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Frank O'Neal Cartoons

An inventory of his cartoons at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: O’Neal, Frank E., 1921-
Title: Frank O'Neal Cartoons
Inclusive Dates: 1966-1968
Quantity: 5 linear ft.
Abstract: Original daily and Sunday cartoons from the newspaper comic strip Short Ribs.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

Frank O'Neal (1921-1986) was an American cartoonist and creator of the newspaper comic strip Short Ribs.

Born in Springfield, Missouri, O'Neal did not begin formal art training until after service in World War II, studying for three years with the cartoonist Jefferson Machamer. After an early freelance career that included work as a television story-board artist, O'Neal signed with NEA in 1958 to produce Short Ribs. A Sunday version was added in 1959. O'Neal worked on the strip for many years, eventually leaving it in 1973 to pursue a career in commercial art and advertising. Frank O'Neal was honored by the National Cartoonists Society with its Newspaper Humor Strip award in 1964.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Frank O'Neal Cartoons collection contains original daily and Sunday cartoons from the comic strip Short Ribs (1966-1968). Daily cartoon: brush, pen and ink on illustration board, approx. 5 1/2 x 23 in. Sunday cartoon: opaque white, brush, pen and ink on illustration board, approx. 17 3/4 x 25 1/2 in.

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Arrangement of the Collection

Daily and Sunday cartoons are arranged separately in chronological order.

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Access Restrictions

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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


O’Neal, Frank E., 1921-

Corporate Bodies

Newspaper Enterprise Association.

Associated Titles

Short ribs (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)



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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Frank O'Neal Cartoons,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Finding Aid Information

Created by: EF
Date: 29 May 1968
Revision history: 10 Dec 2008 - converted to EAD (MD); 22 May 2017 - 1968 added (MRC)

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Short Ribs
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Box 1 Daily cartoons 1966 Jan - 1966 Jul
Box 2 Daily cartoons 1966 Aug - 1967 Apr
Box 3 Daily cartoons 1967 May - 1967 Dec
Box 4 Daily cartoons 1968 Jan-Jun
Box 5 Daily cartoons 1968 Jul-Dec
Oversize 1 Sunday cartoons 1966 Mar - 1968 Dec

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