Fonds PR0387 - Vance Rodewalt fonds

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Vance Rodewalt fonds

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    • 1970-1990 (Creation)

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    2624 drawings

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    Biographical history

    Born in 1946, Vance Rodewalt grew up on a cattle ranch in the Rainbow Valley near Edmonton, Alberta. In junior high school, Rodewalt sold a page of cartoons to Community Life. By senior high, he produced a comic strip and an editorial cartoon for a weekly newspaper near Edmonton.

    After graduation, he freelanced for National Trust, a number of California magazines including Cycle Tune, and a few New York magazines. Rodewalt also freelanced for Marvel Comics, Parody and Cracked magazines as well as an oil industry serial entitled The Roughneck.

    After Sid Barron left Calgary's Albertan in 1969, Rodewalt secured the job of political cartoonist and held the position until August 1, 1980. He worked at its successor, the Calgary Sun, until December 1983. In February 1984, Rodewalt moved to the Herald where he shared editorial cartooning duties with Tom Innes. In 1987, he assumed full duties for the Herald.

    Rodewalt is well known for his editorial series The Byrds and the comic strip Chubb and Chauncey. In 1988, he won the National Newspaper Award for Cartooning. In 1992, he served as President of the Association of Canadian Editorial Cartoonists.

    Rodewalt married former Olympic figure skater Susan Carscallen.

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    Scope and content

    Fonds consists of Vance Rodewalt’s editorial cartoons on a variety of topics. Fonds consists of approximately 1600 political cartoons and approximately 1000 cartoons focused on social issues. Fonds also includes a smaller number of cartoons on seasonal topics, sports, the Calgary Stampede, the Olympics, and other miscellaneous topics.

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    The fonds was transferred from the National Archives of Canada and donated to the Provincial Archives of Alberta by Vance Rodewalt in 1990.


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        Access Conditions: None

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        Use Conditions: Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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        File list is available.

        Associated materials

        The National Archives of Canada’s Canadian Museum of Caricature holds 1130 of Vance Rodewalt’s editorial cartoons in accession 1990.492.

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        Further accruals are expected.

        General note

        Information in the Biographical Sketch sourced from an article in Odyssey, Vol. 1, No.1, 1978; from an article in Where, December, 1990; and from a variety of sources on the World Wide Web.

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        Most of the watercolour drawings were removed from cardboard backings to conserve the drawings on the acid-free artist’s drawing board.

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        Most of the cartoons are on regular artist’s drawing board, some are on “duo-shade” or developer on self-toning paper, and approximately thirty are on regular paper or photo stock. Drawings from the early to mid-1970s, are ink and tone laminate. From the mid-1970s onward, the drawings may be ink and “duo-shade”, or ink and applied tone laminate, or just ink. All but two drawings use ink. Over two thousand images are in ink, other drawing media include felt marker, ball point pen, watercolour, grease pencil, applied tone laminate, opaque correcting white, developer on self-toning white, charcoal, acrylic, graphite pencil, and colour pencil.

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