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Gluyas Williams Papers

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

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Date: Jun 1967

Biographical History

Gluyas Williams (1888-1982) was an American cartoonist. Born in San Francisco, California, he received his A.B. from Harvard University in 1911 and, in 1915, married Margaret Kempton.

Mr. William's drawings include book illustrations, magazine cartoons and daily newspaper cartoons. He has illustrated many of Robert Benchley's books, William Freeman's Hear! Hear!, Corey Ford's How to Guess Your Age and Edward Streeter's Father of the Bride. He has also done many drawings for magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Life, and the New Yorker, contributing to the latter his famous "Wedding Series". From 1922 to 1947, Williams drew daily newspaper cartoons that were published through the Bell Syndicate in various newspapers in the United States, England, Australia and other nations.

Williams is also the author of several books, including The Gluyas Williams Book, (1929); Fellow Citizens, (1940); and the Gluyas Williams Gallery, (1957).

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Gluyas Williams Papers consist of biographical material, correspondence, manuscripts, drawings, and published material.

Correspondence consists of thirty-two letters of incoming correspondence; senders include Robert Benchley, Charles Dana Gibson, and Christopher Morley.

Manuscripts are all by other authors. There is a poem written by Kenneth Bird (Fougasse) about Gluyas Williams for the Christian Science Monitor and prefaces by Robert Benchley for two of Williams' books, Fellow Citizens (1940) and The Gluyas Williams Book (1929).

Drawings contains book illustrations, magazine cartoons and newspaper cartoons. Most of the book illustrations were done for various Robert Benchley titles but there are also illustrations for books by three other authors. Magazine cartoons appeared in Cosmopolitan, Life, and the New Yorker. The newspaper cartoons were published through the Bell Syndicate from 1922 to 1947 in various newspapers in the United States, England, Australia, and elsewhere.

Published material consists of two of Gluyas Williams' books, Fellow Citizens (1940) and The Gluyas Williams Book, (1929). Both copies are autographed. These items have been transferred to Rare Books for cataloging.

Arrangement of the Collection

Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by sender. Book illustrations are arranged alphabetically by book title; magazine cartoons chronologically by magazine; daily newspaper cartoons, alphabetically by caption.


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

Two of Gluyas' books have been transferred to Rare Books for cataloging. Please refer to the Classic Catalog to locate these items.

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

Subject Headings


Adams, Randolph G.
Benchley, Robert, 1889-1945.
Benchley, Robert, 1889-1945. -- Fellow Citizens.
Benchley, Robert, 1889-1945. -- Gluyas Williams Book.
Bird, Kenneth.
Ford, Corey.
Freeman, William.
Gibson, Charles Dana, 1867-1944.
Lobrano, G. S.
Morley, Christopher, 1890-1957.
Nassau, D.
Ross, Harold Wallace, 1892-1951.
Streeter, Edward, 1891-
Sullivan, Frank.
White, K. S.
Williams, Gluyas, 1888-1982.

Associated Titles

Cosmopolitan (New York, N.Y. : 1952)
Life (New York, N.Y.)
New Yorker (New York, N.Y. : 1925)


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

Genres and Forms

Book illustrations.
Cartoons (humorous images)
Manuscripts (document genre)



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Gluyas Williams Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Gluyas Williams.

Table of Contents

Biographical material




Published material