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Stephen K. Yasinow Collection of Thomas Nast Cartoons
1863-1882 (Bulk 1873-1875)
 PR 288

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Descriptive Summary

 
Title: Stephen K. Yasinow Collection of Thomas Nast Cartoons
Dates [inclusive]: 1863-1882
Dates [bulk]: Bulk, 1873-1875
Abstract: The Stephen K. Yasinow Collection of Thomas Nast Cartoons contains 71 political cartoons originally featured in Harper’s Weekly magazine between 1863 and 1882.
Quantity: 0.25 Linear feet
Location note: Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections
Call Phrase: PR 288

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Biographical/Historical note

Thomas Nast (1840-1902) was a renowned nineteenth century political cartoonist. His work was highly influential in American politics at the time and is still regarded as a valued record of American history. His widely circulated cartoons are credited with helping to elect President Grant and to re-elect President Lincoln. He popularized the famous donkey and elephant symbols of the Democratic and Republican American political parties, along with the images of Santa Claus, Tammany Tiger, and Uncle Sam.

Nast moved from Germany to New York in 1846 as a young boy. His professional career began at 15 years of age, when despite having little formal training in drawing, he became an illustrator for Frank Leslie's Illustrated Weekly. He later traveled to Italy to report on the Garibaldi campaign for the  Illustrated London News. Nast began his career at  Harper's Weekly during the summer of 1862, following the onset of the Civil War. While working at  Harper's Weekly, he gained a reputation as an outspoken supporter of the Union and the abolition of slavery. Following the Civil War, his work focused largely on exposing corrupt politicians, particularly William M. Tweed, who was arrested in 1872. He left  Harper's Weekly in 1886 and began serving as consul general in Guayaquil, Ecuador in 1902, where he died of yellow fever.

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Scope and Contents note

The Stephen K. Yasinow Collection of Thomas Nast Cartoons contains 71 tear-sheets of political cartoons originally featured in Harper’s Weekly magazine between 1863 and 1882. In this period, Nast contributed well over 1,000 cartoons to the magazine. The majority of the drawings contained in this collection are from the mid and late 1870's, the height of Nast's renown. The cartoons in this collection touch on a variety of subject matter, but are always suggestive of his personal political affiliations and beliefs.

Subjects to note include: Criticism of William M. Tweed (politician and head of Tammany Hall), Civil War politics and support of the Union Army, post-Civil War politics in America, the use of the donkey and elephant as symbols of the American political parties, and support for Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant. The collection is organized chronologically according to date.

Arrangement note

Arranged chronologically according to date.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Nast, Thomas, 1840-1902--Portraits.

Document Type

  • Caricatures
  • Illustrations
  • Magazines
  • Political Cartoons

Subject Organizations

  • Harper & Brothers, publisher

Subject Topics

  • Caricatures and cartoons
  • Political cartoons–United States
  • Political Satire, American
  • Prohibition -- New York (State) -- New York

Subject Places

  • United States - History -Civil War
  • United States -- Economic policy
  • United States – History
  • United States--Economic conditions--1865-1918
  • United States--Politics and government--19th century

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Administrative Information

Provenance

This collection was donated to the New-York Historical Society in 2011 by Stephen K. Yasinow, in memory of his wife, Constance C. Yasinow, artist.

Conditions Governing Access note

Open to qualified researchers.

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to twenty exposures of stable, unbound material per day. See guidelines in Print Room for details.

Conditions Governing Use note

Permission to reproduce any Print Room holdings through publication must be obtained from:
Rights and Reproductions
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The copyright law of the United States governs the making of photocopies and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials. Unpublished materials created before January 1, 1978 cannot be quoted in publication without permission of the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation note

This collection should be cited as: Stephen K. Yasinow Collection of Thomas Nast Cartoons, PR 288, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Drawings, New-York Historical Society.

Related Materials at the New-York Historical Society

The Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections holds the Harry T. Peters Collection of Pictorial Newspaper Illustrations, which includes some Nast cartoons. Bound originals of Harper's Weekly,  Frank Leslie illustrated Weekly, and other illustrated newspapers are held in the library's general collections.

