John McCormick Collection - PP122

Collection finding aids of Photograph Collections in the Prints and Photographs Division of the Maryland Historical Society Library


Prints and Photographs Division, Maryland Historical Society
201 W. Monument St. 
Baltimore, MD 21201

Finding aid created by Katherine Cowan with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, July 1999


John McCormick was a Baltimore illustrator, who worked for more than 33 years on The Baltimore News-Post and American, retiring in 1959. Born in Baltimore, the son of Andrew McCormick, he attended Gary’s Prep School, then studied fine art at the Maryland Institute, the New York School of Fine Arts (Parsons), and in Paris, France. He first worked for the News-Post in 1913, but joined the Navy in 1917, serving on the battleship South Carolina. In addition to cartoon style drawings for newspaper publications, he also worked in the court system, and created composite drawings of crime suspects for the Police Department.

Collection Origin

Gift of John McCormick, 1987 (002007).

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 1 box with 1 folder containing 9 photoprints, spanning years 1948-1960. All photographs show John McCormick; in most he is working on a sketch, either from observation or from a description given to him by another person, as at a crime scene. There is one image of McCormick doing a drawing demonstration at the Maryland Institute.

Note: Collection includes 2 folders of printed ephemera, including one McCormick etching titled "Baldwin Blacksmith".


The photographs are arranged according to PP catalog number.

Container List

1 Box

Box 1: 1 Folder

Box 1, Folder 1
PP122.1 – John McCormick, ca. 1960. 1 item.

PP122.2 – McCormick sketching unidentified woman, ca. 1950. 1 item.

PP122.3 – McCormick leaving courthouse during Grammer trials, 1952. 1 item.

PP122.4 – McCormick and Mrs. Mezzanotte (sketching kidnapped child according to her description), 1948. 1 item.

PP122.5 – McCormick and Kalkhof (American Oil), Conrad Thibault, and Ernie Frick, 1957. 1 item.

PP122.6 – John McCormick, ca. 1950. 1 item.

PP122.7 – McCormick and Mrs. Eva M. Donavan (sketching bank robbery suspect according to her description), 1958. 1 item.

PP122.8.1-.2 – McCormick and Jim Wharton doing drawing demonstration at the Maryland Institute, ca. 1950. 2 items. © 2001 Maryland Historical Society - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
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