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Clifford Kennedy Berryman Collection

 Collection — Box: SC018-BERR-001
Identifier: SC018-BERR

Scope and Contents

This collection contains 51 oversized ink and pencil drawings by Berryman. Though most are undated, many of the cartoons depict political leaders and events of 1924-1926, when Calivn Coolidge was President and Al Smith was a dominating poltiical figure. Other figures illustrated include Herbert Hoover, Henry Ford, Charles G. Dawes, Andrew W. Mellon, and William G. McAdoo.


  • circa 1924-1926

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions

Conditions Governing Use

Materials believed to be under copyright or other restrictions are available for limited noncommercial, educational and personal use only, or for fair use as defined by United States copyright law and with proper citation. Please note that the College of the Holy Cross may not hold the rights to all items in this collection. Users assume responsibility for identifying all copyright holders and for determining whether permission is needed to make any use of the content. For permission under rights held by the College, please contact

Biographical Note

Clifford Kennedy Berryman (1869-1949) was a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist with the Washington Star Newspaper from 1907 to 1949. During his long career, he drew cartoons of a wide variety of political topics but his focus was American presidents, particularly Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman.

Berryman enjoyed drawing as a child. In 1886, he moved from Kentucky to Washington, D.C. to draw patent illustrations. He left the patent office in 1891 to become a cartoonist for the Washington Post. Berryman left this position in 1907 to work for the Washington Star. In 1944, he was recognized with a Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning. He died in 1949. His son, James Thomas Berryman also became a Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist. Since 1989, the National Press Foundation has annually awarded the Clifford K. and James T. Berrman Award for Editorial Cartooning.


.47 Cubic Feet (1 flat box)

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Acquisition Note

This collection was donated by William P. Kennedy, a collague of Berryman at the Washington Star, in 1927.

Related Materials

The William P. Kennedy Collection contains materials pertaining to one of Berryman's colleagues at the Washington Star.

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