Jerome Fearing Collection of Cartoon and Editorial Art (SCRB Collection Number 113)
Scope and Contents
The University of Minnesota Archives and Special Collections has been gifted the artwork and papers from noted St. Paul cartoonist Jerome Fearing. It is comprised of material donated to the archives by Fearing, a cartoonist for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and Dispatch for over thirty years. He mostly did editorial cartoons but was also an illustrator for several books as well as having some of his own original books published. A couple of his cartoon series were even published as books after they ran in the paper. One was a series on Minnesota history, and another was a series on the Minnesota Sioux uprising. His collection at the U of MN archives includes original drawings, manuscripts, notes, correspondence, newspaper clippings, prints, scrapbooks, and figurines. Thus far, the collection has been processed at a series level, items boxed and foldered according to publication title or type of artwork. (http://www.thinkstewartville.com/main.asp?SectionID=13&SubSectionID=62&ArticleID=8599)
- Fearing, Jerry (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.
Conditions Governing Use
This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.
Biographical / Historical
Mr. Fearing was a cartoonist for the St. Paul Dispatch and Pioneer Press for over thirty years. He grew up in St. Paul and had a love of drawing at an early age. Mr. Fearing began working at the paper as an advertising assistant and eventually, in 1959, produced a series of drawings for the Sunday edition about animals at the Como Zoo, located in St. Paul. This was his “big break,” and he went on to publish a series about the Dakota War of 1862, known as the Sioux Uprising, back in 1962, as well as a series on the native fish species in Minnesota. He published a series on the history of Minnesota that was later turned into a book that was used as a text in many elementary school classrooms around the state. He also drew several different comic strips during this time.
In 1967 Mr. Fearing began drawing editorial cartoons for the paper. The topics, though generally political in nature, covered many different subjects relevant to the Twin Cities area at the time. Like most editorial cartoons they focused on public figures, sports teams, environmental issues, local government, national and local elections, businesses, transportation and international conflicts, just to name a few.
Mr. Fearing retired in 1994 but kept his extensive collection. It not only contained original drawings, but clippings, correspondence, and other artwork as well. He then donated it all to the University. (http://www.thinkstewartville.com/main.asp?SectionID=13&SubSectionID=62&ArticleID=8599)
56.5 Cubic Feet ([36 hollinger boxes, 6 cassette tape boxes, 9 record cartons, 19 oversize boxes])
Language of Materials
The Jerome Fearing Collection is comprised of material donated to the archives by Fearing, a cartoonist for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and Dispatch for over thirty years. It contains original drawings, manuscripts, notes, correspondence, newspaper clippings, prints, scrapbooks, and figurines.
- Jerome Fearing Papers, 1957-2007
- Kristell Benson
- October 25, 2016
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Collecting Area Details
Contact The Special Collections and Rare Books Collecting Area