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Bill Graham Cartoon Collection, 1945-1985

Bill Graham Cartoon Collection, 1945-1985

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Bill Graham Cartoon Collection, 1945-1985 UALR.MS.0022

UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
401 President Clinton Avenue
Little Rock, AR, 72201

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Repository: UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
Title: Bill Graham Cartoon Collection, 1945-1985
Dates: 1945-1985
Quantity: 53.5 Linear feet; 46 flat boxes, 15 document boxes
Identification: UALR.MS.0022


Chronologically in two series:Series I: Original ArtSeries II: Clippings, Photoprints, Bylines, Rough Drawings, Printed and Biographical Material

Scope and Content

This collection contains original art, clippings, rough drawings, and other materials, of William K. Graham, editorial cartoonist for the Arkansas Gazette. There are over 4700 drawings in total.

Biographical Note

William K. "Bill" Graham was born 1920 December 14 in Coshocton, Ohio. He attended public schools in Coshocton and later graduated from Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana, where he served as editor of the college yearbook, "Yoncopin." Enlisting in the Army during World War II, he was a Training Aid Illustrator and was stationed at Camp Chaffee, Arkansas. He also served as an artist for the Camp Chaffee newspaper, The Armodier, and was author of the camp comic strip, "Stinky." He joined the Arkansas Gazette in 1948, having come to Little Rock from the newsroom of his hometown newspaper, the Coshocton Tribune, where he was a reporter. He worked as the editorial cartoonist, but he also drew cartoons for the sports pages and other sections of the newspaper, such as the "Servants of the People" column and the "Arkansas Press Roundup." Graham retired from the Gazette in May 1985 after 37 years. His daily editorial cartoons had become a fixture of the Gazette's editorial page following the Little Rock school integration crisis from 1957 to 1960.

Graham's works are included in the contemporary cartoon collections at the University of Kansas, Wayne State University, Virginia Military Institute, Syracuse University, University of Missouri, University of Cincinnati, University of Texas, Ohio State University, Centenary College, and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. His work has appeared in Crisis in the South (1959), and there is one book of his cartoons, A Little Drum Roll Please . . . (1974)

Graham is a member of the National Cartoonists Society and the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists. He is also listed in Who's Who in the South and Southwest and in Who's Who in American Art. He is married to the former Wilma Been, and they have two sons and three grandchildren.

Arkansas gazette (Little Rock, Ark. : 1889)
Arkansas--Politics and government--20th century
Editorial cartoonists--Arkansas
Editorial cartoons--Arkansas
Graham, William K., 1920-
Graham, William K., 1920-, donor


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is available for viewing at the Arkansas Studies Institute.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17-U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. The person using this material is liable for any infringement.

Copyright for correspondence in the collections belongs to those correspondents or their beneficiaries. Persons wanting to re-use those materials are advised to obtain permission from copyright holders.

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Citation Notes

Bibliographic citation:

Bill Graham Cartoon Collection, 1945-1985. UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture, Arkansas Studies Institute, Little Rock.

Footnote or Endnote info:

Description of item, file number, box number, series number, Bill Graham Cartoon Collection, 1945-1985.

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