Many collections in the Russell Library include editorial cartoons. Typically, politicians collect or receive cartoons that depict them or issues with which they are associated and these cartoons become part of the collection of materials they donate to archives like the Russell Library. Information about these cartoons is available in the finding aid for the collection of which they are a part. Patrons may view these cartoons by request in the Russell Library research room.
The Russell Library also collects the work of editorial cartoonists that document modern politics and policy in Georgia. Currently, the Russell Library has three large editorial cartoon collections:
The Baldowski collection is the largest of the three collections and includes over 6,000 cartoons dating from the late 1940s through the early 1980s. Baldowski began his career for the Augusta Chronicle in 1946 and worked briefly at the Miami Herald before moving to the Atlanta Constitution in 1950 where he spent the remainder of his career. The subject matter of the cartoons relates to international, national, state and local (Augusta and Atlanta-Fulton County) politics and to society in general, and features such topics as individual politicians, world leaders, the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam conflict, and the Cold War. The Russell Library and the Digital Library of Georgia have cataloged and digitized 2500 of the Baldowski cartoons, which are available through the Digital Library of Georgia's Website. A finding aid for the collection is available online and on site. Registered patrons may view all of the original Baldowski cartoons in the Russell Library research room by request.
The Gene Basset Editorial Cartoons is the most recent editorial cartoon collection. It includes his original editorial cartoons from the Atlanta Journal (1984-1992). There are 385 pen and ink drawings, some pencil sketches, and a smattering of negatives and plates which compose 385 cartoon images. Subject content relates to state and local (Atlanta-Fulton County) politics and features such topics as public transportation, pension padding, and political corruption. There are also drawings relating to the Atlanta-based Falcon football team, the University of Georgia Bulldogs, the Atlanta Zoo, women's rights, Turner Broadcasting, and the Mercer University vs. Baptist Church controversy. A finding aid for the collection is available online and on site. Registered patrons may view all of the original Basset cartoons in the Russell Library research room by request.
The Jimmy Carter Editorial Cartoons consist of 42 drawings by cartoonist Walt Lardner for The State, a daily newspaper in Columbia, South Carolina. These drawings are the actual pen and ink sketches by the artist, which cover four basic subject areas: domestic issues, international issues, political activities, and individual subjects. The majority of the cartoons fall under the domestic issues heading, and within that subject heading the energy crisis is the predominate topic. A finding aid for the collection is available online and on site. Registered patrons may view all of the original Jimmy Carter cartoons created by Walt Lardner in the Russell Library research room by request.
The Russell Library research room staff provide patrons with gloves for handling editorial cartoons and also provides instructions for appropriate handling as needed.
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In order to facilitate various aspects of research, the Richard B. Russell Library will provide reproductions of a reasonable amount of material from its various collections, provided that such copying is consistent with copyright law (Title 17 of the U.S. copyright law) and donor instruction and does not compromise the condition of the materials. Reproductions will be made by library personnel or library-contracted sources only. Reproduction is a privilege and not a service that automatically must be rendered on demand. The method of reproduction is at the sole discretion of the Director of the Russell Library or his/her designated representative. In some cases the physical condition of items involved, the number of items requested, the donor's instruction, or the intended use by any one researcher may determine whether or not permission is granted.
In some cases, particularly when copying is to be extensive, or use will be other than individual research, the Director or his/her designee may require that copies produced for a recipient be returned to the Library when his/her research project has been completed. Reproduction of any item must contain a complete citation to the original. In no case may any materials copied from the collections of the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies be passed on to any other person, institution or commercial enterprise. The Director of the Library or his/her designee has the right at any time and without explanation to refuse requests or to limit the amount of material to be copied.
Scanners, cameras, digital cameras, and video equipment are not allowed in the reading room. Researchers must submit all requests for reproduction services to Russell Library staff. The Library provides a reasonable and limited amount of photocopying as a courtesy to researchers. Photocopying will be done when staff time permits. Some requests may be forwarded by staff to other Libraries departments or another Russell Library-contracted source for reproduction. The Russell Library has no control over the work schedules of other departments that provide reproduction services for certain materials.
At this time the Russell Library is not able to provide any in-depth research of its editorial cartoon collections to off-site researchers. Off-site researchers may work with a proxy researcher to arrange such research. Once materials have been selected, off-site researchers may submit requests for reproduction to firstname.lastname@example.org or 706-542-5788.
The Russell Library and other Libraries departments provide the reproduction service for a fee that covers preservation management of the original material and labor and supplies for providing the copy. The basis of charges should be made known to the user of the service before reproduction is begun. Special fees or handling charges may be imposed when preservation master copies are needed or when unusually difficult or time-consuming work is required. Preservation master copies paid for by the researcher will be retained by the Russell Library. This policy contributes to the ongoing preservation management of the collections by limiting subsequent handling of original materials.
Researchers should use the Guidelines for Requesting Reproductions Worksheet Form and consult the Schedule of Fees before submitting a request. Both forms are available on the forms and fees area of the site. The current prices and fees listed on this website are subject to change without notice. Remember, permission to reproduce is not permission to publish!
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When permission to publish materials (in any format) is requested, the Russell Library will charge additional preservation use fees. These fees will vary according to intended use, number of items requested, instances of use, different formats in which an item will be used, and size of published item.
THE RESEARCHER IS SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE USE MADE OF ANY MATERIAL SECURED FROM THE UNIVERSITY AND ANY INFRINGEMENT OF COPYRIGHT. See the Use Policy/Copyright Agreement Form (available on the Russell Library web site as an Adobe pdf file—requires Adobe Acrobat Reader to view/print). The researcher who wishes to publish or display any materials also has the responsibility to secure permission from both the owner of the physical property and the holder of the copyright. The Russell Library does not hold rights to all the materials in its collections, and it is the responsibility of the researcher to seek this information and proceed accordingly.
In all cases, written permission to publish or display Russell Library materials must be secured prior to use from the Russell Library as owner of the physical property. Written requests addressed to the Director, must identify materials to be published, and must state specifically the intended use, the instances of use, the different formats in which an image will be used, and the permission sought.
A complimentary copy of the final publication in any format using reproductions from the Russell Library materials must be donated to the Russell Library.
Researchers wishing to pursue publication of materials in Russell Library collections should make this request in writing to the attention of Sheryl Vogt, Director (email@example.com). Researchers should use the Guidelines for Permission to Publish Worksheet Form before submitting a request.
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