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
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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