Collection on Harold Gray
Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSA 255
Scope and Contents
Nine Christmas cards created by Gray, newspaper clippings, cartoons from Debris yearbook created by Gray, one printing plate used for a Debris yearbook page created by Gray
- 1913 - 1950s
- Majority of material found within 1913 - 1928
- Other: Date acquired: 11/30/1978
- Gray, Harold, 1894-1968 (Person)
Language of Materials
Collection material is in English.
Collection is open for research.
Copyright and Use Information
Copyright held by Purdue University. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.
Harold Lincoln Gray was born near Kankakee, Illinois on January 20, 1894 to Ira Lincoln Gray, a farmer, and Estella M. Rosencrans. As a child, his family moved to a farm near West Lafayette, Indiana. Gray graduated from West Lafayette HightSchool in 1912. After graduation he entered Purdue University. During college he worked for the Lafayette Morning Journal creating cartoons and selling advertising. During his senior year at Purdue, Gray was the art editor of the Debris yearbook and drew politcal cartoons for it as well as for the Exponent newspaper. Gray graduated from Purdue in 1917 with a B. S. He enlisted during World War I and became a bayonet instructor reaching the rank of second lieutenant. After the war he obtained a job at the Chicago Tribune. He left the Tribune in 1921 to work for Sidney Smigh on the comic The Gumps. He began writing his cartoon, Little Orphan Annie, on August 5, 1924 for the New York Daily News. Gray married Doris C. Platt on Oct. 22, 1921; she died in 1925. On July 17, 1929, he married Winifred Frost, who helped him with his work. Gray passed away on May 10, 1968 in La Jolla, California.
Items are arranged by type, and then chronologically within the box.
Source of Acquisition
Nine Christams cards donated by Elinore Morey Dunlap, October 1979
Method of Acquisition
Gift; Other items obtained from Debris yearbooks and Purdue departments
- Collection on Harold Gray
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- Keertana Marella
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- 2020-04-22: Collection description updated by Keertana Marella