CSI Archives Event – Aaron Bacall, Staten Island Cartoonist

The College of Staten Island Archives presents Aaron Bacall, Staten Island Cartoonist on Thursday, Oct. 27 in the Library (Building 1L), Room 216 from 2:30pm to 3:30pm.

In Spring 2016, the College of Staten Island Archives and Special Collections received the papers of Aaron Bacal (1939-2015), a teacher, writer, and cartoonist. Bacal (who signed his name Bacall on his cartoons) was a resident of Staten Island for more than 40 years and published cartoons in the Staten Island Advance for 30 of those years. He also authored a humor column for the newspaper in the 1980s. A graduate of City College, Bacal had Master’s degrees in Business Administration and Chemistry from New York University. Although he began a career as a research chemist, he opted to teach high school chemistry so that he would have more time for cartooning. Bacal also taught as an Adjunct at the College of Staten Island in several programs. His cartoons appeared in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, and other national publications in this country and abroad.

Although several years of work will be required to prepare his papers for researchers (they include more than 25,000 drawings), the Archives will be hosting occasional events to introduce Bacal’s work. Join us on Oct. 27 as we exhibit a selection of his cartoons and hear about his life and career from his wife, Linda Bacal, who donated his papers to the College.