4.75 cu. ft. (326 folders and enclosures)
Organization & arrangement of materials
Organization: Two series: I. Jack Knox Political Cartoons; and II. Political cartoons by peers of Jack Knox; ,Arrangement: numerical scheme, with related topical categories as noted.
Materials housed in Special Collections Division of the Main Library, Nashville Public Library.
Restrictions on Access
In library use only. Available by appointment.
Scope and content: The Jack Knox Political Cartoon Collection, spanning ca. 1918-ca. 1975, consists of 240 original editorial cartoon drawings by Jack Knox, primarily created during his career with the Nashville Banner newspaper (1946-1972). The collection also includes a series of fifty-four cartoons created by peers of Jack Knox. Present in the collection are two metal print plates of original Jack Knox cartoons, along with a few print reproductions. Includes a few pamphlet publications and newspaper articles related to Jack Knox's cartooning career.
Abstract Series I. The Jack Knox Political Cartoons, ca. 1918-1975, approx. 4 cu. ft. This series is a collection of primarily 240 original cartoons created by Jack Knox, along with a few print reproductions, of editorial cartoons that were chiefly published in The Nashville Banner (1946-1972). Includes a few publications and newspaper articles. Arranged in a numerical scheme, with related topical categories noted in the finding aid.
Abstract Series II. Political Cartoons by Peers of Jack Knox, ca. 1918-ca. 1975, approx. .75 cu. ft. This series consists of fifty-four original cartoon drawings by peers of Jack Knox: Tom Little, Bill Sykes, Gaar Williams, Chuck Werner, Joe Parrish, Vaughn Shoemake, Carey Orr, Charles Bissell, J.P. Alley, Jensen, Jim Berryman, Daniel Fitzpatrick, Gib Crockett, Hugh Hutton, Charlie Andrews, Jim Lange, Jack McLeod, Hene, Draper Hill, Jeff MacNelly, Harold Maples, Bob Zshiesche, Bob Howie, Fyfe, Bill Killebrew, Bill "Whitey" Sanders, George White, Fred O. Seibel, Charlie Daniel , Bill Talburt (a printed reproduction), and Obadiah. Includes two print reproductions (#94 and #110). Arranged in a numerical scheme, the folders are numbered accordingly.
Preferred Citation of Described Materials
Cite as: Jack Knox Political Cartoon Collection, Special Collections Division, Nashville Public Library.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
This material may be protected by copyright law (Title 17 U.S. Code)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Joseph T. Knox;,Gift;,2004.,Acc. 2004.053.
Biographical or Historical Data
Artist and political cartoonist John "Jack" Gill Knox, Jr. (1910-1985) was born to John Gill and Sarah Sperry Knox. A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Jack Knox achieved a distinguished career with "The Nashville Banner" (1946-1972) and became famous as an artist and political cartoonist of national recognition. His cartoons were syndicated and widely reprinted across the United States. During his more than forty-year career as a newspaper editorial cartoonist, he was honored with several prestigious awards and attracted attention from the Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Johnson, Kennedy, and Nixon administrations, all of them requesting his original drawings. Knox was widely known for his conservative political satire and caricatures, in addition to his original art and writings about Middle Tennessee rural life and life on the grand rivers. Knox was raised in Texas, where his father explored oil resources as an independent oil operator. Circa 1924, the Knox family moved back to Nashville and Jack Knox, as a teenager, attended the Peabody Demonstration School for a couple of years, then enrollment at the Gulfport Military Academy in Gulfport, Mississippi, followed by graduation at Castle Heights Military Academy in Lebanon, Tennessee. In 1932, Knox received his first cartoonist job when he was the illustrator of "Everybody's Political Primer," a cartoon booklet of pro-Roosevelt campaign literature that was created for the Democratic National Committee during the presidential campaign, helping to place Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the White House. Prior to joining the Banner in 1946, a conservative newspaper owned by the James G. Stahlman family of Nashville, Knox was a cartoonist for "The Tennessean," ca. 1933-34, followed by eleven years as cartoonist for the Memphis "Commercial Appeal" from 1934-1945. Knox briefly left the newspaper field to work on a ranch in Texas for about a year, where he developed a love for horses. Circa 1930, Knox married Edith Towler, whom he fondly nicknamed "sweet Miss Speedy." The couple raised four children: John, Phoebe, Joseph, and Britt. Knox never went to art school and was self-taught with the help of a correspondence course that his wife had encouraged him to take. Knox's cartoons were conservative, attacking what he called the "give-away society." A favorite target of satire for the editorial cartoonist was Tennessee Senator Estes Kefauver. Not all cartoons were political--Knox also sketched cartoons supporting the National Safety Council, Alcoholics Anonymous, and the Clinic Bowl charity game. Knox authored and illustrated original book monographs: "Riverman," (1971); "Childhood the Second," (1972), a book that won the Distinguished Recognition Award from the Friends of American Writers; and "America's Tennessee Walking Horse," published in 1973.
Biographical or Historical Data
Jack Knox was recognized in successive editions of "Who's Who in America" and was a member of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. Joseph Knox, the son of the cartoonist, donated the collection to the Nashville Public Library in August, 2004. The Nashville Public Library Foundation and the family of Jack Knox dedicated the Jack Knox Writer's Room on March 31, 2005 in the Special Collections Division.Selections from the Jack Knox Collection and collection of Joseph "Joe" Knox titled "Caricature & the Comic Genius," were exhibited at the Nashville Public Library during Oct. 21, 2005 through Jan. 15, 2006.
Cumulative Index/Finding Aids
Finding aid available in repository; ,item level control,https://assets.library.nashville.org/documents/finding-aids/Special_Collections_Division_Finding_Aid_Knox_Cartoons.pdf.
Accumulation and Frequency of Use
No further accruals are expected.