Collection Number: 05589

Collection Title: Dwane Powell Papers, 1970-2016

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Size 26.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 3850 items)
Abstract Dwane Powell is an editorial cartoonist in Raleigh, N.C. The Dwane Powell Papers consist of his original editorial cartoons and other production versions, 1970s-2000s, and other materials, including correspondence and photographs, documenting his career as an editorial cartoonist drawing on politics and government.
Creator Powell, Dwane.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
Original editorial cartoon drawings may not be available for same day research. Please contact Wilson Library (wilsonlibrary@unc.edu) for more information.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Dwane Powell Papers #5589, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Dwane Powell in April 2014 (Acc. 102027) and December 2017 (Acc. 103290).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Drexel Dwane Powell Jr., an editorial cartoonist, was born 7 November 1944 in Lake Village, Arkansas. He began drawing editorial cartoons while in high school. After graduating from the University of Arkansas at Monticello in 1969, he was hired as a political cartoonist at the Hot Springs Sentinel Record (1970-1972). He later moved on to the San Antonio Light (1973-1974), then the Cincinnati Enquirer (1974-1975), and finally to the Raleigh News and Observer. Powell retired in 2009, but returned to drawing editorial cartoons in 2013. He has won the Overseas Press Club award for Excellence in Cartooning, the national Headliners Club award for Outstanding Editorial Cartoons,the Plott Hound Award, and the Raleigh Medal of Arts Award. In 2013 he was inducted into the North Carolina Journalism Hall of Fame. Four collections of his work have been published: Is That All You Do? (1979), Surely SOMEONE Can Still Sing Bass! (1981), The Reagan Chronicles (1987), and One Hundred Per Cent Pure Old Jess (1993). Powell lives in Raleigh with his wife Janice. They have one daughter, Devon.

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The Dwane Powell Papers consist chiefly of his original editorial cartoons and other production versions, 1970s-2000s, that appeared in several Arkansas newspapers, the San Antonio Light, the Cincinnati Enquirer, and The News and Observer. Also included are his professional correspondence; an alphabetical subject guide to his cartoons, 1983-1993; articles about Dwane Powell that document his career as an editorial cartoonist; copies of his published books; photographs related to publicity for his published books; and miscellaneous other materials relating to Powell and editorial cartooning.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1970s-2000s.

500 items.

Correspondence consists of copies of letters to the editor about his cartoons and letters from fans, including Governor James B. Hunt, Senator Jesse Helms, and other notable politicians with North Carolina connections, critics, aspiring editorial cartoonists, and others concerning Powell's editorial cartoons.

Box 1-2

Box 1

Box 2

Correspondence, 1970s-2000s #05589, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1970s-2000s." Box 1-2

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 2. Drawings, 1970-2016.

3000 items.

Original editorial cartoon drawings may not be available for same day research. Contact Wilson Library (wilsonlibrary@unc.edu) for more information.

Series 2 Drawings has been arranged into three subseries: 2.1 Index is an alphabetical subject guide to Dwane Powell's cartoons, 1983-1993; 2.2 Syndicate Copies and Clippings are reproductions of Dwane Powell's original editorial cartoons; 2.3 Original Drawings are chiefly Powell's editorial cartoons in ink or pencil.

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1 item.

Arrangement: alphabetical.

An alphabetical subject guide to Dwane Powell's cartoons, 1983-1993.

Box 3

Index, 1983-1993 #05589, Subseries: "2.1. Index, 1983-1993." Box 3

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1500 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Reproductions of Dwane Powell's original editorial cartoons.

Box 4

Palmer Media Group, 1970-1973 #05589, Subseries: "2.2. Syndicate Copies and Clippings, 1970-1997." Box 4

San Antonio Light, 1973-1974 #05589, Subseries: "2.2. Syndicate Copies and Clippings, 1970-1997." Box 4

Cincinnati Inquirer, 1974-1975 #05589, Subseries: "2.2. Syndicate Copies and Clippings, 1970-1997." Box 4

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-05589/1

Cincinnati Inquirer, 1974-1975 #05589, Subseries: "2.2. Syndicate Copies and Clippings, 1970-1997." OPF-05589/1

Box 4

News and Observer, 1975-1980 #05589, Subseries: "2.2. Syndicate Copies and Clippings, 1970-1997." Box 4

Box 5

News and Observer, 1980-1983 #05589, Subseries: "2.2. Syndicate Copies and Clippings, 1970-1997." Box 5

Box 6

News and Observer, 1984-February 1985 #05589, Subseries: "2.2. Syndicate Copies and Clippings, 1970-1997." Box 6

