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Harry Hanan Papers

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Hanan, Harry, 1916-1982
Title: Harry Hanan Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1947-1966
Quantity: 2 linear ft.
Abstract: Original daily cartoons and proofs from the newspaper comic strip Louie, correspondence, photographs, and clippings.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

Cartoonist Harry Hanan (1916-1982) was born in Liverpool, England on December 14, 1916. He was educated in England and from 1936-1940 was employed as an editorial cartoonist for the Liverpool Evening Express. His syndicated newspaper comic strip Louie ran from 1947 until Hanan's retirement in 1976. Harry Hanan died in 1982.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Harry Hanan Papers consists of cartoons, clippings, correspondence, photographs, and proofs.

Cartoons contains original artwork for the comic strip Louie, more than 120 daily strips from 1953 to 1964. Artwork is graphite, zipatone, pen and ink on illustration board, approx. 4 ¾ x 17 ½ in.

Clippings contains newspaper and magazine clippings about Hanan and his work, including a few family photos.

Correspondence is primarily from readers of the strip.

Photographs contains a formal portrait of Hanan as well as a family photo.

Proofs consists of proof sheets from the comic strip Louie between 1964 and 1966. There are 6 daily strips per newsprint sheet.

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Arrangement of the Collection

Materials are sorted by type and arranged in 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

Special Collections Research Center has collections of over one hundred cartoonists. Please refer to the SCRC Subject Index for a complete listing.

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Subject Headings


Hanan, Harry, 1916-1982.

Corporate Bodies

Chicago Tribune-New York News Syndicate.

Associated Titles

Louie (comic strip)


American wit and humor, Pictorial.
Caricatures and cartoons -- United States.
Cartoonists -- United States.
Comic books, strips, etc. -- United States.

Genres and Forms

Cartoons (humorous images)
Clippings (information artifacts)
Proofs (printed matter)



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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Harry Hanan Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Harry Hanan, 1966 and 1970.

One item, an original strip dated 7/20/64, gift of Dilts and Koester, Attorneys at Law, in memory of their client William Devine, 2020.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: --
Date: Jan 1967
Revision history: 20 Mar 2007 - converted to EAD (MRC); 17 Apr 2009 - revised (MD); 22 Jan 2020 - item 7/20/64 added (MRC)

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Louie daily comic strips (285)
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Box 1 Original cartoons 1953 Sep - 1964 Dec (129)
Original strip dated 7/20/64, gift of Dilts & Koester law firm in memory of their client William Devine, 2020.
Box 1 Proofs 1964 Nov - 1966 Sep (27 proof sheets x 6 comic strips per sheet)
Box 1 Miscellaneous, about Hanan and his work 1947-1950
Box 1 Incoming correspondence from readers 1947-1963
Box 1 Hanan family Nov 1948 - handwritten note on back: "the Hanan's arrive in the States"
Box 1 Portrait of Hanan undated

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