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John Scott Clubb drawings

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RITSpec-0002

Scope and Contents

John Scott Clubb drawings contain over 3400 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.


  • Creation: 1904-1934, 1975
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1904 - 1934


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

John Scott Clubb (1875-1934) 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 cartoons dealt with local, state and national politics, and a wide range of other subjects. 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. 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. He was remembered by his colleagues as a modest, unassuming man and a kind and sympathetic friend.


100.48 Linear Feet (72 Oversize lid boxes, 4 Clamshell boxes, 4 Document boxes)




John Scott Clubb drawings contain original artwork for over 3400 political cartoons.


Cartoons are arranged numerically.

Other Finding Aids

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The original collection of drawings where donated to RIT in the early 1980's by Clubb's daughter, Elizabeth Clubb Reed.

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Processing Information

Finding aid created by Amy Vilz in August 2011.

John Scott Clubb drawings
RIT Special Collections
Amy Vilz
26 August 2011
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA