-1993

Folder 16

The Festival of Cartoon Art, 1983

Folder 17

Ford, Gerald, Drawings, 1975

Folder 18

Ideas and Notes, 1965-1971

Folder 19

International Biographical Center Magazine, 1977

Folder 20

Newspaper Clippings

Folder 21

Notes, 1969-1977, 2011

Folder 22

Payment Requests, 1965-1967

Folder 23

Payment Requests, 1968-1974

Folder 24

San Diego Union, 1970-1971

Folder 25

San Fernando Valley, History, 1975

 

Box 14

Folder 1

Correspondence, 1970-1979

Folder 2

Drawings, Other

Folder 3

Ford, Gerald, Drawings, 1975

Folder 4

San Fernando Valley, History, 1975

 

Box 15

Item 1

Photograph, San Fernando Valley History, 1975

Item 2

Photograph, San Fernando Valley History, 1975

 

Series II: Drawings, 1964-1978

 

Sub-Series A: Preliminary Drawings, 1964-1978

 

Box 2

Folder 1

1964

Folder 2

1964

Folder 3

1964

Folder 4

ca. 1964

Folder 5

ca. 1964-ca. 1966

Folder 6

1964

Folder 7

1965

Folder 8

1965

Folder 9

ca. 1965-ca. 1967

Folder 10

January-June 1966

Folder 11

July-December 1966

Folder 12

1966

Folder 13

1966

Folder 14

January-June 1967

Folder 15

July-September 1967

Folder 16

1967

 

Box 3

Folder 1

ca. 1967

Folder 2

ca. 1967

Folder 3

January-March 1968

Folder 4

January-March 1968

Folder 5

April-June 1968

Folder 6

April-June 1968

Folder 7

July-December 1968

Folder 8

1968

Folder 9

ca. 1968

Folder 10

ca. 1968

Folder 11

ca. 1968

Folder 12

ca. 1968

Folder 13

ca. 1968

Folder 14

1969

Folder 15

1969

Folder 16

1969

 

Box 4

Folder 1

ca. 1969-ca. 1970

Folder 2

ca. 1969-ca. 1970

Folder 3

ca. 1969-ca. 1970

Folder 4

ca. 1969-ca. 1970

Folder 5

January-March 1970

Folder 6

January-March 1970

Folder 7

April-June 1970

Folder 8

April-June 1970

Folder 9

July 1970

Folder 10

August-September 1970

Folder 11

October-November 1970

Folder 12

November-December 1970

 

Box 5

Folder 1

ca. 1970

Folder 2

ca. 1970

Folder 3

January-March 1971

Folder 4

April-June 1971

Folder 5

April-June 1971

Folder 6

June-September 1971

Folder 7

July-September 1971

Folder 8

October-December 1971

Folder 9

October-December 1971

Folder 10

1971

Folder 11

1971

Folder 12

1971

Folder 13

ca. 1971

 

Box 6

Folder 1

January-March 1972

Folder 2

January-March 1972

Folder 3

April-June 1972

Folder 4

April-June 1972

Folder 5

July-September 1972

Folder 6

October-December 1972

Folder 7

October-December 1972

Folder 8

1972

Folder 9

January-March 1973

Folder 10

January-March 1973

Folder 11

April-June 1973

Folder 12

April-June 1973

 

Box 7

Folder 1

July-September 1973

Folder 2

1973

Folder 3

1973

Folder 4

October-December 1973

Folder 5

1973

Folder 6

January-March 1974

Folder 7

April-June 1974

Folder 8

July-September 1974

Folder 9

October-December 1974

Folder 10

October-December 1974

Folder 11

1974

Folder 12

1974

Folder 13

ca. 1974

 

Box 8

Folder 1

January-March 1975

Folder 2

April-June 1975

Folder 3

July-September 1975

Folder 4

July-September 1975

Folder 5

October-December 1975

Folder 6

October-December 1975

Folder 7

1975

Folder 8

ca. 1975

Folder 9

January-March 1976

Folder 10

April 1976

Folder 11

July-September 1976

Folder 12

July-September 1976

 

Box 9

Folder 1

October-December 1976

Folder 2

October-December 1976

Folder 3

1976

Folder 4

1976

Folder 5

ca. 1976

Folder 6

January-March 1977

Folder 7

January-March 1977

Folder 8

April-June 1977

Folder 9

April-June 1977

Folder 10

July-September 1977

Folder 11

July-September 1977

Folder 12

October-December 1977

Folder 13

October-December 1977

 

Box 10

Folder 1

1977

Folder 2

1978

Folder 3

1978

Folder 4

1978

Folder 5

Undated

Folder 6

Undated, Unsigned

 

Sub-Series B: Tear Sheets, 1964-1978

 

Box 11

Folder 1

1964

Folder 2

ca. 1964

Folder 3

1965

Folder 4

1965

Folder 5

ca. 1965

Folder 6

January-June 1966

Folder 7

July-December 1966

Folder 8

1966

Folder 9

January-June 1967

Folder 10

July-September 1967

Folder 11

October-December 1967

Folder 12

January-March 1968

Folder 13

April-June 1968

Folder 14

July-December 1968

Folder 15

1968

Folder 16

ca. 1968

Folder 17

1969

Folder 18

January-March 1970

Folder 19

April-June 1970

Folder 20

July-September 1970

Folder 21

October-December 1970

Folder 22

January-March 1971

Folder 23

April-June 1971

Folder 24

July-September 1971

Folder 25

October-December 1971

Folder 26

1971

Folder 27

January-March 1972

 

Box 12

Folder 1

April-June 1972

Folder 2

July-September 1972

Folder 3

October-December 1972

Folder 4

1972

Folder 5

January-March 1973

Folder 6

April-June 1973

Folder 7

July-September 1973

Folder 8

October-December 1978

Folder 9

1973

Folder 10

January-March 1974

Folder 11

April-June 1974

Folder 12

July-September 1974

Folder 13

October-December 1974

Folder 14

January-March 1975

Folder 15

April-June 1975

Folder 16

July-September 1975

Folder 17

October-December 1975

Folder 18

January-March 1976

Folder 19

April 1976

Folder 20

July-September 1976

Folder 21

October-December 1976

Folder 22

ca. 1976

Folder 23

January-March 1977

Folder 24

April-June 1977

 

Box 13

Folder 1

July-September 1977

Folder 2

October-December 1977

Folder 3

1978

Folder 4

Undated

Folder 5

Undated, Unsigned