Billie Jane Baguley Library and Archives Collection Spotlight for September 2019

September 10, 2019

The cartoon series, Scooby Doo, Where Are You?, was first televised by the CBS broadcast network on September 13, 1969. What makes a Saturday morning cartoon featuring four mystery-solving teenagers and one faint-hearted Great Dane noteworthy? The Scooby Doo cartoon has endured for the past fifty years with a combination of original and new characters, in various reboots and on another broadcast network. A live-action film from 2002 featured the four original characters while a new feature-length film is scheduled for release in 2020. Some Scooby Doo cartoons have even been translated into over a dozen languages. This innocuous cartoon series managed to survive even though humor is generally perceived as contextual to a specific culture, a specific time-period and usually to a specific language. Yet, some aspects of humor could be viewed as universal since most cultures include some form of humorous expression.

Here are four selections from the Library collection that may or may not support such a premise but do represent cartoons published over the fifty years Scooby Doo cartoons have existed. These samples of diverse Southwestern cultures and a variety of artistic styles are currently on display in the public reading area of the Library. Please feel free to visit the Library to review these or any other items of interest in the Library and Archives collections. For more details or additional collection information, click on the link labeled “Library Catalog Search” located in the pull-down menu of the Library tab on the Heard Museum website.

Caté, Ricardo
Without reservations : the cartoons
Layton, Utah : Gibbs Smith, [2013] Heard call number E98.H77 C35 2013

Freeman, Robert
For Indians only
San Marcos, Calif. : [publisher not identified], ©1971
Heard call number NC1429.F7 F6 1971

Manning, Reg; Dean Smith (compiler)
Best of Reg
[Phoenix] : Arizona Republic, c1980
Heard call number NC1429.M36 S65 1980

Oliphant, Pat
Oliphant in Santa Fe
Santa Fe, N.M. : Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of New Mexico, c2000
Heard call number NC1429.O45 A4 2000