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Ben Yomen Labor cartoons

 Collection 0496-LBR

Ben Yomen was a cartoonist from the 1930s to the 1990s. This collection consists of 40 original labor cartoons created by Ben Yomen, which were published in Federated Press publications and CIO News in the 1940s. It also includes printed cartoons, an exhibit folder, and an United Automobile Workers Solidarity article.


  • 1941-1999
  • Majority of material found within 1942-1946

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public and must be used in the Special Collections Reading Room. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies or digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with Special Collections and University Archives duplication policy.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.


50 Items (1 oversize box)

Content Description

Ben Yomen was a cartoonist from the 1930s to the 1990s. This collection consists of 40 original cartoons published in Federated Press Publications and CIO News and 10 items of printed materials including printed cartoons (with the originals part of the collection), an exhibit folder from the University of Michigan, Ben Yomen's business card, and an United Automobile Workers Solidarity article. This collection has many items from the 1940s, including many drawings related to the Second World War and its aftermath, as well as cartoons depicting topics important to labor organizations.

Custodial History

Ben Yomen donated the cartoons and printed matter to the George Meany Memorial Archives in 2003. The George Meany Memorial Archives transferred these records as part of a major transfer of their archive and library holdings to the University of Maryland Libraries in 2013.

Processing Information

This collection was accessioned but unprocessed by the George Meany Memorial Archives. In the summer of 2019, Allison Riehl reviewed the collection, the records from the George Meany Memorial Archives and the accession record available on ArchivesSpace. A preliminary inventory was created. Jen Eidson and Allison Riehl determined two series for the collection based on the materials and the creator's distinction. Cartoons were placed in acid-free folders.

Guide to the Ben Yomen Labor cartoons
Processed by Allison Riehl
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742