Box 7

News and Observer, March 1985-June 1986 #05589, Subseries: "2.2. Syndicate Copies and Clippings, 1970-1997." Box 7

Box 8

News and Observer, July 1986-1987 #05589, Subseries: "2.2. Syndicate Copies and Clippings, 1970-1997." Box 8

Box 9

News and Observer, 1987-October 1988 #05589, Subseries: "2.2. Syndicate Copies and Clippings, 1970-1997." Box 9

Box 10

News and Observer, November 1988-October 1989 #05589, Subseries: "2.2. Syndicate Copies and Clippings, 1970-1997." Box 10

Box 11

News and Observer, November 1989-December 1990 #05589, Subseries: "2.2. Syndicate Copies and Clippings, 1970-1997." Box 11

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OPF-05589/2

OPF-05589/3

News and Observer, 1980-1989 #05589, Subseries: "2.2. Syndicate Copies and Clippings, 1970-1997." OPF-05589/2-3

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News and Observer, 1990-1991 #05589, Subseries: "2.2. Syndicate Copies and Clippings, 1970-1997." Box 12

Box 13

News and Observer, 1992-April 1993 #05589, Subseries: "2.2. Syndicate Copies and Clippings, 1970-1997." Box 13

Box 14

News and Observer, May 1993-1994 #05589, Subseries: "2.2. Syndicate Copies and Clippings, 1970-1997." Box 14

Box 15

News and Observer, 1995-2011, undated #05589, Subseries: "2.2. Syndicate Copies and Clippings, 1970-1997." Box 15

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-05589/4

News and Observer, 1990-1997 #05589, Subseries: "2.2. Syndicate Copies and Clippings, 1970-1997." OPF-05589/4

Box 16

Undated #05589, Subseries: "2.2. Syndicate Copies and Clippings, 1970-1997." Box 16

Loose papers #05589, Subseries: "2.2. Syndicate Copies and Clippings, 1970-1997." Box 16

Includes an op ed by Ted Vaden, then ombuds of the News and Observer, a spreadsheet of keywords for Powell cartoons during May and June 2005, and miscellaneous papers.

Book review illustrations #05589, Subseries: "2.2. Syndicate Copies and Clippings, 1970-1997." Box 16

Drawings for other publications #05589, Subseries: "2.2. Syndicate Copies and Clippings, 1970-1997." Box 16

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1500 items.

Original editorial cartoon drawings may not be available for same day research. Contact Wilson Library (wilsonlibrary@unc.edu) for more information.

Arrangement: chronological.

Chiefly original editorial cartoons by Dwane Powell, a few of which are framed or matted. Also included are "Flagman," a series of cartoon drawings about George H.W. Bush; loose sketches; and sketchbooks, which Powell used to record notes on current events and to sketch cartoon ideas.

Box 16

Flagman #05589, Subseries: "2.3. Original Drawings, 1970s-2016." Box 16

Loose sketches #05589, Subseries: "2.3. Original Drawings, 1970s-2016." Box 16

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-05589/5

Loose sketches #05589, Subseries: "2.3. Original Drawings, 1970s-2016." OPF-05589/5

Box 16

Sketchbooks, 1989-2012 #05589, Subseries: "2.3. Original Drawings, 1970s-2016." Box 16

Box 17

Sketchbooks, 2013-2016 #05589, Subseries: "2.3. Original Drawings, 1970s-2016." Box 17

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-05589/7-13

OPF-05589/7

OPF-05589/8

OPF-05589/9

OPF-05589/10

OPF-05589/11

OPF-05589/12

OPF-05589/13

Original drawings (matted) #05589, Subseries: "2.3. Original Drawings, 1970s-2016." OPF-05589/7-13

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Original drawings: Early work, Arkansas #05589, Subseries: "2.3. Original Drawings, 1970s-2016." 390

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Original drawings: 1970s #05589, Subseries: "2.3. Original Drawings, 1970s-2016." 348

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Original drawings: 1970s #05589, Subseries: "2.3. Original Drawings, 1970s-2016." 349

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Original drawings: 1970s #05589, Subseries: "2.3. Original Drawings, 1970s-2016." 350

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Original drawings: unsorted 1970s and 1980s #05589, Subseries: "2.3. Original Drawings, 1970s-2016." 351

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Original drawings: unsorted 1970s, 1980s and 1990s #05589, Subseries: "2.3. Original Drawings, 1970s-2016." 352

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Original drawings: 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984 #05589, Subseries: "2.3. Original Drawings, 1970s-2016." 353

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Original drawings: 1983 #05589, Subseries: "2.3. Original Drawings, 1970s-2016." 354

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Original drawings: 1985 #05589, Subseries: "2.3. Original Drawings, 1970s-2016." 355

