University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Berkeley Breathed Cartoon Collection, 1978-1987

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Breathed, Berke
Title: Berkeley Breathed Cartoon Collection
Dates: 1978-1987
Abstract: Scrapbook containing cartoons by and articles about cartoonist Berkeley Breathed, creator of the comic strips "Academia Waltz" and "Bloom County."
Accession No.: 2009-022
Extent: 1 volume (2 in.)
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Berkeley Breathed (1957- ) is a cartoonist and children’s book author and illustrator. Breathed’s first comic strip, “Academia Waltz,” debuted in 1978 in the Daily Texan, while he was a student at the University of Texas. In 1980, Breathed was recruited by the Washington Post, and he began publishing “Bloom County,” his best-known comic strip. Breathed won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning in 1987. After retiring “Bloom County” in 1989, he produced the comic strips “Outland” (1989-1995) and “Opus” (2003-2008). Breathed has also written a number of children’s books, including A Wish for Wings That Work (1991) and Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed Big (2000).

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of a scrapbook containing cartoons by and articles about Berkeley Breathed. The cartoons are primarily from Breathed’s comic strip “Academia Waltz,” but also include special edition cartoons and advertisements from the Daily Texan. Also included is a signed copy of Breathed’s 1979 anthology of “Academia Waltz” cartoons. The scrapbook was compiled by Richard Brasher. Material is arranged in the order in which it was received.


Access Restrictions

Unrestricted access.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Breathed, Berke.
Caricatures and cartoons -- United States.
American wit and humor, Pictorial.
College wit and humor.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Berkeley Breathed Cartoon Collection, 1978-1987, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Detailed Description of the Papers



2.325/D26e Scrapbook:
Cartoons (32), “The Academia Waltz,” The Daily Texan, circa 1978-1979
The Academia Waltz: An Anthology by the University of Texas Cartoonist, signed by Breathed, 1979
UTmost Magazine, cover photograph of Breathed, March 1980
“Image” supplement to The Daily Texan, dining guide parody, February 27, 1981
Article, “Commander Flawn Mounts the Offensive,” with cartoon by Breathed illustrating Peter Flawn’s "War on Mediocrity,” The Daily Texan, September 15, 1980
Advertisement, Kappa Alpha All-Campus Party, with cartoon of Academia Waltz characters, undated
UTmost Magazine, including cartoon by Breathed, May 1980
UTmost Magazine, including advertisement by Breathed for Texas Textbooks, Summer 1981
“Image” supplement to The Daily Texan, including Breathed’s “The Academia Waltz Fall Fashion Guide,” 1979
“Image” supplement to The Daily Texan, including “The Second Fall Fashion Guide,” October 6, 1980
Article, “Extra! Penguin's Alter Ego Wins Pulitzer,” Texas Monthly, June 1987