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Guide to the Laura Gray Political Cartoons GRAPHICS.013

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
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Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

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 ArchivesSpace on September 11, 2018 using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Scope and Content Note

The Laura Gray Political Cartoons consists of just under 600 original drawings that Gray produced for the Socialist Workers Party paperThe Militant.. The drawings cover nearly the whole of Gray's career at  The Militant, and span the years 1944-1957. The drawings are generally large format, waxy crayon on paper. They depict the major issues of the time, including the end of World War II, the rise of McCarthyism, and the Korean War, as well as current events and newsstories. Additionally, Gray's drawings portray political and labor figures of the day, including Presidents Roosevelt, Truman, and Eisenhower and labor leaders including Sidney Hillman, George Meany, and Philip Murray. The collection also includes nine reference binders that contain photocopies of 512 of the drawings, and a run of Gray's "Rich Bitch" series, which features caricatures of a stereotyped wealthy woman.


The Laura Gray Political Cartoons are arranged in two series: I. Cartoons and II. Reference Binders. The cartoons are arranged alphabetically by subject and the reference binders are arranged chronologically.

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  1. 1. Cartoons
  2. II. Reference Binders