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Hubert Hill Harper political cartoon collection

Identifier: MSS-2750

Scope and Contents

The collection contains 180 political cartoons drawn in the 1950s by cartoonist Hubert Hill Harper, for the Birmingham Age-Herald.


  • 1950-1956


Biographical / Historical

Hubert Hill Harper (born June 6, 1887, in Pleasantview, Tennessee; died November 2, 1957) was a political cartoonist for the Birmingham Age-Herald and The Birmingham News from 1919 until his death from cancer at age 70.

Harper, born on 6 June 1887 in Pleasantview, Tennessee, was the son of William and Lila Harper. He started publishing cartoons for The Black Patch Tobacco Journal in Springfield, Tennessee, in 1907. He joined the staff of the Daily Oklahoman in 1910, but only remained for a few months. He then worked as a traveling salesmen and settled in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1916. He joined the staff of the Birmingham Age-Herald in 1919, working there until 1927. He took a five year break from cartooning before rejoining the paper in 1932. In 1948 he helped colleague Charles Brooks land an interview to become the staff cartoonist for The Birmingham Age-Herald. Harper joined him on the Age-Herald staff in 1950.

Harper's first wife, Anna, was a passenger in a seaplane piloted by Albert Whitted which crashed at Santa Rosa, Florida, on 19 August 1923, killing all five aboard; she was 25 years old.

Harper was diagnosed with cancer in the late summer of 1957 and died on 2 November 1957. He was survived by his second wife, Nelle, and by two sons, Hubert, Jr. and Dickey.


12 Linear Feet (181 drawings)

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This collection contains political cartoons that appeared weekly in the early 1950s. The subjects of the cartoons are the Birmingham and Alabama school systems, the Geneva Convention, the Cold War, presidential candidates, and various other political figures and events.


Political cartoon originals drawn for the Birmingham Age-Herald.


Ms. Diane Layton, 2013(?)

Processed by

Jamie Burke, 2010; updated by Martha Bace, 2013



Guide to the Hubert Hill Harper political cartoon collection
July 2010
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266