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Frank Miller Papers

Identifier: MsC0659

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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. The first index should be read as follows: Title / Date (YYMMDD) / Published in / Description / Notes / SUBJECTS(S).


  • Creation: 1951 - 1983
  • Creation: 1960-1979


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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. Copyright status for collection materials may be unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owner. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility and potential liability based on copyright infringement for any use rests exclusively and solely with the user. Users must properly acknowledge University of Iowa Libraries Special Collections & Archives as the source of the material. For further information, visit


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Editorial cartoonist for the Des Moines Register. 100 original drawings, cartoons with over-lays and color processes, engraving printing plates, correspondence, photos and other papers.

Physical Access Requirements

The University of Iowa Libraries supports access to the materials, published and unpublished, in its collections. Nonetheless, access to some items may be restricted by their fragile condition or by contractual agreement with donors, and it may not be possible at all times to provide appropriate machinery for reading, viewing or accessing non-paper-based materials.

Method of Acquisition

These materials were donated to the University of Iowa Libraries by the Des Moines Register in 1985.

Related Materials

Frank Miller: Cartoons As Commentary : Three Decades at the Register. Des Moines, Iowa: Des Moines Register, 1983. Location: SPECIAL COLLECTIONS (UI MAIN Library), Iowa Authors Collection. Call number: F621 .M46 1983.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

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