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Chicago Tribune. Kirkland & Ellis Files (IV)

 Collection
Identifier: XI-335

Scope and Contents

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." Materials include correspondence, exhibits, and a transcript of the trial (held from May to August, 1919, in the Circuit Court of Macomb County in Mt. Clemens, Michigan).

Dates

  • 1913 - 1923

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on use of the materials in the department for research; all patrons must comply with federal copyright regulations.

Extent

13 Boxes

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

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."

Arrangement

Arrangement completed prior to receiving collection from the McCormick Foundation. This arrangement retains the original order of the Kirkland & Ellis files as received, even though this means that the materials are not in chronological order.

Custodial History

In March, 1988, Sam Fifer of Isham, Lincoln and Beale called the archives to report the discovery of 25 packing boxes of old Tribune files that had come from the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis via Reuben & Proctor. Marilyn Traum and John McCutcheon examined and found that six of the cartons dealt with the Henry Ford versus The Tribune Company libel suit of 1916-1919 (over the June 23, 1916, editorial "Ford is an Anarchist"), on which the Tribune Company Archives held very little material. The remainder of the material involved the Tribune's fight with the William Hale Thompson regime.

Fifer sent the material to the Tribune Company Archives on April 8, 1988. The Ford papers were processed in January and July, 1990.

The materials were transferred to new boxes. When their condition permitted, the original Kirkland & Ellis folders or binders were used.

Kirkland & Ellis' somewhat sketchy inventory of its boxes is included with a copy of this summary in Box 1.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, Chicago Tribune Company, and Nexstar Media Group on January 10, 2020, accession #SPEC-2020-1.
Title
Guide to the Chicago Tribune Kirkland & Ellis Files (IV)
Status
in_progress
Author
Nick Munagian
Date
2020-03-23
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Deering Library, Level 3
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Evanston IL 60208-2300 US
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