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Guide to the Laura Gray Political Cartoons GRAPHICS.013

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Collection processed by Adrien Hilton (2012); Edited by Rachel Searcy for compliance with DACS and Tamiment Required Elements for Archival Description (2012); Revised by Erika Gottfried to include updated biographical information (2013).

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on August 28, 2014 using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Edited by Maggie Schreiner to reflect updated administrative information  , August 2014

Descriptive Summary

 
Creator: Gray, Laura.
Creator - Artist: Slobe, Laura, 1909-1958
Title: Laura Gray Political Cartoons
Dates [inclusive]: 1944-1957
Abstract: Laura Gray (also known as Laura Slobe), born in 1909 in Pittsburgh, was a sculptor, painter, and a staff artist for the Socialist Workers Party newspaper The Militant, producing weekly political cartoons for the publication from 1944 until her death in 1958. Gray used a large format for her work and was particularly effective in effective in capturing political personalities and sharply analyzing both national and international issues, particularly those that affected workers. The Laura Gray Political Cartoons collection consists of over 500 original Laura Gray cartoons covering nearly the entire time Gray worked for  The Militant. The medium used was a waxy crayon on paper. The collection also contains nine binders with reference copies of a majority of the cartoons. Several themes run through the cartoons, including anti-communism, the economy, racism, Jim Crow legislation, the Korean War, labor, political parties, and depictions of US presidents Roosevelt, Truman, and Eisenhower. The collection also includes a run of Gray's "Rich Bitch" series, which features caricatures of a stereotyped wealthy woman.
Quantity: 10.5 linear feet in 6 oversized flat boxes, 2 record cartons
Language of Materials note: Materials are in English.
Call Phrase: GRAPHICS.013