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Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum Collection Development Policy
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Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum Collection Development Policy
The mission of The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum (CGA) is
to build a comprehensive research collection of materials documenting printed cartoon art in the United States and to provide
access to the collections. Animation materials are collected very selectively. The purpose of this document is to define broadly what
the acquisition strategy is for CGA. Decisions about any individual item or collection will consider the research value as well as the
costs of preserving, storing, and making it available. Gifts-in-kind that have extraordinary costs associated with accepting them will
be reviewd by the Collection Donation Review Committee which must approve their acquisition.
In general, CGA's acquisition funds are used for published materials. Original cartoon art is purchased very selectively. The vast
majority of CGA's holdings of original cartoon art has been acquired as gifts-in-kind, and this is expected to continue.
Early American Printed Cartoon Art
Original cartoon art and works published prior to the Civil War will be collected as feasible, primarily as gifts-in-kind. Full runs of
18th and 19th century serials containing cartoons will be collected as feasible.
Original Artwork and Manuscript Collections
CGA seeks to collect representative samples of all cartoonists' original artwork. In addition, the original artwork and manuscript
collections, including digital files, of major cartoonists
are collected as comprehensively as possible. Special consideration will be
given to the work of Ohio cartoonists as part of our land grant mission. These guidelines apply to the following genres:
Editorial Cartoons
Comic Strips
Comic Books
Magazine Cartoons [gag cartoons and cartoon illustrations]
Sports Cartoons
Underground Cartoons/Comics
Graphic Novels
Cartoon Books
Published collections of editorial cartoons and caricatures will be purchased comprehensively. Reprint volumes of major comic
strips will be purchased as feasible. Comic books and comic book reprint trade paperbacks are purchased very selectively. Gifts-in-
kind of comic books are not accepted, except in rare instances when they are part of larger collections. Reprint collections of
magazine cartoons, sports cartoons, and underground cartoons/comics will be collected selectively. Published underground comics
will be acquired only as gifts-in-kind.
Graphic novels published in North America are collected comprehensively. Volumes collecting and reprinting comics previously
published as serials will be acquired selectively. Wood-cut narratives and wordless stories are collected selectively.
Original limited edtion prints by major American cartoonists are collected comprehensively.
Proofs and Other Syndicate Records
Syndicate proofs of comic strips, panel cartoons, and editorial cartoons will be collected as gifts-in-kind in cooperation with the
major syndicates. Related archival material that documents the business of cartoonig will also be acquired from the syndicates as
Original animation production art and secondary sources related to animation are acquired only as gifts-in-kind.
Cartoonists' Professional Associations
Archives documenting national professional cartoonists associations and related groups will be collected comprehensively.
Secondary Sources
History and criticism monographs and serials, cartoonists' biographies and autobiographies, and how-to-cartoon books related to
all of the genres of printed cartoon art collected by CGA will be acquired comprehensively. Clippings and scrapbooks related to all
of the genres of printed cartoon art collected by CGA will be acquired very selectively and only as gifts-in-kind.
International Cartoon Art
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