John Scott Clubb collection
Scope and Contents
The John Scott Clubb collection contains 13 original pen and ink cartoons by Clubb. Additionally, 13 photographs show Clubb at his home at 116 Crosman Terrace in Rochester, New York, working at his desk in his Rochester office, and an unknown event.
The collection also contains publications featuring Clubb's work. These include a scrapbook published by the Rochester Historical Society (1951), a cartoon book by Clubb (undated), and a sheet music booklet of songs written by George Culp for himself as Joel Baggs in Rochester Ad Club Vaudeville Lyceum Theater (1911).
- Creation: circa 1911-1951
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open to researchers.
Biographical / Historical
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.
0.5 Linear Feet (1 Document box)
The John Scott Clubb collection contains publications, photographs of Clubb, and original pen and ink political cartoons.
Collection materials are arranged by format.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The John Scott Clubb collection was gifted to RIT Special Collections by Janet S. Reed, Clubb's granddaughter, in January 2010.
Finding aid created by Amy Vilz in August 2011.
- John Scott Clubb collection
- RIT Special Collections
- Amy Vilz
- 26 August 2011
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