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Kate Osann Cartoons

An inventory of her cartoons at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MM
Date: 28 May 1968

Biographical History

Kate Osann is an American cartoonist and creator of the comic strip Tizzy. Born in St. Louis, Osann grew up in New York City and was a graduate of Hunter College. She spent the early part of her career doing ads and illustrations for popular magazines like Collier's Weekly and the Saturday Evening Post. Osann was a regular contributor to Collier's, and it was here that her teen humor panel Tizzy first appeared. With the demise of Collier's in 1957, the strip was picked-up by NEA where it ran until 1970. Numerous Tizzy books were published during the late 1950s and 1960s, including Tizzy: That Loveable, Laughable, Teen-Ager (Berkeley, 1958), Tizzy (Scholastic Book Services, 1967) and Baby-Sitter's Guide (Scholastic Book Services, 1969).

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Kate Osann Cartoons collection contains more than 600 original cartoon panels from the comic strip Tizzy (1966-1968). Cartoon panels are pen and ink on illustration board; most are 8 ½ x 11 in.

Arrangement of the Collection

Cartoons are in chronological order.


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.

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


Osann, Kate.

Corporate Bodies

Newspaper Enterprise Association.

Associated Titles

Tizzy (comic strip)


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

Genres and Forms

Cartoons (humorous images)



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Kate Osann Cartoons,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Newspaper Enterprise Association, 1968-1969.

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