TABLE OF CONTENTS


Descriptive Summary of the Collection

Administrative Information

Biography of John Fischetti

Scope and Content of the Collection

Organization

Selected Search Terms

Related Material

Container List

Series 1: Political Cartoons, 1962-1980

Series 2: Miscellaneous, 1942-1995

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Inventory of the John Fischetti Papers, 1942-1995


The Newberry Library
Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, Illinois 60610-7324
USA
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Machine-readable finding aid encoded by Pamela Olson and Alison Hinderliter, 2004.

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Descriptive Summary of the Collection

Creator Fischetti, John R.
Title John Fischetti Papers
Dates 1942-1995,
Extent 15 linear feet (1 box and 28 oversize boxes)
Abstract Political cartoons and assorted miscellaneous items (clippings, photographs, correspondence, etc.) of Pulitzer Prize-winning artist John Fischetti. Fischetti worked for several newspapers and magazines during his long career, including Coronet, Esquire, the Chicago Sun, the New York Herald Tribune, the Chicago Daily News, and the Chicago Sun-Times.
Language Materials are in English.
Repository Newberry Library, Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections
Collection Call Number Midwest MS Fischetti
Collection Stack Location 3a 39 12-13

Administrative Information

Cite As

John Fischetti Papers, The Newberry Library, Chicago.

Provenance

Gift of Karen Fischetti, Sept. 10, 1998, with subsequent donations from Joseph E. Geshwiler, 2005-2006.

Processed by

Aaron Gordon, 2000-2003; and Pamela Olson, 2004

Acknowledgements

This inventory was created with the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this inventory do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Access

The John Fischetti Papers are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The John Fischetti Papers are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.

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Biography of John Fischetti

John Fischetti was born in Brooklyn, New York on Sept. 27, 1916, the youngest in an Italian family of four children. His urge to draw developed early and, in fact, he graduated from the Pratt Technical Institute before earning his high school diploma. After graduation he went to California and worked for the Disney Studio. Eye strain forced him to give up animation and he moved to Chicago where he began working for Coronet and Esquire magazines. When Marshall Field started the Chicago Sun and bought up the Coronet/Esquire syndicate, Fischetti began doing political cartoons for the Sun; however, World War II intervened and he spent the latter part of it cartooning for Stars and Stripes. When his Sun job was no longer available after the war, he moved to New York and joined Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA), and then the New York Herald Tribune. It folded in 1966 and he moved back to Chicago and the Chicago Daily News, where he was given complete autonomy to choose his styles and topics. Fischetti was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1968. After the Daily News ceased publication in 1978, he finished his career at the Chicago Sun-Times. John Fischetti died on Nov. 18, 1980.

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Scope and Content of the Collection

Political cartoons and sketches by John Fischetti, along with awards, newspaper clippings, and photographs pertaining to his life and work.

The bulk of the collection consists of original political cartoons by John Fischetti which were published in the newspapers the Chicago Daily News, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the New York Herald-Tribune. The cartoons cover international and national issues, with a large number focusing on the Soviet Union, the Vietnam War, the Nixon and Carter presidencies, inflation, human rights, and social problems.

In addition to the political cartoons, there is a small amount of miscellaneous material by and about Fischetti. Included are newspaper articles about awards he won, his life, and death; photographs of Fischetti at work and with friends; sketches, and smaller cartoons. There are also several cartoons by other artists including Jim Borgman, Morrie Brickman, Johnny Hart, Wayne Stayskal, Bill Yates, and Jim Yepo. Along with these are two poster-size cards to Fischetti, featuring cartoons by Al Hainke and Jack Jordan, and signed by employees at the Daily News.

Narrative descriptions of the subject matter, types of material, and arrangement of each series are available through the Organization section of the finding aid.

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Organization

Papers are organized in the following series:

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Selected Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Newberry Library's public catalog. Researchers desiring additional materials on a particular topic should search the catalog using these headings.

