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Rance E. Crain Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 31/6/151
The Rance Crain Papers fill thirteen boxes and span the period 1956-2015, and mainly comprise materials relating to Crain’s publishing career and corporate interests. The majority of the collection consists of the columns written by Crain for Advertising Age and AdAge.com, where he serves as the editor-in-chief, and his notes and research for the columns. Papers are organized in six categories: biographical materials, correspondence, company files, interview transcripts and speech texts, and Crain Communications, Incorporated, publications.

Biographical materials include citations and/or acceptance speeches for awards from the American Advertising Hall of Fame, Medill Northwestern University, and the University of Missouri School of Journalism, in addition to papers from his time as a college student at DePauw University and Northwestern University.

General correspondence, arranged chronologically and spanning the years 1956-2015, includes emails, faxes, and letters sent to and from Crain, along with undated, hand written interoffice notes. This correspondence is generally unrelated to business-specific correspondence.

Company files include meeting minutes, publications, and correspondence related to Crain Communications, Incorporated; Lee Enterprises; and Turnstile Publishing Company (now Turnstile Media Group). The Turnstile files include correspondence specific to that company and its operating segments. The files are organized by company and/or publication title, and documents are arranged chronologically within the folders.

Interviews and speeches include transcripts of interviews conducted by Crain, usually upon the occasion of the interviewee’s induction into the American Advertising Hall of Fame. Also included are texts of speeches given by Crain and by others at conferences he attended.

Publications make up the largest section of the papers, and include the columns written by Crain through his position as editor-in-chief of Advertising Age and AdAge.com or in Crain’s Chicago Business. The columns are arranged chronologically by date, and include multiple versions of the publication. Several folders of Crain’s undated notes are included in this section. Some of the notes clearly relate to columns that were published, while the purpose of others is uncertain. There is also a box of oversized Crain publications.

Dates

  • 1956-2015

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions.

Extent

13.00 Boxes

Abstract

Rance Crain attended Northwestern University from 1958-1960, graduating with a degree in Journalism from Medill. He is President of his family-owned publication company, Crain Communications, and serves as editor-in-chief of Advertising Age and several other publications. The Papers include his columns for those publications as well as his notes and research, and span the period 1956-2015.

Method of Acquisition

Rance Crain donated his papers to the University Archives as accession #15-69 in February, 2015.

Separated Materials

Three boxes of artifacts (listed below) are included with the papers. Photographs were removed to the University Archives photo collection, and Crain’s diploma jacket from Northwestern University was removed to the Archives diploma collection.

Artifacts- Biographical Movie DVD, Golfweek 25th Anniversary Golf Accessories, GolfweekTV DVD, Motorola Cellphone, Nokia Cellphone, RadioShack Microcassette Recorder, SanDisk Cruzer U Flash Drive, Sony Microcassette Recorder, Sony Microcassettes (2)

Artifacts- Bag (Tan, soft-sided, with American Advertising Federation label), Briefcase (Black, soft-sided, with Crain Communications nametag attached), Briefcase (Blue, soft-sided, with silver Comedy Central nametag and black The AdAge Group nametag attached), Briefcase (Brown, hard-sided, no attachments), Briefcase (Brown, soft-sided, no attachments), Briefcase (Red, soft-sided, with Worldwide Advertising Forum, Moscow 2007 label), Folio (Rance Crain, Britannica), Folio (World Communication Summit 1991, Rolex)

Processing Information

Kammer Strachan
Title
Guide to the Rance E. Crain Papers
Author
Kammer Strachan
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

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