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John T. McCutcheon cartoons and drawings


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Undated Cartoons A-B

Undated Cartoons C-D

Undated Cartoons E-F

Undated Cartoons G-H

Undated Cartoons I

Undated Cartoons J-L

Undated Cartoons M-N

Undated Cartoons O-P

Undated Cartoons R-S

Undated Cartoons T

Undated Cartoons U-V

Undated Cartoons W-X

Untitled 1-54

Untitled 55-109

Untitled 110-160

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Collection Overview

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Primary Creator: McCutcheon, John T. (John Tinney) (1870-1949)

Extent: 42.0 Mss. Boxes

Arrangement: The collection consists of: cartoons and drawings with dates and titles; cartoons and drawings with dates and no titles; cartoons and drawings with titles and no dates; and cartoons and drawings with neither dates nor titles. The illustrations done for the George Ade fables that appeared in Cosmopolitan are arranged in chronological order, as well as the order of the unique number that had previously been assigned to them. One cartoon drawn by an artist with the name of "Triggs" has been included at the end of the collection.

Subjects: Caricatures and cartoons, Cartoonists--United States, Chicago Tribune (Firm), Illustrator, McCutcheon, John T. (John Tinney), 1870-1949

Forms of Material: Pencil works

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The John T. McCutcheon Cartoons and Drawings (1903-1945; forty-two oversized boxes) consist of drawings and sketches created by John McCutcheon throughout his career at the Chicago Tribune, as well as some print versions of his cartoons. The cartoons cover a wide variety of subjects relating to United States history, documenting daily life and political matters from the early 1900s through the 1940s. Some of the many subjects include: railroads, Woodrow Wilson, Uncle Sam, John Purdue, Purdue University, economics, taxes, war, aviation, women's suffrage, farmers and farming, bank failure and the Great Depression, Adolf Hitler, Purdue University, and Theodore Roosevelt.

Biographical Note

John Tinney McCutcheon was born on May 6, 1870 near South Raub in Tippecanoe County, Indiana. His parents were Civil War veteran Captain John Barr McCutcheon (Sheriff of Tippecanoe County) and Clara (Glick) McCutcheon. Young John McCutcheon spent his early childhood in the rural areas surrounding Lafayette, Indiana. He had two brothers, George Barr McCutcheon and Ben F. McCutcheon, and one sister, Jessie McCutcheon (Nelson). His brother George Barr would later earn fame as a novelist.

McCutcheon entered Purdue University and was a founding member of the University's first fraternity, Sigma Chi. He was also a co-editor of the University's first yearbook, the Debris.

After graduating from Purdue with a B.S. degree in 1889, McCutcheon moved to Chicago and was hired to work for the Chicago Morning News (later known as the Chicago Record) as an artist. He began doing front page cartoons for the newspaper in 1895. In 1903, McCutcheon joined the staff of the Chicago Tribune and served in capacities as both an editorial cartoonist and occasional foreign correspondent until his retirement in 1946. As a cartoonist, much of his work appeared on the front pages of the Chicago Tribune, and the subject matter of his cartoons included issues on local, national, and international politics, war, journalism, societal changes, and economic hardships. McCutcheon traveled a great deal during his career, and covered many political events such as presidential campaigns, the Spanish-American War, and World War I. In 1932, McCutcheon was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning for his work titled A Wise Economist Asks a Question. McCutcheon also created illustrations for his friend George Ade, a fellow Hoosier and Purdue graduate; the illustrations appeared in magazines such as Cosmopolitan, as well as books written by Ade. Due to the wide exposure and success of his professional work, McCutcheon is often referred to as the Dean of American Cartoonists.

McCutcheon married Evelyn Shaw on January 20, 1917, and they had four children (John Jr., Shaw, Barr, and Evelyn, who died as a small child). The couple owned a small island in the Bahamas, Salt Cay, which the family referred to as Treasure Island. Following his death in 1949, McCutcheon's widow Evelyn distributed his vast collection of original drawings to various institutions in the Midwest, including Purdue University. Evelyn McCutcheon also contributed to the posthumous publication of John McCutcheon's autobiography, Drawn from Memory.

Subject/Index Terms

Caricatures and cartoons
Cartoonists--United States
Chicago Tribune (Firm)
McCutcheon, John T. (John Tinney), 1870-1949

Administrative Information

Repository: Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: The majority of the materials in this collection were created while McCutcheon was in the employ of the Chicago Tribune. Copyright questions should be directed to the Chicago Tribune.

Physical Access Note: 24 hours notice is required to access the collection.

Related Materials:

John T. McCutcheon Vertical File</h3>

<h3 style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt">This collection consists of newspaper clippings and other articles relating to life and career of John T. McCutcheon. The file is part of the vertical file collection stored in Archives and Special Collections.

Materials located at the Newberry Library:

Inventory of the John T. McCutcheon Papers, 1834-1996; bulk 1889-1950


Materials located at the University of Illinois-Chicago:

John T. McCutcheon Collection, 1915-1944


Preferred Citation: John T. McCutcheon cartoons and drawings, Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries

Processing Information: Whenever possible, original order of the materials has been retained. All materials have been housed in polyester sleeves, acid-free folders, and acid-free boxes.

Other URL: http://collections.lib.purdue.edu/fa/pdf/mccutcheon_cartoons.pdf

Box and Folder Listing

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[Box 1: 1903-1911],
[Box 2: 1912],
[Box 3: 1912 [continued]],
[Box 4: 1913],
[Box 5: 1913 [continued]],
[Box 6: 1914-1915],
[Box 7: 1915 [continued]],
[Box 8: 1916],
[Box 9: 1917],
[Box 10: 1917 [continued]],
[Box 11: 1918],
[Box 12: 1918 [continued]],
[Box 13: 1919-1920],
[Box 14: 1921-1923],
[Box 15: 1924],
[Box 16: 1924 [continued]-1925],
[Box 17: 1926],
[Box 18: 1927],
[Box 19: 1928],
[Box 20: 1929-1930],
[Box 21: 1931-1934],
[Box 22: 1935-1937],
[Box 23: 1938-1939],
[Box 24: 1940-1941],
[Box 25: 1942],
[Box 26: 1942 [continued]],
[Box 27: 1943-1945],
[Box 28: Undated Cartoons A-B],
[Box 29: Undated Cartoons C-D],
[Box 30: Undated Cartoons E-F],
[Box 31: Undated Cartoons G-H],
[Box 32: Undated Cartoons I],
[Box 33: Undated Cartoons J-L],
[Box 34: Undated Cartoons M-N],
[Box 35: Undated Cartoons O-P],
[Box 36: Undated Cartoons R-S],
[Box 37: Undated Cartoons T],
[Box 38: Undated Cartoons U-V],
[Box 39: Undated Cartoons W-X, undated],
[Box 40: Untitled 1-54, undated],
[Box 41: Untitled 55-109, undated],
[Box 42: Untitled 110-160, undated],