Between 1976 and 2011, Albuquerque artist John Tever served as the editorial cartoonist for the Albuquerque Journal, sharing with New Mexicans his humorous perspective on the ins, outs, and downright oddities of life in the Land of Enchantment. From culture clashes and political wrangling to corporate and environmental issues, few controversies within the past twenty five years escaped Tever's incisive commentary. Now, thanks to a generous donation by the artist, hundreds of his original New Mexico cartoons are being archived and digitized for online publication by the Center for Southwest Research at the University of New Mexico's Zimmerman Library.
Trever says, “It was great working in New Mexico and I was blessed with editors that gave me free rein.” He said it was interesting to work in the state because the political discourse has always been very lively. Trever continues to contribute one cartoon a week to the Albuquerque Journal so his wry take on current topics is still available.
University Libraries Associate Dean for Scholarly Resources Mike Kelly says the CSWR is thrilled to receive the cartoons because they represent a unique take on issues of the day in New Mexico. “Political cartoons are great primary resources for students and researchers to use as they offer insights into the public attitude concerning an issue in a way that text may not be able to do,” he says
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