Collection 00955 - Graeme MacKay political sketches

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Graeme MacKay political sketches

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CA ON00131 00955

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  • 1997-2000 (Creation)
    MacKay, Graeme
    Hamilton (Ont.)

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32 cm of graphic material
456 drawings: pen and ink on bristal board; 43 x 34.5cm, 35.5 x 28 cm and smaller

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Graeme MacKay was born in 1968, and grew up in Dundas, Ontario where he attended Parkside High School. MacKay graduated from the University of Ottawa, majoring in History and Political Science. During his undergrad, MacKay became the graphics editor for the student newspaper, "The Fulcrum". In 1997, MacKay began his professional career at the Hamilton Spectator as a full-time editorial cartoonist. MacKay was President of the Association of Canadian Editorial Cartoonists from 2008 to 2010.

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The collection was donated to the Hamilton Public Library, Local History and Archives department in 2013 by Wendi L. MacKay. Graeme gifted these originals to Wendi MacKay, and a second accrual of approximately 150 drawings was donated in November of 2015.

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The collection consists primarily of political cartoons drawn by Graeme MacKay for The Hamilton Spectator. Topics covered in the cartoons are wide-ranging, and involve many political issues facing Canada, Ontario and the city of Hamilton. All of the drawings are “working originals” with a few partial sketches that may be missing captions or have blank areas.

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In Local History & Archives there is a clipping file see CF - Hamilton - Biography - MacKay, Graeme, as well as publications "You Might be From Hamilton If..." by Graeme MacKay (741.56971 MACK) and "Gridlock Scrapbook" by Graeme MacKay (741.5971 MACKA V.1).

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Prepared 06/27/2016 by Jennifer Dell

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Purdy, Marisa C. (2016). Graeme MacKay political sketches finding aid. Hamilton Public Library, Local History & Archives.

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