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Dobbertin Collection of Campus Humor Magazines

The Dobbertin Collection, a generous gift to Special Collections from John and Barbara Dobbertin, may be the largest collection of college humor magazines in the United States. The collection ranges from the late 19th century to the 21st, and addresses topics both light-hearted and controversial. It was showcased in a series of exhibits in 2008; a slideshow based on the Special Collections exhibit is in production. The Friends of the Library Magazine described the gift in 2007. (John Dobbertin is a former editor of the Michigan Gargoyle.)

We are eager to broaden the coverage of the campus humor magazine collection, and invite additions to the collection from your own piles of college memorabilia, whatever your alma mater. For information about the collection or about making a gift, please contact the Curator of Special Collections by email or by telephone at (608) 262-2809. Although the (separate) UW-Madison Archives holds a set of the UW's Sphinx and Octopus, we in Special Collections would welcome issues of those two titles for our multi-institution collection of campus humor magazines.

What follows is a lengthy list of the holdings in the Dobbertin Collection, arranged by institution and then date (or volume number):

Boston University. Bean Pot.

  • Jan 1930

Columbia University. Jester.

  • Mar 1927
  • Mar 1928
  • May 1929
  • 1931 May
  • vol. 47, no. 1.

Cornell University. Widow.

  • 1904-05
  • Dec 1926
  • 1929-30
  • Nov 1938
  • 1948-49
  • Oct 1950
  • Apr 1951
  • May 1951
  • May 1952
  • Nov 1959

Franklin & Marshall College. Hulla Baloo.

  • Nov 1928
  • Vol. 11, no. 1 (1928)

Harvard University. Harvard Lampoon.

  • 1876-78 (bound vol.)
  • 1878-80 (bound vol.)
  • 1881-85 (bound vol.)
  • Nov 1881
  • Dec 1881
  • Feb 1882
  • Mar 1882
  • Apr 1882
  • May 1882
  • Jun 1882
  • Oct 1882
  • Nov 1882
  • Dev 1882
  • Jan 1883
  • Mar 1883
  • Apr 1883
  • May 1883
  • Jun 1883
  • Oct 1883
  • Nov 1883
  • Dec 1883
  • Jan 1884
  • Feb 1884
  • Apr 1884
  • May 1884
  • Jun 1884
  • Nov 1884
  • Dec 1884
  • Jan 1885
  • Feb 1885
  • Mar 1885
  • May 1885
  • Jun 1885
  • 1885-87 (bound vol.)
  • Oct 1885
  • Jan 1886
  • Nov 1886
  • May 1887
  • Jun 1887
  • Feb 1888
  • May 1888
  • Jan 1890
  • Feb 1890
  • Mar 1890
  • Apr 1890
  • May 1890
  • Jun 1890
  • Nov 1890
  • Feb 1891
  • Feb 1892
  • Jun 1895
  • Dec 1900
  • Jan 1901
  • Mar 1901
  • Jun 1901
  • Oct 1901
  • Nov 1901
  • Oct 1911
  • Nov 1911
  • Dec 1915
  • 1916-17 (bound vol.)
  • Feb 1917
  • Mar 1917
  • Apr 1918
  • Nov 1918
  • May 1919
  • Jan 1920
  • Mar 1920
  • May 1920
  • Oct 1920
  • Nov 1920
  • Dec 1920
  • Jan 1921
  • Feb 1921
  • Mar 1921
  • Apr 1921
  • May 1921
  • Sep 1921
  • Nov 1921
  • Mar 1922
  • Feb 1926
  • May 1926
  • Jan 1927
  • Feb 1928
  • Jun 1928
  • May 1935
  • Oct 1935
  • Dec 1935
  • Sep 1936
  • Nov 1936
  • Oct 1938
  • May 1939
  • Oct 1943
  • Nov 1946
  • Dec 1946
  • Jan 1947
  • Feb 1947
  • May 1947
  • Sep 1952
  • Nov 1956
  • May 1958
  • Jul 1958
  • Oct 1958
  • fall 1981
  • fall 1982

Hobart College. Pot.

