William Proxmire Papers, 1938-2004 (bulk 1957-1980)

Container Title
Mss 156
Part 1 (Mss 156, PH 3575 (5), PH 3576 (3), PH 3576 (5), PH 3577 (5), PH 3578 (5), PH 3579 (3), PH 3580 (5), PH 3581 (5), PH 3582 (3), PH 3583, PH 3584, PH 4222 (3)): Original Collection, 1914-1969
Physical Description: 3.0 cubic feet (8 archives boxes) and 0.1 cubic feet (1 oversize folder), 635 drawings, 260 pieces of ephemera, and 2.2 cubic feet of newspaper tear sheets 
Scope and Content Note

The Donahey papers, 1914-1969, include correspondence, clippings, book and music manuscripts, Donahey's published books, books he illustrated, and business and financial papers. The material is arranged chronologically by date of original publication within these series: Correspondence, Biographical Clippings, Writings, and Books Illustrated by Donahey; also includes the series Visual Materials.

The general correspondence concerns the merchandizing of Teenie Weenie toys, the radio and movie use of the cartoon characters, and the publication of Teenie Weenie books. There are also letters concerning patents and the prosecution of unauthorized commercial use of the Teenie Weenies. The fan mail offers praise of the Teenie Weenies from readers of all ages.

Newspaper and magazine articles describing Donahey's career and his cartoons can be found in the folder of biographical clippings.

In the writings series is the material on “The Teenie Weenies”, which forms the bulk of this collection. It includes three typed manuscripts, sixteen published books, contracts and other financial papers, photographs and samples for advertisements featuring the Teenie Weenies, and clippings. Also included in this series are drafts of two unpublished books, miscellaneous drafts of shorter fiction pieces, and music manuscripts for which Donahey contributed the lyrics.

Books Illustrated by Donahey series includes three books, published in 1918 and 1921.

The Visual Materials series concerns early cartoon strips as well as “The Teenie Weenies” and is comprised of pencil drawings, pen and ink and watercolor sketches, strips, and scrapbooks of newspaper columns.

