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Finding Aid for the George McManus papers, 1912-1954
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms
  • Items Removed from Collection

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: George McManus papers
    Date (inclusive): 1912-1954
    Collection number: 322
    Creator: McManus, George, 1884-1954
    Extent: 3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.) 12 oversize boxes
    Abstract: George McManus (1884-1954) was a cartoonist and created the comic strips Rosie's Beau and his most famous strip, Bringing up Father. Bringing up Father became internationally known, appearing in 750 newspapers throughout the world and a play based on the strip toured the country in the 1920s. The collection contains 16 folio volumes of proof sheets of McManus' comic strip Bringing up Father (1918-39) and one folio volume of proof sheets of his comic strip Rosie's Beau (1917-18).
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Leo McManus, 1957.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], George McManus papers (Collection Number 322). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    Biography

    McManus was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on January 23, 1884; at the age of 15 he became a cartoonist first for the St. Louis Republic, and then for the Post-Dispatch; moved to the New York World in 1904, and the New York American in 1912, where he created the comic strips Rosie's Beau and his most famous strip, Bringing up Father, which began in 1913; it became internationally known, appearing in 750 newspapers throughout the world; a play based on Bringing up Father toured the country in the 1920s, and radio programs were based on the strip; 11 films based on the strip were made, with McManus appearing in four of them; the first of 28 annual editions of Bringing up father in book form sold more than 1.5 million copies in 1915; McManus made his home in Southern California after 1929; appeared on radio and television programs and was in demand as an after-dinner speaker; received many honors, including the American Red Cross meritorious service award; died in Santa Monica, California, on October 22, 1954.

    Scope and Content

    Collection contains 16 folio volumes of proof sheets of McManus' comic strip Bringing up Father (1918-39), one folio volume of proof sheets of his comic strip Rosie's Beau (1917-18). Includes an original drawing of the March 22, 1925 issue of Bringing up Father and 2 framed proof sheets (1948). Also includes cartoon books and 15 numbers of the periodical titled, Circulation, as well as scrapbooks, photographs, and ephemera relating to McManus' life and travels.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    McManus, George, 1884-1954--Archives.
    Cartoonists--United States--Archival resources.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Comic strips.

    Items Removed from Collection

    • Photographs of Mr. and Mrs. McManus with various notables and celebrities have been removed to Collection 99 . Available at the Department of Special Collections, UCLA.
    • A few association publications have been removed to United States Ephemera collection (Collection 609)  . Available at the Department of Special Collections, UCLA.