Names

  • Borgman, Jim
  • Brickman, Morrie, 1917-1994
  • Carter, Jimmy, 1924-
  • Chicago sun-times
  • Chicago Daily News, Inc.
  • Ford, Gerald R., 1913-
  • Hainke, Al
  • Hart, Johnny
  • Jordan, Jack
  • New York Herald Tribune
  • Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-
  • Reagan, Ronald
  • Stayskal, Wayne
  • Yates, Bill
  • Yepo, Jim

Subjects

  • Cartoonists -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Clippings
  • Correspondence
  • Economic & social conditions -- United States -- Caricatures and cartoons
  • Editorial cartoons
  • International relations -- United States -- Caricatures and cartoons
  • Manuscripts, American--Illinois--Chicago
  • Photographs
  • Political cartoons
  • Presidential elections -- United States -- Caricatures and cartoons
  • Presidents -- United States -- Caricatures and cartoons
  • Sketches
  • United States -- Politics and government -- 1962-1980 -- Caricatures and cartoons
  • Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975 -- Caricatures and cartoons
  • World politics -- Caricatures and cartoons -- History -- 20th Century

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Container List

Series 1: Political Cartoons, 1962-1980

Political cartoons by John Fischetti, arranged by topic and size. Topics include international relations between countries such as China, Iran, France, Germany, the Soviet Union, the United States, and Vietnam. Topics covering national affairs include politics, presidents Nixon, Carter, Ford, and Reagan, the economy, the military, civil rights, urban problems, and labor issues. Includes oversize works, as indicated. See Boxes 25-27.
Arranged by size, and alphabetically by topic thereunder.

