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Vaughn Shoemaker Cartoons

An inventory of his cartoons at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MD
Date: 4 Nov 2008

Biographical History

Vaughn Shoemaker (1902-1991) was an American cartoonist. Shoemaker served as editorial cartoonist for the Chicago Daily News from 1922-1952, where he created his famous character, John Q. Public. Also during his tenure with the Daily News, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize twice—once in 1938 for his cartoon "The Road Back", and again in 1947 for his cartoon "Still Racing His Shadow". Later in his career, Shoemaker worked for the New York Herald Tribune, the Chicago American and Chicago Today. Vaughn Shoemaker retired in 1972.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Vaughn Shoemaker Cartoons collection contains 30 editorial cartoons published between the years 1956-1967. The cartoons cover a range of Cold War themes including the nuclear arms race, world communism, relations with the Soviet Union and Castro's Cuba. Shoemaker's signature John Q. Public character appears in several of the cartoons.

Arrangement of the Collection

Cartoons are arranged in alphabetical order by title.


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 over one hundred cartoonists. Please refer to the SCRC Subject Index for a complete listing.

Subject Headings


Shoemaker, Vaughn, 1902-


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


United States -- Politics and government -- 1953-1961 -- Caricatures and cartoons.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1961-1963 -- 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:

Vaughn Shoemaker Cartoons,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Vaughn Shoemaker, 1969.

Table of Contents

Editorial Cartoons