Elmer Messner Papers

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Elmer Messner papers
Creator: Messner, Elmer R., 1901-1979
Call Number: D.332
Dates: 1941-1950
Physical Description: 14 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
Box 1
Box 2
Box 3
Box 4
Box 5
Box 6
Box 7
Box 8
Box 9
Box 10
Box 11
Box 12
Box 13
Box 14
Collection Overview
Title: Elmer Messner papers
Creator: Messner, Elmer R., 1901-1979
Call Number: D.332
Dates: 1941-1950
Physical Description: 14 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Elmer Messner was born in Rochester in 1901. He graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1918 and continued his studies at the Arts Student League in New York. In 1925 he returned to RIT to teach drawing. He taught there for over twenty years. He joined the staff of the Rochester Times-Union newspaper as a sport and news cartoonist in 1922. He entered the comic cartoon field by drawing a series of humorous cartoons for the Editors Feature Service entitled: "That's Not the Half of It." During Buffalo, New York's Centennial he wrote a column and drew related cartoons for the Buffalo Evening News historical series. His cartoons were widely reproduced in other newspapers and magazines across the country and abroad. Along with his cartooning, Mr. Messner wrote a rod and gun column for the Times-Union.

In additions to cartooning, Messner painted in both watercolor and oils. His art works were exhibited across the country. He participated in shows at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Library of Congress, the Chicago of Art Institute, and Huntington Art gallery in Los Angeles. The artist had several one-man shows in Rochester and around New York State.

During this career he was bestowed many awards and medals, among them included: Lillian Fairchild Award from the University of Rochester for the "trenchant ideas, cogent phrases and creative spirit in his deft drawings"; the Distinguished Alumnus award from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He received several awards from the Freedom Foundation, including five honor medals; the Christopher Award; citations from the United States Treasury and the Disabled Veterans of the World War and the New York Times Education Writer Award.

Mr. Messner served as president of the Association of the American Editorial Cartoonist and also vice-president of the National Cartoonist Society. On a local note, he was vice president of the Rochester Art Club from 1944-1949 and then served as president for the organization in 1950-1952.

After his retirement from the newspaper in 1964, he continued his career in the arts by painting and remaining active in the art world. Mr. Messner died of a heart attack at his home in Pittsford, NY on May 22, 1979. He was 78 years old.

Frank Gannett, founder of the Gannett newspaper group was quoted as describing Elmer Messner's talent as "the rare ability to reduce to a simple line, or a combination of lines, the story or an event and the feeling of the people."

Scope and Content
This collection is comprised of 111 political cartoons drawn by Elmer Messner, political cartoonist for the Rochester Times-Union. Drawn between the years 1941-1950, these bold and expressive images captured the hopes, fears, uncertainty and exaltation of World War II. The first image of the collection is a reproduction of Elmer Messner's portrait by James Montgomery Flagg from the publication entitled The War in Cartoons. Following the first drawing, each cartoon has a date and a title that depicts a certain issue or event during the war. The cartoons are numbered consecutively throughout the collection.

