Charles Davis writes "story from
The NYTimes on the nation's largest and most comprehensive
private collection of original cartoon and caricature drawings, new at The Library of Congress, assembled over 60 years by the political cartoonist J.
Arthur Wood Jr.
The collection has been appraised at $20 million to $30 million, library officials said. It consists of 36,000 original political
cartoons, comic strips, caricatures, illustrations and animation drawings by some 2,800 artists.
James H. Billington, the librarian of Congress, said the Wood collection nearly doubled the library's holdings of original cartoon
and caricature drawings. The library has collected such material since the 19th century and says it has a broader collection than
any other museum or library in the country.