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Herblock Prize collection

Identifier: MSS 614 large

Scope and Contents

The Herblock Prize collection consists of submissions for the 2016 competition featuring editorial cartoons from the previous year. Topics featured within the cartoons include the Charlie Hebdo attack of satyric journalists in Paris by gunmen affiliated with Al-Qaeda, the 2016 American presidential election, the hacking of the Ashley Madison infidelity dating site, Kentucky clerk Kim Davis refusing marriage licenses to gay couples, police brutality, the measles outbreak at Disneyworld in Florida due to unvaccinated children, the killing of Cecil the lion by dentist Walter Palmer, ISIS, racism, and sexism. The collection primarily contains cover letters by the artists and/or their sponsors, biographies of the artist, and color reproductions of their work. The artists' submissions are listed with their entry number.


  • Creation: 2015 - 2016


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

The material is stored off site. Please request 3 working days in advance if you wish to use it.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the authors of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For photocopy and duplication requests, please contact the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections, Michigan State University Libraries.

Biographical / Historical

To commemorate Herb Block’s legacy, the Herb Block Foundation awards the annual Herblock Prize for excellence in editorial cartooning. The Foundation created the Herblock Prize in 2004 to encourage editorial cartooning as an essential tool for preserving the rights of the American people through freedom of speech and the right of expression. Presented each spring at the Library of Congress, the prize is awarded by The Herb Block Foundation for distinguished examples of editorial cartooning that exemplify the courageous standard set by Herblock and is judged by a panel of outside experts.


1.75 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged alphabetically by the artist's name. The submission numbers used during the evaluation process are retained.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by the Herb Block Foundation in 2016.

Processing Information

Lydia Tang and Brianna Thomas processed this collection in 2017.

Finding Aid for the Herblock Prize collection
4 Published And Cataloged
Lydia Tang and Brianna Thomas
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Repository Details

Part of the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections Repository

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