Finding aid created by: [Summit record]
Date: 3 Feb 1994
|12 Mar 2007||converted to EAD (MRC)|
|5 Nov 2010||revised bio, inventory and scope (SK)|
|10 Apr 2017||misidentified Les Carroll material (some from OS 5, all of OS 6) transferred to its own collection (MRC)|
Overview of the Collection
|Title:||Nellie Caroll Papers|
|Quantity:||7.3 linear ft.|
|Abstract:||Papers of the American artist, cartoonist and illustrator documenting her professional and personal life. Original artwork for cartoons, greeting cards, television and costume designs; printed and published material, particularly studio greeting cards; textiles; correspondence; caricatures; memorabilia; and writings.|
|Repository:||Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
Nellie Caroll (1923-2005) was a California-based artist known for her studio greeting cards.
Caroll was born as Jean Dobrin on April 3, 1923 in Zillah, Washington. She attended the Mar-Ken School in the Los Angeles area, a school for children in show business, and she also studied at the Art Center School. Caroll moved to New York City and opened an art gallery but later returned to Los Angeles.
Nellie started the Nellie Card Company to produce the studio cards, an emerging type of greeting cards. In the 1950s, Caroll was hired by Box Cards which was headed by Bill Box and Bill Kennedy. Hallmark also used Caroll's greeting card designs. In addition to greeting cards, Caroll worked in commercial art, illustration and in television. Caroll also created several panel cartoons. Her Lady Chatter panel was distributed by the Los Angeles Time Syndicate from 1965 to 1966. Her cartoons and caricatures frequently focused on women.
In 1968 Caroll filed for bankruptcy. She died on May 18, 2005.
The Nellie Caroll Papers are arranged in four series and consist of artwork, correspondence, memorabilia (mostly about Caroll's personal life) and writings. The collection documents Caroll's family: particularly her relationship with her only daughter, Amy, who died in 2001 and Caroll's husband.
The Artwork (1956-1998) series consists of Caroll’s creative work and encompasses the variety of genres in which she worked. Included are original drawings, proofs, reproductions and finished products. Caroll's original artwork typically appears on translucent paper. The bulk of the cartoon material is original artwork and proofs for her panel cartoon Lady Chatter distributed by the Los Angeles Times Syndicate from 1965 to 1966. There are smaller amounts of material related to her other cartoons. Caroll's work typically depicted female attitudes (sometimes stereotypical in nature) about life and relationships.
There are also roughs (contained in spiral bound notepads) of children’s books written and illustrated by Caroll in the 1970s, designs, and illustrations for the book Big Al Sports from the Laugh-In television show. Samples of Caroll’s commercial artwork for retail stores and businesses in the Los Angeles area are also included. Greeting card material includes primarily printed studio cards for her own Nellie Card Company, Box Cards, Buzza Cardozo and Hallmark. Worth noting is an inflatable greeting card in the shape of an iron. Caroll's television work includes costume designs for the Laugh In television show and work for Sid and Marty Krofft and Chuck Barris Productions. Examples of Caroll's textiles include designs and finished products for aprons, pillows, clothing and accessories.
Correspondence (1920s-2004) consists primarily of incoming correspondence. Included in the business correspondence are rejection letters for Caroll’s various projects and terms of her agreements with the Los Angeles Times Syndicate and the McNaught Syndicate. There are also letters from Hallmark and a letter regarding a staff position at American Greetings. Of interest is a folder of correspondence with Mattel which includes sample Barbie doll clothing. There is also personal correspondence that was exchanged within Caroll's family, particularly with Caroll’s daughter Amy. The personal correspondence documents Caroll's friendships with actor Jack Larson and musician Michael Franks. Of interest is a cassette tape with a label indicating the recording is of Franks regarding Amy Caroll's death and Larson regarding Ira Gershwin's wife.
Memorabilia (1993-2001) contains a variety of material, much of which relates to Caroll’s family, including her daughter and husband. There are photographs, clippings, bankruptcy records and items reflecting Caroll's interest in mysticism, spirituality, tarot and astrology. Of interest may be a videotape of a documentary in which Caroll appeared.
Writings includes typed stories and also poetry exchanged between Caroll and her husband. Of interest is a history of a particular building's occupants and uses on Sunet Boulevard.
Alphabetical by type of material; within that, alphabetical by name or title. Note that Oversize 6 no longer exists; it contained Les Carroll material, which, along with some material from Oversize 5, was misidentified as being part of this collection. They have been transferred to their own collection, Les Carroll Cartoons.
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.
Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.
Four books have been removed from the collection and transferred to Rare Books for cataloging:
Burn This, a compilation of Box Cards studio cards
Edith Head : the Life and Times of Hollywood's Celebrated Designer
Litter Poems (illustrated by Caroll)
Studio Cards: Funny Greeting Cards and People Who Created Them
Special Collections Research Center has collections of over one hundred cartoonists. Please refer to the SCRC Subject Index for a complete listing.
