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McCormick, Robert R. (Robert Rutherford), 1880-1955



  • Existence: 1880 - 1955


Robert Rutherford McCormick (born July 30, 1880, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.; died April 1, 1955, Wheaton, Illinois) was an American newspaper editor and publisher, popularly known as Colonel McCormick, whose idiosyncratic editorials made him the personification of conservative journalism in the United States. Under his direction the Chicago Tribune achieved the largest circulation among American standard-sized newspapers and led the world in newspaper advertising revenue.

Found in 41 Collections and/or Records:

Baker Brownell (1887-1965) Papers

Identifier: 12/1/3
Abstract Baker Brownell enjoyed a rich and varied career as a soldier, newspaper man, popular teacher and lecturer, prolific writer and minor power, and scholar concerned with the dynamics of both the "small community" and the larger "human community" of which it formed an important component. During his lifetime, much of which was spent as a member of the faculty at Northwestern, Brownell achieved a national reputation based upon both his recognized abilities as a lecturer and teacher and his...
Dates: 1904-1965

Canadian properties. Baie Comeau construction records

Identifier: XIX-29

This collection contains correspondence, progress reports, cost and shipping reports, blueprints, specifications, charts and maps, and many photographs concerning the North Shore Paper Company (the Tribune Company's second Canadian pulp and paper mill at Baie Comeau, Quebec) and the permanent planned community which grew up around it.

Dates: 1936 - 1938

Chicago tribune. John M. Flynn files

Identifier: XI-174
Abstract This collection represents files (chiefly clippings from newspapers and magazines) created by John M. ("Jack") Flynn (Tribune writer; died 1971-12-31) to help him when preparing speeches for Colonel Robert R. McCormick, and for use in rebutting the many attacks being made on the Chicago tribune. These files also contain clippings, publications and other items related to Tribune color printing and photography; attacks on the ...
Dates: late 1930s to early 1950s

Chicago Tribune. Kirkland & Ellis Files (I)

Identifier: XI-175

This collection consists of case files selected by the law firm of Kirkland and Ellis as being of possible historical interest. They date principally from 1920 to 1955, with a few from as early as 1907. The papers pertain to the Chicago Tribune, the Tribune Company, the Ontario Paper Company, and Robert R. McCormick. Also included is a small collection of Patterson family papers, evidently from the estate of Eleanor Medill Patterson.

Dates: 1907 - 1955

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

Col. Robert R. McCormick and Maryland McCormick

Scope and Contents From the Collection:

These photographic transparencies show Col. Robert R. McCormick, Maryland McCormick (his second wife), his associates and properties. The images include reunions of the First Division at Cantigny Farm, and the 80th birthday celebration for Weymouth Kirkland (McCormick's former law partner). Most of the images are black and white negatives, but the collection also includes a few color positive transparencies.

Dates: 1900 - 1955

Robert R. McCormick. 65th birthday party records

Identifier: I-139

Materials related to the 65th birthday party for Robert R. McCormick (editor of the Chicago Tribune) held at the Drake Hotel, Chicago, Illinois: photographs, and recordings of speeches

Dates: 1945-07-28

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 and Chicago Tribune foreign correspondents

Identifier: I-62

Robert R. McCormick's correspondence with, and about, the Chicago Tribune's foreign correspondents

Dates: 1914 - 1955

Robert R. McCormick. Biographies and biographical material, portraits, and miscellaneous photographs

Identifier: I-158

Biographies, biographical materials, portraits of Robert R. McCormick, and other materials related to McCormick that are not located elsewhere in the Tribune Company Archives

Dates: 1966 - 1979

Robert R. McCormick. Business correspondence

Identifier: I-60
Abstract The papers of Robert R. McCormick (editor and publisher of the Chicago tribune) consist primarily of business correspondence dating from 1927-1955. This correspondence does not relate directly to the Chicago Tribune, but includes a great deal of material on organizations related to the newspaper publishing business and various political personages and departments, freedom of the press issues and some personal and family...
Dates: 1927 - 1955

Robert R. McCormick. Cantigny Farm correspondence

Identifier: I-162
Abstract Correspondence, clippings and other material concerning Cantigny Farm near Wheaton, Illinois, and the farm on the Fox River west of Yorkville in Kendall County, Illinois (sometimes called the "experimental farm"), both owned by Col. Robert R. McCormick (owner and editor of the Chicago tribune). The correspondence is chiefly between McCormick on the one hand and Homer Neisz, Gail W. Compton or Richard T. Orr on the other. (Neisz, Compton and Orr...
Dates: 1939 - 1954

Robert R. McCormick. Bound collections of speeches

Identifier: I-130

Col. Robert R. McCormick delivered a weekly radio address over WGN, and spoke frequently on other occasions. This series consists of collections of printed versions of his addresses (including some typescripts) that have been bound into volumes. His talks cover a wide range of topics, but primarily involve his views on the United States, relations with other countries (including World War II), the Army, and the newspaper business.

Dates: 1924 - 1946

Robert R. McCormick. Condolence letters to Maryland H. McCormick

Identifier: I-91

Col. Robert R. McCormick (1880-1955), editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune, died on April 1, 1955 in Wheaton, Illinois, where his estate, Cantigny, was located. His wife Maryland Mathison Hooper McCormick received many letters and telegrams of condolence after his death. Those expressions of sympathy form the basis of this collection.

Dates: 1955

Robert R. McCormick. Diary as Chicago Alderman

Identifier: I-21

This diary illustrates Robert R. McCormick's brief career as a member of the City Council of Chicago as Alderman for the 21st Ward. Each entry in the diary describes a request from a constituent (identified by name, address and sometimes organization), and any action taken. Although the entries themselves are not dated, the date can be determined in most cases by the correspondence attached to entries, or laid into the volume.

Dates: 1904-04 - 1905-01

Robert R. McCormick. Estate and finances records

Identifier: I-145
Abstract This series contains information about Robert R. McCormick's estate, including real estate transactions that occurred following McCormick's death: correspondence, bank statements, inventories, appraisals, income tax filings, and deeds. Although some materials date as early as 1903 and as late as 1976, the bulk of the collection dates from the years immediately following McCormick's death: 1955-1959. These materials appear to have been collected by William A. Larson, chief accountant for the...
Dates: 1903 - 1976

Robert R. McCormick. Estate and trusts records

Identifier: I-117

Materials related to the estate of Robert R. McCormick.

Dates: 1953 - 1986

Robert R. McCormick. Genealogical Research and Correspondence

Identifier: I-80

A file of genealogical information for Colonel Robert R. McCormick, maintained by the librarians of the Chicago Tribune Library.

Dates: 1930 - 1953

Robert R. McCormick. Illinois properties records

Identifier: I-135

This series contains material related to two large tracts of land owned by Col. Robert R. McCormick: Cantigny Farm near Wheaton, Illinois, and the "experimental" farm on the Fox River west of Yorkville in Kendall County, Illinois. Most of this material is various maps and plans, but the series includes some related correspondence and other notes, and illustrations of a proposed remodeling of the house at Cantigny.

Dates: 1923 - 1936