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Guide to the Virgil Partch Cartoons and Artwork MS.M.002
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Big George cartoons and comic strips Series 1. 1961-1974 and undated

Series Scope and Content Summary

Big George was a syndicated cartoon and comic strip created by Virgil Partch in 1960 that was published through the 1980s. The syndicated feature began as single panel cartoon, but comic strips were soon added for Sunday distribution. The cartoon follows the antics of a middle-aged man, his family, and pets. Partch's outlandish comic style and common addition of extra fingers were toned down for the syndicate. This series includes original black and white and color cartoon and comic strip drawings, over-sized cartoons created for the Steve Allen Show, and a small number of printed proofs from the syndicate.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged alphabetically by topic.
Box 20, Folder 4

Cartoon displays for the Steve Allen Show 1964 January




Chronological files

Box 1, Folder 1-14

1964-1968 and undated

Box 2, Folder 1-20


Box 3, Folder 1-17



Subject files

Arrangement Note

The arrangement preserves the intellectual order imposed by the creator.
Box 4, Folder 1

Armed forces 1965-1968

Box 4, Folder 2-3

Baseball 1963-1969 and undated

Box 4, Folder 4-11

Business, male friend 1963-1969 and undated

Box 4, Folder 12-14, Box 5, Folder 1-2

Cat, dog 1962-1973 and undated

Box 5, Folder 3

Christmas, New Year's 1964-1969

Box 5, Folder 4

Desert 1968

Box 5, Folder 5-13

Family, home, wife, husband 1963-1969 and undated

Box 6, Folder 1

Fishing 1964

Box 6, Folder 2

Football 1964-1969

Box 6, Folder 3-4

Golf 1963-1969 and undated

Box 6, Folder 5

Income tax 1964-1969

Box 6, Folder 6-7

Kids 1964-1969 and undated

Box 6, Folder 8

Mondays 1968-1969

Box 6, Folder 9

Poker & checkers 1963-1968

Box 6, Folder 10

Police and driving 1963-1968 and undated

Box 6, Folder 11-13

Pools, beach, sports, hunting undated

Box 6, Folder 14

Television 1963-1969

Box 6, Folder 15-17

Yardwork, fix-it, hobbies, picnic, barbeque undated

Box 6, Folder 18

Proofs undated


Sunday comic strips

Box 20, Folder 5-6

Color copies 1966-1967


There is one color copy that does not have a corresponding black and white counterpart.
Box 7, Folder 1-5


Box 8, Folder 1-4


Box 9, Folder 1-6


Box 10, Folder 1-7


Box 11, Folder 1-3


Box 12, Folder 1-4


Box 13, Folder 1-4


Box 13, Folder 1-4, Box 14, Folder 1-2


Box 14, Folder 3



Children's book illustrations Series 2. circa 1969-1971

Series Scope and Content Summary

Virgil Partch published nineteen books and illustrated twelve others including children's books. This series includes original illustrations and galley proofs from two children's books, The Christmas Cookie Sprinkle Snatcher and Ludwig: The Dog that Snored Symphonies.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged alphabetically by book title.

The Christmas Cookie Sprinkle Snatcher

Box 15, Folder 1

Galley proof 1969 April 30

Box 15, Folder 2-3

Black and white illustrations circa 1968-1969

Box 15, Folder 4

Color illustrations circa 1968-1969


Ludwig: The Dog That Snored Symphonies

Box 15, Folder 5

Original drawings circa 1970


Freelance cartoons Series 3. 1944-1974

Series Scope and Content Summary

Virgil Partch was a successful freelance cartoonist and his cartoons were featured repeatedly in many magazines. This series includes original cartoon drawings that were published in numerous magazine and newspapers. Also included are oversize materials and calendar artwork created for Collier's and True magazines, the two publications that most often features Partch's work.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged by publication when known and also by subject or form.


Box 16, Folder 1-8

Dated files 1944-1960 and undated


Subject files

Arrangement Note

The arrangement preserves the intellectual order imposed by the creator.
Box 16, Folder 9-10

Color football 1948

Box 17, Folder 1-3

Military 1952-1956

Box 19, Folder 7

Oversized cartoons undated

Box 17, Folder 4

Framed magazine originals 1962 and undated

Physical Description

These materials were identified as framed cartoons and include attached backings. At least one image is from Collier's. The other publishers were not identified.
Box 17, Folder 5-6

King Features Syndicate 1944-1951 and undated

Box 17, Folder 7-9

Liberty and others circa 1940s and undated

Box 17, Folder 10-11

Look 1954-1963

Physical Description: Color finishes.
Box 18, Folder 1

Los Angeles Times undated

Box 18, Folder 3

New Yorker 1967 and 1974



Box 19, Folder 5

Artwork for magazine cover 1958

Box 18, Folder 4-6

Black and white originals undated

Box 19, Folder 1

Calendars 1959

Box 19, Folder 2-3

Color originals undated


Subject files

Arrangement Note

The arrangement preserves the intellectual order imposed by the creator.
Box 18, Folder 7

Dog features undated

Box 18, Folder 8

Drinking and hunting features undated

Box 18, Folder 2

Unknown publications undated


Original art Series 4. 1930s-1962 and undated

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series consists of original artwork and drawings. The early drawings and early painting are not cartoon related and depict abstract representations of the human form. This series also includes three oversize paintings that may have been created as cover art for Partch's books and several playful poster sized pencil drawings, including two works depicting Virgil Partch and his wife on the trapeze. The poster Mano a Mano appears to have been created by Bill MacIntyre and given to Partch as a gift.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged alphabetically.
Box 19, Folder 8

Early drawings circa 1930s

Box 20, Folder 2-3

Early paintings 1943 and 1953

Box 19, Folder 9

Funny Stuff Down Here undated

Box 20, Folder 1

It's Hot In Here cover art circa 1942

Folder XOS 1

Let's Go painting 1962

Physical Description: Signed "Vipper".
Box 18, Folder 9

Old PM cartoons undated


Poster drawings

Box 21

The Flying Partches (to Anderson) undated

Physical Description: Pencil sketch, grey and red. 18"x62"
Box 21

The Flying Partches undated

Physical Description: Black and rust paint and pastel. 18"x62"
Box 21

For A Limited Engagement undated

Box 21

Mano a Mano by Bill MacIntyre 1930s-1962 and undated

Physical Description: Sketch of matador; paint and pastel.
Box 18, Folder 10

Skilton cartoon late 1940s

Acquisition Note

Donated by David Skilton in 2008.
Folder XOS 1

Untitled sketch for painting undated