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Roy Doty Cartoons

An inventory of his cartoons at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Doty, Roy, 1922-
Title: Roy Doty Cartoons
Inclusive Dates: 1947-1970
Quantity: 12 linear ft.
Abstract: Artwork of the American cartoonist and illustrator. Original book covers and illustrations, and cartoons for magazines and newspapers.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

Roy Doty (1922-2015) was an American cartoonist and illustrator, with a career spanning more than sixty years.

Doty grew up in Columbus, Ohio and served in World War II as a cartoonist. After the war he moved to New York City where he began his career as a freelance cartoonist. He wrote and drew the Laugh In strip for three years in the 1960s, and his Wordless Workshop, published in Family Handyman, has been running for more than 50 years. Doty illustrated more than 170 children's books, wrote 27, edited several monthly newsletters including a children's newsletter for the American Institute for Cancer Research, and was published in venues as diverse as the New York Times, Field & Stream, Popular Science, the London Daily Mail, and Elle Magazine. Doty's artwork has appeared on packages, book covers, and advertising; his clients included Black and Decker, Buick, the Copper Council, Ford, Macy's, Minute Maid, Mobil Oil, Perrier, Safari Club International, and Texas Instruments.

Doty was recognized numerous times by his peers, including a six-time recipient of The National Cartoonists Society's award for Advertising Illustration (1967, 1970, 1978, 1989, 1996, 2005). He also received an award for illustration of greeting cards from the National Cartoonists Society in 1994.

Dory died in March 18, 2015, age 92.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Roy Doty Cartoons collection consists of original artwork and some published drawings.

The Original artwork series comprises the bulk of the collection. The series is subdivided into the following: book illustrations, magazine cartoons and newspaper cartoons. Book illustrations are arranged alphabetically by book title and some also include cover art. Th illustrated titles in the collection include: Instant Dog: The Quick and Easy Way to Produce a Family Dog, Elinor Goulding Smith's The Complete Book of Absolutely Perfect Baby and Child Care, Letters to Paul Baby, with a letter concerning Paul Baby illustrations and more.

The subseries magazine cartoons contains original artwork from several publications, including: Charm, Golf, Look, The New Republic, Woman's Day, Woman's Home Companion, Ski magazine as well as others. The series also has original art from Family Circle and Family Weekly, including illustrations for Family Weekly poetry. Miscellaneous art in this series contains art for Macy's advertisements and other unidentified cartoons featured in magazines.

Newspaper cartoons, another subseries, includes original daily and Sunday panels from the comic strip Laugh In (1968-1970) and over 500 original cartoons from The New York Times (1948-1966).

Printed material consists of one item for The Compleat Dissenter, an United clipping from The Christian Herald and miscellaneous artwork. The miscellaneous art includes cartoon proofs and a printed illustration, most likely from The Herald Tribune's Today's Living and Look magazine.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is arranged by series. Similar material is often not housed together due to size. At times, items were left in their original order, such as many of the book illustrations, as opposed to being organized in alphabetical or chronological order.

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Access Restrictions

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Related Material

The book Instant Dog: The Quick and Easy Way to Produce a Family Dog featuring illustrations by Roy Doty was removed from the collection and transferred to Rare Books.

Special Collections Research Center has collections of more than 150 cartoonists. Please refer to the SCRC Subject Index for a complete listing.

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Subject Headings


Doty, Roy, 1922-


American wit and humor, Pictorial.
Caricatures and cartoons -- United States.
Cartoonists -- United States.
Illustration of books.
Illustrators -- United States.

Genres and Forms

Cartoons (humorous images)



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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Roy Doty Papers
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Roy Doty, 1967-1971.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: KBP
Date: 25 Apr 1979
Revision history: 1979 - additions (KBP); 9 Oct 2007 - converted to EAD (MRC); 7 Jun 2011 - processed collection, updating inventory, scope etc. (AM); 24 March 2015 - biography updated (MRC)

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Original artwork
Book illustrations
Oversize 1 The Battered Bride: Things Your Mother Never Told You circa 1960 (37 items)
Box 1 The Complete Book of Absolutely Perfect Baby and Child Care, Elinor Goulding Smith undated (40 items)
Box 1 Exit Backwards, Bowing (McMillan Publishing Company) 1970 (25 panels)
Oversize 5 Instant Dog: The Quick and Easy Way to Produce a Family Dog (Dutton Publishing) circa 1968 (55 items)
Oversize 1 Is Europe Necessary?, Ronald M. Deutsch circa 1960 (2 items)
Box 1 Letters to Paul Baby, Paul Dixon (World Publishing Company) 1970 (18 panels, 1 letter)
Oversize 6 A Man Around the House, Harlan Miller, (Random House) undated (2 items)
Oversize 6 Tale of a Whistling Shrimp, Vladimir Grinioff, (Dutton Publishing) undated (1 item)
Oversize 6 Three Cheers for Me, Donald Lamont Jack undated (1 item)
Box 1 The Unfair Sex: The Expose of the Human Male for Young Women of Most Ages, Nina Farewell circa 1960 (55 items)
Magazine cartoons
Oversize 19 Charm Jul 1951 - Jan 1955, undated (10 items)
Family Circle magazine
Oversize 13 Mar 1950 - Dec 1959 (89 items)
Oversize 12 Jan 1960 - Jul 1966, (57 items)
Oversize 12 Undated (62 items)
Oversize 19 Undated (1 item)
Oversize 7 Family Weekly undated (9 items)
Oversize 4 Family Weekly undated (43 items)
Possibly Family Weekly poetry.
Family Weekly poetry Jul 1964 - Jul 1965, undated
Oversize 1 A-D (13 items)
Address to my beagle
All is forgiven
Auto intoxication
Be my Valedtide
Beach togs
Birds of a feather
Cooks detour
Cordon blooey
Crossword puzzle for strikes back
Cutting remarks
Dad's lament
Day after Christmas
Dish count
Oversize 1 E-G (13 items)
East system
Easter habit
Effervescent adolescent
Fall guy
Father and son talk
Father chooses a Christmas Tree
Father cleans the basement
Feast song
Friends of the bride
The gal in the galley
Go, Mom, go
Good clean fun
The graduate
Oversize 2 H-K (11 items)
Hair brained
Home grown tomatoes
Hope springs eternal
Hot items
House call
House detective
I just let it roll off
Inscription for a tool box
It'll be a beauty
It pays to be methodical
King for a day
Oversize 2 L-Mi (10 items)