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Container List

Series I: Single-page cartoons

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Trapping Guerrillas in the West
1863, November 21
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Thanks to Grant
1864, February 6
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Peace on Earth and Good Will Towards Men
1869, January 9
Box: 1 Folder : 1 All Hail and Farewell to the Pacific Railroad
1869, July 10
Box: 1 Folder : 1 "The Promised Land," As Seen From the Dome of Saint Peter's, Rome
1870, October 1
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Die Wacht In Rhein
1870, November 26
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Eve at it Again
1871, January 7
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Put Yourself in His Place
1871, March 4
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Our President Puts His Foot Down and the British Lion Will Have to Wriggle Out
1872, July 6
Box: 1 Folder : 1 "Shylock, We Would Have Money and Votes"
1872, July 6
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Will the Senator from Massachusetts Do This, To Make His Words Good?
1872, August 17
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Romish Politics- Anything to Beat Grant
1872, Aug.17
Box: 1 Folder : 1 The Next in Order Any Thing! Oh, Any Thing!
1872, September 14
Box: 1 Folder : 1 The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
1872, September 14
Box: 1 Folder : 2 A Midsummer Night's Dream
1873, October 4
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Keeping the Money Where it Will Do Most Good
1873, October 11
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Tammany Hall Will Whip Creation this Fall
1873, November 1
Box: 1 Folder : 2 The Transportation Problem
1873, November 22
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Victory Sits on Our Helm!
1873, December 6
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Justice!
1873, December 6
Box: 1 Folder : 2 The Emancipator of Labor and the Honest Working People
1874, February 7
Box: 1 Folder : 2 The Good and Bad Spirits at War
1874, March 7
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Jewels Among Swine
1874, June 13
Box: 1 Folder : 2 A Dead Failure
1874, June 13
Box: 1 Folder : 2 "Dog-Days"
1874, July 11
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Who Ought to Have the Cardinal's Hat in America?
1874, August 22
Box: 1 Folder : 2 A Tammany Rat
1874, November 7
Box: 1 Folder : 3 "The Mysterious Influence of the New York Herald"
1875, February 13
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Peace Insecure- Afraid for Her Life
1875, February 13
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Peace Secure- Safe and Protected
1875, February 13
Box: 1 Folder : 3 The Trouble Has Commenced- A Tale of Anxiety
1875, February 27
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Washington, Lincoln, and Grant
1875, February 27
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Any Thing but a "Pacific- Mail."
1875, March 6
Box: 1 Folder : 3 "A Republican Form of Government, and No Domestic Violence"
1875, March 6
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Under Parole of Honor- The Ex-Officers of the Ex-Confederate Army in Congress
1875, March 13
Box: 1 Folder : 3 A Legitimate Question about Home Rule
1875, March 13
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Hammering Woke Them At Last
1875, March 27
Box: 1 Folder : 3 A Moonshine Scene
1875, March 27
Box: 1 Folder : 3 The Good (pure white) Shepherd
1875, April 3
Box: 1 Folder : 3 "Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Liberty"
1875, April 10
Box: 1 Folder : 4 The American River Ganges
1875, May 8
Box: 1 Folder : 4 The Next Pardon in the Reform Farce
1875, May 15
Box: 1 Folder : 4 No Church Need Apply
1875, May 8
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Another Feather in Yankee Doodle's Hat
1875, May 15
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Captured at Last
1875, June 5
Box: 1 Folder : 4 This Tub Has No Bottom to Stand on
1875, June 5
Box: 1 Folder : 4 HONI-SOIT-QUI-MAL-Y-PENSE
1875, June 12
Box: 1 Folder : 4 "News" in Washington
1875, June 19
Box: 1 Folder : 4 We Are Not Proud
1875, June 19
Box: 1 Folder : 4 The "Third Term" Trap
1875, June 26
Box: 1 Folder : 4 More Food for the Cannibal Press
1875, August 7
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Princip-Als Not Men
1875, August 7
Box: 1 Folder : 4 The British Lion Loose in the House of Commons
1875, August 14
Box: 1 Folder : 4 The Lion of the Season (No More Spread Eagle)
1875, August 21
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Off the Scent
1875, August 14
Box: 1 Folder : 4 The Established (Foreign) Church in Ohio
1875, August 28
Box: 1 Folder : 5 "Words, Words, Words"- Shakespeare
1875, September 4
Box: 1 Folder : 5 That Irredeemable Rag Baby
1875, September 4
Box: 1 Folder : 5 "Holy Murder!!!"
1875, October 9
Box: 1 Folder : 5 The Pope's Big Toe
1875, October 30
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Pitiful Reform
1875, October 30
Box: 1 Folder : 5 It Sounds Well! The Prologue Before the Farce
1875, November 6
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Out of One into Another?
1875, November 6
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Thanksgiving Finance
1875, December 4
Box: 1 Folder : 5 The Two Ring Tailors
1875, Deecember 4
Box: 1 Folder : 5 J.G.B. in His Property Room
1875, December 25
Box: 1 Folder : 5 "Is This a Republican Form of Government? Is This the Equal Protection of the Laws?"
1876, September 2
Box: 1 Folder : 5 The Veto
1882, April 15
Box: 1 Folder : 5 The Lion's Generosity
1882, June 24
Box: 1 Folder : 5 One Bright Light on a Dark Subject
1882, August 5
Box: 1 Folder : 5 President Arthur, Hit Him Again! Don't Let the Vulture Become our National Bird!
1882, August 12

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Series II: Double-page cartoons

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Our Modern Canute at Long Branch
1873 October 11
Box: 1 Folder : 6 "Satan, Don't Get Thee Behind Me!" -- Any Thing To Get Possession
1872 August 17
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Let Us Think Twice Before We Let Loose The Dogs Of War
1878 December 13
Box: 1 Folder : 6 The Same Old Pirate Afloat Again
1874 September 19
Box: 1 Folder : 6 The Same Ultamontane Cat All Over the World
1875 April 3
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Beware!
1875 July 3
Box: 1 Folder : 6 "Visez the Rest of their Passports!" (Will Saint Peter Recognize Them?)
1875 August 21
Box: 1 Folder : 6 A Challenge to All Nations
1875 August 28
Box: 1 Folder : 6 "Good-Bye!"
1875 December 25
Box: 1 Folder : 6 The Fairest of the Fair
1876 June 3
Box: 1 Folder : 6 A Belle Savage
1876 September 2

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