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John Jarvis Cartoons

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MD
Date: 20 Nov 2008

Biographical History

John Jarvis is an American cartoonist.

John Jarvis, an Illinois native, sold his first cartoon while still in high school for five dollars to Health and Strength magazine. After graduating high school in 1936, Jarvis studied at the Academy of Fine Arts and the Chicago School of Professional Art. Javis taught at the Chicago School of Professional Art before serving over three years with the Air Force during World War II. While in the military, several of his cartoons were published in Yank magazine.

Following the war, Jarvis published cartoons in Look, Esquire and Collier's and spent a few years with the Western Newspaper Union. After he was laid off, he returned to Geneva, Illinois and in 1953, started working at the Aurora Beacon News where he drew editorial cartoons and illustrated some advertisements. In addition to editorial cartoons, Jarvis’ work has appeared as single panel cartoons and comic strips titled Inklings, Courthouse Squares and Croaker. His illustrations accompanied the "Where in the World Is" trivia feature published in the Chicago Times as well as the Geneva (Illinois) Republican feature, "Old Timers Column".

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The John Jarvis Cartoons are organized into 2 series. Cartoons contains 10 original editorial cartoons and one black and white photograph of a cartoon. Three of the cartoons are dated. The 7 undated cartoons lack captions. The cartoons range in size from 10 1/4" x 11 ½" to 10 ½" x 16". The cartoons were drawn primarily in ink and watercolor with some crayon shading and dot screening appeared in selected cartoons. Notations appear in the borders in pen and various colors of pencil.

Published Material contains a copy of The Bell Ringer, a publication for Aurora Beacon News employees containing an article about Jarvis' donation of cartoons to Syracuse University (1967) and two clippings of cartoons as they appeared in the Beacon News with related editorial content (1966).


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Related Material

Special Collections Research Center has collections of over one hundred cartoonists. Please refer to the SCRC Subject Index for a complete listing.

Subject Headings


Jarvis, John.

Associated Titles

Beacon news (Aurora, Ill.)


American wit and humor, Pictorial.
Caricatures and cartoons -- Illinois.
Caricatures and cartoons -- United States.
Cartoonists -- Illinois.
Cartoonists -- United States.
Editorial cartoons -- Illinois.
Editorial cartoons -- United States.
World politics -- 1945-1989 -- Caricatures and cartoons.


Aurora (Ill.) -- Caricatures and cartoons.
Aurora (Ill.) -- Newspapers.
United States -- Politics and government -- Caricatures and cartoons.

Genres and Forms

Black-and-white photographs.
Cartoons (humorous images)
Clippings (information artifacts)
Editorial cartoons.



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

John Jarvis Cartoons,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of John Jarvis, 1966-1967.

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Published material