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About this collection

The Clifford Berryman Cartoon Collection contains 108 political cartoons by the Pulitzer Prize-winning D.C. editorial cartoonist that were donated to the library by the artist’s daughter. Most of the cartoons are original drawings created by Berryman for publication in the Washington Evening Star from approximately 1900 to 1948.

 

 

The cartoons address D.C. community issues, congressional appropriation and District finances, holidays and events, national politics, District political representation, weather and nature, and World Wars I and II. Many of these works include Berryman’s most famous creation, the “Berryman Bear,” a small, fuzzy bear cub often paired with President Theodore Roosevelt that was the inspiration for the toy teddy bear. The collection also contains a handful of miscellaneous Berryman drawings and printed cards and caricatures of prominent Washingtonians.

 

 

The entire DC Public Library Berryman cartoon collection has been digitized and is available here.  Additional Berryman cartoons can be found in the collections of the National Archives and Records Administration and the Library of Congress, among other institutions.

 

 

All Berryman cartoons published in Dig DC are in the public domain or if not public domain the copyright is held by DC Public Library. Each cartoon's specific rights status is known in the metadata below the item viewer.

 

 

Learn more about the collection in its finding aid on the DCPL Special Collections webpage.

 
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