Fonds PR3795 - John Yardley-Jones fonds

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John Yardley-Jones fonds

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    • 1949-2014 (Creation)

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    1.73 m of textual records and other material.

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    John Yardley-Jones was born in 1930 in Liverpool, England. He was evacuated to Wales while a child during the Second World War. He trained as a draughtsman, has been a boxer, and apprenticed as a house painter. In 1957, he emigrated to Alberta with his wife Mary, who had been born in Wales in 1932. He is an artist and satirical cartoonist, who comments on the social and the political. He published his first satirical cartoons in the early 1960s with the Roughneck, a magazine for the Canadian oil community. His first break as a cartoonist with a major daily newspaper was with the Edmonton Journal in 1962. He and his family then moved east where he worked for the Toronto Telegram and then the Montreal Star. In 1981, he returned to Alberta, working for the Edmonton Sun and then the Edmonton Journal. He retired from the Journal in the early 1990s.

    His work brought him national and international acclaim; his subjects also often requested copies of cartoons by Yardley-Jones, including John Diefenbaker, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon. He published a number of anthologies, and contributed art to publications, advertisements and promotional products over his career. He also hosted a show on ACCESS TV in the late 1980s, Cartooning with Yardley-Jones. Yardley-Jones won the National Newspaper Award for Editorial Cartoons in 1971.

    Always active in the community, Yardley-Jones donated time and drawings to many charitable activities. Yardley-Jones was also a marathon runner, cross-country skier and advocate of fitness. Taking up the fitness challenge by US president Kennedy, in March 1963, Yardley-Jones participated in the 50 Mile Walk from New Sarepta to Edmonton. He featured New Sarepta, a village in Leduc County, Alberta, in his cartoons, and was named honorary mayor. He inspired the village to name itself the “Cartoon Capital of Canada”, and there is a Yardley-Jones Park in New Sarepta.

    Yardley-Jones continued to paint after retirement, focusing on landscapes, city scapes and portraits. He and his wife Mary had six children. Mary Yardley-Jones passed away in 2009 in Edmonton.

    Yardley-Jones passed away on December 6, 2023.

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    The fonds consists of original editorial political and social cartoons created by Yardley-Jones throughout his career. The cartoons were drawn with ink on a regular artist’s drawing board. The cartoons illustrate and document political and social events in Alberta, Canada, and internationally from the 1960s to the 1990s.

    The fonds also includes photographs, film, sketches, drafts and clippings, research and project files, and scrapbooks that document Yardley-Jones’ business, interests, hobbies, and commitment to his communities. These records documents his career in its entirety, and serves to provide insight into his methodology, his viewpoint, his business and personal interests, the world of editorial cartoonists.

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    The fonds was donated on behalf of John Yardley-Jones by his children, Paul and Audrey.


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        Material is in English.

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        Audiovisual material must be duplicated prior to access.

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        Permission for use required. Copyright remains with the Yardley-Jones family until 2037. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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        Includes the following accession: PR2017.0105

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        Also includes 1912 graphic materials (cartoons). -- 62 artworks. -- 15 art sketchbooks. -- 8 printing transparencies. -- 1 VHS videocassette. -- 1 16mm cinefilm.

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