Jay Norwood Darling (better known as "Ding") was a Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist and wildlife enthusiast who attended Beloit College in the late 1800s and early 1900s. While at Beloit, Ding drew many cartoons for student publications, including the Codex yearbook. Later in life, Ding's drawings appeared in publications such as the Des Moines Register. As his cartoons were delighting readers across the country, Ding continued to visit and contribute to Beloit College. Many of his lesser-known cartoons and writings held in the college Archives help to illuminate this colorful figure from Beloit College's past. This collection contains a sample of Ding Darling's letters and other writings as well as a selection of his illustrations from the 1899 Codex. To see other collections of Ding's works, visit the Iowa Digital Library and the Drake University Heritage Collections.
Special thanks to library student assistant Liz Levy for her invaluable contributions to this collection.