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The Center for the Humanities Comics Collection

Identifier: MGHL-mghl00016

The Center for the Humanities Comics Collection is comprised of comic books, periodicals, pulp magazines, graphic novels, manga, foreign-language comics, self-published magazines and comics, LPs, and miscellaneous materials. Comic books make up the bulk of the collection, with a particular emphasis on superhero comics published by Marvel and DC during the second half of the twentieth century. Many other genres are represented as well, including war comics, erotic comics, horror comics, adventure comics, romance comics, and alternative and underground comics. The collection contains a particularly strong selection of titles featuring African American superheroes or protagonists, female superheroes, and work by women cartoonists.


  • 1918-2010
  • Other: Majority of material found in ( 1945-2005)
  • Other: Date acquired: 01/00/2012


Conditions Governing Use

Some restrictions, please contact the Modern Graphic History Library Curator at (314) 935-7741 or Users of the collection must read and abide by the Rules for the use of Modern Graphic History Library materials. Users of the collections who wish to use items from this collection, in whole or in part, in any form of publication (as defined in the form) must sign and submit to the Washington University Department of Special Collections a hard copy of the Notification of intent publish Modern Graphic History Library materials form. All publication not covered by fair use restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder.


94.50 linear feet

Biographical or Historical Information

Founded in 2003, the Center for the Humanities at Washington University is dedicated to "the promotion and preservation of humanistic thinking and the pursuit of letters as essential activities in the intellectual, political and artistic life of this university, the community it serves, and the world." It aims to support faculty and student research in the humanities through programming, teaching support, and collecting relevant library materials.

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Arrangement Note

Items have been kept in their original order when possible. Items are organized according to type and size, and then alphabetically. The contents of the collection are arranged as follows: Series 1: Comic Books Subseries 1: Standard-Size Comic Books Subseries 2: Fragile Comic Books Subseries 3: Small Comic Books Subseries 4: Comic Books without Covers Subseries 5: Comic Anthologies Subseries 6: Magazine-Size Comic Books Subseries 7: Duplicate Comic Books Series 2: Periodicals      Subseries 1: Pulp Magazines Subseries 2: Adult Magazines Series 3: Graphic Novels Series 4: Manga Series 5: Foreign-Language Comics Series 6: Self-Published Comics and Magazines Series 7: LPs Series 8: Miscellaneous Materials

Method of Acquisition

The collection was transferred to the Modern Graphic History Library from Washington University's Center for the Humanities in January 2012.

Accruals and Additions

There are no accruals.

Related Materials

The Center for the Humanities Toy Collection: contains toys, games, political ephemera, and science sets.

Processing Information

Processed by Jolie Braun, July 2012.

The Center for the Humanities Comics Collection
Jolie Braun
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Revision Statements

  • 09099999: This finding aid was entered into Archon by Jolie Braun, July 2012.

Collecting Area Details

Part of the D.B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library Collecting Area

Skye Lacerte
West Campus Library
7425 Forsyth Blvd
Clayton MO 63105 US
(314) 935-5495