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Title: Nineteenth Century Political Cartoons Collection, 1808-1869

ID: RHC/RC/249

Extent: 4.0 Linear Feet

Subjects: 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: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Subject/Index Terms

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

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.

Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection belong to the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Method: 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.

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Item 50: "South Carolina Topsey in a Fix," Strong?s Dime Caricatures Number 3, T.W. Strong, 1861
2 prints, larger  print is 45.6 cm x 30.3 cm
Item 51: "The Political Arena," Boni Friz & Company, June 1861
48.7 cm x 31.5 cm
Item 52: "Southern Volunteers" unknown, circa 1861
45.3 cm x 1.34 cm
Item 53: "The Old General Ready for a Movement, unknown, 1861
45.2 cm x 34.3 cm
Item 54: "The Hercules of the Union, Slaying the Great Dragon of  Secession," unknown, 1861
34 cm x 45.5 cm
Item 55: "Jeff Davis, on His Own Platform, or the last act of secession," unknown, 1861
34.2 cm x 45.6 cm
Item 56: "The Way to Fix ?Em," unknown, 1861
2 prints, larger print is 41  cm x 30.6 cm
Item 57: "John Bull Makes a Discovery," Currier and Ives, 1861
2  prints, larger print is 45.5 cm x 34.3 cm
Item 58: "Why Don?t You Take It?" unknown, 1861-1864
45.4 cm  x 34.3 cm
Item 59: "A Pro Slavery Incantation Scene or Shakespeare  Improved," unknown, 1861- circa 1864
48 cm x 1.6 cm
Item 60: "The House That Jeff Built," D.C. Johnston, 1863
3 prints, largest is 42.6 cm x 30 cm
Item 61: "The Grave of the Union, or Major Jack Downing?s  Dream," Drawn by Zeke, Political Caricature Number 1,  Bromley & Company, 1864
58.8 cm x 45.4 cm (lithograph)
Item 62: "Democracy," L Prang & Company, 1864
46 cm x 35.7 cm
Item 63: "A Thrilling Incident During Voting, - - 18th Ward,  Philadelphia, Oct. 11," Harley, 1864
46 cm x 35.7 cm
Item 64: "Heads of the Democracy," unknown, 1864
46 cm x  35.2 cm
Item 65: "The Martyr of Liberty," unknown, 1865
2 prints, 30 cm  x 40.5 cm
Item 66: "Jeff?s last Shift," Currier and Ives, 1865
33 cm x  23 cm
Item 67: "The Confederacy in Petticoats," unknown, 1865
41 cm  x 32.5 cm
Item 68: "The Capture of Jeff Davis," unknown, 1865
38.1  cm x  30.4 cm
Item 69: "Terrible Effect of My First Bombshells in Boston," unknown, 1869
2 prints, 44.8 cm x 35.6 cm
Item 70: "The Last Ditch of the Chivalry, or A President in Petticoats, " Currier and Ives, 1865
3 prints, 45.9cm 34.5cm
Item 71: "The Capture of an Unprotected Female, or the Close of the Rebellion, " Currier and Ives, 1865
46.1cm x 34.5cm
Item 72: "Stephen Finding 'His Mother'," Currier and Ives, 1860
2 prints, 45.9cm x 34.3cm
Item 73: "The Old Bull Dog on the Right Track," Currier and Ives, 1864
45.2cm x 34.3cm
Item 74: "A Disloyal British 'Subject', " Currier and Ives, circa 1861
34.5cm x 45.6cm

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