Lines inscribed with
Lingering lineup
Little lyric for Labor Day
Lost and found dept.
Loving dangerously
Man power
Maternal address system
Minor league baseball schedule
Oversize 2 Mo-O (15 items)
Morning horoscope
Music note
My co-pilot is no pilot
My man Saturday
Near tragedy
New Year's Resolutions -- phooey
No carrying charge
No hard feelings
No tobacco road
Nook knack
Once in a lifetime
One missing
Out of the past
Overwhelming popularity
Oversize 3 P-Q (11 items)
Parents also have growing pains
Party of the first part
Paternal vespers
Phoney business
Polishing up for the room
Pop concert
Price tags
Putting in my five cents worth
Quick switch
Quiz for mothers
Oversize 3 R-S (14 items)
Relics retreat
Remedies for a cold
Saga of Billy Smith
Sand in my crankcase
Saturday chef
The score on decor
Semester song
Social error
Spatter matters
Step right up
Story for Mother's Day
Sylvan soliloquy
Sylvester and Genevieve
Oversize 3 T-W (14 items)
Tenting on the old camp ground
Thanks but I prefer less for my money
They went thataway
Three cheers
The tree trimmer
The unkindest cut
Unsettled with showers
Vacation souvenirs
Weekend weather brief
Welcome July
Well defined
When she stands up straight I hardly recognize her
Oversize 6 Family Weekly, Types of Drivers undated (5 items)
Economy model
Extended payment plan
Sports car
Oversize 11 Golf magazine undated (1 item)
Oversize 1 Holiday magazine Jun 1950 - Aug 1951, undated (7 items)
Oversize 13 Look magazine Apr 1958 - Jan 1962, undated (28 items)
Box 1 The New Republic Nov 7 1947 (1 item)
Oversize 13 Ski magazine undated (4 items)
Oversize 13 Sports Illustrated Aug 1957 - Sep 1958 (7 items)
Oversize 13 Suburbia Today Jun 1961 - Jul 1963, (4 items)
Oversize 1 Suburbia Today undated (6 items)
Oversize 6 This Week magazine May 1950 - Aug 1954, undated (15 items)
Oversize 18 Today's Living, The Herald Tribune Magazine 1956-1958 (2 folders)
Oversize 19 Today's Living, The Herald Tribune Magazine 1958 (1 large item)
Oversize 14 Today's Living, The Herald Tribune Magazine 1959 - 1963, undated (98 items)
Oversize 18 Vista Magazine undated (1 item)
Oversize 18 Woman's Day Jun 1950, undated (5 items)
Oversize 11 Woman's Home Companion Oct 1950 - Mar 1951 (8 items)
How to Defrost a Freezer
How to Stretch a Refrigerator
Now We Have More Time for Fun
Oversize 11 Macy's ads undated (3 items)
Box 1 Unidentified cartoons undated (8 items)
Newspaper cartoons
Laugh In
Oversize 7 Daily panels Oct - Dec 1968 (61 items)
Oversize 8 Daily panels Jan - Jun 1969 (108 items)
Oversize 9 Daily panels Jul - Dec 1969, Jan - May 1970 (126 items and 80 items)
Oversize 10 Sunday panels Nov 1968 - Mar 1970 (34 items)
The New York Times
Oversize 11 1948
Oversize 19 1948 (1 large item)
Oversize 17 1949
Oversize 11 1950
Oversize 17 1951
Oversize 17 1952
Oversize 11 1953
Oversize 17 1955-1956
Oversize 11 1957-1958
Oversize 16 1959
Oversize 19 1959 (1 large item)
Oversize 18 1960
Oversize 19 1960 (1 large item)
Oversize 16 1961
Oversize 16 1962
Oversize 15 1962
Oversize 15 1963
Oversize 19 1963
Box 1 1964
Oversize 15 1964
Oversize 20 1964
Oversize 20 1965
Oversize 18 1966
Oversize 18 Undated
Printed material
Box 1 The Compleat Dissenter (1 item)
Box 1 United clipping - The Christian Herald (1 item)
Box 1 Miscellaneous art - proof sheets and illustration, possibly from Today's Living and Look magazine (6 items)

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