John Tinney McCutcheon cartoons

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This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

5 boxes of material consisting of 454 original drawings of McCutcheon's cartoons created between 1895 and 1946. Subjects of the cartoons include foreign affairs, national and local political issues, journalism and the press, as well as general themes such as baseball, poverty, auto accidents, etc. National and international issues dominate after the advent of World War I.

Biographical Historical Note

Newspaper political cartoonist John T. McCutcheon was born near South Raub, Tippecanoe County, Indiana. He was the younger brother of novelist George Barr McCutcheon, writer of the Graustark books. John McCutcheon attended Purdue University, where he worked with typographer Bruce Rogers on the student newspaper and yearbook. He worked at the Chicago Morning News (later named the Chicago Record) and then at the Chicago Tribune from 1903 until his retirement in 1946. McCutcheon was the first President of the Chicago Zoological Society from 1921 until 1948, overseeing the construction, opening and early years of Brookfield Zoo.

Additional Notes

Related collections: John T. McCutcheon Collections, Chicago History Museum; John T. McCutcheon Papers, Bruce Rogers Papers, George Ade Papers, Fanny Butcher Papers, Carter H. Harrison IV Papers, Little Room Records, Newberry Library; Horace Spencer Fiske Papers, Herbert. R. Strauss Collection of Theodore Roosevelt Papers, University of Chicago Library; John T. McCutcheon Collection, Indiana Society of Chicago Records, University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives; Charles Gates Dawes Papers, Evanston History Center.