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L. D. Warren Papers

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Warren, Leonard Deakyne, 1906-1992.
Title: L. D. Warren Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1952-1968
Bulk Dates: 1966-1968
Quantity: 2 linear ft.
Abstract: 44 original editorial cartoons, 1 reproduction and biographical clippings.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

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.

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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.

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Arrangement of the Collection

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

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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.

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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.

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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.



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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.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: –
Date: 1969
Revision history: 2 Dec 2008 - converted to EAD (MD); 5 Mar 2010 - added detailed bio, scope and inventory (SK)

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Cartoons (45 items)
Oversize 1 1952 Mar 1 - reproduction on paper 6 3/4" x 9"
"Bull Dogs": elections
Oversize 1 1966 14 1/4" x 22 ½"
Jan 1: "Daddy"- social security, taxes, Lyndon B. Johnson
Jan 4: "This is Our Newly Decorated Bridal Suite!": draft
Jan 24: "Woman's Work is Never Done": India, Nehru Gandhi, China
Feb 1: "Pool- Anyone?": peace, Vietnam War
Feb 8: "Show me a state's right that delivers the vote and I'll eat my hat!": Lyndon B. Johnson, unions
Feb 25: "I guess he wants to be sure he's safe on first!": France, Charles De Gaulle, NATO
Apr 30: "Unfair! I thought he was the father!": New York City, unions, newspapers
May 9: "Not so fast, Lurleen! Don't forget, I still wear the pants around here!": George Wallace, Lurleen Wallace
May 12: "They're not running, they're thinking out in front of the president!- Schlesinger": Robert F. Kennedy, Ted Kennedy
Jun 8: "Let's talk this over- what do you have in mind?": Buddhists, Vietnam War
Jun 10: "Class of '66": graduates
Jul 18: "Hmmf! No wonder she can't keep her slip from showing!": Romania, Warsaw Pact, NATO, France
Oct 25: "He does! Don't you, honey?": food prices, boycotts
Nov 18: "Holy zodiac! I never had to follow an act like that at the Parthenon!": space exploration
Dec 15: "Silent Night": Middle East
Oversize 1 1967 14 1/4" x 22 ½"
Jan 11: "Come on in- the water's fine!": Rhodesia, Lyndon B. Johnson, Harold Wilson
Jan 24: "Just don't get the idea it's magic": Jordan, Middle East, weapons
Feb 20: "We will cross that bridge when we get to it": Indira Ghandi
Feb 22: "Faith of our fathers living still": George Washington, religion
Mar 7: "Sorry about that, Adam!": Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.
Mar 31: "The Opaque Curtain": Supreme Court
Apr 5: "It isn't raining rain, you know- it's raining volunteers": Lyndon B. Johnson, labor, economy, emergency strike legislation
Jun 20: "What did you have tin mind, Harold?": common market, Charles De Gaulle, Harold Wilson
Jul 6: "The land of milk and honey": (vulture overlooks a group of people, possibly refugees)
Aug 24: "Shh! Johnny! Do you want everybody to think we're lost?": foreign aid
Aug 31: "It only hurts for a little while!": Korean War, taxes, Vietnam War, World War II, Lyndon B. Johnson
Oct 9: "You've Got the whole world in your hands": National Newspaper Week
Oct 10: "When a fellow needs a friend": Vietnam War, Lyndon B. Johnson
Oct 17: "Just Remember! No haircut!!": Congress, Lyndon B. Johnson, government spending
Nov 8: "This should help us make up our minds!": elections, Ronald Reagan, Nelson Rockefeller, George W. Romney, Richard Nixon
Oversize 1 1968 14 1/4" x 22 ½"
Jan 5: "I've never skated before, hold me tight!": U.S. Dollar
Jan 8: "Let me have one five and one one, please!": Republican Party, Democratic Party, Franklin D . Roosevelt, George Washington
Jan 30: "Happy Tet!": Vietnam War
Feb 19: "All those in favor raise their right hands!": Supreme Court, crime
Feb 20: "It's hard to believe, Mr. President, but stalactites grow at the rate of only an inch a year!": Vietnam War, peace
Mar 8: "I have the same problem, young man- he never changes medicine, only larger doses!": Harold Wilson, Lyndon B. Johnson, socialized medicine, health care
Apr 11: "Where did we got wrong?": Vietnam War, Lyndon B. Johnson, demonstrations
Apr 12: "On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross"
Apr 29: "It must be later than we think!": Robert F. Kennedy, Eugene McCarthy, Hubert Humphrey
May 3: "She Loves Me! I knew I'd find one if I searched long enough!": Nelson Rockefeller, Republican Party
May 23: "Dirty French post cards, Monsieur?": Communism, Charles De Gaulle, strikes
Jun 20: "The Difference is they get paid for not growing!": farming, hunger
Jun 21: "It's your move!": Vietnam War, peace, Ho Chi Minh
Sep 27: "But a Mr. Warren made my reservation last June!": Abe Fortas, Supreme Court, Congress
Nov 11: "That looks great! Stop right there, Gene!": Eugene McCarthy, Hubert Humphrey, Lyndon B. Johnson
Oversize 1 "Editorial Cartoonist L.D. Warren as He Sees the World / As His Wife Sees Him Cincinnati Pictorial Enquirer 2 Jan 1966
Oversize 1 "Best of L.D." Cincinnati Pictorial Enquirer 1 Jan 1967
Oversize 1 "The First 20 Years" Cincinnati Pictorial Enquirer 13 Aug 1967
Oversize 1 L.D. Warren's 10 Best- Cincinnati Pictorial Enquirer 29 Dec 1968
Oversize 1 "L.D. Warren's Cartoons Placed in Public Library" Cincinnati Enquirer 3 Feb 1966

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