Krofft, Marty, 1937-
Krofft, Sid, 1929-
Chuck Barris Productions.
American wit and humor, Pictorial.
Caricatures and cartoons -- United States.
Cartoonists -- United States.
Comic books, strips, etc., -- United States.
Illustrators -- United States.
Television -- Art direction.
Women -- Caricatures and cartoons.
Women artists -- United States.
Women cartoonists -- United States.
Genres and Forms
Cartoons (humorous images)
Drawings (visual works)
Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Nellie Caroll Papers
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
|Oversize 2||500 Pennies Make a Fat Pig 1973|
|Oversize 2||Alphapets undated - drawings, reproductions|
|Oversize 2||Arithme Tricks undated - photocopy of book|
|Oversize 3||Big Al Sports circa 1970 - drawings|
|Box 4||Book jacket samples undated|
|Oversize 2||Catamania circa 1970s|
|Oversize 2||Compact discs of children’s books 1998 - Kodak Photo CDs|
|Oversize 2||Crazy Critters undated - photocopy of book|
|Oversize 2||Hands Are For Waving Hi, by Francesca Riviere, illustrated by Caroll 1975|
|Oversize 3||Litter Poems by Henry Gibson circa 1970s - drawings|
|Oversize 2||Money Talks 1970|
|Oversize 2||My Name is Amy Caroll… undated|
|Oversize 2||Our Friends the Toes written by Francesca Riviere, illustrated by Caroll 1970|
|Oversize 2||Rubber animal stamps undated|
|Oversize 2||Seven Bad Kids and How They Got Better 1979|
|Oversize 2||To Be or Not Two Bee 1974|
|Oversize 2||What’s in a Name undated|
|Box 4||Ding - a - Ling undated - drawings|
|Box 4||Dr. Shrinker undated - drawings and proofs|
|Box 4||The Female Dilemma undated|
|Box 4||His and Hers 1969 - correspondence, contract, proofs|
|Oversize 1||His and Hers 1969 - proofs|
|Box 4||Lady Chatter 1965-1966 - proofs (2 folders)|
|Oversize 3||Lady Chatter 1965-1966 - proofs (2 folders)|
|Oversize 5||Lady Chatter 1965 or 1966 - proofs|
|Oversize 7||Lady Chatter 1965-1966 - drawings|
|Box 4||Lady Chatter 1965-1966 - publicity|
|Box 4||Carnival of Puppets / D’Jon Puppets undated - printed material|
|Box 4||C.D. Originals / Tracy Dawson Show Rooms undated - printed material|
|Oversize 1||C.H. Baker shoes undated - drawings|
|Oversize 3||Phelps- Wilger’s Etcetera Shop undated|
|Oversize 3||Standard Brand Shoes undated - drawings|
|Box 5||Stationary undated|
|Oversize 3||Sterling Automotive service undated - printed material|
|Box 4||Village Vendors undated - shopping bags and clipping|
|Box 1||Advertising post cards undated|
|Box 1||Artwork undated (2 folders)|
|Box 5||Christmas drawings undated|
|Oversize 1||Drawings circa 1950s-1960s (4 folders)|
|Box 1||Blow Up Greeting Card 1969 - inflatable iron|
|Box 1||Box Cards catalog 1962|
|Box 1||Box Cards and Buzza Cardozo oversize greeting cards 1961-1962, undated|
|Box 1||Buzza Cardozo undated - greeting cards|
|Box 1||Hallmark 1960s - greeting cards|
|Box 2||Box Cards Negatives 1956 - greeting cards|
|Box 2||Box Cards Christmas 1959 - greeting cards|
|Box 2||Box Cards 1960-1962 - greeting cards|
|Box 2||Box Cards 1959-1962 - greeting cards|
|Box 2||Box Cards undated - greeting cards|
|Box 2||Box Cards 1959, 1961 - greeting cards|
|Box 2||Box Cards 1956-1957, 1959 - greeting cards|
|Box 2||Box Cards styled by Nellie 1955-1956 - greeting cards|
|Box 2||Box Cards styled by Nellie undated - greeting cards|
|Box 1||Nellie Card Company 1957 - greeting cards|
|Box 1||Nellie Card Company catalog and samples 1957|
|Box 2||Reed Starline undated - greeting cards|
|Box 1||"Retro" Nellie Card Company samples and mockups 1957|
|Box 1||Miscellaneous undated|
|Box 4||Chuck Barris Productions 1968-1969 - clippings, correspondence, drawings|
|Oversize 3||Chuck Barris Productions 1960s - artwork, printed material (2 folders)|
|Box 4||George Schlatter- Ed Friendly Productions 1969|
|Oversize 8||Laugh-In costume designs 1968|
|Oversize 3||Sid and Marty Krofft 1969, undated - printed material|
|Oversize 3||Sid and Marty Krofft Circus 70 1970 - roughs|
