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|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.|
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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.Back to Top
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.Back to Top
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.
Correspondence with colleagues and fans.
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.
An alphabetical subject guide to Dwane Powell's cartoons, 1983-1993.
Reproductions of Dwane Powell's original editorial cartoons.
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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.
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.
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Articles about Dwane Powell that document his career as an editorial cartoonist, his published books and related correspondence, a few items relating to professional cartoonist societies, and several issues of the The Eugene Comic News.
Background correspondence and materials relating to production of the books.
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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.
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Black-and-white photographic prints
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Color and black-and-white photographic prints
Snapshots of family and of a wall of framed cartoons.
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Processed by: Jackie Dean, Amy Morgan, and Nancy Kaiser, June 2017
Encoded by: Mary Oliva and Nancy Kaiser, June 2017
Finding aid updated because of addition by Laura Smith and Clare Carlson, May 2019Back to Top