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The Kangaroo Humor Magazine

Identifier: KC-23-8-00

Scope and Contents

Students debuted The Kangaroo humor magazine in April 1937, the same year the University of Kansas City's student council moved to adopt the kangaroo as the university's official mascot. The kangaroo did not appear on the magazine's cover until the second issue in May 1937. By Fall 1937, Kasey Kangaroo was born as the official mascot. The following year, magazine staff contacted Walt Disney for a drawing of Kasey Kangaroo in his style. Disney's artwork appears on the cover of Volume II, Issue 5, 1938. The Kangaroo humor magazine merged with the Crataegus yearbook in 1939. The magazine's staff designed the publication's issues to be bound in a three-ring binder that had a yearbook's hard cover.

This series includes The Kangaroo issues dated 1937 through 1943, then 1948 through 1949.


  • 1937-1940

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored onsite, and a minimum of 1 business day is needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact UMKC University Archives.

Conditions Governing Use

Donor has retained copyright


1.5 Linear Feet (UA: On-Site: 3 half size records boxes)

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Finding Aid for the The Kangaroo Humor Magazine
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University Archives: Nithin Songala, Becky Briggs Becker (supervising archivist)
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Missouri-Kansas City University Archives Repository

UMKC University Archives
UMKC University Libraries
800 E 51st Street
Kansas City MO 64110 United States