Running for Office: Candidates, Campaigns, and the Cartoons of Clifford Berryman

"What's the Use of Going Through with the Election?" by Clifford Berryman, October 19, 1948. U.S. Senate Collection, Center for Legislative Archives.

President Harry S. Truman, the Democratic presidential nominee in the election of 1948, was widely forecast to lose by a large margin to Republican nominee Thomas E. Dewey. This cartoon shows the prevailing public opinion of the time, just days before the election took place. Despite several polls predicting a landslide victory for Dewey, Truman won the election in one of the biggest political upsets in U.S. history.


Running for Office: Candidates, Campaigns, and the Cartoons of Clifford Berryman includes forty-four facsimile prints of exceptional pen-and-ink drawings that highlight timeless aspects of the American campaign and election process. Although faces and personalities change, Berryman’s cartoons illustrate how the political process in our democracy has remained remarkably consistent. The cartoons provide relevant commentary and fascinating insight into the campaigns and elections of today.

Running for Office was created by the National Archives with the support of the Foundation for the National Archives and organized for travel by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

View the National Archives Running for Office exhibition page.

Exhibition Format

Content44 framed facsimile prints
  • 5 – 18.5" x 24.5"
  • 27 – 22.5" x 23.5"
  • 6 – 22.5" x 27.5"
  • 6 – 24.5" x 28.5"
44 identification labels
1 title panel
1 credit panel
9 text panels
Space Requirements220–250 linear feet of wall space
Shipping Weight and DimensionsTravels in 5 wooden crates:
  • 44” x 35” x 29” - 150 lbs.
  • 38” x 35” x 28” - 150 lbs.
  • 45” x 60” x 20” - 150 lbs.
  • 38” x 35” x 30” - 250 lbs.
  • 58” x 69” x 22” - 250 lbs.
Rental Fee*$1000*
Rental Period6 weeks

*Rental fees are based primarily on the cost of shipping. Prices may vary based on current fuel surcharges or venue location within the state of Texas. Out-of-state rentals are priced on an individual basis. Please call for a rental fee quote specific to your venue.

Print Materials

A specified number of print materials are provided with this exhibition at no additional cost. Additional copies of these materials may be obtained for a nominal fee:

  • 50 tri-fold color brochures
  • 10 posters featuring illustrations by Clifford Berryman

Publicity Materials

Press release

Running for Office press release

Publicity image

A publicity image is available for promoting this exhibition at your venue. Please contact the exhibitions coordinator to request an electronic file of this image. Please allow 2-3 weeks for the exhibitions coordinator to process your request.

Humanities Texas logos

Venues may request a CD with the Humanities Texas logo in a number of electronic file formats for use when developing print and online promotional materials. Logo files are also available for download on the logo page.

Questions and Rental Information

Call 512.440.1991 or email

2018 Bookings to Date

All dates available. Contact us to reserve this exhibition for the upcoming year.

On Display

"Campaign Brick," by Clifford K. Berryman, September 26, 1908. U.S. Senate Collection, Center for Legislative Archives.
"The Fishin' Season," by Clifford K. Berryman, June 7, 1919. U.S. Senate Collection, Center for Legislative Archives.
"The Busy Bee," by Clifford K. Berryman, August 1, 1919. U.S. Senate Collection, Center for Legislative Archives.
"How They're Acting—and How They Feel," by Clifford K. Berryman, November 5, 1912. U.S. Senate Collection, Center for Legislative Archives.