John R. Fischetti Cartoon Archive (Columbia College Chicago)

John Fischetti, Notebook 01, Page 022 (portrait of Eleanor Roosevelt), August 1956. Image provided by the John Fischetti Manuscript Collection, Columbia College Chicago Archives & Digital Collection.

Columbia College Chicago has contributed approximately 3,200 images of drawings and sketches by John Fischetti to the Artstor Digital Library.

John Fischetti (1916 – 1980) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist whose work appeared in the New York Herald Tribune, the Chicago Daily News, Chicago Sun-Times, The New York Times, and Stars and Stripes. Fischetti studied at Pratt Institute and worked as an animator for Disney Studios before embarking on his career as a cartoonist in New York and then in Chicago. Fischetti's cartoons satirized local politics, social issues, and current events, including the Watergate scandal, the energy crisis, the economy, and terrorism. The John Fischetti Manuscript Collection at Columbia College Chicago includes over thirty notebooks containing drawings and sketches illustrating Fischetti's creative process from 1960 to 1980.

Columbia College Chicago received the majority of Fischetti's sketchbooks as a donation from his estate. In 1982, the college established the John Fischetti Editorial Cartoon Competition, a nationally recognized award given annually to outstanding professional editorial cartoonists. In honor of the cartoonist, Columbia College Chicago also offers scholarships to students specializing in print or broadcast journalism, photojournalism, editorial art, or political cartooning.