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Joseph Farris Cartoons

An inventory of his cartoons at Syracuse University

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Biographical History

Joseph G. Farris (1924- ) is an award-winning American cartoonist. Born in Newark, New Jersey, he grew up in Connecticut and in his teens took art classes from The New Yorker and Esquire cartoonist Rich Taylor. Farris served in the army for three years during World War II and was awarded a bronze star. He contributed several cartoons to Stars and Stripes. Back in Connecticut as a civilian, Farris continued his art training by attending the Whitney School of Fine Art in New Haven.

A contract cartoonist with The New Yorker since 1971, his work has also appeared in numerous daily papers and weekly magazines, including Collier's, Ladies Home Journal, McCall's, New York Times Book Review, Playboy, Punch, Redbook, and the Saturday Evening Post. For almost twenty years his cartoons were featured in Stern magazine in Germany. He has had two syndicated features (FarrisWheel, a daily panel for the Chicago Tribune Syndicate (1971-1974) and Phipps for United Features Syndicate) and has published several collections of his own cartoons, as well as appearing in cartoon anthologies including a compilation of UFO cartoons called UFO Ho Ho. He has done covers for The New Yorker, Barron's, Harvard Magazine, ABA Journal and many others, and his work is held in both public and private permanent collections. Farris also pursues sculpture and painting.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Joseph G. Farris Cartoons consists of more than 175 original cartoons, including a few unpublished ones. The majority were published in American magazines but there are also a few from magazines in Germany and England. The single-panel gag cartoons are black and white pencil or pen-and-ink drawings with watercolor shadings. Themes consist of general American humor, including dating, work, families, and so on; UFOs and aliens also appear regularly.

Arrangement of the Collection

Cartoons are listed alphabetically by publication in which they appeared. Miscellaneous unpublished cartoons and foreign cartoons are listed at the end.


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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.

Related Material

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

Subject Headings


Farris, Joseph.


American wit and humor, Pictorial.
Caricatures and cartoons -- United States.
Cartoonists -- United States.

Genres and Forms

Cartoons (humorous images)



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Joseph G. Farris Cartoons,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Joseph G. Farris, 1967, 1969.

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