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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Related Materials in the Huntington Library
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: Thomas Nast Papers .
    Dates (inclusive): 1851-1916 .
    Bulk dates: 1860-1902.
    Collection Number: mssHM 27714-27783
    Creator: Nast, Thomas, 1840-1902.
    Extent: 69 pieces in 1 box
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2129
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: This collection contains 69 letters of American cartoonist Thomas Nast (1840-1902) and his family, including letters from Nast written while covering the Heenan-Sayers prizefight and Giuseppe Garabaldi's military campaign in Sicily (1860); a tour of Pennsylvania Civil War battlefields in the summer of 1863; an 1872 trip to Washington, D.C.; his 1873 lecture tour; and from Guayaquil, Ecuador (1902).
    Language: English.


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    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Thomas Nast Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    Purchased from P. P. Appel, 1960, and William F. Kelleher, 1962.

    Biographical Note

    Thomas Nast (1840-1902) was a German-born American cartoonist. In 1861 he married Sarah Edwards of New York; the family lived first and New York and later in Morristown, New Jersey. Nast contributed drawings to Frank Leslie's illustrated newspaper, the New York Illustrated News (for which he covered the Heenan-Sayers fight of 1860 and Garibaldi's campaign), and Harper's Weekly (in which appeared Nast's Civil War drawings, and later political cartoons). In 1902 Nast was appointed consul at Guayaquil, Ecuador, where he died of yellow fever on December 7, 1902.

    Related Materials in the Huntington Library

    Scope and Content

    Collection of letters of American cartoonist Thomas Nast (1840-1902) and his family -- his wife, Sarah Edwards Nast, and his son Thomas Nast, Jr. There are twenty five letters by Thomas Nast, chiefly addressed to his wife, written during his trips to England and Italy to cover the Heenan-Sayers prizefight and Giuseppe Garabaldi's military campaign in Sicily (1860), (this group also includes six letters addressed to William Luson Thomas, 1830-1900), the tour of Pennsylvania battlefields in the summer of 1863, the trip to Washington in the beginning of 1872, his 1873 lecture tour, and from Guayaquil, Ecuador (1902). Also included are three letters from Sarah Edwards Nast to her husband (1859 and 1869). There is also a copy (in the hand of Mrs. Nast) of a satire of Andrew Johnson ("So sayeth King Andy Johnson"), perhaps a caption to a political cartoon.
    The rest of the collection are letters of condolence and official correspondence dealing with Thomas Nast's death and settling of his accounts. Correspondents include Herbert Henry Henry Davis Peirce and Theodore Roosevelt.
    Selected Nast's letters were published by Albert Bigelow Paine in his Th. Nast : his period and his pictures (New York : Macmillan; London : Macmillan & Co., Ltd., 1904).


    Arranged chronologically.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  


    Johnson, Andrew, 1808-1875 -- Humor.
    Nast, Thomas, 1840-1902 -- Archives.
    Garibaldi, Giuseppe, 1807-1882.
    United States. Consulat (Guyaquil, Ecuador)
    Artists -- United States -- Correspondence.
    Cartoonists -- United States -- Correspondence.
    Consuls -- United States --Correspondence.
    German Americans -- Correspondence.
    Journalists -- United States -- Correspondence.
    Ecuador -- Description and travel.
    Italy -- History -- 1815-1870 -- Sources.
    London (England) -- Description and travel.
    Pennsylvania -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives.
    United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives.
    Washington (D.C.) -- Description and travel.


    Letters (correspondence) -- United States -- 19th century.

    Additional Contributors

    Nast, Sarah Edwards.
    Peirce, Herbert H. D. (Herbert Henry Davis), 1849-1916.
    Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919.
    Thomas, William Luson, 1830-1900, correspondent.