Box Folder Contents
1 1-13 International Relations - Africa, n.d., 1964-1977
1 14-31 International Relations - China, see also Oversize, n.d., 1964-1977,
1 32-44 International Relations - Cuba, see also Oversize, n.d., 1963-1980
1 45-52 International Relations - Egypt, n.d., 1967-1977
1 53-62 International Relations - France, Nos. 1-10, see also Oversize, n.d., 1963-1964
2 63-89 International Relations - France, Nos. 11-37, see also Oversize, 1964-1969
2 90-95 International Relations - General European Issues, see also Oversize, 1964-1969
2 96-110 International Relations - General International Issues, see also Oversize, 1963-1978
2 111-116 International Relations - Germany, see also Oversize, n.d., 1965-1972
2 117-131 International Relations - Great Britain and Ireland, see also oversize, 1963-1976
3 132-142 International Relations - Greece, n.d., 1967-1973
3 143-150 International Relations - India, see also Oversize, 1967-1980
3 151-162 International Relations - Iran, 1978-1980
3 163-178 International Relations - Israel, see also Oversize, 1967-1980
3 179-180 International Relations - Italy, 1976
3 181-197 International Relations - Kissinger, Henry, Nos. 1-17, 1971-1975
4 198-209 International Relations - Kissinger, Henry, Nos. 18-29, 1975-1980
4 210-218 International Relations - Latin America, 1963-1979
4 219-233 International Relations - Middle East, 1966-1980
4 234-263 International Relations - Soviet Union, Nos. 1-30, see also Oversize, n.d., 1964-1973
5 264-270a International Relations - Soviet Union, Nos. 31-37, see also Oversize, 1973-1980
5 271-280 International Relations - Soviet Union and Afghanistan, 1979-1980
5 281-295 International Relations - Soviet Union and China, see also Oversize, n.d., 1963-1980
5 296-310 International Relations - Soviet Union and Europe, 1964-1980
5 311-314 International Relations - Spain, n.d., 1967-1975
5 315-320 International Relations - U. S. and China, 1964-1979
6 321-330 International Relations - U. S. and Other Countries, n.d., 1965-1979
6 331-354 International Relations - U. S. and Soviet Union, 1967-1980
6 355-374 International Relations - Vietnam, Nos. 1-20, ca. 1963-1967
7 375-436 International Relations - Vietnam, Nos. 21-82, 1967-1979
8 437-452 National Affairs - CIA/Pentagon, see also Oversize, n.d., 1963-1975
8 453-490 National Affairs - Congress, Nos. 1-38, see also Oversize, n.d., 1963-1977
9 491-498 National Affairs - Congress, Nos. 39-46, see also Oversize, 1977-1980
9 499-512 National Affairs - Courts and Law, n.d., 1969-1979
9 513-518 National Affairs - Economy - Budget, 1965-1980
9 519-539 National Affairs - Economy - Energy Crisis, 1973-1980
9 540-550 National Affairs - Economy - Inflation and Unemployment, Nos. 1-11, 1967-1970
10 551-621 National Affairs - Economy - Inflation and Unemployment, Nos. 12-82, 1970-1980
11 622-662 National Affairs - Economy - Miscellaneous, see also Oversize, 1966-1980
11 663-682 National Affairs - Economy - Social Problems, n.d., 1967-1978
11 683-687 National Affairs - Government Bureaucracy, see also Oversize, 1971-1980
12 688-716 National Affairs - Military, see also Oversize, n.d., 1964-1980
12 717-725 National Affairs - NASA, see also Oversize, n.d., 1964-1979
12 726-727 National Affairs - Politics - Chicago, 1971
12 728-734 National Affairs - Politics - Democratic Party - Kennedy, Robert, see also Oversize, 1964-1968
12 735-741 National Affairs - Politics - Democratic Party - Kennedy, Ted, 1979-1980
13 742-765 National Affairs - Politics - Democratic Party - McGovern, George, 1972
13 766-772 National Affairs - Politics - Democratic Party - Miscellaneous, 1970-1979
13 773-774 National Affairs - Politics - Democratic Party - Wallace, George, n.d.
13 775-800 National Affairs - Politics - Miscellaneous, see also Oversize, n.d., 1964-1980
14 801-815 National Affairs - Politics - Presidential Campaigns - Carter, Jimmy vs. Ford, Gerald, 1976
14 816-823a National Affairs - Politics - Presidential Campaigns - Carter, Jimmy vs. Reagan, Ronald, 1980
14 824-843 National Affairs - Politics - Presidential Campaigns - Nixon, Richard, see also Oversize, n.d., 1966-1968
14 844-851 National Affairs - Politics - Presidential Campaigns - Reagan, Ronald, 1980
14 852-861 National Affairs - Politics - Presidents - Carter, Jimmy, Nos. 1-10, 1976-1977
15 862-905 National Affairs - Politics - Presidents - Carter, Jimmy, Nos. 11-54, 1977-1980
15 906-925 National Affairs - Politics - Presidents - Ford, Gerald, Nos. 1-20, 1974-1975
16 926-936 National Affairs - Politics - Presidents - Ford, Gerald, Nos. 21-40, 1975-1977
16 937-974 National Affairs - Politics - Presidents - Johnson, Lyndon, Nos. 1-38, 1963-1967
