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Tom Flannery cartoons collection

Identifier: CC-002

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Scope and Contents

Collection consists of nearly 2000 editorial cartoons drawn by Tom Flannery while working for the Baltimore "Sun.” The cartoons are not dated, but it appears that they date from the period 1957 to 1967. The cartoons have been sorted topically. Two of the boxes deal with Baltimore and Maryland topics, and one contains cartoons dealing with sports and personages. There are six boxes dealing with national issues such as agriculture, education, the environment, foreign affairs, labor, poverty, the space program, Congress, fiscal problems, politics, conventions, and elections, military problems especially the conflict in Vietnam, crime, dissent and civil rights, and the Supreme Court. The final four boxes deal with world affairs divided into the following areas: Cuba, Latin America, the Balkans, Greece, Africa, the Near East, Europe, the Orient, the South Pacific, Russia and her satellites, world problems, the United Nations and international meetings.


  • Creation: approximately 1957- approximately 1967


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Please contact Special Collections for more information.

Collection is open for use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Biographical / Historical

Thomas F. Flannery was born in Carbondale, Pennsylvania in 1919. He studied at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and at the University of Scranton. During World War II, Flannery served in the Air Force, and from 1943 to 1945 was a cartoonist on Yank with headquarters in London.

Following the war, Flannery was a free-lance cartoonist in New York. In 1947 he joined the staff of the Lowell (Massachusetts) Sun where he served as a cartoonist for nine years. He moved to Baltimore and became the first editorial cartoonist for The Evening Sun in 1957. He replaced Yardley as the cartoonist for the Baltimore Sun in 1972 where he remained until he retired in 1988.


11.85 Cubic Feet (13 flat boxes (25 x 3 x 21 inches))

Language of Materials



Thomas F. Flannery was born in Carbondale, Pennsylvania in 1919. In 1957, he moved to Baltimore and became the first editorial cartoonist for The Evening Sun in 1957. Topics include: Baltimore and Maryland, sports and personages, national issues and world affairs in the late 1950s through the 1960s, including the Kennedy presidency, the war in Vietnam, and the Cold War.


This collection is arranged into series by topic: Baltimore and Maryland; Sports and personages; U.S. agriculture, education, environment, foreign affairs, labor, poverty, space; U.S. Congress; U.S. fiscal problems; U.S. Military problems, Vietnam; U. S. Miscellaneous, crime, dissent and civil rights, Supreme Court; Cuba, Latin America, Balkans, Greece, Africa, Near East; Europe, Asia, South Pacific; Russia and her satellites; and World problems, United Nations, International meetings.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Thomas Flannery donated 480 of his cartoons to The Johns Hopkins University in 1969 and transferred to Special Collections in 1989.

Related Materials

A related collection of Thomas Flannery cartoons can be found at the University of Baltimore. The Schaefer Political Cartoons collection (R0116-SPC) dates from 1972 to 1992.

Processing Information

Preliminary sorting 1989 by Cynthia H. Requardt

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

The Sheridan Libraries
Special Collections
3400 N Charles St
Baltimore MD 21218 USA