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W. C. Morris Papers

Identifier: MSS -280-BC

Scope and Content

This collection consists of three scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings about W.C. Morris as well as clippings of his cartoons as they appeared in various national publications. It also contains 10 issues of The Trumpeter from 1936, for which Morris served as cartoonist. A folio tie case holds 34 folio and several original and published large sized cartoons. The majority of Morris' cartoons relate to presidential races, international relations, U.S. domestic concerns and World War I.


  • 1904-1948

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Collection is open for research.

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William C. Morris, born in Salt Lake City in 1874, was a cartoonist for national magazines and newspapers in the early- to mid-1900s. His career as a cartoonist began with his job at the Spokane (Washington) Spokesman Review and later included a move to New York where his cartoons were published in newspapers and magazines such as theLiterary Digest, Harper's Weekly Independent, the New York Evening Mail, the New York Tribune, andThe Republican National Committee's publication The Trumpeter. Morris, a member of the publicity staff of the Republican National Committee, was hired by this organization to do all the drawings for the latter publication during the presidential campaign of Alfred M. Landon in 1936. His cartoons were syndicated by the George Matthew Adams Service, and, as such, they appeared in daily newspapers throughout the United States and Canada. Morris also did freelance work for Puck, Life, Colliers, Judge, The Spectator and The Great Northern. His publications include three books: Spokesman Review Cartoons, The Spokane Book, and One Hundred Men of Rockland County. In addition to producing still cartoons, W.C. Morris was an early exponent in animated cartoon work, drawing the first animated cartoons for Bray Studios. W.C. Morris is best known for his political cartoons. Both Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt sent him personal letters complimenting Morris on cartoons in which they appeared.


3 boxes ( 1.83 cu. ft. )


This collection contains political cartoons by W.C. Morris as well as newspaper clippings about the artist.
Finding Aid of the W. C. Morris Papers, 1904-1948
Processed by Karen Stocker
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Finding aid is in English

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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131