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Clare Victor Dwiggins papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Ax 526

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of manuscript illustrations, sketches and drawings, WWII posters, publicity, books, and biographical material.

The illustrations and manuscript material include illustrations by Dwiggens, including work for "Rubaiyat," "Bill's Diary," WWII posters, comic strips and other miscellaneous scetches and drawings. The collection also contains two published books illustrated by Dwiggens.

Other material includes biographical files, clippings, tearsheets, and publicity.

The September 1974 Addenda consists of original cartoon drawings.

The October 1974 Addenda contains illustrations and notes for "Rubaiyat."

The 1977 Addenda consists of ink and pencil illustrations and cartoons.


  • 1932-1958


Conditions Governing Access

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

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

Clare Victor Dwiggins (1874-1958) was born in Union Township, Ohio in 1874. At the age of sixteen he went to work at an architectural firm. After a year, he hit the hobo trail with a friend and traveled around the country for four years. In 1897, Dwiggins settled in St. Louis where he met and married Bessie Lindsay. He worked as a cartoonist for the Post Dispatch, and was also employed by the Philedelphia Inquirer and the New York World.

Dwiggins found acceptance as a cartoonist in New York. His comic strips were syndicated by McClure, McNaughts and Ledger. His first strip, "School Days," ran for five years in the New York World. Dwiggins was selected by the Mark Twain Estate to draw "Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn" for the McClure Syndicate. This strip ran for ten years. Dwiggins authored and illustrated many other comic strips, wrote a monthly cartoon feature, wrote and illustrated books, and illustrated WWII posters. At the time of his death in 1959 Dwiggins was working on illustrations for the "Rubaiyat."


2.5 linear feet (3 containers) : 1 record storage box, 1 solandar case, 1 oversize folder

Language of Materials



Clare Victor Dwiggins (1874-1958) was an author, illustrator, and syndicated cartoonist. The collection (1932-1958) consists of manuscript illustrations, sketches and drawings, WWII posters, publicity, books, and biographical material.


Collection is organized into the following series: Books, Photostat of Rubaiyat Illustrations, WWII Posters, Biographical Material, Illustrations for Bill's Diary, Clippings, Sketches, Comic Strips, September 1974 Addenda, October 1974 Addenda, and a 1977 Addenda.

Other Finding Aids

Paper finding aid with additional information is available in Special Collections & University Archives.

Processing Information

Collection processed by staff, 1972.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Guide to the Clare Victor Dwiggins Papers
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Finding aid prepared by University of Oregon Libraries, Archivists' Toolkit Project Team and Tanya Parlet.
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Finding aid written in English.
Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Repository Details

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

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA