Nineteenth Century Political Cartoons Collection, 1808-1869
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Brief Description: The political cartoons in this collection date from 1808 through 1869.  There are seventy-four different cartoons, with a number of duplicates for a total of nintey-two.  Several of the cartoons have been hand colored.  Also included is one folder containing background material on some of the artists and cartoons represented here, taken from various sources. These cartoons were drawn by a number of prominent artists of the period including: William Charles (1803-1820), David Claypool Johnston (1825-1863), Edward Williams Clay (1830's-1857), Henry R. Robinson (1830's-1850's), and Thomas W. Strong (1840's-1865).  Several lesser known artists are also represented.  A number of the cartoons by unidentified artists were published by Currier & Ives, as well as by W.R. Robinson.  The subjects covered in this collection include: the War of 1812, the Economic Crisis of 1837, Andrew Jackson, Secession, the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln, and Jefferson Davis.
Held at:
Northern Illinois University
Founders Memorial Library
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: 815-753-1779
Email: rhcua [at]
Record Series Number: RHC/RC/249
Volume: 4.0 Linear Feet
Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.
Subject Index
American wit and humor
Cartoons, Political
Elections--United States
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
United States--Politics and government
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection belong to the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.
Acquisition Notes:   The Nineteenth Century Political Cartoons in this collection came to the Regional History Center from Rare Books and Special Collections.  The collection was unsolicited and the donor is unknown.
Related Materials: Additional material relating to Civil War broadsides/posters is located in the Fay Collection (RC 26).  Researchers interested in political campaigns may wish to view the campaign memorabilia in UA 11.