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Finding Aid for the Frank A. Chapman collection of Newspaper Political Cartoons, 1913-1984
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
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  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Frank A. Chapman collection of Newspaper Political Cartoons
    Date (inclusive): 1913-1984
    Collection number: 1433
    Creator: Chapman, Frank A., 1909-1985
    Extent: 12 document boxes (6 linear ft.)
    Abstract: Newspaper political and popular cartoons dating from 1913-1984 collected by Frank A. Chapman. The majority of the collection derives from the Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner. The collection contains the work of nationally syndicated cartoonists as well as Los Angeles-based cartoonists, including several Pulitzer Prize winners. Interspersed throughout the collection are occasional newspaper articles and magazine cartoons.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Arnold Chapman to UCLA, 1985.

    Processing Note

    Processed by Erika Pérez in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Kelley Wolfe Bachli, Summer 2008.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Frank A. Chapman collection of Newspaper Political Cartoons (Collection 1433). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4232676 


    Frank A. Chapman was born on November 18, 1909. He was an avid collector of political and popular cartoons, amassing materials that ranged from 1913-1984 covering numerous topics including presidential administrations, political and popular culture, social issues, sports, and foreign leaders. Frank Chapman died in September 1985 and was survived by his son Arnold Chapman who generously donated his father's collection to the UCLA Library.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of newspaper clippings amassed by Frank A. Chapman, the majority of cartoons consisting primarily of images from the Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Herald-Examiner ranging from 1913-1984. Mr. Chapman collected editorial cartoons covering numerous topics such as the presidential administrations of Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and Ronald Reagan. The collection also contains cartoons on a wide-range of political and social issues including school busing, the arms race, nuclear technology, the environment, the Moscow Olympics boycott, foreign leaders, and popular culture.
    The collection includes the work of artists such as Jim Borgman, Paul Conrad, John Fischetti, Karl (Carl) Hubenthal, Interlandi, Herbert "Herblock" Block, Guernsey LePelley, Jeff MacNelly, William "Bill" Mauldin, Patrick Oliphant, Steve Sack, Bill Schorr, Doug Sneyd, Wayne Stayskal, and others, several having won Pulitzer Prizes for their work. Paul Conrad, one of the artists whose work is featured in this collection, was a victim of Richard Nixon's famous "enemy" lists and Conrad's cartoons may have led to his being audited by the IRS four years in a row.
    One of the more historical aspects of the collection is a cartoon panel series by Charles H. Wellington entitled "And the Worst is Yet to Come" dating from 1913-1916. The collection also contains a sprinkling of newspaper articles and popular comic strips.

    Organization and Arrangement

    The collection has been organized thematically and arranged in alphabetical order at the folder level.
    • Boxes 1-2: Jimmy Carter Administration
    • Box 2: Cartoonists
    • Box 3: Gerald Ford Administration; Government
    • Box 4: Foreign Nations and Leaders
    • Box 5: Richard Nixon Administration; Watergate
    • Box 6: Political Figures
    • Boxes 7-10: Political Topics
    • Box 11: Popular Culture; Ronald Reagan Administration
    • Box 12: Sports; Vietnam War

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Political cartoons.

    Related Material

    Additional archival collections consisting of political or editorial cartoons housed at the Charles Young Research Library Special Collections, UCLA: