Norwood "Ding" Darling (1876–1962)
his lifetime, "Ding" Darling was most widely known
for his editorial cartoons, which appeared in
nearly 150 newspapers nationwide and earned him two Pulitzer
Prizes. All were drawn before the advent of television and many
were drawn before radio—an era when newspapers were the primary
source of information and commentary. Published with near-daily
frequency, sometimes on the front page, Darling's cartoons had
an enormous impact on public opinion.
Although "Ding" earned his living as an editorial cartoonist, his passion was teaching the wise use of the world's natural resources. Skilled in public speaking, articulate in writing, Darling devoted his special talents to conservation education and to developing programs and institutions which would benefit wildlife. The National Wildlife Federation, the Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit Program, the Federal Duck Stamp Program, all owe their early existence to Darling's forceful leadership and conservation ethic.
The prize-winning biography
The Life of Jay Norwood Darling, by David L. Lendt is a must-read for all who are engaged in the on-going battle to conserve our nation's precious natural resources. While by definition the story of one individual, it is at the same time a fascinating history of the early conservation movement in the United States.
The Papers of Jay N. Darling is an
extraordinary archive maintained by Special
Collections at the University of Iowa. It
consists of over 60 lineal feet of
materials including letters, manuscripts, and
speeches. Additionally, Special Collections
maintains a searchable archive of nearly
12,000 of "Ding" Darling's original editorial
that are viewable online.
For a bibliography of books
by and about Jay N. "Ding" Darling,