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Edmund Duffy cartoon collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: CC-001

Scope and Contents

The collection consists largely of 1000 cartoons drawn by Duffy. They date from 1924 to 1956 but the bulk are from the 1930s and 1940s. The cartoons deal with World War II and its aftermath, U.S. relations with Europe, South America, Asia, and Africa as well as U.S. domestic issues such as local and national elections, civil rights, urban crime, labor problems, taxes and fiscal policies. Included also are some of Duffy's sketchbooks, cartoons presented to him by fellow cartoonists Daniel R. Fitzpatrick, Dorman H. Smith and Aaron Sopher, and a few financial records.


  • Creation: 1924-1962


Conditions Governing Access

This collection requires advanced notice to access. Contact Special Collections for more information.

This collection is open for use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Biographical / Historical

Edmund Duffy (March 1, 1899 – September 12, 1962), was an American editorial cartoonist. He grew up in Jersey City, New Jersey. Duffy did not attend high school, but instead went into the Art Students League of New York. Duffy’s career took him London, Paris, New York, and finally to Baltimore where he spent the majority of his professional career working for The Baltimore Sun. Throughout his career Duffy won three Pulitzer Prizes for Editorial Cartooning in 1931, 1934, and the last one in 1940. Duffy began to work for the Baltimore Sun in 1924, when he was only about 25 years old, but he received high praise from the famous journalist, H.L. Mencken.

Text adapted from, accessed 2017 July 10.


10.71 Cubic Feet (9 flat boxes (25 x 3 x 21 inches), 2 full-sized letter boxes, 1 half-sized letter box, 1 full-sized legal box, 1 flat box (21 x 3 x 17 inches), 1 flat box (18.5 x 3 x 14.5 inches))

Language of Materials



Edmund Duffy (1899 – 1962), was an American editorial cartoonist who spent the majority of his professional career working for The Baltimore Sun. This collection consists of approximately 1,000 cartoons from 1924 through 1962.

Other Finding Aids

A legacy online finding aid for this collection is available here:

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The cartoons were donated by Duffy's family in 1967 and 1972.

Processing Information

Preliminary sorting was completed in June 1989 by Cynthia H. Requardt.

Guide to the Edmund Duffy cartoon collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

The Sheridan Libraries
Special Collections
3400 N Charles St
Baltimore MD 21218 USA