Editorial Cartoons of J.N. "Ding" Darling - The Cowles Library Collection at Drake University

About "Ding" Darling

Jay Norwood “Ding” Darling worked as a cartoonist for most of the first half of the 20th Century. He started his career at the Sioux City Journal, and in 1906 began working at the Des Moines Register and Leader (now known as the Des Moines Register). He subsequently worked for the New York Globe and the New York Herald Tribune. After his travels to New York, he returned to the Des Moines Register where he worked as a cartoonist until 1949. Ding’s work was celebrated with Pulitzer Prizes and was published in newspapers across the country.

Ding was also a pioneer in the conservation movement. At a time when there was no organized environmental movement, he produced cartoons urging smarter use of our nation’s natural resources. He served as the Chief of the U.S. Biological Survey, and was responsible for the implementation of the Duck Stamp program. Ding’s efforts as a conservationist helped to establish the Sanibal National Wildlife Refuge in 1945. After his death, this refuge in Florida was renamed the “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Ding’s conservation legacy lives on through the efforts of the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society, located on Sanibal Island in Florida.

For more information on the life of Jay Norwood “Ding” Darling, see the links below. David Lendt’s biography Ding : the life of Jay Norwood Darling is also highly recommended.

About the Collection

The images presented in this collection are digital copies made from the collection of artist proofs held in Cowles Library's Special Collections at Drake University. These images were digitized and organized through the work of the J.N. “Ding “ Darling Foundation. In 1999, the Foundation released a CD-ROM: The Editorial Cartoons of J.N. “Ding” Darling: The Cowles Collection, Drake University 1912 – 1962. The images from the CD-ROM are presented here. The Foundation created the indexing terms that accompany the images in the collection. For the most part these same terms are used in the online collection. Librarians at both the University of Iowa Libraries and Drake University’s Cowles Library worked to standardize these terms for their presentation online.

Using the Collection

Click on a Cartoon to zoom in on the image. Above the image is the Image Toolbar. This toolbar allows the user to zoom, pan, rotate, hide/show thumbnail, and crop the image.

Figure 8: Image toolbar

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Click the clip icon to open the clip viewer window that allows you to select a segment of the image to save, e-mail, or print. The selected segment may resize when displayed in the new window.

When the toolbar is visible you can click within the image to zoom in and center the view.

"Ding" Darling Links

J.N. "Ding" Darling Foundation

Ding Darling Wildlife Society

University of Iowa Special Collections


Bart Schmidt, Digital Projects Librarian
Scott Phillips, Web Developer
Rebecca Jackson, Digital Projects Assistant

We would also like to thank Mark Anderson and Jennifer Wolfe of the University of Iowa Libraries for their assistance in standardizing the metadata that accompanies these images.

Copyright information

U.S. and International copyright laws protect the digital images in this collection. Copyright of this material is owned by the "Ding" Darling Wildlife Society. Publication or distribution of these items in any format is not permitted without prior written permission of the copyright holder. Contact Kip Koss, Copyrights Administrator, at kipkoss@hotmail.com.