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Thomas Higgins, Jr. Papers

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: --
Date: Jan 1967

Biographical History

Thomas J. Higgins, Jr. (1922-2000) was an American cartoonist. Over the course of his long career, his cartoons appeared in many major magazines and trade journals.

Higgins was born in Far Rockaway, New York. During World War II, while stationed in Japan shortly after the dropping of the atomic bomb, his lungs were so badly damaged that Higgins required a two year convalescence in a military hospital. Upon his return to New York after the War, he enrolled in the Cartoonists and Illustrators School and was soon working as a free lance cartoonist.

Higgins' specialty was producing cartoons for niche publications and trade journals, but he also had a number of cartoons published in major magazines like the Saturday Evening Post, Argosy, Theatre Arts, Extension and Parade. Higgins continued to work as a professional cartoonist until his death in San Diego, California.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Thomas Higgins, Jr. Papers contains correspondence, original artwork, and published material. Much of the published material appeared in various trade or professional publications such as Illinois Master Plumber (plumbers), Hotel and Club Voice (for hotel, bartender and restaurant workers), and Safe Driving News, a publication of Kennametal (manufacturer of studded tires).

Arrangement of the Collection

Material is arranged alphabetically.


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.

Related Material

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

Subject Headings


Higgins, Tom, 1922-2000.


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

Genres and Forms

Cartoons (humorous images)
Clippings (information artifacts)



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Thomas Higgins, Jr. Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Thomas Higgins, Jr., 1966-1968, 1971.

Table of Contents


Original artwork

Printed material