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Ralph Dunagin Editorial Cartoon Collection

Identifier: M475

Scope and Contents

The Ralph Dunagin Editorial Cartoon Collection consists of 949 illustrations created by the Pulitzer Prize-nominated editorial cartoonist. The cartoons primarily date from the five years prior to his retirement.


  • Majority of material found within 1996-2001


Conditions Governing Access

Noncirculating; available for research.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection is protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Biographical / Historical

Editorial cartoonist, Ralph Dunagin, is a native of Hattiesburg, Mississippi and a veteran of the US Marine Corps. He is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, where he studied graphic art. In 1961, he joined the Orlando Sentinel as an illustrator. During his thirty years tenure, he served as illustrator, art director, and editorial cartoonist. He also served on the paper's editorial board until his retirement in 2001.

In 1967, he created the internationally syndicated cartoon, "Dunagin's People". Additionally, he wrote the text for "Grin and Bear It", a syndicated cartoon illustrated by Fred Wagner. He collaborated with Dana Summers on the creation of "The Middletons", another popular syndicated cartoon. His work has earned him two nominations for the Pulitzer Prize.


2.50 Cubic Feet (5 document cases, legal) : 948 unmatted illustrations and one matted ; Unmatted illustrations on 8.5" x 11" paper; mat 10 3/4" x 14"

Language of Materials



949 single-panel original editorial cartoons.




Donated by Ralph Dunagin September, 2011. Materials received December 11, 2011.

Related Materials

AAEC Editorial Cartoon Collection

Legal Status

"The Middletons" licensed via Tribune Media Services. Copyright to "Dunagin's People" held by Orlando Sentinal Publishers Hall Syndicate. Deed of gift transfers any remaining copyright to University of Southern Mississippi.

Ralph Dunagin Editorial Cartoon Collection
Lorraine A. Stuart; Photograph Log by Camilo Aramburo Jaramillo, spring 2020.
June 29, 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the Historical Manuscripts and Photographs Repository

118 College Drive - 5148
Hattiesburg MS 39406-0001