Vaughn Shoemaker cartoon collection

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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

19 boxes of material consisting mainly of more than 50 pen-and-ink editorial cartoon drawings chosen by Shoemaker as his personal best and given to Wheaton College originally for its American Art collection, as well as minimal biographical information.

Biographical Historical Note

Vaughn Shoemaker was a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist noted for originating the beleaguered taxpayer character, John Q. Public. Shoemaker served as chief cartoonist for the Chicago Daily News from 1925 to 1952.

Additional Notes

Related collection: Leon T. Walkowicz Collection of Editorial Cartoon Drawings, Chicago History Museum.