Series: Correspondence
General correspondence
Box   1
Folder   1
1914 December-1920 December
Box   1
Folder   2
1921 January-December
Box   1
Folder   3
1922 January-1927 December
Box   1
Folder   4
1928 January-1933 October
Box   1
Folder   5
1935 September-1942 December
Box   2
Folder   1
1943 February-1949 December
Box   2
Folder   2
1950 August-1964 September
Fan mail
Box   2
Folder   3
1914 January-1915 November
Box   2
Folder   4
1916 January-1919 December
Box   2
Folder   5
1920 January-1921 December
Box   2
Folder   6
1922 January-1929 March
Box   2
Folder   7
1933 October-1943 December
Box   3
Folder   1
1944 January-1949 November
Box   3
Folder   2
1950 February-1959 November
Box   3
Folder   3
1960 January-1964 July, undated
Box   3
Folder   3a
Replies, 1963-1966
Box   3
Folder   4
Series: Biographical Clippings, 1930s-1967
Series: Writings
“The Teenie Weenies”
Book manuscripts
Box   3
Folder   5
Teenie Weenie Neighbors, 1945
Box   3
Folder   6
Teenie Weenie Camping, circa 1950s
Box   3
Folder   7
Untitled, 1968 March-1969 December
Published books
PH 4222 (3)
[Volume   1]
The Teenie Weenies, 1916
Mss 156
Box   4
Volume   2
The Teenie Weenies with Effie E. Baker, 1917
Box   4
Volume   3
Adventures of the Teenie Weenies, 1920
Box   4
Volume   4
Adventures of the Teenie Weenies (Junior Edition), 1920
Box   4
Volume   5
Down the River With the Teenie Weenies, 1921
Box   4
Volume   6
Down the River With the Teenie Weenies (Junior Edition), 1940
Box   5
Volume   7
The Teenie Weenies Under the Rosebush, 1922
Box   5
Volume   8
The Teenie Weenies Under the Rosebush (Junior Edition), 1922
Box   5
Volume   9
The Teenie Weenies in the Wildwood, 1923
Box   5
Volume   10
The Teenie Weenies in the Wildwood (Junior Edition), 1940
Box   5
Volume   11
Teenie Weenies Land with Effie E. Baker, 1923
Box   5
Volume   12
Alice and the Teenie Weenies, 1927
Box   5
Volume   13
Teenie Weenie Town, 1942
Box   5
Volume   14
Teenie Weenie Days, 1944
Box   5
Volume   15
Teenie Weenie Neighbors, 1945
Box   5
Volume   16
The Teenie Weenies comic book (#10), 1950
Financial papers
Box   6
Folder   1
Contracts, 1915 January-1945 December
Box   6
Folder   2
Miscellaneous, 1922 December-1955 February
Advertising
Box   6
Folder   3
Reid-Murdoch and Company, 1925-1929
Box   6
Folder   4
Photographs, 1926-1962
Box   6
Folder   5
Miscellaneous authorized, 1926
Box   6
Folder   6
Unauthorized, 1914-1933
Clippings
Box   6
Folder   8
“Mr. Nickeldick,” 1925 September-1926 August
Box   6
Folder   9
“Ruff Stuff,” 1913-1914
Box   6
Folder   10
“Teenie Weenies,” 1942 October-1950 May
Buddy
Box   6
Folder   8
First draft, 1938
Box   7
Folder   1
Second draft, 1938
Tales of Puckerbush
Box   7
Folder   2
First draft, 1948
Box   7
Folder   3
Second draft, 1948
Box   7
Folder   4
Miscellaneous drafts, circa 1938, 1953, undated
Box   7
Folder   5
Music manuscripts, lyrics by Donahey, undated
Series: Books Illustrated by Donahey
Box   7
Folder   6
Billy and the Major, 1918 (Volume 17)
Box   8
Folder   1
The Children's Mother Goose, 1921 (Volume 18)
Box   8
Folder   2
The Teenie Weenie Man's Mother Goose, 1921 (Volume 19)
Series: Visual Materials
“The Teenie Weenies” cartoon series
PH 3575 (5)
Pen and pen and watercolor illustrations, 1914-1970
Physical Description: 256 drawings (3 flat boxes) 
PH 3576 (5)
Box   2
Proofs, 1914-1917
Box   2
Duplicate tear sheets, 1914-1970
Box   2
Tear sheets, 1914-1917
Box   1
Tear sheets, 1918-1923
Box   1
1923
Box   1
Proofs, 1918-1923
Oversize Folder  
Tear sheets and 1 drawing, 1914, 1916, circa 1923-1934
PH 3576 (3)
Box   3
1933-1934, 1941-1942
Box   4
1943-1950
Box   5
1951-1960
Box   6
1961-1970
PH 3577 (5)
Pen and ink drawings, watercolor drawings, and tear sheets for the books Teenie Weenie Town, Teenie Weenie Days, and Teenie Weenie Neighbors, 1942-1945
Physical Description: 83 drawings and 56 pieces of ephemera (1 flat box) 
PH 3578 (5)
Pen and ink drawings, watercolor drawings, pencil sketches, and advertising material
Physical Description: 33 drawings and 19 pieces of ephemera (1 flat box) 
Note: Includes the books The Teenie Weenies Music Book for Piano (1921) and The Teenie Weenies Their Book (1927).
PH 3579 (3)
Newspaper tear sheets of the cartoon series “The Pixeys,” 1925
Physical Description: 24 pieces of ephemera (1 folder) 
PH 3580 (5)
Drawings, newspaper tearsheets, posters, and proof sheets of illustrations for children's stories published in the Chicago Tribune and Cleveland Plain Dealer, circa 1910-1916
Physical Description: 28 drawings and 94 pieces of ephemera (3 flat boxes) 
Note: Included are illustrations for “Mother Goose Tales,” “Jack Sprat,” “Old King Cole,” “Silly Loon,” “Sweet Meats,” “Gatehouse Stories,” “Polly's Prince,” and “Tales from the Arabian Knights.”
PH 3581 (5)
Pen and ink drawings, watercolor drawings, sketches, and tear sheets for various projects by Donahey, 1914-circa 1970
Physical Description: 60 drawings and 2 pieces of ephemera (1 flat box) 
Note: Includes cartoon characterizations, fairy tales, portraits, fruit, etc.
PH 3582 (3)
Newspaper and magazine clippings, page proofs and reproductions of illustrations and stories by Donahey
Physical Description: 1 folder 
Note: Includes “Mr. Nickledick” (Chicago Tribune), “Ruff Stuff” (Cleveland Plain Dealer), and stories in Red Book Magazine, Green Book Magazine, and What to Do.
PH 3583
Pen and ink drawings and watercolor illustrations for “Mr. Nickledick”
Physical Description: 175 drawings 
Note: Includes title blocks and cartoon panels. Some of the panels are in full color.
Box   1
1925 September-December
Box   1
1926 January-February
Box   1
1926 March-April
Box   1
1926 May-August
Box   1
1948
PH 3584
Political and humorous cartoons by Donahey published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer
Physical Description: 65 pieces of ephemera 
Note: Includes commentary on Theodore Roosevelt, William Jennings Bryan, the weather, Mexican Revolution, automobile hazards, Republican Convention of 1912, and Donahey's impressions on a trip West.
Box   1
Folder   1
Page proofs, newspaper clippings
Box   1
Folder   2
Photocopies of drawings
Arrangement of the Materials: Chronological