Subject(s):
World War (1939-1945)
Political cartoons
Messner, Elmer R., 1901-1979
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Mr. Messner, April, 1950.Access
The Elmer Messner papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Elmer Messner papers, D.332, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Address:
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Content List
Box 1
Folder 1. Portrait of Elmer Messner, by James Montgomery Flagg; reproduced from the publication entitled, The War in Cartoons
Folder 2. 1941: "The Thing We Face"
Folder 3. January 4, 1941: "Remember the Old Limerick"
Folder 4. November 3, 1941: "The Bear has Relatives"
Folder 5. November 28, 1941: "The Open Door"
Folder 6. December, 1941: "Temporary Blackout"
Folder 7. December 8, 1941: "Now It's War"
Folder 8. December 9, 1941: "Our First Line of Defense"
Box 2
Folder 9. December 11, 1941: "Today's Job"
Folder 10. December 15, 1941: "One for All, All for One"
Folder 11. December 18, 1941: "In the Dog House for the Duration"
Folder 12. December 30, 1941: "Back to the First Principle"
Folder 13. June 24, 1942: "Moving Up"
Folder 14. September 28, 1942: "Let's Give'Em Plenty"
Folder 15. November 9, 1942: "Vive La France"
Folder 16. November 12, 1942: "Europe's Open Door"
Box 3
Folder 17. November 14, 1942: "And this Time He's Not Kidding"
Folder 18. November 30, 1942: "The Christmas Wreath"
Folder 19. December 23, 1942: "Closing In"
Folder 20. January 2, 1943: "At the Turn of the Year"
Folder 21. January 18, 1943: "A Challenge He Accepts"
Folder 22. January 21, 1943: "Awaiting the Day"
Folder 23. February 6, 1943: "The Boomerang"
Folder 24. February 10, 1943: "And How"
Box 4
Folder 25. March 2, 1943: "Harbingers' of Spring"
Folder 26. March 13, 1943: "A Vanishing Way of Life"
Folder 27. March 19, 1943: "Reaching Out"
Folder 28. March 20, 1943: "The Price"
Folder 29. April 1, 1943: "Two Building Sites"
Folder 30. April 6, 1943: "The Hollow Shell"
Folder 31. April 10, 1943: "Left Holding the Bag Again"
Folder 32. April 19, 1943: "Same Words, Different Tune"
Box 5
Folder 33. May 8, 1943: "The Old, Old Story"
Folder 34. May 13, 1943: "Quite A Brood"
Folder 35. June 5, 1943: "With One Goal – Liberation"
Folder 36. June 8, 1943: "Busy Days for the Little Man"
Folder 37. June 29, 1943: "From All Directions"
Folder 38. July, 1943: [V-12 Unit- arrive on University of Rochester's campus]
Folder 39. July 2, 1943: "The 'First Front' Maybe Europe, But"-
Folder 40. July 12, 1943: "Renewed Hope"
Box 6
Folder 41. July 22, 1943: "Observation Post"
Folder 42. August 2, 1943: "Two Methods"
Folder 43. August 21, 1943: "Nothing But Bad News"
Folder 44. September 9, 1943: "Himmel, Der Gate Keeper"
Folder 45. September 25, 1943: "On the Way Back"
Folder 46. October 1, 1943: "The Cow Jumped over the Moon"
Folder 47. October 6, 1943: "Fence Walking"
Folder 48. October 11, 1943: "Same Old Diet"
Box 7
Folder 49. October 20, 1943: "Fall Harvest"
Folder 50. October 21, 1943: "There Goes the Ball
Folder 51. November 17, 1943: "What, You Too?"
Folder 52. November 26, 1943: "Time for Reflection"
Folder 53. December 27, 1943: "And That's No Secret Weapon"
Folder 54. January 4, 1944: "Busier Than the One-Armed Paper-Hanger"
Folder 55. March 1, 1944: "Battering Him Down"
Folder 56. April 19, 1944: "Der Fuehrer's Birthday Cake"
Box 8
Folder 57. May 2, 1944: "Bad News for ToJo"
Folder 58. May 3, 1944: "It Won't Be Long"
Folder 59. May 29, 1944: "In Memoriam"
Folder 60. June 8, 1944: "With Hope and Prayer"
Folder 61. June 9, 1944: "How Far Will They Go"
Folder 62. June 12, 1944: "They Never Need You More"
Folder 63. June 13, 1944: "Breaking Out All Over the Place"
Folder 64. June 15, 1944: "More Storm Clouds Forming"
Box 9
Folder 65. July 6, 1944: "Sign posts- Past and Present"
Folder 66. August 11, 1944: "The Yanks are Coming"
Folder 67. August 21, 1944: "A Buzz-Bomb of Our Own"
Folder 68. August 31, 1944: "And He Asks for 'Soft' Peace"
Folder 69. October 21, 1944: "Back to Stay"
Folder 70. 1945: "Enough is Enough"
Folder 71. 1945: "Carry On"
Folder 72. January 13, 1945: "The $64 Question"
Box 10
Folder 73. January 19, 1945: "Winter Travel Note"
Folder 74. January 31, 1945: "Finis"
Folder 75. February 7, 1945: "The New Sign Post"
Folder 76. February 9, 1945: "V"
Folder 77. February 20, 1945: "Father, Dear Father, Come Home With Me Now!"
Folder 78. February 20, 1945: "Right Into the Front Yard"
Folder 79. March 1945: "Clang, Clang, Clang went the Trolley"
Folder 80. April 1945: "The Light Lives On!""
Box 11
Folder 81. April 5, 1945: "The Tragedy's Last Act"
Folder 82. April 13, 1945: "Added Post-War Problem"
Folder 83. April 20, 1945: "Ernie Pyle, Biographer and Friend"
Folder 84. May 1945: "TAPS"
Folder 85. May 8, 1945: "Thank God"
Folder 86. May 10, 1945: "Now for the Other Alley"
Folder 87. May 16, 1945: "The Task at Hand"
Folder 88. May 19, 1945: "The Road Back"
Box 12
Folder 89. June 20, 1945: "So Nice to Come Home To"
Folder 90. June 23, 1945: "A New Spring Board"
Folder 91. June 26, 1945: "A New Hope"
Folder 92. July 17, 1945: "Helpless Before the Storm"
Folder 93. July 20, 1945: "Right of Way"
Folder 94. July 31, 1945: "For He is the Ruler of the NIP Navy"
Folder 95. August 8, 1945: "Heavy, Heavy, Hangs Over…."
Folder 96. August 16, 1945: "Journey's End"
Box 13
Folder 97. August 23, 1945: "Plenty of Company"
Folder 98. August 24, 1945: "Witch's Brew"
Folder 99. October 9, 1945: "Times Have Changed"
Folder 100. October 19, 1945: "Approaching Retribution"
Folder 101. November 5, 1948: "Wings over Washington"
Folder 102. December 9, 1949: "Manhattan Saturday Night"
Folder 103. December 23, 1949: "Return of the Fisherman"
Folder 104. January 12, 1950: "Another Bull in the China Shop Episode"
Box 14
Folder 105. January 23, 1950: "The Big Mo Isn't the Only One"
Folder 106. January 27, 1950: "Shucks Who's Afraid"
Folder 107. January 31, 1950: "Comrade"
Folder 108. February 3, 1950: "Out of the Way, Small Fry" "
Folder 109. February 20, 1950: "The Bomb Race"
Folder 110. February 23, 1950: "Need Any One Act Surprised"
Folder 111. February 27, 1950: "Well Here Goes"
Folder 112. March 29, 1950: "The Great Advocate of Peace"


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