17 975-990 National Affairs - Politics - Presidents - Johnson, Lyndon, Nos. 39-54, 1967-1969
17 991-1032 National Affairs - Politics - Presidents - Nixon, Richard, Nos. 1-42, 1963-1970
18 1033-1091 National Affairs - Politics - Presidents - Nixon, Richard, Nos. 43-101, 1970-1974
19 1092-1095 National Affairs - Politics - Presidents - Nixon, Richard, Nos. 102-105, 1974-1978
19 1096-1117 National Affairs - Politics - Presidents - Nixon, Richard - Watergate, 1972-1977
19 1118-1131 National Affairs - Politics - Republican Party - Goldwater, Barry, 1963-1969
19 1132-1152 National Affairs - Politics - Republican Party - Miscellaneous, Nos. 1-21, n.d., 1964-1974
20 1153-1162 National Affairs - Politics - Republican Party - Miscellaneous, Nos. 22-31, 1976-1980
20 1163-1187 National Affairs - Politics - Republican Party - Presidential Primaries - Reagan, Ronald vs. Ford, Gerald, 1975-1980
20 1188-1200 National Affairs - Politics - Republican Party - Presidential Primaries - Rockefeller, Nelson, 1963-1968
20 1201-1211 National Affairs - Politics - Vice-Presidents, Agnew, Spiro, Nos. 1-11, 1968-1970
21 1212-1218 National Affairs - Politics - Vice-Presidents, Agnew, Spiro, Nos. 12-18, 1970-1974
21 1219-1251 National Affairs - Social Commentary - Civil Rights, see also Oversize, 1963-1979
21 1252-1254 National Affairs - Social Commentary - Crime, 1969-1973
21 1255-1257 National Affairs - Social Commentary - Education, see also Oversize, 1963-1980
21 1258-1266 National Affairs - Social Commentary - Environment, 1962-1980
22 1267-1269 National Affairs - Social Commentary - Firearms, 1964-1977
22 1270-1276 National Affairs - Social Commentary - Health Issues, see also Oversize, n.d., 1964-1978
22 1277-1294 National Affairs - Social Commentary - Labor, see also Oversize, n.d., 1964-1979
22 1295-1311 National Affairs - Social Commentary - Media, see also Oversize, n.d., 1966-1980
22 1312-1318 National Affairs - Social Commentary - Miscellaneous, Nos. 1-7, see also Oversize, n.d.
22 1319-1365 National Affairs - Social Commentary - Miscellaneous, Nos. 8-54, see also Oversize, 1963-1980
23 1366-1373 National Affairs - Social Commentary - Protest, n.d., 1968-1970
24 1374-1375 National Affairs - Social Commentary - Sports, n.d., 1974
24 1376-1399 National Affairs - Social Commentary - Urban Problems, see also Oversize, n.d., 1963-1980
24 1400-1403 National Affairs - Social Commentary - Women's Issues, see also Oversize, 1966-1970
24 1404-1406 National Affairs - Terrorism, 1968-1977
25 1407 Oversize - International Relations - China, n.d.
25 1408-1413 Oversize - International Relations - Cuba, 1962
25 1414-1417 Oversize - International Relations - France, 1962
25 1418 Oversize - International Relations - General European Issues, 1962
25 1419-1422 Oversize - International Relations - General International Issues, 1962
25 1423-1426 Oversize - International Relations - Germany, 1962-1963
25 1427-1428 Oversize - International Relations - Great Britain and Ireland, 1962-1963
25 1429-1430 Oversize - International Relations - India, 1962-1963
25 1431 Oversize - International Relations - Israel, 1977
26 1432-1440 Oversize - International Relations - Soviet Union, 1962
26 1441-1442 Oversize - International Relations - Soviet Union and China, 1962
26 1443 Oversize - National Affairs - CIA/Pentagon, 1962
26 1444 Oversize - National Affairs - Congress, 1962
26 1445-1446 Oversize - National Affairs - Economy - Miscellaneous, n.d., 1962
26 1447 Oversize - National Affairs - Government Bureaucracy, n.d.
26 1448 Oversize - National Affairs - Military, n.d.
26 1449 Oversize - National Affairs - NASA, n.d.
26 1450 Oversize - National Affairs - Politics - Democratic Party - Kennedy, Robert, n.d.
26 1451-1454 Oversize - National Affairs - Politics - Miscellaneous, Nos. 1-4, 1962
27 1455-1458 Oversize - National Affairs - Politics - Miscellaneous, Nos. 5-8, 1962
27 1459 Oversize - National Affairs - Politics - Presidents - Nixon, Richard, 1963
27 1460-1464 Oversize - National Affairs - Social Commentary - Civil Rights, n.d., 1962-1964
27 1465 Oversize - National Affairs - Social Commentary - Education, 1962
27 1466 Oversize - National Affairs - Social Commentary - Health Issues, n.d.
27 1467-1468 Oversize - National Affairs - Social Commentary - Labor, 1962
27 1469 Oversize - National Affairs - Social Commentary - Media, 1962
27 1470-1480 Oversize - National Affairs - Social Commentary - Miscellaneous, n.d., 1962
27 1481 Oversize - National Affairs - Social Commentary - Urban Problems, n.d.
27 1482 Oversize - National Affairs - Social Commentary - Women's Issues, 1962

