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Otis Dennis Howard collection

Identifier: aarl97-009

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains: One hundred twenty-five (125) 12" X 19" black and white comic strips, Forty-seven (47) 7 X 16" (black and white) comic strips, and One (1) 8¾" X 22" (black and white) comic strips of "Cool Willie"; Fifteen (15) 11½" X 17" comic strips draft; Fourteen (14) 14" X 17" (black and white) comic strips of "Hidden History"; One (1) folder of correspondence and galley proofs of manuscripts entitled Hidden History: The Omitted True Story of Black People.


  • undated


Restrictions on Use

This collection is available for use only on the second floor (Achives Division) of the Auburn Avenue Research Library. There are no restrictions on research use of the collection, but permission must be obtained for reproduction of materials for which the Research Library does not hold copyright to research only for "Fair Use" as defined in the copright law (Title 17, United States Code). Also permission must be obtained to publish reproductions from materials for which the Research Library does hold copyright for one time use only.

Historical Sketch

Mr. Otis Dennis Howard is a native of Atlanta, went to school at Southwest High School in Atlanta. Mr. Howard cannot remember when he was not drawing. While in High School he became cartoonist for school paper, The Howl. He attended DeKalb Technical School and Art Institute of Atlanta majoring in Commercial Art. He held positions as paste-up artist did freelance artwork and for a period of time, drew caricatures of visitors to Six Flags Over Georgia. He has been editorial cartoonist for the Lithonia News. For a number of years his comic strips and editorial cartoons have been regular features of the Atlanta News Weekly. He also created his own comic strips, " Cool Willie" which has run for several years locally. Currently Mr. Otis Dennis Howard lives in Stone Mountain, Georgia.


45.55 Linear feet




The Otis Dennis Howard collection contains original drawings of his comic strip, correspondence, and a manuscript.


  1. Series I: Comic Strips "Cool Willie"
  2. Series II: Comic Strips Draft
  3. Series III: Comic Strips "Hidden History"
  4. Series IV: Manuscripts


The Auburn Avenue Research Library, Archives Division received the Otis Dennis Howard Collection as a gift from Mr. Otis Dennis Howard on the 23 rd day of June, 1997.
Inventory of the Otis Dennis Howard Collection aarl97-009 aarl97-009
Finding aid prepared by Finding aid prepared by Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History
2004 September 15
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Repository Details

Part of the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African-American Culture and History Repository

101 Auburn Avenue NE
Atlanta GA 30303