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Original drawings: 1986, 1987 #05589, Subseries: "2.3. Original Drawings, 1970s-2016." 356

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Original drawings: 1988 #05589, Subseries: "2.3. Original Drawings, 1970s-2016." 357

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Original drawings: 1989 #05589, Subseries: "2.3. Original Drawings, 1970s-2016." 358

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Original drawings: 1990 #05589, Subseries: "2.3. Original Drawings, 1970s-2016." 359

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Original drawings: 1990 #05589, Subseries: "2.3. Original Drawings, 1970s-2016." 360

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Original drawings: 1991 #05589, Subseries: "2.3. Original Drawings, 1970s-2016." 361

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Original drawings: 1991 #05589, Subseries: "2.3. Original Drawings, 1970s-2016." 362

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Original drawings: 1992 #05589, Subseries: "2.3. Original Drawings, 1970s-2016." 363

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Original drawings: 1992 #05589, Subseries: "2.3. Original Drawings, 1970s-2016." 364

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Original drawings: 1993 #05589, Subseries: "2.3. Original Drawings, 1970s-2016." 365

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Original drawings: 1993 #05589, Subseries: "2.3. Original Drawings, 1970s-2016." 366

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Original drawings: 1994 #05589, Subseries: "2.3. Original Drawings, 1970s-2016." 367

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Original drawings: 1995 #05589, Subseries: "2.3. Original Drawings, 1970s-2016." 368

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Original drawings: 1995 #05589, Subseries: "2.3. Original Drawings, 1970s-2016." 369

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Original drawings: 1996 #05589, Subseries: "2.3. Original Drawings, 1970s-2016." 370

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Original drawings: 1996 #05589, Subseries: "2.3. Original Drawings, 1970s-2016." 371

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Original drawings: 1997 #05589, Subseries: "2.3. Original Drawings, 1970s-2016." 372

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Original drawings: 1998 #05589, Subseries: "2.3. Original Drawings, 1970s-2016." 373

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Original drawings: 1999 #05589, Subseries: "2.3. Original Drawings, 1970s-2016." 374

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Original drawings: unsorted 1990s #05589, Subseries: "2.3. Original Drawings, 1970s-2016." 375

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Original drawings: unsorted 1990s #05589, Subseries: "2.3. Original Drawings, 1970s-2016." 376

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Original drawings: 2002-2004 #05589, Subseries: "2.3. Original Drawings, 1970s-2016." 377

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Original drawings: 2005 #05589, Subseries: "2.3. Original Drawings, 1970s-2016." 378

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Original drawings: 2006 #05589, Subseries: "2.3. Original Drawings, 1970s-2016." 379

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Original drawings: 2007 #05589, Subseries: "2.3. Original Drawings, 1970s-2016." 380

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Original drawings: 2008 #05589, Subseries: "2.3. Original Drawings, 1970s-2016." 381

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Original drawings: 2009 #05589, Subseries: "2.3. Original Drawings, 1970s-2016." 382

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Original drawings: unsorted 2000s #05589, Subseries: "2.3. Original Drawings, 1970s-2016." 383

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Original drawings: unsorted 2000s #05589, Subseries: "2.3. Original Drawings, 1970s-2016." 384

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Original drawings: 2013-2014 #05589, Subseries: "2.3. Original Drawings, 1970s-2016." 385

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Original drawings: 2000s #05589, Subseries: "2.3. Original Drawings, 1970s-2016." 386

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Original drawings: Matted and original prints from Hansley Gallery Show #05589, Subseries: "2.3. Original Drawings, 1970s-2016." 387-388

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Original drawings: Matted drawings of Dwane Powell #05589, Subseries: "2.3. Original Drawings, 1970s-2016." 389

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Original drawings: Y/E review pages, negatives, originals from book projects #05589, Subseries: "2.3. Original Drawings, 1970s-2016." 391

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50 items.

Chiefly black-and-white photographic prints of Dwane Powell, probably related to publicity for his published books. There are also photographs of Ronald Reagan holding a framed editorial cartoon drawn by Powell.

Image Folder PF-05589/1-2

Photographs, 1970s-1980s #05589, Series: "4. Photographs, 1970s-1980s." PF-05589/1-2

Black-and-white photographic prints

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7 items.

Acc. 103290

Image Folder PF-05589/3

Photographs, 1980s #05589, Series: "4A. Photographs, 2000s: Addition of December 2017." PF-05589/3

Color and black-and-white photographic prints

Snapshots of family and of a wall of framed cartoons.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Jackie Dean, Amy Morgan, and Nancy Kaiser, June 2017

Encoded by: Mary Oliva and Nancy Kaiser, June 2017

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