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Scripps Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 31/6/86
The Scripps Family Papers, primarily handwritten correspondence spanning the years 1836-1924, are contained in two-and-a-half boxes and divided into nine subseries: Biographical, John L. Scripps Correspondence, Mary E. Scripps Correspondence, Miscellaneous Scripps Family Correspondence, Grace Scripps Dyche Correspondence, Clippings, Scripps Financial Records, and Miscellaneous Materials. Materials are arranged chronologically within each folder whenever dates are available. Undated materials are contained in separate folder where noted.

Much of the information in this collection is available due to Grace Scripps Dyche's genealogical research. A great deal of her correspondence is preserved here, and nearly all of it addresses the search for information about her father. Included are notes for a speech she delivered to the Illinois State Historical Society about her father's biography of Lincoln on in May, 1924, shortly before her death.

Biographical material relates to John L. Scripps, his wife Mary E. Scripps, and brother-in-law George Little, legal guardian of Grace Scripps after her parents' deaths. Materials are divided into three respective folders. The biographical material on John L. Scripps consists of a clipping of his Tribune obituary, two copies (one handwritten and one printed) of what appears to be the speech Grace Scripps Dyche delivered to the Illinois State Historical Society in May of 1924, and other notes made by Grace pertaining to her father. There is also a typed manuscript relating the history of the Scripps Guard, a Civil War regiment named in honor of John L. Scripps.

The biographical material of Mary E. Scripps consists of a clipping of hair and biography compiled by her daughter Grace.

Finally, a memorial booklet compiled upon the 1896 death of George Little provides useful information about the Scripps family background.

John L. Scripps Correspondence is contained in three folders and arranged chronologically. The folders contain both his personal and official letters spanning 1849-65, including several pieces of correspondence between Scripps and Abraham Lincoln pertaining to his biography and his position as postmaster of Chicago. Scripps's personal correspondence is with sisters, Ellen, Virginia, Lydia, and Mary, and brother, Benjamin Franklin Scripps. Also contained are letters from Scripps's wife, Mary E. and his father, George H. Scripps.

Mary E. Scripps Correspondence contains the letters from Mrs. John L. Scripps to her sisters-in-law, Mary Agnes Scripps Bagby, Lydia Scripps Little, and Virginia Scripps as well as her cousin Ellen Browning Scripps, Other letters to Sarah, and Bell, each addressing the recipient as “sister,” do not reveal the actual relationship of the correspondents.

Grace Scripps Dyche Correspondence spans 1868-1924, mostly relating to her search for information about her father. Many of the letters are addressed to her cousin James E. Scripps of Detroit, Michigan. There is also a letter from the widow of Civil War general John A. Logan, which pertains to the search for information about her father.

Scripps Financial Records are contained in one folder and span the years 1863-1903. Much of this material pertains to the Dyche family.

John L. Scripps Clippings add to the biographical information relating to Scripps, his tenure as postmaster of Chicago, his biography of Lincoln, and his influence on early Chicago journalism. Scripps penned two newspaper editorials included here. Also included is an undated obituary for Scripps's young daughter, Mary Virginia.

Miscellaneous Clippings contains news print selections relating to Chicago and Illinois history, particularly Rushville, Illinois, Chicago society, and members of the extended Scripps family.

Grace Scripps Dyche Writings relates to some of the fictional and otherwise more creative writings Grace Dyche authored. The folder contains the incomplete draft of a short story entitled “A Fairy Story.” A biographical essay tracing the life of painter Bertha Menzler Peyton and typed copies of letters she drafted regarding a trip to South America taken sometime in the early 1900s and several pages outlining a book called Methodism in Illinois are also included.

Miscellaneous Material is contained in three folders and mostly undated and unidentified. It is made up of fragmented notes, letters, telegrams, receipts, and an unidentified ledger/account book with entries dating circa 1857-1860. There are also various genealogical notes.

Dates

  • 1836-1924

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored off-site and requires 48 hours advance notice for retrieval. Please contact us at archives@northwestern.edu or 847-491-3136 to schedule an appointment to view the collection.

Extent

3.00 Boxes

Abstract

The Scripps Family Papers, primarily handwritten correspondence spanning the years 1836-1924, are contained in two-and-a-half boxes and divided into nine subseries: Biographical, John L. Scripps Correspondence, Mary E. Scripps Correspondence, Miscellaneous Scripps Family Correspondence, Grace Scripps Dyche Correspondence, Clippings, Scripps Financial Records, and Miscellaneous Materials. Materials are arranged chronologically within each folder whenever dates are available. Undated materials are contained in separate folder where noted.

Method of Acquisition

The Scripps Family Papers were donated to the University Archives by the Evanston Historical Society on June 23, 2000, as Accession Number 00-199.

Related Materials

See also:

Alumni Biographical Files: Grace L. Scripps (Series 51/2, Box 5), Frank B. Dyche (Series 51/5, Box 1), Helen Scripps Dyche (Series 51/2 Box 61), and William A. Dyche Papers (Series 7/1/5).

Scripps, John L. The Life of Abraham Lincoln (New York: Greenwood Press, 1968).

For additional materials about the Scripps family, see:

The Scripps Family: Bookbinders, Publishers, and Philanthropists: http://www.revelle.net/revelle/revellehistory/Clark-Revelle/GraceScripps.html

E.W. Scripps Papers, 1868-1926

http://www.library.ohiou.edu/libinfo/depts/archives/mss/mss117.htm

Separated Materials

About a dozen photographs of Scripps family members, mostly unidentified, were separated to the University Archives Photographic Collection. John L. Scripps's college diploma from McKendrie College was added to the Diploma Collection.

Processing Information

David S. Smith, June 18-24, 2002; Carole Emberton, June 2-3, 2005.
Title
Guide to the Scripps Family Papers
Author
David S. Smith and Carole Emberton
Date
06/06/2003
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

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