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Jefferson D. Yohn Cartoons

An inventory of his cartoons at Syracuse University

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Date: Jan 1967

Biographical History

Jefferson D. Yohn (1917-1997) was an American editorial cartoonist.

Jefferson Yohn was born February 8, 1917 in Urbana, Missouri. Yohn grew up in Florida and Oregon. In 1938, Yohn became a boiler-maker apprentice with the Southern Pacific Railroad Company. He served with the Marine Corps during World War II on the USS Denver. After the war, Yohn resumed work with the Southern Pacific Railroad Company. Yohn received an A.B. in English (1951) and a master's degree in American literature (1954) from the University of Portland. Yohn was a teacher at Clatskanie Union High School in Clatskanie, Oregon and also taught journalism and English at Franklin High School in Portland.

Yohn cartooned for several newspapers. During the 1960s, Yohn worked at the San Bernardino Sun Telegram drawing cartoons and as an editorial writer until he left in 1967. His work also appeared in the Hollywood Citizen-News, the Bakersfield Californian and the Seattle Times. From 1970 to 1974, Yohn was the cartoonist and editorial page editor for the Sacramento Union.

Yohn's work criticizing Cesar Chavez was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and his editorial writing was recognized by awards from the American Legion, National Conference of Christians and Jews, American Medical Association and Goodwill Industries.

Later Yohn served as editor for APB, a publication of the California Association of Highway Patrolmen until 1989. Before his death, Yohn worked part time on the editorial page at the Elk Grove Citizen.

Jefferson Yohn died on April 15, 1997 following a stroke.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Jefferson Yohn Cartoons contain 26 pieces of original editorial cartoon artworkcreated for the San Bernardino Sun Telegram. The cartoons lack specific dates but were published in 1966 and 1967.

Yohn worked in ink with pen and brush. He also used crayon for shading and dot screening. Artwork was mounted on black illustration board. Each cartoon from 1966 is mounted on board measuring 11" x 14" with an image size of approximately 9" x 12". Work from 1967 is mounted on 16" x 20" board with an image size of approximately 10" x 12 ½" and below the image, Yohn's business card is also mounted.

Arrangement of the Collection

Cartoons are housed in separate folders for each year.


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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


Carmichael, Stokely -- Caricatures and cartoons.
Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973 -- Caricatures and cartoons.
Reagan, Ronald -- Caricatures and cartoons.
Yohn, Jefferson D.

Associated Titles

Sun Telegram (San Bernardino, Calif.)


Caricatures and cartoons -- California.
Caricatures and cartoons -- United States.
Cartoonists -- California.
Cartoonists -- United States.
Cold War -- Caricatures and cartoons.
Crime -- Caricatures and cartoons.
Editorial cartoons -- California.
Editorial cartoons -- United States.
Taxation -- Caricatures and cartoons.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Caricatures and cartoons.
World politics -- 1965-1975 -- 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:

Jefferson D. Yohn Cartoons
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Jefferson D. Yohn, 1966, 1968.

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