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Harry Haenigsen papers

Identifier: Ax 778

Scope and Contents note

The collection contains correspondence and other miscellaneous items. The bulk of the collection consists of the Penny comic strip and political cartoons both in single and multi frame. There are also life drawings.


  • Creation: 1920-1970


Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use note

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical/Historical note

Harry Haenigsen (1900–1991), after studying to become an engineer, enrolled at the Art Students League in New York. Around 1918, he worked for the Bray animation studios. He joined the New York World in 1919, where he started out doing illustrations. In 1922, Haenigsen created his first comic strip for this newspaper, which was called 'Simeon Batts'. Along with his career as a cartoonist, Haenigsen was a successful illustrator, doing numerous drawings for magazines, books and advertising.

After a brief interlude working at the Fleisher animation studios, he created 'Our Bill' for the Herald-Tribune Syndicate on March 6, 1939. This daily strip ran until 1966. But Haenigsen's most memorable creation came a few years later when he originated 'Penny', which was co-plotted by Howard Boughner. In 1970, Harry Haenigsen discontinued 'Penny' and went into retirement. About ten years earlier, he had already given up most of the artistic duties to Bill Hoest, after a heavy accident. Harry Hargreaves died at his home in Lambertville, New Jersey.


14.5 linear feet (13 containers, 8 packages)

Language of Materials



Harry Haenigsen (1900-1991) was an illustrator and artist. His collection includes artwork, clippings, tearsheets, articles and miscellaneous items.

Arrangement note

Collection is organized into the following series: MiscellaneousCorrespondenceMiscellaneousComic Strip MiscellaneousArtist’s Clipping FileMiscellaneousArtist’s Clipping FileTearsheetsMiscellaneousPolitical CartoonsLife DrawingsUntitled Daily Comic Strips, from the New York JournalNews and Views Comic Strip in New York WorldMultiple Frame CartoonsNews and Views Comic Strip in New York WorldClippingsMiscellaneousClippings and Drawings

General Physical Description note

8 containers, 5 solander cases, 8 packages

Processing Information note

Collection processed by processing staff, completed March 1974.

Guide to the Harry Haenigsen Papers
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA