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John T. McCutcheon cartoons and drawings

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 1

Scope and Contents

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.


  • 1903-1945


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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.


52.00 Cubic Feet (42 flat boxes)

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Arrangement Note

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.

Physical Access Requirements

24 hours notice is required to access the collection.

Related Materials

John T. McCutcheon Vertical File

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.
John T. McCutcheon cartoons and drawings
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Amanda C. Grossman
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Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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