Will Cuppy papers

Inclusive Dates: 
circa 1884–1949

This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

70 linear feet (125 boxes) of material relating to humorist Will Cuppy, consisting largely of index card files containing story leads, jokes, factoids, trivia, and personal reminders. The collection also contains correspondence, drafts and manuscripts of his writings, clippings, magazines, books, photographs, illustrations, scrapbooks, artifacts and journals. Series VII: Photographs and Illustrations, contains photographs documenting Cuppy’s childhood, student days, and life as a hermit, as well as illustrations by William Steig.

Biographical Historical Note

William Jacob ("Will") Cuppy was an American humorist and journalist, best known for his satirical books as well as his numerous articles and book reviews.

William Steig was a cartoonist, illustrator and author of award-winning books for children.