Series 2: Miscellaneous, 1942-1995

This series includes material about Fischetti's awards, including the Pulitzer Prize and Sigma Delta Chi award. Further materials include two brief biographies, newspaper clippings, obituaries, and articles published after his death regarding the Fischetti Editorial Cartoon Competition and exhibit at Columbia College, Chicago. There are a handful of photographs of the cartoonist at work and with others, including Studs Terkel, Bob Cromie, and Bill Mauldin. Also included are small sketches by Fischetti, and cartoons by other artists such as Jim Borgman, Morrie Brickman, Johnny Hart, and Wayne Stayskal. In addition, there are two poster-size cards to Fischetti, featuring cartoons by Al Hainke and Jack Jordan, and signed by employees at the Daily News. See Box 29 for oversize materials.
Arranged by size, and alphabetically by topic thereunder.

Box Folder Contents
28 1483 Awards, 1954-1974
28 1484 Biography - From Exhibit at Chicago Public Library Cultural Center, 1986
28 1485 Biography - Pratt Profiles, 1964
28 1486 Card with Cartoon by Al Hainke, Signed by Fischetti's Colleagues: see Oversize, 1973
28 1487 Card with Cartoon by Jack Jordan, Signed by Fischetti's Colleagues: see Oversize, ca. 1972
28 1488 Cartoons by Others - Borgman, Jim, n.d.
28 1489 Cartoons by Others - Brickman, Morrie: see Oversize, n.d.
28 1490 Cartoons by Others - Hart, Johnny, n.d.
28 1491 Cartoons by Others - Stayskal, Wayne, n.d.
28 1492 Cartoons by Others - Yates, Bill, n.d.
28 1493 Cartoons by Others - Yepo, Jim (Pancho), n.d.
28 1493a Lisagor, Peter - Eulogy by Fischetti (?), ca. 1976
28 1494 Newspaper Clippings, see also Oversize, n.d., 1954-1979
28 1495 Newspaper Clippings - Posthumous, see also Oversize, n.d., 1982-1995
28 1496 Obituaries (2 incomplete), see also Oversize, 1980
28 1497 Photographs - John Fischetti, ca. 1942-1970's
28 1498 Photographs - John Fischetti at Work, (black and white negatives), n.d.
28 1499 Photographs - John Fischetti with Others - see Oversize, 1970's
28 1500 Photographs - John Fischetti with Others on Cromie's Circle, Early 1970's
28 1501 Photographs - John and Karen Fischetti with Studs Terkel, ca. 1970's
28 1502 Photographs - John Fischetti Cartoon, During Student Strike - see Oversize, 1970
28 1503 Sketchbook, 1980
28 1504 Sketches, see also Oversize, n.d., 1980
28 1505 Small Cartoons, n.d., 1972-1980
28 1506 Work Notes, n.d.
29 Oversize Miscellaneous, n.d., 1954-1995

Related Material

Both the Chicago Historical Society and Ohio State University also hold significant papers and cartoons of John Fischetti.

The following 3 monographs were part of the original donation of Fischetti Papers and were separated out to be cataloged individually and added to the Newberry's monograph collections. See the Newberry Library online catalog for call numbers.

Rapoport, Daniel. Inside the House : an irreverent guided tour through the House of Representatives, from the days of Adam Clayton Powell to those of Peter Rodino. Book jacket illustration by John Fischetti. Chicago: Follett Pub. Co., 1975
Klein, Lenore. Brave Daniel; the story of a brave boy. Illustrated by John Fischetti. New York: William R. Scott, 1958 [hardback]
Klein, Lenore. Brave Daniel; the story of a brave boy. Illustrated by John Fischetti. New York: Scholastic Book Services, 1964 [paperback]

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