Collection Dates: 1951 -- 1983
(Bulk Dates: 1960s to 1970s)
9.25 linear ft.
This document describes a collection of materials held
Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1420
Posted to Internet: June 2002
A ddendum: 2007
Acquisition Note: These materials were donated to the University of Iowa Libraries by the Des Moines Register in 1985.
Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research. Copies of materials cannot be made without the express written permission of a representative of the Des Moines Register, except in cases of dissertation, thesis, or other scholarly work.
Photographs: Box 1
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Frank Miller: Cartoons As Commentary : Three Decades at the Register. Des Moines, Iowa: Des Moines Register, 1983. Location: SPECIAL COLLECTIONS Iowa Authors Collection No call number
MAIN Library F621 .M46 1983
Scope and Contents
The papers of Frank Miller, editorial cartoonist for the Des Moines Register are organized into four series: I: correspondence and related documents; II: a group of editorial cartoons with color overlays; III: a large number of actual (metal) engraved printing plates for Miller's cartoons; and IV: a group of printed cartoons (mostly 8 x 10 inches and larger) listed on a linked page.
Three indexes accompany this collection: A list of Library of Congress subject headings used to describe the cartoons in this collection; a list of personal names of persons appearing in the cartoons; and a chronological list of cartoon titles and captions that have been fully or partially dated to publication.
Correspondence, 1951 -- 1983
"For a Veteran of the War: Yuletide Raises
Specter of Korea's Kids." Des Moines Register, December 25, 1953
Miller -- Cartoons as Commentary: Three Decades at the Register. Drafts of introduction by James Flansburg
Miller Looks at Life
Obituary Material, 1983 and undated
Cartoons with overlays and color processes:
"According to his calculations their names should..."
And It's Only Got Ten Miles On It
"And This Is Just the Exhibition Season"
Another Hat in the Ring?
"Aren't You Going to Ask Us Any Questions About Our Lifestyle?"
Back When Things First Started Getting Noisy
"The Band Played Well"
A Big Parade This Week
Christmas In Iowa
"Give My Regards to Howard Cosell"
"Good Heavens! I Miss Howard Cosell!"
"Guess Old Walt Isn't Going to Retire From Farming for a While...."
"He's Not Going to Give Up Anything. The Inch, The Foot, The Mile...."
Helpful Holiday Hint: Never Let a Man Gift Wrap Anything
"Henry! You Aren't Planning to Grow Any More Zucchini in the Garden this Summer...."
"I Can Drive OK. With A Few Drinks in Me...."
Iowa: Where the Good Life Is
"Just Because You Talked to the President Yesterday...."
Just What We Needed
"Let's Get Up An Office Pool on When and Where It Will Hit"
Next: 100 Foot Triple-Bottom Trucks
"Nobody Can Complain About This. We Ain't Long and...."
Now For the Greatest Communicator of All
The Old Tightwad Takes a Ride
Our Latest Gunboat
Our Own Super Bowl
Our Statue of Liberty in Florida
"Our Vegetable Garden Isn't a Total Disaster...."
The Spirit of 1981
Strategy Meeting On the Mound
"There's Plenty of Gas Now So Let's Produce One...."
They Say It's a Simple MachineThose `Wonderful' Fourths When Moms Cooked, Yelled and Cried a Lot
The Trouble with Violin Lessons
"What This Town Needs Right Now is a Good, Old Fashioned Cherry Bomb Explosion."
What's So Unusual About a Volcano
U175 -- U182 (untitled cartoons)
Engraved printing plates, 1956 -- December
Engraved printing plates, December 12, 1961 -- March 24, 1963
Engraved printing plates, March 25
-- June 1963
Engraved printing plates, July -- December 1963
Engraved printing plates, January -- May 15, 1964
Engraved printing plates, May 16, 1964 -- March 15, 1965
Engraved printing plates, March 16 -- December 1965
Engraved printing plates, January -- July 1966
Engraved printing plates, August 1966 -- June 1967
Engraved printing plates, July 1967 -- December 1968
Engraved printing plates, January 1969 -- March 15, 1970
Engraved printing plates, March 16 -- July 15, 1970
Engraved printing plates, July 16 -- October 1970
Engraved printing plates, November 1970 -- February 18, 1971
Engraved printing plates, February 19 -- May 15, 1971
Engraved printing plates, May 16 -- July 1971
Engraved printing plates, August -- December 1971
Engraved printing plates, January -- April 1972
Engraved printing plates, May -- September 15, 1972
Engraved printing plates, September 16, 1972 -- January 1973
Engraved printing plates, February -- June 1973
Engraved printing plates, July -- December 1973
Engraved printing plates, January -- March 1974
Engraved printing plates, April -- July 15, 1974
Engraved printing plates, July 16 -- November 15, 1974
Engraved printing plates, November 16, 1974 -- April 9, 1975
Engraved printing plates, April 10 -- July 24, 1975
Engraved printing plates, July 25 -- November 10, 1975
Engraved printing plates, November 11, 1975 -- February 1976
Engraved printing plates and negative, March 1976 -- October 1978
Negatives, October 1978 -- October 1979
Negatives, November 1979 -- December 1980
Negatives, January -- December 1981
Negatives, January -- November 1982
Engraved printing plates and negatives, December 1982 -- February 1983 and undated
Inventory of printed cartoons (generally 8 x 10 inches or larger)
3 l arge crayon drawings. ( 2 from 2007 addendum, 1 from 2009 gift of Diane Brotherton)
arge crayon drawings.
( 2 from 2007 addendum, 1 from 2009 gift of Diane Brotherton)
Merry Christmas to all Iowans Everywhere. Color poster