Ollie Harrington political cartoons
Scope and Contents
The Ollie Harrington political cartoons consist of 92 color slides of Harrington's political cartoons, with black and white and color access photocopies of the images with their text. The subjects of the political cartoons frequently address racism, poverty, corruption, bourgeoisie, sex and sexism, and exploitation.
- approximately 1970-1992
- Harrington, Oliver W., 1912-1995 (Oliver Wendell) (Artist, Person)
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.
A slide viewer is available in the Special Collections reading room by request.
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
Oliver ("Ollie") Wendell Harrington (1912-1995) was an African-American political cartoonist. Harrington grew up in New York and began drawing cartoons in response to his racist 6th grade teacher. He served in World War II as a correspondent to Europe and North Africa. His political cartoons criticizing racism and and championing civil rights drew the attention of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the House Un-American Activities Committee. He moved to Paris, France, in 1951 and collaborated closely with other African-American expatriate writers and artists including James Baldwin, Richard Wright, and Chester Himes. In 1961, following Richard Wright's possible death by assassination, Harrington moved to East Germany as a political asylum seeker, where he spent the rest of his life.
.2 Linear Feet (1 box)
Language of Materials
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was acquired in approximately 1992.
Lydia Tang processed this collection in 2020.
- African American artists -- Archives
- African American wit and humor -- Sources
- Color slides
- Corruption -- United States -- Caricatures and cartoons -- Sources
- Exploitation -- Caricatures and cartoons -- Sources
- Harrington, Oliver W., 1912-1995 (Oliver Wendell) -- Archives
- Political cartoons
- Poverty -- United States -- Caricatures and cartoons -- Sources
- Racism -- United States -- Caricatures and cartoons -- Sources
- Sexism -- United States -- Caricatures and cartoons -- Sources
- Finding Aid for the Ollie Harrington political cartoons
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- Lydia Tang
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