Collection MsC-25 - Charles Hou Editorial Cartoon collection

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Charles Hou Editorial Cartoon collection

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  • [199-?]-[200-?] (Collection)
    Hou, Charles

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6 m of graphic materials

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Custodial history

Items in this collection were created or accumulated by Charles Hou and remained in his possession until the time of acquisition by Simon Fraser University Special Collections and Rare Books.

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The collection consists of copies and a small number of photographs of political cartoons dealing with Canadian and international events that took place from 1759 to 2006. Canadian topics include conscription, immigration, French-language rights, native self-government, imperialism, nationalism, labour conditions, women’s suffrage, and prohibition. The cartoons deal with, among many other topics, the Sino-Japanese War of 1894, the French conquest of Algeria, the Cold War, the war in Vietnam, and World Wars I and II. Publication dates of the newspapers and magazines from which the collection was copied range from 1846 to 2006. Dates of the events covered by the cartoons range from the mid-eighteenth century to 2006.

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The collection was acquired from Charles Hou by Simon Fraser University Special Collections and Rare Books in two accessions, the first in July 2005, and the second in April 2006. Further accruals are expected.


Photocopies are arranged chronologically in two series according to the year the event they refer to took place. The first series (binders 1 - 34) consists of cartoons on Canadian topics, and the second (binders 35-68) covers cartoons on international topics.

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Reproduction of the material is subject to the approval of the Special Collections and Rare Books archivist.

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Includes: sixty-eight binders of black and white photocopies and photographs of political cartoons published in newspapers and magazines between 1846 and 2006.

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Created January 27, 2016. SS
Revised January 10, 2018 MH

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