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Loyola University Chicago Libraries Acquires
Collection of Award-Winning Political Cartoons
Chicago Tribune Editorial Cartoonist Scott Stantis’s Work
Now Available on Campus

CHICAGO, May 16, 2016—Loyola University Chicago Libraries has acquired the Scott Stantis Collection, a compilation of political cartoons by the Chicago Tribune’s renowned editorial cartoonist.

The collection is focused on Chicago politics and includes a nod to political themes on a national level. It is comprised of more than 400 works on paper and more than 2,700 electronic drawings that have appeared in the Chicago Tribune’s editorial pages and other publications across the United States since 2002.

“The Stantis Collection puts Loyola’s library on the map in terms of contemporary political cartooning and complements our existing collection of 19th century British caricature,” said Robert Seal, MLS, dean of the University Libraries. “We are delighted that a cartoonist of Scott Stantis’s stature has chosen Loyola University Chicago as the home for his recent work.”

Known for his libertarian, conservative view of government and society, Stantis’s editorial cartoons have been syndicated in more than 400 publications around the world, including USA Today, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, and TIME. He received a Sigma Delta Chi Award for Excellence in Journalism in 2012, and his comic strip The Buckets was included in The 100 Best Comics of the Century, a book published in 1995.

“For me, it was most important for my archive to be housed somewhere where it would be well taken care of and widely available for use by students, faculty, and visitors,” said Stantis. “I felt that Loyola’s Special Collections was the place where this work would be respected and preserved for current and future generations.”

In addition to his editorial work, Stantis is the creator of three syndicated comic strips, including Prickly City, which he currently is crafting. He also regularly appears on WGN Radio and pens the Chicago Tribune blog, Taking a Stantis.

The collection is now available for examination at Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus in Rogers Park in Cudahy Library, 1032 West Sheridan Road, Chicago, and is available for viewing Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Advance appointments are recommended. Please contact University Archivist Kathy Young at 773.508.2661 for details.

About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with nearly 16,500 students. More than 11,000 undergraduates call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Beijing, China; Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 11 schools and colleges, including the Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, Graduate School, and Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago. Ranked a top 100 national university by U.S. News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago or @LoyolaNewsroom.

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