Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Williams - Kuhn mss., 1921-1932, are the pen and ink cartoons of Gaar Williams, 1880-1935, and Charles H. Kuhn, 1892- , both cartoonists for The Indianapolis News at one time. The drawings are largely concerned with the movement by Richard Lieber to establish state parks and recreational facilities in Indiana. Lieber for many years was the director of the Indiana State Department of Conservation. Several of the drawings are inscribed to Lieber who gave them to Indiana University for the Lieber Room in Jordan Hall about 1954. In February 1976 the drawings were transferred to the Lilly Library.

Gaar Williams attended Cincinnati Art Academy and the Chicago Art Institute. He began his cartooning work with the Chicago Daily News in 1904 and came to The Indianapolis News in 1909. While there he became a member of the "Idle Ward," among whom were William Herschell and Kin Hubbard. His better-known drawings include "The End of A Perfect Day" of the American doughboy returning from the War and "Long Boy" which appeared on the front cover of the song of the same name by William Herschell, poet and fellow-worker. One of his features was "Among the Folks in History." In 1921 Williams moved to The Chicago Tribune. He was buried in Richmond, Indiana.

Charles H. Kuhn was born on March 20, 1892, in Illinois. In 1944 he published a book entitled Kuhn course in cartooning in Indianapolis. Later he created a comic strip about "Grandma" which in 1952 ran in 240 newspapers from Finland to Hong Kong. One of the "Grandma" strips assisted in publicizing the work of the Goodwill Industries in Indianapolis.

The cartoons, filed in an oversize folder, are described in more detail in the Manuscripts Catalog.

Collection size: 9 items

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