For the Individual & Common Good: How Social Welfare Agencies Used Comics to Create Better Citizens


Join us as we explore the University of Minnesota Libraries’ Social Welfare History Archives with archivist, Linnea Anderson. She will use examples from the collections that feature some favorite and some little known characters to show how social agencies and comic publishers used comics to instill social values.

Short comics were employed as stand-alone teaching tools or were inserted into popular series in order to promote a range of social messages including fair play, racial and religious understanding, a democratic vision of U.S. history, international relations and America’s role in the postwar world, personal values, health and safety, and citizenship.

Linnea Anderson, Archivist, Social Welfare History Archives
University of Minnesota

Who Should Attend?

Anyone interested in learning about the Social Welfare History Archives collections at the University of Minnesota. Also, those who are interested in using historical documents to teach students (about 6th grade - college level) critical thinking and info literacy, may find this useful.