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Berryman family papers, 1829-1984, (bulk 1882-1961)

Berryman family

Collection Information

Size: 11.4 linear ft. (on 11 microfilm reels)

Summary: Biographical material, diaries, correspondence, business records, notes, writings, art work, scrapbooks, photographs and printed material primarily documenting the careers of Washington Star cartoonist Clifford Berryman, and his daughter, Star art critic Florence Berryman; Jim Berryman's career is not as well represented.

Biographical/Historical Note

Political cartoonists and art critic; Washington, D.C. Clifford became a cartoonist for the Washington Post in 1891 and from 1897-1949 worked for the Washington Star, winning a Pulitzer Prize in 1944. His cartoon of Theodore Roosevelt, "Drawing the Line in Mississippi," 1902 began the Teddy Bear craze and created Berryman's cartoon trademark. He was the first cartoonist to become president of the Gridiron Club. His wife, Kate, was active in the Daughters of the American Revolution. Their daughter, Florence, served as an editor for the American Federation of Arts until 1944, when she joined the Star as assistant to art critic Leila Mechlin. In 1946 she became critic upon Mechlin's retirement, and remained there until 1961. Her brother, Jim, became a Star cartoonist in 1931 and during his career also won a Pulitzer Prize for his political cartoons.


The scrapbook on reel D111 was lent for microfilming by Florence Berryman in 1962. Portions were subsequently donated along with the 12 ft. of family papers by Florence Berryman's estate in 1992. The whereabouts of the items in the scrapbook which were not donated is unknown.

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