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Vaughn Shoemaker Cartoon Collection

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Vaughn Shoemaker Cartoon Collection, 1961-1991 | Special Collections, Buswell Library

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Collection Overview

Title: Vaughn Shoemaker Cartoon Collection, 1961-1991Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Predominant Dates:1961-1972

ID: SC/061

Primary Creator: Shoemaker, Vaughn (1902-1991)

Extent: 19.0 Boxes. More info below.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged by series with folder level control.

Date Acquired: 00/00/1976

Subjects: Cartoonists, Cartoonists - United States., Chicago Daily News, Inc., Editorial cartoons, Political cartoons, United States - Social conditions - 1933-1945 - Caricatures and cartoons., World politics, World politics - 1933-1945 - Caricatures and cartoons., World War, 1939-1945 - Humor.

Forms of Material: Cartoons.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The near entirety of the Shoemaker Collection comprises over fifty pen and ink editorial cartoon drawings. Chosen by Shoemaker as his personal best and given to Wheaton College originally for its American Art collection. The Collection contains minimal biographical information.

Biographical Note

Born on Chicago's South-Side in 1902, Vaughn Richard Shoemaker was educated at Bowen High School and the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. In 1922 he began an apprenticeship in the art department of the Chicago Daily News where he became Chief cartoonist in 1925, a position he held until 1952. It was in this position that he invented the beleaguered taxpayer character, John Q. Public, said to been more recognizable by Chicagoans than their own mayor. Shoemaker began to receive honors and awards for his editorial work. In 1938 Shoemaker was awarded his first Pulitzer Prize for his Armistice Day drawing "The Road Back." His second Pulitzer Prize came in 1947 for "Still Racing His Shadow." 1945 brought an honorary doctor of letters (LittD) from Wheaton College, a National Headlines Award and the Christopher Medal. Further displaying his popularity, from 1938 to 1946 Shoemaker's cartoons were compiled into six different volumes. Another compilation appeared in 1966. Herman Goering criticized his cartoons as "horrible examples of anti-Nazi propaganda." Shoemaker, nicknamed "Shoe," was an influence upon other cartoonists. He taught at the Academy of Fine Art in Chicago, where one of his students was Bill Maudlin, himself, later, a two-time Pulitzer winner. Shoemaker did not shrink from inserting moralistic or Christian messages into his editorial cartoons. For six months in 1940 Shoemaker drew the cartoon ideas of well-known The Sunday School Times cartoonist E. J. Pace when Pace suffered a stroke. He also founded two Christian fellowship groups for businessmen and artists: the Gospel Fellowship Club (becoming the nucleus of the Christian Businessmen's Committee International) and Christian Artists Fellowship Club. He served as Chairman for both. Converted at age 25 and a member of an Assemblies of God church, it was widely noted that Shoemaker claimed to have started each cartooning task on his knees in prayer. After thirty years at the Chicago Daily News Shoemaker moved the Chicago Tribune and syndication with the New York News. In 1961 he moved to The American, which later became Chicago Today. By 1963 Shoemaker's cartoons were syndicated to more than 75 newspapers. In 1972, fifty years after his entry into his apprenticeship and having drawn over 14,000 cartoons during his career, Shoemaker retired from pen and ink and began dabbling in oils as an avocation in Carmel by the Sea, California. Shoemaker died August 18, 1991 in Carol Stream, Illinois and was survived by his wife, Evelyn and son, Vaughn R. Jr.

Subject/Index Terms

Cartoonists
Cartoonists - United States.
Chicago Daily News, Inc.
Editorial cartoons
Political cartoons
United States - Social conditions - 1933-1945 - Caricatures and cartoons.
World politics
World politics - 1933-1945 - Caricatures and cartoons.
World War, 1939-1945 - Humor.

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections, Buswell Library

Alternate Extent Statement: 36 linear feet

Access Restrictions: There are no specific restrictions on this collection.

Use Restrictions: Duplication may be restricted if copying could cause damage to items.

Acquisition Source: Shoemaker's art was given to Wheaton College originally for its American Art collection in 1976.

Acquisition Method: Gift

Related Materials: Vaughn Shoemaker Cartoons at Syracuse University Special Collections. For more information please see http://library.syr.edu/digital/guides/s/shoemaker_v.htm.

Preferred Citation: Vaughn Shoemaker Cartoon Collection (SC-61), Wheaton College Special Collections, Wheaton, Illinois.

Other Note: The Shoemaker Collection highlights to the editorial cartooning career of this Pulitzer Prize-winning artist.

Other URL: http://library.wheaton.edu


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series 2: Media],
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Series 1: BiographicalAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Obituary -- Chicago Tribune, Aug. 19, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 2: "Vaughn Shoemaker: Pulitzer Prize-winning Christian Cartoonist," Charisma and Christian Life, April 1990.Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Biographical -- Shoemaker, VaughnAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: untitled folderAdd to your cart.
Series 2: MediaAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Item 1: Help! He Wants to Cut Our ThroatsAdd to your cart.
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Item 2: Freedom's Firm FoundationAdd to your cart.
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Item 3: Famous Last WordsAdd to your cart.
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Box 3Add to your cart.
Item 1: Just as the Twig is BentAdd to your cart.
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Item 2: There Must Be a WayAdd to your cart.
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Item 3: Oh, For the Good Old Days!Add to your cart.
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Box 4Add to your cart.
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Item 1: Trick and Treat!Add to your cart.
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Item 2: The Little Vulture with the Hollow LegAdd to your cart.
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Item 3: No Wonder We're Getting SoftAdd to your cart.
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Box 5Add to your cart.
Item 1: Any Day NowAdd to your cart.
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Item 2: The Pilgrims Had the Right IdeaAdd to your cart.
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Item 3: Firm FoundationAdd to your cart.
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Box 6Add to your cart.
Item 1: An Old Soldier's Smile Fades AwayAdd to your cart.
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Item 2: Something's Got to Be Done About Our Baby Sitter, PaAdd to your cart.
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Item 3: If the Dirksen Prayer Amendment FailsAdd to your cart.
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Box 7Add to your cart.
Item 1: Now that we have him Temporarily on the RopesAdd to your cart.
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Item 2: Boot Hill Addition?Add to your cart.
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Item 3: What Happened to our Good Old-Fashioned Teamwork?Add to your cart.
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Box 8Add to your cart.
Item 1: Mother Russia's Apron StringsAdd to your cart.
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Item 2: The CrumbsAdd to your cart.
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Item 3: Could Only Have Happened in ItalyAdd to your cart.
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Box 9Add to your cart.
Item 1: Tsk. Tsk. Ugliest Baby I've Ever SeenAdd to your cart.
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Item 2: Better Than Shooting Off Their GunsAdd to your cart.
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Location: On display in the Archival Seminar Room (BGC309).
Item 3: Finally Getting Together?Add to your cart.
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Location: On display in the Archival Seminar Room (BGC309).
Box 10Add to your cart.
Item 1: Why, That Crazy TV Star, Reagan, is Using Real Bullets!Add to your cart.
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Location: On display in the Archival Seminar Room (BGC309).
Item 2: Slowly LearningAdd to your cart.
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Item 3: Every time I Take Mine Up a Notch, You Let Yours Out Two!, 1971Add to your cart.
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Location: On display in the Archival Seminar Room (BGC309).
Box 11Add to your cart.
Item 1: Growing Lunch Box--Shrinking Tool Box, 1966Add to your cart.
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Item 2: Neat Trick If They Could Do It, 1962Add to your cart.
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Item 3: Back to NormalAdd to your cart.
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Box 12Add to your cart.
Item 1: Let's Sit This One Out!, 1967Add to your cart.
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Item 2: Crocodile Food?, 1962Add to your cart.
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Item 3: Let's Stick to Home Fires for a While, 1971Add to your cart.
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Location: On display in the Archival Seminar Room (BGC309).
Box 13Add to your cart.
Item 1: A Job For Two Eagles, 1969Add to your cart.
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Location: On display in the Archival Seminar Room (BGC309).
Item 2: You're a Conscientious...What?, 1970Add to your cart.
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Item 3: How to Succeed in Politics without Really Trying, 1964Add to your cart.
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Box 14Add to your cart.
Item 1: Examination Time, 1969Add to your cart.
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Item 2: Remember, It's What's Inside that Counts, 1968Add to your cart.
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Item 3: Phooey, Who Needs Lifeboats, 1966Add to your cart.
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Box 15Add to your cart.
Item 1: Well, You Can't Please Everybody, 1968Add to your cart.
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Item 2: ...Walk Into My Parlor, Said the Spider to the Fly, 1963Add to your cart.
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Item 3: If He Gets Off the Ground, We've Seen Everything!, 1966Add to your cart.
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Box 16Add to your cart.
Item 1: Pioneer Trail, 1967Add to your cart.
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Item 2: Latin American Troubles Have Just BegunAdd to your cart.
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Item 3: Join Your Other Half Over Here, 1966Add to your cart.
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Box 17Add to your cart.
Item 1: That Abominable Snowman, NY Herald Tribune, 1961Add to your cart.
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Item 2: Give Money to a Friend..., Chicago's American, 1964Add to your cart.
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Location: On display in the Archival Seminar Room (BGC309)
Item 3: Three's a Crowd!Add to your cart.
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Box 18Add to your cart.
Item 1: Punishment Should Fit the Crime, Chicago's American, 1967Add to your cart.
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Location: On display in the Archival Seminar Room (BGC309)
Item 2: And the Cow Jumped Over the..., Chicago Today, 1969Add to your cart.
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Item 3: Rebuilding the Temple, Chicago Today, 1971Add to your cart.
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Box 19Add to your cart.
Item 1: Now when we fall out of bed, Chicago's American, 1967Add to your cart.

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theme: health care costs

Item 2: Aw, what's the use?, Chicago's American, 1967Add to your cart.

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theme: debt ceiling

Item 3: Once those silos looked big, Chicago's American, 1966Add to your cart.

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theme: world hunger

Series 5: SecondaryAdd to your cart.
Box 23: Loose editions of published works (Rotarian, Print Connoisseur)Add to your cart.

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