Clifford H. (Baldy) Baldowski Editorial CartoonsClifford H. (Baldy) Baldowski Editorial Cartoons

Clifford H. (Baldy) Baldowski Editorial Cartoons

Descriptive Summary

Title: Clifford H. (Baldy) Baldowski Editorial Cartoons
Creator: Baldowski, Clifford H. (Baldy), 1917-1999
Dates: 1946-1982, 1997
Extent: 126.0 boxes (6,740 Pen and Ink Drawings and 2,460 Velox)
Collection Number: RBRL/008/CHB
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: This collection consists of editorial cartoons drawn by Clifford "Baldy" Baldowski during his career at the Augusta Chronicle and the Atlanta Constitution. Subject content relates to international, national, state and local (Augusta and Atlanta-Fulton County) politics and to society in general, and features such topics as individual politicians, world leaders, the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam conflict, and the Cold War. Over 2,500 cartoons are available through the Digital Library of Georgia.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

Clifford H. (Baldy) Baldowski was born on May 27, 1917, in Augusta, Georgia. He was educated at The Citadel and at the Arts Student League in New York. Decorated for service in World War II, he served in the Air Force and Air Force Reserve as a navigator-observer and intelligence office, he retired as colonel. Baldy died in Atlanta on September 27, 1999. He is survived by his wife, Sylvia Christiansen Baldowski, and three sons, one daughter, and four grandchildren.

A second-generation newspaperman, Baldy began his career as a journalist at the Augusta Chronicle in 1946. After a very brief stint with The Miami Herald, he joined the editorial staff of The Atlanta Constitution in 1950 and worked there until his retirement in 1982. In his tenure with the Constitution, he drew more than 15,000 cartoons, appearing seven days weekly for over thirty years. Baldy was a Pulitzer Prize nominee for his cartoon on U. S. Senator Barry Goldwater's presidential campaign in 1964, and he was awarded the Sigma Delta Chi National Award for Distinguished Service in Journalism for a cartoon reflecting the threat of Southern school closings in the Sixties. He was also awarded four different Freedom Foundation's George Washington Medals for cartoons heralding America's constitutional freedoms and patriotism. Baldy's cartoons have appeared in Time, U.S. News and World Report , and Newsweek. His work has also been featured in leading dailies across the United States and Canada and in English newspapers in Rome and Paris. In addition, a selection of his cartoons has been displayed at the Library of Congress.

Scope and Content

The Clifford H. (Baldy) Baldowski Editorial Cartoons include his original editorial cartoons from both the Augusta Chronicle (1946-1950) and The Atlanta Constitution (1950-1982). Subject content relates to international, national, state and local (Augusta and Atlanta-Fulton County) politics and to society in general, and features such topics as individual politicians, world leaders, the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam conflict, and the Cold War.

Organization and Arrangement

Over 2,500 cartoons are individually cataloged and are accessible online via Digital Library of Georgia. The cataloged cartoons are searchable or browsable by date (if available), event, individual, or subject. Cartoons not available in the database have not been cataloged or described.


Administrative Information and Restrictions

Access Restrictions

2,500 cartoons have been cataloged and are accessible online via Digital Library of Georgia. Registered researchers may request to view the entire collection in the Russell research room.

The Baldowski cartoons created for The Atlanta Journal Constitution are licensed to the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries by The Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Preferred Citation

Clifford H. (Baldy) Baldowski Editorial Cartoons, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, The University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia 30602-1641.

User Restrictions

Library acts as "fair use" reproduction agent.

Copyright Information

Before material from collections at the Richard B. Russell Library may be quoted in print, or otherwise reproduced, in whole or in part, in any publication, permission must be obtained from (1) the owner of the physical property, and (2) the holder of the copyright. It is the particular responsibility of the researcher to obtain both sets of permissions. Persons wishing to quote from materials in the Russell Library collection should consult the Director. Reproduction of any item must contain a complete citation to the original.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared by Russell staff, 2008.


Related Materials

Access Points

Atlanta (Ga.)--Politics and government--Caricatures and cartoons--1865-1950.
Atlanta (Ga.)--Politics and government--Caricatures and cartoons--1951-
Cartoonists--Georgia.
Civil rights--United States.
Cold War.
Editorial cartoons.
Governors--Georgia.
Political cartoons.
Politicians--United States.
Presidents--United States.
United States--Politics and government--Caricatures and cartoons--1945-1989.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975.
Watergate Affair, 1972-1974.
World politics--Caricatures and cartoons.

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