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RG1503.AM:  Guy R. Spencer, 1878-1945

Papers:  1924-1938, n.d.

Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska:  Cartoonist

Size:  2.0 cu.ft.


Guy R. Spencer was born in Missouri in 1878 and moved to Nebraska at an early age. He was educated in the school system at Falls City, Nebraska, and at the Omaha Penmanship School. Spencer began working at the Omaha World Herald on June 12, 1899 for $10.00 a week. He was best noted for his political cartoons and was known as “one of the ablest pens in Midwestern journalism.” He was an avid “trust buster” and opposed all forms of big business. For several years Spencer drew caricatures and cartoons for the Commoner as well as the World Herald. His initial popularity was established in 1902 when he drew a series of political cartoons concerning the political debates between Edward Rosewater and William F. Gurley. Spencer retired in January of 1939. Guy R. Spencer died on December 27, 1945.


This collection consists of three oversize scrapbooks and various drawings arranged in two series: 1) Scrapbooks, 1924-1938; 2) Drawings. This collection relates to Spencer’s career as a cartoonist with the Omaha World Herald. The drawings are originals.

See the photo component [RG1503.PH] for photos of Spencer and stereographs taken by Spencer.


Series 1 – Scrapbooks, 1924-1938


  1. 1924-1938

  2. 1928-1938

  3. 1929-1935

Series 2 – Drawings

Drawings, original (see OB029; OB030; OB031; OB036; OB037)

Drawings, prints and copy negatives


Subject headings:

Caricatures and cartoons — Nebraska

Editorial cartoons — Nebraska

Omaha (Nebraska) — History

Spencer, Guy R., 1878-1945


DDS/cr                   09-15-1970

Revised TMM        04-30-2008; 09-29-2020