Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Fox mss., 1931-1969, consist of the papers of Fontaine Talbot Fox, 1884-1964, newspaper cartoonist of the Toonerville Trolley, including correspondence, original drawings of the cartoons, and scripts of books and series. Printed material includes the prints of the syndicated Toonerville Trolley comic strip and biographical information.

The material in this collection is divided into five parts:

[1] Biographical information includes clippings, news releases, and a letter from Mrs. Roberta Fitz-Gerald Ford to David Anton Randall, 1969, Feb. 20.

[2] Correspondence, 1931-1955, with editors and publishers which refers to the Toonerville Trolley cartoons. Among the correspondents are Joseph B. Agnelli, Edward Francis Bataille, Charles L. Bartholomew, Stephen Bolles, Charles Gallagher, George Horace Gallup, William Benjamin Lipphard, Frederick E. Murphy, and William Wesley Waymack.

[3] Scripts include notes and drawings for Aunt Eppie Hogg, The Famous Trolley Accident of 1931, History of the Toonerville Trolley, New Motorman, The Powerful Katrinka, Saving the Skipper's Skin (retitled The New Motorman), Secret Service, Stinky Davis, The Toonerville Trolley That Meets All the Trains, Who's Who in Toonerville (1945), and notes for proposed scripts and drawings.

[4] Cartoons in pencil, pen and ink, and color, 1939-1955, which illustrate the fifty-three characters connected with the Toonerville Trolley.

[5] Printed material of the comic strip as published by the McNaught and Bell Syndicates and the Fontaine Fox Toonerville Trolley, in four scrapbooks, 1915-1919, and in boxes, 1922-1955, n.d.; a box of glossy prints and mats.

Some of the cartoons were published in Fontaine Fox's Toonerville Trolley compiled by Herb Galewitz & Don Winslow. New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, [1972] (Lilly NC1429 .F79 F67).

Collection size: 2,574 items

Related manuscripts: Fox mss. II, Fox mss. III

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