Guide to the Daily Northwestern, Special Editorial project

Collection Title: Daily Northwestern, Special Editorial project
Dates: 1936-1937
Identification: 31/7/1
Creator: Daily Northwestern (Evanston, Ill.)
Students Publishing Company (Northwestern University)
Extent: 1 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: The Daily Northwestern special editorial project entailed the solicitation and publication of a series of special articles written exclusively for the Daily by prominent Americans. The project was conceived during the summer of 1936 by the Daily's editorial board chairman Julian Behrstock. On July 8, 1936, Behrstock wrote a letter soliciting contributions to the series, "to one hundred prominent men and women all over America -- educators, writers, financiers, statesman -- asking each one for his opinion of American higher education ..."

Behrstock's letter resulted in 23 articles by prominent Americans, which appeared in the Daily on a weekly basis, beginning on September 23, 1936, and continuing through March 31, 1937.
Acquisition Information: These records were donated to the University Archives by Julian Behrstock on December 15, 1977 (Accession #77-39).
Processing Information: Processed by James G. Carson; august 9, 1985.
Separated Materials: None.
Conditions Governing Access: Restrictions: None.
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

The Daily Northwestern, the official student newspaper of Northwestern University, was established in 1881 as the Northwestern, published three times per week during the academic year. The paper became a daily (published weekdays) in the fall of 1910.

Scope and Content

The Daily Northwestern special editorial project entailed the solicitation and publication of a series of special articles written exclusively for the Daily by prominent Americans. The project was conceived during the summer of 1936 by the Daily's editorial board chairman Julian Behrstock. On July 8, 1936, Behrstock wrote a letter soliciting contributions to the series, "to one hundred prominent men and women all over America -- educators, writers, financiers, statesman -- asking each one for his opinion of American higher educations and the college student; or, better, the relation of the contributor's particular field to the student -- in what manner it touches upon his life , the possibilities it offers for his participation, and its importance to his generation."

Behrstock's letter resulted in 23 articles by such prominent Americans as Fannie Hurst, Dr. Charles Mayo, William Saroyan, Harold Ickes, Frank Lloyd Wright, Clifton Fadiman, and James T. Farrell, which appeared in the Daily on a weekly basis, beginning on September 23, 1936, and continuing through March 31, 1937.

The series is arranged in 26 folders comprising one half-size box. The first folder contains a copy of a letter from Julian Behrstock to Northwestern University Archivist Patrick M. Quinn, dated December 8, 1977, explaining the origins of of the project; and a copy of Behrstock's original letter soliciting contributions to the series. (This copy was originally sent to Graduate School Dean Franklyn Bliss Snyder, later President of the University; on its reverse is a caustic handwritten response from Snyder, criticizing the wording of Behrstock's solicitation letter and declining to contribute to the series.)

The following 23 folders contain photocopies of the articles as they were printed in the Daily Northwestern, and are arranged in chronological order according to the date that each article appeared in the Daily. Approximately half of these folders also contain correspondence with the authors, and/or the original manuscripts of articles; these letters are arranged alphabetically by surname.

Arrangement of Materials

The records are arranged chronologically according to the date of publication for each article, followed by declination letters arranged alphabetically by surname.

Subjects

Corporate Name

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.)--History

Personal Name

Behrstock, Julian, 1916-

Fadiman, Clifton, 1904-1999

Farrell, James T. (James Thomas), 1904-1979

Hurst, Fannie, 1889-1968

Ickes, Harold L. (Harold LeClair), 1874-1952

Mayo, Charles W. (Charles William), 1898-1968

Saroyan, William, 1908-1981

Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959

Titles

Daily Northwestern (Evanston, Ill.)


Container List / Contents

  • Correspondence, 1936-1937
    • Julian Behrstock Correspondence, 1936, 1937Box 1, Folder 1
    • Hurst, Fannie, 09/23/1936Box 1, Folder 2
    • Mayo, Charles, Dr., 09/30/1936Box 1, Folder 3
    • Stewart, George Craig, Rt. Rev., 10/07/1936Box 1, Folder 4
    • Saroyan, William, 10/14/1936Box 1, Folder 5
    • Ickes, Harold, 10/21/1936Box 1, Folder 6
    • Calverton, V. F., 10/28/36Box 1, Folder 7
    • Wright, Frank Lloyd, 11/04/1936Box 1, Folder 8
    • Drury, John, 11/11/1936Box 1, Folder 9
    • Farrell, James T., 11/18/1936Box 1, Folder 10
    • North, Sterling, 11/25/36Box 1, Folder 11
    • Halper, Albert, 12/2/1936Box 1, Folder 12
    • Beebe, William, 12/09/1936Box 1, Folder 13
    • Green, Leon, 12/16/1936Box 1, Folder 14
    • Boynton, Percy, 01/06/1937Box 1, Folder 15
    • Weatherwax, Clara, 01/13/1937Box 1, Folder 16
    • Levin, Meyer, 01/20/1937Box 1, Folder 17
    • Lovett, Robert Morss, 02/10/1937Box 1, Folder 18
    • Fadiman, Clifton, 02/17/1937Box 1, Folder 19
    • Balmer, Edwin, 02/24/1937Box 1, Folder 20
    • Downes, Olin, 03/03/1937Box 1, Folder 21
    • Morgan, Arthur, 03/10/1937Box 1, Folder 22
    • Todd, Arthur, 03/17/1937Box 1, Folder 23
    • Schlink, F. J., 03/31/1937Box 1, Folder 24
  • Declinations, 1936-1937
    • Box 1, Folder 25
      • Atkinson, BrooksBox 1, Folder 25
      • Baker, Newton D.Box 1, Folder 25
      • Beard, CharlesBox 1, Folder 25
      • Boas, FranzBox 1, Folder 25
      • Briffault, RobertBox 1, Folder 25
      • Dewey, JohnBox 1, Folder 25
      • Dilling, ElizabethBox 1, Folder 25
      • Engle, PaulBox 1, Folder 25
      • Fitzgerald, F. ScottBox 1, Folder 25
      • Hutchins, Robert MaynardBox 1, Folder 25
      • Hutchins, William J.Box 1, Folder 25
      • Isaacs, Edith J. R.Box 1, Folder 25
      • Lamont, CorlissBox 1, Folder 25
      • Landis, Kensaw MountainBox 1, Folder 25
      • Loesch, Frank J.Box 1, Folder 25
      • Lunt, AlfredBox 1, Folder 25
      • Millis, JohnBox 1, Folder 25
      • Monroe, HarrietBox 1, Folder 25
      • Mowrer, Paul ScottBox 1, Folder 25
      • O'Hara, John F., Rev.Box 1, Folder 25
      • Pollock, ChanningBox 1, Folder 25
      • Schuman, Frederick L.Box 1, Folder 25
      • Sinclair, UptonBox 1, Folder 25
      • Skinner, Cornelia OtisBox 1, Folder 25
      • Untermeyer, LouisBox 1, Folder 25
      • Winchell, WalterBox 1, Folder 25
      • Young, KimballBox 1, Folder 25
      • Young, StarkBox 1, Folder 25
  • Declinations (by secretaries), 1936
    • Box 1, Folder 26
      • Butler, Nicholas MurrayBox 1, Folder 26
      • Conant, James B.Box 1, Folder 26
      • Coughlin, Charles E., Rev.Box 1, Folder 26
      • Cowley, MalcolmBox 1, Folder 26
      • Darrow, ClarenceBox 1, Folder 26
      • Knopf, Alfred A.Box 1, Folder 26
      • Landon, Alf M.Box 1, Folder 26
      • Lubitsch, ErnstBox 1, Folder 26
      • Post, (Emily?)Box 1, Folder 26
      • Sheean, VincentBox 1, Folder 26