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John Trever Political Cartoons

Identifier: MSS-913-BC

Scope and Content

The John Trever Political Cartoons contain original editorial cartoons for the Albuquerque Journal from 1974-1996. Themes include state and local politics, campaigns, political personalities, Rio Rancho development, Albuquerque Westside expansion, the Montano bridge dispute, Paseo Del Norte extension, University of New Mexico and Lobo sports, Albuquerque Public School reform, Indian gaming compacts, Intel operations, WIPP, gas tax, PNM consolidation, DWI legislation, prison overcrowding, drought conditions, vehicle emission testing, and other New Mexico topics. Trever included annotations on the backside of some cartoons for context.

In 1992, Trever added a sixth cartoon each week for the “Metro Plus" edition. Cartoons issued on the same date include the "Metro Plus" edition as well as other editions. In cases where the original artwork was sold, donated or not located a photocopy of the master print with the date of publication has been provided.

The collection also includes an oral history interview with John Trever, conducted on July 24, 203 by Hanna Thompson. Topics of conversation include how Trever got started in political cartooning, his creative/artistic process, the role and impact of cartooning, his take on New Mexico politics and issues, his relationship to politicians, his experience as a cartoonist for the Albuquerque Journal , reactions to his cartoons, and the like.


  • 1974-1996


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.

Biography / History

John Trever is an American political cartoonist who has illustrated for the Albuquerque Journal for more than thirty five years. From 1976 to 2011, he served as the Journal’s editorial cartoonist where his political satire and wit depict a compelling narrative of the history, politics and peculiarities of New Mexican life. A self-described “semi-native." Trever got his start with the Daily Orange student newspaper at Syracuse University. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa, Trever completed a graduate fellowship in political science at the University of Chicago. He joined the Sentinel Newspaper’s art department in Denver before uprooting to New Mexico for the Albuquerque Journal.

Trever’s work has received national recognition. He has been honored by the Society of Professional Journalists, the Overseas Press Club, the Free Press Association, the New Mexico Legislature, and the Albuquerque Arts Alliance. He is also a member of the King Features Syndicate which continues to distribute his cartoons to more than 375 newspapers.

Source: Trever, John. Manana Republic. 1st ed. Albuquerque: Starline Printing, 2007.


9 boxes (5.85 cu. ft.)

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The collection contain original editorial cartoons for the Albuquerque Journal from 1974-1996. Themes include state and local politics, revenues, development, University of New Mexico and Lobo sports, Albuquerque Public Schools, Indian gaming, Intel, WIPP, PNM consolidation, DWI legislation, prison overcrowding, drought conditions and other popular New Mexico topics.

Select Images Available Online

Sample cartoons are available via New Mexico's Digital Collections.

Related Archival Material

John Trever Cartoons Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

Separated Material

Trever, John. Mañana Republic: A New Mexico Cartoon Album has been catalogued for CSWR general collection.

Master file for oral history interview is on library file server.

Processing Information

Sheets of tracing paper that were taped over drawings in hopes of preventing stray fingerprints during backshop operations have been removed.

Inquire with reference staff for access to unprocessed addition, 18 boxes, B3-11A


Finding aid of the John Trever Political Cartoons, 1974-1996
Hanna Thompson
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  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131