John Scott Clubb drawings

RIT Special Collections

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Collection Overview
Biographical Information for John Scott Clubb
Scope and Content
Additional Finding Aids
Subject Headings
Information for Researchers
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John Scott Clubb drawings
Clubb, John Scott, 1875-1934
Bulk Date(s)
Inclusive Date(s)
1904-1934, 1975
John Scott Clubb drawings contain original artwork for 3000 political cartoons.
100.48 Linear feet (72 Oversize lid boxes, 4 Clamshell boxes, 4 Document boxes)
C.S. North, Shelves 78, 84, 90, 96, 102, 108, 114, 120
RIT Archive Collections
RIT Libraries
Wallace Center
90 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, New York, 14623
(585) 475-2557

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John Scott Clubb began his career in 1900 at the Rochester Herald, later the Times-Union, where his daily cartoons appeared on the editorial pages for 34 years. His readership extended beyond the local area and his cartoons were reproduced in magazines and newspapers nationwide. He was widely recognized by both casual readers and colleagues for his ability to combine astute social and political commentary with a talent for communicating ideas succinctly through his highly skilled drawings. Local, national and international politics were the mainstay of his output, but he was also known for his portrayal of “cracker barrel” characters discussing world affairs while sitting around a country store stove.

Born in 1875 in Halls Corners, New York, Clubb showed a talent for caricature early in his childhood. He eventually attended art school, first at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and then the Art Students League in New York before returning to Rochester. He died suddenly in 1934.

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John Scott Clubb drawings contain some 3000 original pen and ink cartoons covering thirty years, 1904-1934. The collection contains a card index, arranged by year, alphabetically by cartoon title. However, there are 4 boxes of unindexed cartoons.

One box includes broadsides and a broadside mock-up for an exhibit held at the Wallace Library. The exhibit, The Political Cartoons of John Scott Club 1904-1934 was held December 1975 to January 1976.

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Arrangement (Collapse)

Cartoons are arranged numerically.

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Additional Finding Aids (Collapse)

In addition to this finding aid, the collection contains a card index to each cartoon. For more information, please contact the RIT Archive Collections.

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Subject Headings (Collapse)

Personal Name(s)

  • Clubb, John Scott, 1875-1934

Geographic Name(s)

  • Rochester (N.Y.) -- History -- 20th century


  • Drawings (visual works)
  • Political cartoons

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Preferred Citation

John Scott Clubb drawings, RIT Special Collections

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open to researchers.

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Collection ID


Processing Information

Finding aid created by Amy Vilz in August 2011.

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