Cartoons and Comics from The Library of Congress

 For students and teachers who like cartoons and comics, the Library of Congress, holds the largest collections in the nation. Summer break is the perfect time to browse and enjoy, but these resources can offer insights into culture and history year-round. Here are just a few:
Cartoon America: contains more than 36,000 original cartoon drawings.
The Swann Gallery:This exhibition reveals the power of cartoons to illuminate both human nature and history as well as provoke laughter and reflection.
Political Cartoons and Public Debate: a primary source set available online and as a free iBook.
Monstrous Craws and Character Flaws: From the Swann Collection of Caricature and Cartoon, this exhibition features social and political commentary offered by great graphic artists over the centuries.

The Origins of American Animation:The films in this collection can be used to trace the development of animation during the early-twentieth century and to understand its roots in comic strips. 
 Most recently,
the Library has announced that collector Stephen Geppi will donate more than 3,000 items from his  vast personal collection of comic books and popular art, including the original storyboards depicting Mickey Mouse.

                              Cynthia and I wish you the best summer yet!