The John Fischetti Manuscript Collection contains sketchbooks, original drawings, and photomechanically reproduced drawings by the editorial cartoonist, including approximately 3,300 digitized works from more than thirty of his working notebooks from 1960 to 1980 containing political cartoon sketches.
The Archives hold the definitive collection of Fischetti notebooks and the sketches illustrate his creative process. These notebooks have been digitized by the College Archives for research use.
As a long-time Chicagoan, Fischetti’s work touched on local issues, but it also addressed national issues such as the Watergate scandal, the energy crisis, the economy, and terrorism.
In 1982 the College established the John Fischetti Editorial Cartoon Competition, an annual event honoring outstanding professional editorial cartoonists.
Funding to digitize the Fischetti working notebooks was awarded through a grant from the Illinois State Library (ISL), a Department of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), under the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).