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Gib Crockett Cartoons

An inventory of his cartoons at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: SK
Date: 18 Nov 2010

Biographical History

Gib Crockett (1912-2000) was an American editorial cartoonist.

Gibson Crockett was born on September 18, 1912. He studied cartooning through a correspondence course and started working for the Washington Evening Star in 1933, under the direction of James Berryman. Initially Crockett drew illustrations, spot cartoons and sports cartoons. In the 1940s, his work began to alternate with James Berryman's on the editorial page. Eventually, Crockett replaced Berryman as editorial cartoonist in 1965 upon Berryman's retirement.

Crockett's illustrations promoting war bonds were recognized by the U.S. Treasury. He also received awards from the Freedoms Foundation and received the National Headliners Award (1957). A member of the American Art League of Washington, Crockett was also a painter.

Gib Crockett died at Montgomery General Hospital in Maryland on February 18, 2000.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Gib Crockett Cartoons contains original artwork and a small amount of memorabilia.

Cartoons contains 12 editorial cartoons and one unfinished drawing for the Washington Star (previously known as the Washington Evening Star). Works vary in size and are often drawn with graphite, white pencil, crayon and ink. U.S. and international politics are the subjects of the editorial cartoons, including the Bobby Baker case, Ronald Reagan, Fidel Castro, Mao Zedong, communism and Pakistan.

Memorabilia, accumulated by Crockett's friend and fellow artist Francis C. Peters, contains a tribute to Crockett published in the 9 Feb 1975 issue of the Washington Star-News and several pieces of original artwork by him, including a caricature of Peters.

Arrangement of the Collection

Items are arranged in chronological order.


Access Restrictions:

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Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

Special Collections Research Center has collections of more than 150 cartoonists. Please refer to the SCRC Subject Index for a complete listing.

Subject Headings


Castro, Fidel, 1926- -- Caricatures and cartoons.
Crockett, Gib.
Mao, Zedong, 1893-1976 -- Caricatures and cartoons.

Associated Titles

The Washington Evening Star.


American wit and humor, Pictorial.
Caricatures and cartoons -- United States.
Cartoonists -- United States.
Editorial cartoons -- United States.
World politics -- 1964-1966 -- Caricatures and cartoons.


United States -- Politics and government -- 1964-1966 -- Caricatures and cartoons.

Genres and Forms

Cartoons (humorous images)
Editorial cartoons.



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Gib Crockett Cartoons,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of David Norton, 1979.

Francis C. Peters memorabilia, gift of Carol Duncan, 2014.

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