  • [1954?]

Lehigh University. Lehigh Burr.

  • Jan 1930

MIT. Voo Doo.

  • Apr 1926
  • May 1926
  • Apr 1927
  • Oct 1950
  • Nov 1950
  • Dec 1950
  • Oct 1951
  • Dec 1951
  • Jan 1953
  • May 1953
  • May 1953
  • Nov 1953
  • Nov 1953
  • Mar 1954
  • Mar 1954
  • Feb 1958
  • Feb 1958
  • Jan 1959
  • Nov 1959

Muir College (University of California, San Diego). Muir Quarterly.

  • Nov 1996
  • Dec 1997
  • Apr 1998
  • Jun 1998
  • Oct 1998
  • Nov 1998
  • Dec 1998
  • Jan 1999
  • Mar 1999
  • Apr 1999
  • Oct 1999
  • Sept 2002
  • Mar 2003
  • Mar 2003
  • Nov 2003
  • Mar 2004
  • Apr 2004
  • May 2004
  • Sep 2004
  • Oct 2004
  • Nov 2004
  • Feb 2005
  • Apr 2005
  • May 2005
  • Jun 2005
  • Sep 2005
  • Oct 2005
  • Nov 2005
  • Feb 2006
  • Mar 2006
  • May 2006
  • May 2006
  • Sep 2006

Northwestern University. Purple Parrot.

  • Jan 1929
  • Dec 1937
  • Nov 1938
  • Dec 1938
  • Feb 1939
  • Apr 1942

Ohio State University. Sun Dial.

  • 1928-29 (bound vol.)
  • Oct 1932
  • Apr 1955
  • Dec 1959
  • Nov 1959
  • Jan 1960
  • Jun 1960
  • May 1960
  • Jan 1961
  • May 1962

Penn State University. Froth.

  • Vol. 16, no. 1 (1924)
  • Jun 1924
  • Oct 1924
  • Nov 1924
  • Dec 1924
  • Jan 1925
  • Feb 1925
  • Mar 1925
  • Apr 1925
  • May 1925
  • Jun-Jul 1925
  • Sep 1925
  • Oct 1925
  • Nov 1925
  • Dec 1925
  • Feb 1926
  • Mar 1926
  • Apr 1926
  • Jun 1926
  • Sep 1926
  • Oct 1926
  • Nov 1926
  • Dec 1926
  • Jan 1927
  • 11-Feb 1927
  • 27-Feb 1927
  • Mar 1927
  • Jun 1927
  • Jun 1928
  • Jan 1938
  • Jul 1943
  • Apr 1947
  • Oct 1947
  • Feb 1948
  • Mar 1948
  • Apr 1948
  • May 1948
  • Oct 1948
  • Nov 1948
  • Mar 1949
  • Apr 1949
  • May 1949
  • Oct 1966

Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. Scope.

  • Nov 1930
  • Dec 1930

Princeton University. Princeton Tiger.

  • Dec 20, 1894
  • Nov 1898
  • Dec 1898
  • Dec 1899
  • Feb 1899
  • Jan 1899
  • Mar 1899
  • Apr 1900
  • Feb 1900
  • Jan 1900
  • Mar 1900
  • May 1900
  • Vol. 32 (1922)
  • Jan 1923
  • Mar 1923
  • 1923-24 (beginning Apr 1923)
  • 1924-25 (beginning Apr 1924)
  • 1925-26 (beginning Apr 1925)
  • Nov 1937
  • 24-Mar 1938
  • 19-May 1938
  • Feb 1938
  • Mar 1938
  • Mar 1942
  • Dec 1948
  • Dec 1949
  • Mar 1961
  • Dec 1962
  • Nov 1962
  • Nov 1963
  • Apr 1976
  • Apr 1976
  • Oct 1978
  • Dec 2002
  • Feb 2004
  • Mar 2004
  • Oct 2004
  • Dec 2005
  • Feb 2005
  • Mar 2005
  • Nov 2005
  • 2005 Reunion
  • Apr 2006
  • Feb 2006
  • Nov 2006
  • Sep 2006
  • Nov 2006
  • Reunion issue 2006
  • Apr 2007
  • Feb 2007
  • Nov 2007
  • Nov 2007
  • Sep 2007
  • Sep 2007
  • Apr 2008
  • Jan 2008
  • Jan 2008
  • fall (no year)

Stanford University. Chaparral.

