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The Chicago Tribune is a daily newspaper based in Chicago, Illinois, founded in 1847 by James Kelly, John E. Wheeler, and Joseph K. C. Forrest. During the 19th century, under the leadership of Joseph Medill, the paper became closely associated with Abraham Lincoln and the Republican Party. This association continued into the 20th century as Medill's grandson Colonel Robert R. McCormick assumed editorship and the paper adapted conservative isolationist and anti-New Deal viewpoints. Journalistic highs and lows during the 20th century include publishing the text of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919, incorrectly calling the 1948 presidential election for Thomas Dewey instead of Harry S. Truman, and publishing a complete transcript of the Watergate tapes. The Tribune Corporation branched out into other forms of journalism with the addition of the WGN ("World's Greatest Newspaper") radio station in the 1920s and WGN TV in the 1940s, and was an early adopter of internet journalism in the mid-1990s. It remains the most-read daily newspaper in the Chicago area.

Found in 59 Collections and/or Records:

Chicago Tribune. Kirkland & Ellis Files (II)

Identifier: XI-317

This collection contains legal documents and correspondence handled by the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis for the formation of the Chicago Tribune Company and its subsidiaries between 1889 and 1965. Included are lease and trust agreements, contracts, deeds, and charters of the various divisions of the company created or dissolved between 1896 and 1947. The collection includes some McCormick family documents dating between 1919 and 1955, and phonograph records.

Dates: 1889 - 1965

Chicago Tribune. Kirkland & Ellis Files (III)

Identifier: XI-323

This collection contains miscellaneous material from the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis related to members of the McCormick family (Katharine Medill McCormick, Ruth ("Bazy"), McCormick Miller Tankersley, Robert R. McCormick); Cantigny; the Quebec & Ontario Transportation Company; Green Sheet Inc., the Van Nuys Publishing Co., and the New Building Corp.; Max Annenberg; George D. Houston (shares of Tribune Company stock)

Dates: 1922 - 1973

Chicago Tribune. Kirkland & Ellis Files (IV)

Identifier: XI-335

This collection contains material related to the libel suit, Henry Ford versus The Tribune Company, dating to 1916-1919. The suit concerned the Chicago Tribune editorial of June 23, 1916, "Ford is an Anarchist."

Dates: 1913 - 1923

Chicago Tribune. Kirkland & Ellis Files (V)

Identifier: XI-336

The files in this collection relate in general to annual meetings of the Tribune Company and its subsidiaries.

Dates: 1909 - 1952

Chicago Tribune. Labor relations. Strike of 1947-1949 records

Identifier: XI-310
Abstract This collection documents the 1947/1949 strike of the Chicago Typographical Union (CTU) against the Chicago Tribune Company. This collection consists of news stories clipped from the Chicago Tribune; correspondence and accounts of meetings and negotiations of the Chicago Newspaper Publishers Association (CNPA) and the unions involved (CTU, and the International Typographical Union (ITU)); contract proposals; union publications and anti-union pamphlets; and...
Dates: 1947 - 1952

Chicago tribune. Vertical file

Identifier: XI-127
Abstract This series consists of information from and about the Chicago tribune. It contains information spanning the entire history of the Tribune, in all genres and formats, such as: internal documents; publications; photographs; information about policies, practices, staff and buildings; printing plates; plaques; awards; paintings; original artwork. Almost any research into matters connected to the Chicago...
Dates: 1847 - 2001

Chicago Tribune. Wired

Identifier: XI-337

"An Information Center" newsletter

Dates: 1986 - 1991

Stanton R. Cook (1925-2015) Papers

Identifier: 31/6/176

Stanton Rufus Cook was publisher, chairman, president, and chief officer of the Chicago Tribune and director, president, chairman and chief executive officer of the Tribune Company in Chicago. This collection consists of papers, photographs, audio, video, and artifactual materials documenting his professional and personal life.

Dates: 1861 - 2018

Tribune Company. Harold F. Grumhaus (1903-1999) papers

Identifier: X-19

Papers of Harold P. Grumhaus, who held positions of responsibility at the Chicago Tribune (including Publisher) and the Tribune Company (including President)

Dates: 1945 - 1973

Chicago Tribune. Limited edition

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: XI-302

Issues of Limited edition, the house organ of the Freedom Center (the Chicago tribune printing plant); "News of the Chicago Tribune's new production and circulation facility"

Dates: 1981 - 1982

Tribune Company. McCormick-Patterson Trust documents of transfer

Identifier: X-17

Records of the McCormick-Patterson trust, which was created as a successor to the (Joseph) Medill Trust to hold stock in the Tribune Company

Dates: 1932 - 1952

Robert R. McCormick. Personal and business correspondence

Identifier: I-23

Papers of Robert R. McCormick during his terms as Chicago alderman, president of the Chicago Sanitary District, and early days as president of the Tribune Company

Dates: 1904 - 1914

Robert R. McCormick (1880-1955) Purchasing Department records

Identifier: I-22

Records of correspondence and transactions of the Purchasing Department of the Tribune Company in which Colonel Robert R. McCormick was directly involved

Dates: 1927 - 1955

Robert R. McCormick. Manuscripts of Gems of literature and song

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: I-90

Original typed manuscript for a Christmas songbook assembled for Colonel and Mrs. McCormick by the Chicago Tribune promotion department

Dates: 1953

Robert R. McCormick. Tribune Company files

Identifier: I-61

Robert R. McCormick's Tribune Company files contain material relating chiefly to the Chicago Tribune, its departments, employees, editors, bureaus, stockholders, policies, etc., and to a lesser extent to the Tribune Company. The distinction between the two companies was not as important during McCormick's lifetime as it later became.

Dates: 1927 - 1955

Joseph Medill (1823-1899) archives

Identifier: III-10

Letters to Joseph Medill (managing editor of the Chicago Tribune), some of Medill's early writings, and documents related to Joseph Medill and Katharine Medill

Dates: 1840 - 1899

Quebec and Ontario Paper Company paperworkers strike of 1990 records

 Collection — Box 1: [Barcode: 35552001029288]
Identifier: XIX-50

This collection consists of a single folder of clippings and other materials related to the strike in August, 1990, by locals of the Canadian Paperworkers Union against the paper mills in Thorod and Baie Comeau owned by the Quebec and Ontario Paper Company (itself owned in turn by the Tribune Company). Because the mills were important consumers of used paper, the strike had a significant effect on Canadian recycling programs.

Dates: 1990

Tribune Company Archives. Internal files

Identifier: XXI-3

Internal documents related to the Tribune Company Archives

Dates: 1972 - 1978

Tribune Company Archives. Vertical file

Identifier: XXI-2
Abstract This series contains material originally assembled by the Tribune Company Archives as an adjunct to its collection of materials on the Chicago Tribune, the Tribune Company, and related enterprises. The series consists primarily of materials related to the Archive's collections: correspondence, deeds of gift, photocopies, clippings, finding aids, pamphlets, and similar materials. These materials can provide important context for understanding materials in the...
Dates: 1970 - 2000

Tribune Company. Auditing Department files

Identifier: X-36

These scattered files chiefly come from a time when one auditing department handled all Tribune Company operations.

Dates: 1925 - 1971

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Charities 4
Chicago (Ill.) 4
Golden Gloves Tournament 2
Industrial relations 2
Newspaper employees--Labor unions 2