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L. D. Warren Papers

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: –
Date: 1969

Biographical History

Leonard D. Warren (1906-1992) commonly known as L.D. Warren was an American editorial cartoonist.

Leonard Deakyne “L. D.” Warren was born on December 27, 1906 in Wilmington, Delaware and graduated from Camden High School in Camden, New Jersey. Warren took a job with the New Jersey Courier Post and in 1927 left for the Philadelphia Record where he drew feature, sports and editorial cartoons. Warren also worked on a strip featuring the character Penny Penguin for the Gulf Oil Corporation in the 1930s and contributed to Gulf Funny Weekly during that time.

After twenty years with the Record, Warren became the editorial cartoonist for the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1947. While at the Enquirer, his work was also syndicated through the McNaught Syndicate from 1951 to 1974.

In 1954, Warren’s work was included in a cartoon exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art and exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Warren's artwork also appeared with an American Association of Editorial Cartoonists show in Yugoslavia. He taught cartooning as a guest instructor at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and gave chalk talks to University of Cincinnati students. His work was used to illustrate books, magazines and brochures.

Warren received several awards from the Freedoms Foundation, the National Headliner award in 1961 and was nominated for the National Cartoonists Society Reuben award three times. The book, The World and Warren’s Cartoons was published in 1977.

In 1973, Warren retired from the Cincinnati Enquirer but continued to contribute a weekly cartoon to the newspaper. He recommended cartoonist Jim Borgman to be his replacement.

L.D. Warren died on May 14, 1992.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The L. D. Warren Papers are comprised of Cartoons and Clippings.

Cartoons make up the bulk of the collection. There are 44 original editorial cartoons drawn for the Cincinnati Enquirer from 1966 through 1968 and one reproduction of a cartoon that was published March 1, 1952. Warren’s cartoons were known to closely match the conservative views on the Enquirer’s editorial page. These cartoons focus on national and international issues. There are no cartoons representing local affairs. The subjects depicted include the 1968 presidential election primary candidates, government spending and the Vietnam War. Worth noting is that Warren frequently used animals to represent people and concepts.

Original cartoons measure 14" x 22 1/2" with an image size of approximately 10" x 12" and were drawn with ink and crayon on textured paper. Captions appear in ink. Blue pencil was used for borders, dates and size information. Other notations appear in red pencil.

Clippings (1966-1968) contains one folder of articles about Warren and his work including articles featuring some of his best cartoons. The articles appeared in the Cincinnati Enquirer and the Sunday Cincinnati Pictorial Enquirer.

Arrangement of the Collection

Cartoons are arranged in chronological order. Clippings are arranged in alphabetical order by article title.


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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.

Subject Headings


Gaulle, Charles de, 1890-1970 -- Caricatures and cartoons.
Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973 -- Caricatures and cartoons.
Warren, Leonard Deakyne, 1906-1992.

Associated Titles

Cincinnati enquirer.


American wit and humor, Pictorial.
Caricatures and cartoons -- Cincinnati (Ohio)
Caricatures and cartoons -- United States.
Cartoonists -- Cincinnati (Ohio)
Cartoonists -- United States.
Editorial cartoons -- Cincinnati (Ohio)
Editorial cartoons -- United States.
Elections -- Caricatures and cartoons.
Expenditures, Public -- Caricatures and cartoons.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Caricatures and cartoons.
World politics -- 1945-1989 -- Caricatures and cartoons.


United States -- Politics and government -- 1945-1989 -- Caricatures and cartoons.

Genres and Forms

Cartoons (humorous images)
Clippings (information artifacts)
Editorial cartoons.



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

L. D. Warren Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of L. D. Warren, 1967-1969.

The reproduction of the 1952 cartoon is of unknown provenance.

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