|Box 4||Turn On 1969 - clippings|
|Oversize 1||Turn On circa 1969 - roughs|
|Box 5||Apron designs undated|
|Oversize 4||Aprons undated - canvas|
|Box 5||Last Year in Temkin costume designs undated|
|Box 5||Men's clothing designs undated - photocopies|
|Box 5||Satin pillows undated - photos, printed material|
|Oversize 4||Satin pillows undated - sample|
|Oversize 4||Shirt with floral design undated|
|Box 5||T-shirt designs undated|
|Oversize 4||Tote bags undated - canvas (4 items)|
|Oversize 2||Alphabet letters preschool educational toy design 1973|
|Oversize 3||Art Director's Therapy Block undated|
|Oversize 3||Caricatures of Caroll and Jack Larson by Bachardy 1960s - reproductions|
|Oversize 1||Drawings, reproductions, slides undated|
|Oversize 1||Off Color undated - drawings (nudes)|
|Oversize 3||Record Album covers 1959, undated|
|Oversize 1||Miscellaneous undated - drawings, proofs|
|Oversize 3||Miscellaneous circa 1960s, undated - drawings, mock ups; includes "Dames At Sea" (2 folders)|
|Box 3||A-Z 1943, 1954-1969 - incoming|
|Box 3||Bernstein, Amy and Lou 1993-1994, 1998|
|Box 3||Caroll, Amy 1948, 1957, 1986, 1991, 1993-1994, 1999, undated - includes birth registration, childhood drawings and writings|
|Box 3||Family letters 1920s-1930s, undated (2 folders)|
|Box 3||Franks, Michael and Claudia 1994, 2000, undated - includes cassette tape of Michael and Nellie on phone about death of Nellie’s daughter and Jack Larson about Ira Gershwin's wife|
|Box 3||Larson, Jack 1996-2000|
|Box 3||Letters and ideas 1991-1992, 1994-1995, 1997-1999, undated|
|Box 3||Mattel 1968 - includes Barbie clothes and designs|
|Box 3||Outgoing 1967-1968, 1999, 2004, undated|
|Box 4||Peterman, J. 1998|
|Box 4||Miscellaneous 1952, 1955 1992, 1997, 2000, undated|
|Box 4||Astrological chart prepared by Amy Caroll 1998 - with photo|
|Box 4||Augusta Dobrin’s story undated|
|Box 5||Bernstein, Amy and Lou 1998-1999 - photos and writings|
|Box 5||Biographical material 1937, 1964, undated - photos, clippings, bankruptcy (2 folders)|
|Box 6||Big Al's Sport Scene 1970 - one copy with letter (photocopy) and one inscribed to Martin from Nellie with love (2 copies)|
|Box 6||Books on religion, mysticism, Hermeticism , Kabbalah - photocopies of title pages and covers|
|Original books have been discarded.|
|Box 6||Inscribed to Caroll - Aleister Crowley, Buddhism, Hermeticism and works by Israel Regardie (6 items)|
|Box 6||Litter Poems by Henry Gibson circa 1969 - with two letters|
|Box 5||Caroll, Amy 1999 - Angelic Tarot guide|
|Box 4||Caroll, Amy 2001, undated - resume and photos|
|Box 6||Caroll, Amy 1999 - tarot cards|
|Box 5||Clippings and printed material 1955-1960, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1970 (2 folders)|
|Box 5||Compact discs from Michael Franks 1995, 1999|
|Box 4||Dame Edna photograph undated|
|Oversize 4||Dobrin store advertising plaques undated|
|Box 5||Edward James: Builder of Dreams- a brief appearance by Nellie and husband undated - videotape|
|Box 4||Family documents 1923, 1926, 1947, 1980, 1985, 1998, undated|
|some items include:
labeled family photograph
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Rosenthal 50th wedding anniversary menu
Funeral records, death certificate, and living will for family members
Caroll's Baby book
Letters from Caroll's first husband
|Box 4||Martir, Agustin Ramos 1970-1971, 1979, 1985, 1989|
|Box 5||Martir, Agustin Ramos undated - slides|
|Oversize 4||Mother’s pregnancy meditation 1923|
|Box 4||My Mother’s Life undated|
|Box 3||Poster for "Cherry, Larry, Sandy, Doris, Jean, Paul" by Jack Larson 1968|
|Box 6||Tarot cards undated - color photos|
|Box 5||B-G 2000, undated|
|The Ball of Gold
Everybody Has One
The Fixer Upper
Get Out of Town
The Golden Plated Years
|Box 5||H-S 1993, undated|
|History of the Block 8800 W. Sunset Boulevard
Images of Love
The Rose of India
The Sinking Sands
|Box 5||Poetry 1964, 1998-1999, undated - poems and photos with husband|