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Register of the Bastian (Bob) Cartoon Collection, 1967-1992
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Bastian (Bob) Cartoon Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1967-1992
    Collection number: Mss79
    Creator: Beverly Bastian Meyers
    Extent: 3 linear ft.
    Repository: University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
    Stockton, CA 95211
    Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Related Material

    Robert Bastian Cartoons at Syracuse University Library.


    Collection is open for research.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Bastian (Bob) Cartoon Collection, Mss79, Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library

    Access Points

    personal name

    Bastian, Robert Owen (d. 1970)


    Politicians -United states


    Politicians -California


    United States -Politics and government -Caricatures and cartoons


    California -Politics and government -Caricatures and cartoons


    San Francisco (Calif.) -Politics and government -Caricatures and cartoons


    Cartoonists -California -San Francisco


    Robert O. Bastian spent his early years in Stockton, Calif. In 1940 he received a B.A. in Political Science from the College of the Pacific. Following graduation, Bastian studied art with Dong Kingman at the San Francisco Art Institute until the outbreak of World War II. After serving with the Marines in the South Pacific, he worked in San Francisco as an advertising illustrator until hired as editorial cartoonist for the San Francisco Chronicle in 1953. Bastian held this position until a 1968 strike forced him to seek other employment. In that same year he was hired as cartoonist-in-residence by San Francisco Public Broadcasting's KQED-TV for a nightly hour-long news program called "Newsroom." Bastian's role on this program was to draw one cartoon each night during the course of the show. KQED published a collection of his 1968/69 efforts as The Best of Bastian. Bob Bastian committed suicide in 1970.

    Scope and Content

    The Bastian Collection consists of clippings and other biographical material, as well as original drawings and published copies of Bastian's two books: Souvenir Book of San Francisco and The Best of Bastian.