Scope and Contents of the Collection
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Overview of the Collection
|Title:||Marvin Townsend Papers|
|Quantity:||.25 linear ft.|
|Abstract:||Original cartoons and a few pieces of correspondence.|
|Repository:||Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
Marvin J. Townsend (1915- ) is an American cartoonist and commercial artist.
The Marvin Townsend Cartoons collection contains original artwork, correspondence, memorabilia, and published material.
Artwork contains original art -- ink and zipatone screening -- for Townsend's strips Bert (drawn for National Safety News), Foxy, Little Tommy Hawk, Poochie, and Quacker. Several of these ran in the Catholic Messenger's children's publication, Our Little Messenger. There is also a large number of unidentified panels and strips.
The bulk of Correspondence is fan mail, much of it from children regarding the strips that ran in Our Little Messenger. There are a few pieces of correspondence from clients, a few requesting original art or commenting on some aspect of a specific cartoon, and one folder from Dorothy Andrews, editor of Our Little Messenger, with a list of age-appropriate words and topics. There is also a folder of correspondence with St. John's School for the Deaf regarding Townsend's wordless strip Julie and Jack.
Memorabilia consists of a biographical sketch and a photocopy of a "Certificate of Merit" for cartooning.
Published material contains a clipping of a page of gag panels done for FTD. The book Moontoons Jokes and Riddles has been transferred to Rare Books for cataloging.
Material is arranged alphabetically.
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Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.
Book, Moontoons Jokes and Riddles, sent to Rare Books for cataloging.
Special Collections Research Center has collections of over one hundred cartoonists. Please refer to the SCRC Subject Index for a complete listing.
Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Marvin Townsend Cartoons,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
Gift of Marvin Townsend, 1967.
Created by: EF
Date: 10 June 1968
Revision history: 18 Dec 2008 - converted to EAD (MD); 18 Feb 2010 - updated with detail (MRC)
|Box 1||Bert circa 1959 - for National Safety News|
|Box 1||Little Tommy Hawk|
|Box 1||Miscellaneous panels|
|Box 1||Miscellaneous strips|
|Box 1||Andrews, Dorothy 1955, 1963 - editor, Our Little Messenger|
|Box 1||Fan mail 1960, 1964, 1967, undated|
|Box 1||St. John's School for the Deaf 1964-1965 - includes published booklet, Laugh and Learn with Julie and Jack|
|Box 1||Miscellaneous 1963-1966, undated|
|Box 1||Miscellaneous 1970, undated|
|Box 1||Miscellaneous 1960, 1970|
|See also Correspondence: St. John's School for the Deaf|