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Richard B. Freeman papers, Bulk, 1973-1980

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Finding aid prepared by Amanda Mardis


Richard B. Freeman papers


Bulk, 1973-1980


University of Kentucky Special Collections


The collection is arranged in three series by subject.

Conditions Governing Access note

Open to researchers by appointment.

Preferred Citation Note

1983ua018: [identification of item], Richard B. Freeman papers, University of Kentucky Special Collections.


1.06 Cubic feet

2 Boxes


This collection contains correspondence and artwork concerning the "Graphics '75 Watergate," art exhibition and two of Richard B. Freeman's books, "Graphics '75 Watergate-The Unmaking of a President," and "The Best Political Cartoons of 1978". Collection also includes correspondence and pictures of artwork by Ralston Crawford.


Professor Richard B. Freeman was born in Philadelphia in 1908. He received his A.B. at Yale in 1932, and his A.M. at Harvard in 1934, and continued to professional training in Art Museum work at Harvard. He worked in several art museums from 1934-1941 including the Nelson-Atkins Art Museum-Kansas City, the Fogg Museum of Art-Harvard University, and the Cincinatti Art Museum. In 1941, he became the Director of Flint (Michigan), Institute of Arts. He continued in the academic field at the University of Alabama from 1950-1957, until coming to the University of Kentucky as a Professor of Art, and then Professor of Art Emeritus in 1974. Professor Richard B. Freeman began in 1958, what would be eighteen annual art exhibitions called, “Graphics,” at the University of Kentucky, that included works from famous artists of the day. Many of the exhibits went on to tour at art museums and galleries across the United States. From these exhibitions, Freeman was able to acquire some of the famous artworks that were featured, including works by Stanley Hayter, Carol Summers, Ralston Crawford, and Carol Summers. The “Graphics” art exhibitions continued until the 1970’s. He continued his career as President of both the Southeastern College Art Conference (1953-1954), and Midwestern College Art Conference (1965-1966). Professor Freeman’s publications include “Ralston Crawford, 1952,” “Lithographs of Ralston Crawford, 1963,” “Niles Spencer, 1966,” “Graphics ’73-Ralston Crawford, Drawings and Watercolors,” “Graphics ’75-Watergate-The Unmaking of a President,” and “The Best Political Cartoons of 1978.” The last two publications are featured in this collection.

Scope and Content

The Richard B. Freeman Papers include personal and professional correspondence concerning the "Graphics '75 Watergate," art exhibition and the publication of his two books, "Graphics '75 Watergate-The Unmaking of a President," and "The Best Political Cartoons of 1978". The collection also consists of twenty-five artists profiles that contributed to "Graphics '75 Watergate," art exhibit and later the book. Artist profiles include photographic, biblographic information, correspondence, and cartoons. The amount of materials vary from artist to artist. The majority of the correspondence concerns the bringing about and success of the art exhibition and the two books. Ralston Crawford works, an essay by Freeman, and personal correspondence from Crawford are also featured in the collection.


  • University of Kentucky.
  • Political cartoons--20th century
  • Political cartoons--United States--History--Exhibitions
  • Art--Political aspects.
  • Politics and culture.
  • Watergate Affair, 1972-1974

User Restrictions

The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections.

Related Material

1997ms331, Richard B. Freeman Collection, University of Kentucky Special Collections.

Collection Inventory

Series I. "Graphics '75 Watergate," Art Exhibition, 1965-1979
Scope and Content Note:

Contains photographic, biographical information, correspondence, and cartoons about twenty-five artists who contributed to the "Graphics '75 Watergate," art exhibition. It also contains in 1983ua018:2:11 biographic information on Richard B. Freeman and Bill Schorr, along with a cartoon by Thomas Nast that was featured in "The Best Political Cartoons of 1978". 1983ua018:2:13 contains, "The Best Political Cartoons of 1978."

