Press Preview For National Archives New Political Cartoon Exhibition
Press Release · Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Running for Office: Candidates, Campaigns, and the Cartoons of Clifford Berryman

WHAT:  A special press “sneak preview” and breakfast to launch the National Archives new major exhibition, “Running for Office: Candidates, Campaigns, and the Cartoons of Clifford Berryman.” The exhibition opens to the public on Friday, February 8, in the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC.

Background:  Just in time for the Presidential campaign swing! “Running for Office” includes 44 exceptional pen-and-ink drawings that highlight timeless aspects of the American campaign and election process. Clifford K. Berryman, staff political cartoonist for The Washington Post and the Washington Evening Star during the first half of the 20th century, drew thousands of cartoons commenting on Presidential and congressional candidates, campaign issues, and elections of his era. Throughout his 53-year extraordinary career, he drew every Presidential administration from Grover Cleveland to Harry Truman. Although faces and personalities change, Berryman’s cartoons illustrate how the political process in our democracy has remained remarkably consistent. The original cartoons on display are part of the official Records of the U.S. Senate housed in the Center for Legislative Archives at the National Archives.


  • Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein
  • Secretary of the Senate Nancy Erickson
  • Guest curator, Center for Legislative Archives, National Archives, Jessie Kratz

WHERE:  The Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery, National Archives Building, Washington, DC
Please use the Special Events Entrance at Constitution Avenue and 7th St. NW.

WHEN:  Thursday, January 31, 2008. Breakfast begins at 9:30AM, event begins at 10 AM.

This exhibition will be on display through August 17, 2008, and is free and open to the public. The National Archives is located on the National Mall on Constitution Avenue at 9th Street, NW. Winter hours (through March 14) are 10 AM – 5:30 PM daily.

Please Note:  No Artificial Light May Be Used in the Exhibition.

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For Press information, contact the National Archives Public Affairs Staff at 202-357-5300.


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