Libraries all over the country are going though a process of change right now. The evolution of technology has pushed them to digitize their collections. Of course, digitization is a slow, time consuming and expensive process that most libraries can only devote a small amount of time to. The Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections in the Chester Fritz Library has started digitizing its collections and have chosen a few specific collections to display on their website.
I would like to take a moment and focus on one specific collection, the Stuart McDonald Papers. Stuart McDonald was a cartoonist who wrote for the Grand Forks Herald and the North Dakotan. He attended the University of North Dakota from 1949-1951. He became the vice-president of the McDonald Clothing Company in 1952, which was located at 311 Demers Ave. Today we would recognize the building as Subway and Olivieri’s Hair Salon; if you look on the side of the building though, it still has the McDonalds logo on the side in the alley.
The collection is dedicated to the political cartoons he drew. Some of my favorites are his cartoon “He Who Lives by the Sword…” which comments on the impact of the Vietnam on the federal budget and “It Went That-a-Way” which satirizes the cold North Dakota endures every winter.
McDonald’s work is very funny, if you understand the events of the time in which he wrote them. I invite all who read this to browse through the digital collection on your computer, just imagine if you could access an entire library that way.