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Developing Assignments in the Etta Hulme Political Cartoon Archive

This guide is intended to demonstrate potential uses of the Etta Hulme Political Cartoon Archive in University (and K-12) classrooms. The Etta Hulme Papers are held by UT Arlington Libraries Special Collections.

About this guide

This guide is intended to demonstrate how the Etta Hulme Political Cartoon Archive can be used to build class assignments regardless of discipline or grade level.

For questions about using the Etta Hulme Political Cartoon Archive, or about developing pedagogy using archival resources, please contact Evan Spencer -

About the Etta Hulme Papers

Political Cartoon that shows an oil spill, with a raft titled "Technology for cleaning up oil slicks" and "Now here's my plan..." at the bottom.

Etta Hulme began working for the Fort Worth Star Telegram in 1972, with Hulme producing six cartoons a week for the afternoon edition of the paper. When Hulme joined the Fort Worth Star Telegram, she became the first woman in the paper’s editorial department. In the beginning, Etta’s cartoons reflected a wildly divergent view from the Fort Worth Star Telegram’s previous editorialists. Her inspiration came from watching news programs, reading, and keeping up to date with all current events. She read national papers like the Wall Street Journal and Time magazine, watched the CBS Morning News, and created her own subject files. Etta developed a loyal following of fans who enjoyed her daily cartoons. Even those individuals who found themselves to be on the receiving end of Etta’s sharp wit appreciated her humor and talent.

These cartoons and drawings come from the University of Texas at Arlington’s Etta Hulme Papers collection.  The Etta Hulme Papers, 1914-2015, is comprised of editorial cartoons, sketch books and loose sketches, correspondence, printed materials, art supplies, newspaper clippings, and advertisements. The political cartoons span from 1972 when she started at the Telegram and ending in 2008.

The Etta Hulme Political Cartoon Archive