The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum at OSU is easily the best library collection of comics, printed and original, in the country, and perhaps in the world. The founding donor was one of my absolute faves of all time, Milt Caniff, and they have piles of his original work, as well as all his archives. Not only that, it’s run by the fantastically cool librarians Lucy Caswell and Jenny Robb.
And not only THAT, but they have a huge capital project underway. They are renovating a large, beautiful new home for the library, with the help of a $1 million grant from Jean Schulz, the widow of the Peanuts’ Charles Schulz. Jean Schulz has further promised a dollar-for-dollar match up to $2.5 million for any donations we civilians make to the project. Donate now, and help support this irreplaceable resource for comics.
By the way, registration is also still open for the 2010 Festival of Cartoon Art, October 14-17. I was a guest at the last one in 2007 (they’re triennial), and had a blast.