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

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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.