Digital Collections

Karl Kae Knecht Collection

Knecht Artwork

A collection of original cartoons by Karl Kae Knecht, long time Evansville Courier editorial cartoonist, was donated to the University of Evansville Archives by Knecht in 1962. He presented approximately 3,400 cartoons to UE, a small number of the more than 18,000 cartoons Knecht produced throughout his 54-year (1906-1960) career at the Courier. As a cartoonist, Karl Knecht was distinctive in several ways:

  • His length of service to the same newspaper
  • His use of chalk plate rather than pen and ink in his early career
  • The location of his cartoons on the front page of the newspaper for 46 years
  • His use of an elephant logo as a symbol to comment on current events

Knecht's excellence as an editorial cartoonist was recognized by newspaper editors throughout the United States and around the world. His cartoons were reprinted in the New York Evening Post, the Washington Herald, the Chicago Daily Tribune, Catholic Record, Christian Science Monitor, and the Liverpool (England) Post. Several of his cartoons have been used as illustrations in American history textbooks. One cartoon often re-printed in these books is the 1912 cartoon on the Republican Presidential nomination battle between Taft and Roosevelt entitled “Hand It Back, Bill.” In 1949 he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning.

Digital access to the cartoons is now available via the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Libraries digital archive.


LinC was the University's award-winning, student-directed yearbook that ended with the 2016-17 yearbook.

All issues of the LinC from 1922 to 2016 are available online through Internet Archive. Access to this resource is made possible by the generosity of a UE alumni.

NOTE: The University of Evansville Archives is pleased to offer these publicly-accessible digitized records of the LinC as part of our historical record. However, during the course of preparing these records for digitization, library staff discovered some disturbing images that contain offensive, racialized depictions, and caricatures of historically underrepresented people at Evansville College and the University of Evansville. While we recognize these images serve as a partial visual history of our institution during the years covered, the images in no way reflect current and ongoing efforts to build and maintain a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment that develops interpersonal trust, cultural appreciation, and shared purpose throughout the UE community.

The Crescent

The Crescent is the University's award-winning, student-directed newspaper. It was published weekly and freely distributed across campus.

The Evansville College Class of 1966 Reunion Committee and a generous alumnus funded the collaborative between the Library and the Internet Archive. Use these links to get the campus news from 1919 to 2009.

We Face the Future Unafraid

We Face the Future Unafraid Photo Button

The late George Klinger, emeritus professor, authored a comprehensive history of UE in honor of UE's sesquicentennial celebration in 2004. It is now available online.

From Institute to University

Ralph Olmsted was a long-time administrator at Evansville College, serving as business manager for 39 years. He was also the first archivist. After his retirement, he spent 13 years developing an archive for the college so he could write a book of its history. That book is entitled “From Institute to University.” It is an excellent resource of the early years of Moores Hill Institute/College, Evansville College, and the University of Evansville.