Size: 1.5 linear feet
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The cartoon collection of Eldon Pletcher was originally submitted to The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, Louisiana as editorial cartoons. The collection includes cartoons from 1971 to 1972.
The editorial cartoonist, Eldon Pletcher, was born in Goshen, Indiana on September 10, 1922 to Arthur and Dora (Cripe) Pletcher. Eldon Pletcher married Barbara Jeanne Jones on January 29, 1948. They had two children; Thomas Lee and Ellen Irene.
Eldon Pletcher was a student at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts from 1941 to 1942. In 1945, he traveled to Scotland and attended the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. From 1946 to 1947, Eldon Pletcher attended the John Herron Art School in Indianapolis. Eldon Pletcher began his career as a cartoonist at the Sioux City Journal, Iowa from 1949 to 1966. He then moved to the New Orleans Times Picayune (now Times-Picayune/States-Item) and worked there from 1966 to 1985. He is currently an editorial cartoonist and panel cartoonist for the First the Good News, distributed by Rothco Cartoons, Inc.
Eldon Pletcher has work in permanent exhibitions at Syracuse University, University of Southern Mississippi, University of Cincinnati, Boston Museum of Art, Harry S. Truman Library, Lyndon B. Johnson Library, and Wichita State University.
Eldon Pletcher served with AUS from 1943 to 1946. He was the recipient of the Christopher Award in 1955 and was the recipient of the Freedom Found Award for 12 years. He was a member of the Memorial Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. He is also a member of the Democrat party. He currently lives in New Orleans.
Acquisition: Purchased from Eldon Pletcher July 10, 1972
Processed by: KE, 11/24/1997