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Cartoons are NOT on the Web! COPYRIGHT RESTRICTIONS PREVENT US FROM PLACING THEM ONLINE! Numbers in parenthesis indicate the number of cartoons for each topic. Contact the Library about specific cartoon interests.
Raymond Biles was born January 19, 1921, in San Antonio. He received bachelor's and master's degrees from Baylor University and a doctorate in 1967 from the University of Texas. He taught in the Rosebud, San Antonio, and Alice school districts before beginning his 30 years with Baylor in 1958. He was a member of Grace Temple Baptist Church. He and his wife Majorie had two children, Mickie Biles Stone of Troy and Ray Biles of Katy, and six grandchildren. Dr. Biles collected editorial cartoons as a hobby.
Raymond Biles, professor of Education at Baylor from 1958 to 1988, collected editorial cartoons as a hobby. After his death in the Spring of 1991, these cartoons were given by his family to the Baylor University Collections of Political Materials. Because the cartoons arrived in over 20 large boxes in no particular order, a topical arrangement was chosen to bring order out of chaos. If the cartoon was about a particular individual, topic, or country, the cartoon was filed there. Some topics were further divided into subtopics such as Economy - Inflation; Defense - Army, etc. Any duplicate cartoons were crossfiled under the name of the cartoonists for researchers who may be interested in artistic styles.
Cartoons about individuals closely associated with a particular foreign country are filed with cartoons about that country. Thus cartoons about Margaret Thatcher are filed under England. Nevertheless, her name also appears in the index with a cross reference to England.
The cartoons generally date from 1965 to 1985 with a few both prior to and following these bulk dates. They are divided into four sections: