Welcome to The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum Blog! We hope that you’ll enjoy taking a glimpse into our incredible collection, as well as getting updates on the latest news and events coming out of the largest cartoon art library in the world.

Now, for the facts:

Located in Columbus, Ohio as part of the Ohio State University Libraries, The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum was established in 1977 with the founding gift of the Milton Caniff Collection.

The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum’s primary mission is to develop a comprehensive research collection documenting American printed cartoon art, to organize the materials, and to provide access to these resources. The current holdings include more than:

  • 300,000+ original cartoons
  • 45,000 books
  • 67,000 serial titles (including 29,000 comic books)
  • 3,000 linear feet of manuscript materials
  • 2.5 million comic strip clippings and tear sheets

Our collections have been acquired primarily through donations.

Collection Highlights:

  • Unique collections of original art and manuscript materials including among others, the Nick Anderson Collection, the Jim Borgman Collection, the Eldon Dedini Collection, the Edwina Dumm Collection, the Will Eisner Collection, the Woody Gelman Collection of Winsor McCay cartoons, the Walt Kelly Collection, the Toni Mendez Collection, the Bill Watterson Deposit Collection, and the Jeff Smith Deposit Collection.
  • International Museum of Cartoon Art Collection containing more than 200,000 original cartoons. The collection was acquired in the summer of 2008 from the museum which was founded by Beetle Baileycreator Mort Walker
  • San Francisco Academy of Comic Art Collection, acquired from its director, Bill Blackbeard, in 1998. This gives the library the largest collection of newspaper comic strip tear sheets and clippings in the world. Search the on-line finding aid at Guide to the San Francisco Academy of Comic Art Collection
  • Jay Kennedy Collection of more than 9,500 underground comic books, one of the most extensive in the world
  • Archival professional records including the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, National Cartoonists Society, Newspaper Features Council, and Cartoonists Guild
  • Biographical registry of cartoonists containing files for more than 5,000 cartoonists and clipping files organized by cartoon-related subjects
  • Extensive collection of Japanese comics known as manga