  • Dec 1901
  • Feb 1902
  • Nov 1902
  • Oct 1904
  • Oct 1904
  • Apr 1905
  • May 1905
  • Jan 1908
  • 28-Apr 1910
  • Feb 1924
  • Feb 1924
  • Jan 1925
  • Jan 1925
  • Feb 1928
  • 1935-36
  • Jan 1936
  • Apr 1941
  • Feb 1943
  • May 1948
  • Oct 1948
  • Feb 1949
  • Mar 1949
  • Apr 1949
  • Jun 1949
  • Nov 1949
  • Apr 1950
  • Oct 1952
  • May 1953
  • Dec 1954
  • Jan 1955

Texas Tech University. Texas Travesty.

  • Sep 2006
  • Oct 2006

U.S. Military Academy. Pointer.

  • 1-Jan 1936
  • 17-Jan 1936

University of California, Berkeley. Heuristic Squelch.

  • Sep 1999
  • Dec 1999
  • Feb 2000
  • Apr 2000
  • Sep 2000
  • Sep (B) 2000
  • Dec 2000
  • Jan 2001
  • Mar 2001
  • Apr 2001
  • May 2001
  • Feb 2002
  • Oct 2003
  • Jan 2004
  • Sep 2004
  • Oct 2004
  • Nov 2004
  • Mar 2005
  • Apr 2005
  • Sep 2005
  • Oct 2005
  • Nov 2005
  • Jan 2006
  • Feb 2006
  • Aug 2006

University of California. Pelican.

  • 1940 (bound vol.)

University of Iowa. Frivol.

  • Jan 1948
  • Oct 1948
  • Feb 1949
  • Apr 1949
  • May 1949
  • Jun 1949

University of Michigan. Gargoyle.

  • 1909-10
  • Dec 1919
  • Mar 1920
  • Oct 1920
  • Nov 1920
  • Feb 1921
  • Mar 1921
  • Apr 1921
  • May 1921
  • Feb 1922
  • Mar 1922
  • May 1922
  • Jan 1933
  • Mar 1934
  • Jan 1936
  • Nov 1936
  • Jan 1938
  • Mar 1938
  • Jun 1938
  • Nov 1938
  • Feb 1939
  • May 1939
  • Apr 1941
  • Oct 1941
  • Nov 1941
  • Feb 1942
  • Mar 1942
  • Apr 1943
  • May 1946
  • Jun 1946
  • Mar 1947
  • Dec 1947
  • Mar 1950
  • Sep 1954
  • Mar [1956?]
  • Vol. 50, spring (May[?] 1956)
  • Nov 1956
  • Feb 1960
  • Oct 1962
  • May 1963
  • Oct 1963
  • Dec 1963
  • Apr 1964
  • Sep 1964
  • Nov 1964
  • Mar 1965
  • Sep 1965
  • Nov 1965
  • Feb 1966
  • Feb 1966
  • Sep 1966
  • Feb 1967
  • Feb 1968
  • Nov 1967
  • Mar 1968
  • Oct 1968
  • Jan 1969
  • Apr 1969
  • Nov 1969
  • Nov 1971
  • Jan 1975
  • Spring 1979
  • Feb 1981
  • Apr 1981
  • Apr 1982
  • Dec 1982
  • 1982
  • Mar 1983
  • Nov 1983
  • Dec 1983
  • Apr 1984
  • Nov 1985
  • Mar 1986
  • 1986
  • Apr 1987
  • Nov 1987
  • 1988
  • Apr 1989
  • Nov 1989
  • 1990
  • Oct 1991
  • 1991
  • Jan 1992
  • Mar 1992
  • Mar 1992
  • Nov 1992
  • 1992
  • Jan 1993
  • Mar 1993
  • Mar 1993
  • Apr 1993
  • Sep 1993
  • Nov 1993
  • Jan 1994
  • Mar 1994
  • Apr 1994
  • Dec 1994
  • 1994
  • Mar 1995
  • Sep 1995
  • Nov 1995
  • Dec 1995
  • Feb 1996
  • Mar 1997
  • Apr 1997
  • Nov/Dec 1997
  • 1997
  • 1997
  • Feb 1998
  • Jan 1999
  • Feb 1999
  • Feb 1999
  • Oct 1999
  • Dec 1999
  • Feb 2000
  • Apr 2000
  • Oct 2000
  • Dec 2000
  • Feb 2001
  • Apr 2001
  • Oct 2001
  • Dec 2001
  • Feb 2002
  • Dec 2002
  • Apr 2003
  • Oct 2003
  • Dec 2003
  • Feb 2004
  • Apr 2004
  • Sep 2004
  • Nov 2004
  • Dec 2004
  • Mar 2005
  • Autumn 2005
  • Fall 2005
  • Spring 2005
  • Spring 2006
  • Summer 2006
  • Winter 2006
  • Vol. 99, no. 1-4 (2007)
  • Oct 2007
  • Spring 2008

