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Shaw McCutcheon Cartoons

An inventory of his cartoons at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MD
Date: 24 Nov 2008

Biographical History

Shaw McCutcheon (1921- ) is an American editorial cartoonist.

Born in Chicago in 1921, Shaw McCutcheon is the son of Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist, John T. McCutcheon. McCutcheon received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Harvard but while serving in World War II, McCutcheon took interest in politics and cartooning. McCutcheon studied political science for two years at the University of Chicago and then attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts for another two years.

At the urging of Chicago Tribune cartoonist Carey Orr (who succeeded McCutcheon’s father), McCutcheon applied for a cartoonist job with the Spokesman Review in Spokane, Washington. His first cartoon appeared in the summer of 1950 and in the 1970s, McCutcheon also began writing editorials for the paper, often on issues regarding economics and national defense.

McCutcheon retired from the Spokesman Review in 1986. In 2005, some of McCutcheon's original cartoons were added to the permanent collection of the Northwest Museum of Art & Culture in Spokane.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Shaw McCutcheon Cartoons are comprised of 33 original editorial cartoons published by the Spokane (Wash.) Spokesman-Review. None of the cartoons are dated, however from their subject matter it appears they are from the mid to late 1960s.

McCutcheon drew the cartoons primarily with ink on illustration board and some traces of pencil are visible. Shading was completed with lines and crosshatching rather than with crayon.

Arrangement of the Collection

The cartoons are arranged alphabetically by caption.


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

See the John T. McCutcheon Papers for material related to Shaw McCutcheon's father.

Special Collections Research Center has collections of over one hundred other cartoonists. Please refer to the SCRC Subject Index for a complete listing.

Subject Headings


Gaulle, Charles de, 1890-1970 -- Caricatures and cartoons.
Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973 -- Caricatures and cartoons.
McCutcheon, Shaw.
Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994 -- Caricatures and cartoons.
Rockefeller, Nelson A. (Nelson Aldrich), 1908-1979 -- Caricatures and cartoons.

Corporate Bodies

United States. Congress -- Caricatures and cartoons.

Associated Titles

Spokesman-review (Spokane, Wash)


American wit and humor, Pictorial.
Anti-war demonstrations -- Caricatures and cartoons.
Caricatures and cartoons -- United States.
Cartoonists -- United States.
Cartoonists -- Washington (State)
Editorial cartoons -- United States.
Editorial cartoons -- Washington (State)
Inflation -- Caricatures and cartoons.
Taxation -- Caricatures and cartoons.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Caricatures and cartoons.
World politics -- 1945-1989 -- Caricatures and cartoons.


United States -- Politics and government -- 1963-1969 -- Caricatures and cartoons.

Genres and Forms

Cartoons (humorous images)
Editorial cartoons.



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Shaw McCutcheon Cartoons,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Shaw McCutcheon, 1969.

Table of Contents

Cartoons undated