The Wall Street Journal Cartoon Collection at Baker Library

Baker Library is pleased to introduce the Wall Street Journal Cartoon Collection, generously donated to the library by Charles Preston. Mr. Preston is the founder and editor of the cartoon feature in The Wall Street Journal, which has appeared in the paper under the heading "Pepper...and Salt" since June 6, 1950.

The core of the collection was formed in 1999 and 2000, in preparation for a retrospective exhibition and publication celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of "Pepper...and Salt". Mr. Preston reviewed thousands of cartoons to select those that best represented the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. Subsequently, from 2000 to 2004, he added cartoons that captured the early years of the twenty-first century. Mr. Preston will continue to add to the collection, building a unique archive of the social and cultural history of business across the decades.

The collection, which includes more than 200 cartoons and represents the work of approximately eighty artists, is available for use in the de Gaspé Beaubien Reading Room at Baker Library. For more information, contact the Historical Collections Department at 617-495-6411 or

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