Smalley, Jack Cartoon collection, 1912-1943 (bulk: 1940-1943)

Held by The Filson Historical Society

Creator:  Smalley, Jack

Title:  Cartoon collection, 1912-1943 (bulk: 1940-1943)

Rights: For information regarding literary and copyright interest for these papers, contact the Curator of Special Collections.

Size of Collection:  2 cu. ft.

Location Number:  Mss. A S635

Scope and Content Note

The Jack Smalley collection of political cartoons dates from the early to mid 20th century.  The collection, clipped and gathered by Ray Remley, a postmaster and stamp collector of Mishawaka, Indiana, primarily contains cartoons documenting foreign affairs and World War II.  Cartoons concern U.S. involvement in the war, the progress of the war in Europe, and the actions of the Axis powers – particularly Germany and the Nazis.  Other cartoons relate to domestic matters and U.S. party politics.  Cartoons have been clipped from newspapers, especially the Chicago Tribune, although other newspapers such as the Kansas City Star and the Detroit Free Press are also represented.  Clippings from British newspapers such as the London Daily Herald are also occasionally included.  Various cartoon artists are represented in the collection. Most cartoons are black-and-white; a few are printed in color.  Cartoons have been arranged chronologically.

Biographical Note

Ray Remley, a postmaster and stamp collector of Mishawaka, Indiana, was the initial collector of these cartoons.  The collection passed through the hands of Jack Smalley and his descendents before eventually being donated to The Filson; no further biographical information about Remley or Smalley is known.


Folder List

Volume 1:       Political cartoons, 1912-1938

Volume 2:       Political cartoons, 1939-May 1940

Volume 3:       Political cartoons, June 1940

Volume 4:       Political cartoons, July-August 1940

Folder 5:          Political cartoons, September 1940

Folder 6:          Political cartoons, October 1940

Volume 7:       Political cartoons, November-December 1940

Folder 8:          Political cartoons, January 1941

Folder 9:          Political cartoons, January 1941

Volume 10:     Political cartoons, February 1941

Volume 11:     Political cartoons, March 1941

Volume 12:     Political cartoons, April-June 1941

Volume 13:     Political cartoons, July-September 1941

Folder 14:        Political cartoons, October 1941

Folder 15:        Political cartoons, November 1941

Folder 16:        Political cartoons, December 1941

Folder 17:        Political cartoons, December 1941

Volume 18:     Political cartoons, January 1942

Folder 19:        Political cartoons, February 1942

Folder 20:        Political cartoons, February 1942

Folder 21:        Political cartoons, March 1942

Folder 22:        Political cartoons, March 1942

Folder 23:        Political cartoons, April 1942

Folder 24:        Political cartoons, April 1942

Folder 25:        Political cartoons, April 1942

Folder 26:        Political cartoons, May 1942

Folder 27:        Political cartoons, May 1942

Folder 28:        Political cartoons, June 1942

Folder 29:        Political cartoons, July 1942

Folder 30:        Political cartoons, July 1942

Folder 31:        Political cartoons, August-December 1942

Volume 32:     Political cartoons, January-April 1943


Subject Headings

Caricatures and cartoons.

Cartooning – United States.

Economic conditions – United States – 20th century.


Germany – Foreign relations – Great Britain.

Germany – Foreign relations – United States.

Hitler, Adolf, 1889-1945.

Japan – Foreign relations – China.

Japan – Foreign relations – United States.

Pearl Harbor (Hawaii), Attack on, 1941.

Political cartoons.

Politicians – Caricatures and cartoons.

Spain – History – Civil War, 1936-1939.

United States – Politics and government – 1901-1953 – Caricatures and cartoons.

Wit and humor.

World War, 1939-1945 – Caricatures and cartoons.

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