University of Minnesota. Ski-U-Mah.

  • Nov 1929
  • Oct 1929
  • Jan 1930
  • May 1930
  • Dec 1935
  • May 1945
  • Nov 1946

University of Pennsylvania. Punch Bowl.

  • 1909 (bound vol. 11, no. 1-8)
  • 1910 (bound vol. 12, no. 1-8)
  • 1911 (bound vol. 13, no. 1-8)
  • 1912-13 (vol. 14, no. 1-8, beginning Apr 1912)
  • Oct 1935
  • Oct 1936

University of Pittsburgh. Panther.

  • Oct 1923
  • Dec 1925

University of Wisconsin. Octopus.
Please note: The University Archives holds full runs of the Sphinx and the Octopus.

  • Vol. 1, no. 1
  • 1920, no. 4
  • Jun 1920
  • Vol. 8, no. 5
  • 1921, no. 4
  • May 1921
  • Nov 1926
  • 1927, no. 3
  • Apr 1927
  • May 1927
  • Vol. 9, no. 1
  • Oct 1927
  • 1927, no. 12
  • Jan 1928
  • 1928, no. 2-5, 9-12
  • 1929, no. 10-12
  • 1930, no. 1-5
  • 1931, no. 10
  • 1953, no. 10
  • 1954, no. 2, 3, 6
  • 1955, no. 3-5
  • 1956, no. 4

Williams College. Purple Cow.

  • 1917-19
  • Nov 1941
  • Mar 1942
  • May 1942
  • Jun 1942
  • Sep 1942
  • Oct 1942
  • Jan 1943
  • May 1945

Yale University. Yale Record.

  • 1874-75
  • 2-Oct 1880
  • 15-Oct 1892
  • Nov 1913
  • 28-Nov 1913
  • Jan 1920
  • Dec 1927
  • 7-Dec 1927
  • Mar 1933
  • Apr 1933
  • May 1933
  • Oct 1933
  • Nov 1933
  • Jun 1934
  • Sep 1934
  • Nov 1934
  • Dec 1934
  • Oct 1935
  • Nov 1935
  • Jan 1936
  • Mar 1936
  • Apr 1936
  • May 1936
  • Oct 1940
  • Sep 1946
  • Oct 1946
  • Mar 1947
  • Apr 1947
  • May 1947
  • Jun 1947
  • Sep 1949
  • 9-Sep 1949
  • Mar 1950
  • May 1959
  • Apr 1960
  • May 1960
  • Sep 1960
  • May 1961
  • Sep 1961
  • Mar 1962
  • Oct 1962
  • Sep 1963
  • Oct 1963