There are many avenues of research at the Library of Congress.
Some are a laugh riot!
Take, for example, the vast collections of cartoons and caricature in the Library’s Prints and Photographs Division. For more than a century, the Library has collected pictorial humor – collections that range from a lifetime’s worth of cartoons by the late Washington Post political cartoonist Herb Block (“Herblock”) to more than 20,000 original cartoons by generations of America’s best cartoonists.
There are also historical cartoons from such giants as 19th-century French artist Honoré Daumier (see above) to early American Paul Revere; arrays amassed by individuals, from Jack Kapp’s collection dealing with the sound-recording industry (including art by such figures as Rube Goldberg and Gluyas Williams – these are found in the Library’s Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division) to the Caroline and Erwin Swann Collection of Caricature and Cartoon, which records the development of U.S. newspaper funnies.
To explore the many ways that the pen has proven mightier than the sword at the Library of Congress – or at least, funnier – click here.