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July 12, 2013

Missed It: Columbia University Announces Al Jaffee Archives Acquisition


The [deep breath] Columbia University Libraries/Information Services' (CUL/IS) Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML) [exhale] announced earlier this week that it has acquired the archives of cartoonist Al Jaffee. Jaffe is best known for his relationship with MAD; but has had a long and varies career in a variety of comics expressions. The archives will join previous acquisitions/donation such as the Chris Claremont archives, whose arrival in 2011 marked what the press release is calling a "push" to acquire such collections.

The press release describes the the first phase of the archives that will arrive at the university thusly: "... artwork for Esquire and Playboy magazines, notebooks of ideas for Humbug and Ziggy Pig and Silly Seal, press clippings, tracings for cartoons in The Moshiach Times, fan mail, photocopies of strips never offered for publication, biographical materials used for Mary-Lou Weisman's biography Al Jaffee's Mad Life, photographs, and more."

Columbia has only been in the comics collection and acquisitions business in serious fashion since 2005; Karen Green is the point person over there. Having that material available for study in one of North America's absolute best research libraries is quite something.
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