Auth, Tony, 1974-1979
[Box: 1, Folder: 1]
Block, Herbert, 1974
[Box: 1, Folder: 2]
Borgman, Jim, 1978-1979
[Box: 1, Folder: 3]
Conrad, Paul, 1978-1979
[Box: 1, Folder: 4]
Darcy, Tom, 1974-1977
[Box: 1, Folder: 5]
Feiffer, Jules, 1974-1978
[Box: 1, Folder: 6]
Fischetti, John, 1974-1977
[Box: 1, Folder: 7]
Fisher, George, 1979
[Box: 1, Folder: 8]
Haynie, Hugh, 1974-1977
[Box: 1, Folder: 9]
LePelley, Guernsey, 1974-1977
[Box: 1, Folder: 10]
Levine, David, 1965-1977
[Box: 1, Folder: 11]
Lurie, Ranan, 1974-1977
[Box: 1, Folder: 12]
Lynch, Dan, ca.1977
[Box: 1, Folder: 13]
MacNelly, Jeff (1/2), 1974-1977
[Box: 1, Folder: 14]
MacNelly, Jeff (2/2), 1974-1977
[Box: 1, Folder: 15]
Marlette, Doug, 1973-1977
[Box: 1, Folder: 16]
Mauldin, Bill, 1973-1977
[Box: 2, Folder: 1]
Oliphant, Pat, 1972-1977
[Box: 2, Folder: 2]
Peters, Mike, 1974-1979
[Box: 2, Folder: 3]
Robinson, Jerry, 1974-1977
[Box: 2, Folder: 4]
Sanders, Bill, 1970-1977
[Box: 2, Folder: 5]
Sargent, Bill, 1978-1979
[Box: 2, Folder: 6]
Sorel, Edward, 1974-1977
[Box: 2, Folder: 7]
Stayskal, Wayne, 1974-1977
[Box: 2, Folder: 8]
Szep, Paul, 1974-1979
[Box: 2, Folder: 9]
Wright, Don, 1974-1979
[Box: 2, Folder: 10]
Misc, undated
[Box: 2, Folder: 11]
Newspaper Clippings, 1973-1974
[Box: 2, Folder: 12]
"The Best Political Cartoons of 1978", 1978-1979
[Box: 2, Folder: 13]
Series II. Correspondence, 1941-1980
Scope and Content Note:

Correspondence regarding "The Best Political Cartoons of 1978," and "Graphics '75 Watergate-The Unmaking of a President." This series also contains etchings and a book of works of Ralston Crawford from, along with correspondence to Freeman from 1941-1976.

"The Puck Papers", 1978-1980
[Box: 1, Folder: 1]
"Graphics '75 Watergate-The Unmaking of a President", 1974-1977
[Box: 1, Folder: 2]
Ralston Crawford Works, 1976-1977
[Box: 1, Folder: 3]
"The Prints of Ralston Crawford (1906-1978)," by Richard B. Freeman, Circa 1978
[Box: 1, Folder: 4]
Personal Correspondence from Crawford, 1941-1948, 1941-1948
[Box: 1, Folder: 5]
Personal Correspondence from Crawford, 1948-1953, 1948-1953
[Box: 1, Folder: 6]
Personal Correspondence from Crawford, 1954-1962, 1954-1962
[Box: 1, Folder: 7]
Personal Correspondence from Crawford, 1962-1966, 1962-1966
[Box: 1, Folder: 8]
Personal Correspondence from Crawford, 1966-1976, 1966-1976
[Box: 1, Folder: 9]
Series III. "Graphics '75 Watergate-The Unmaking of a President," Book, 1974-1981
Scope and Content Note:

Contains a poem entitled, "The Waterbury Tales," and a political cartoon. The majority of series contains correspondence from Watergate Affair figures regarding Richard B. Freeman's book, "Graphics '75 Watergate-The Unmaking of a President."

Ephemera, 1977
[Box: 1, Folder: 1]
Correspondence: January 17, 1974-April 7, 1976, 1974-1976
[Box: 1, Folder: 2]
Correspondence: June 9, 1976-June 2, 1981, 1976-1981
[Box: 1, Folder: 3]