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Chicago Tribune. Frederick S. Siebert Papers

Identifier: XI-142

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains Frederick S. Siebert's collection of materials on the two freedom of the press cases decided by the United States Supreme Court: Near versus Minnesota (June 1, 1931) and Associated Press versus U.S. (June 18, 1945). In the latter case, Siebert consulted with Howard Ellis, a member of the law firm Kirkland, Fleming, Green, Martin and Ellis.

Box 1 contains correspondence with Robert R. McCormick (1932-1935) and Howard Ellis (1942-1946) as well as miscellaneous correspondence (1943-1946), articles on the Associated Press anti-monopoly case and Siebert's study of it. Box 2 includes documents related to the Associated Press case, including the District Court of New York decision and the U.S. Supreme Court decision, and court views on the function of the press. Box 3 contains the printed proceedings of the court and published pamphlets with responses on the case and appeals. Box 4 contains a file of press clippings and pamphlets of printed proceedings of the court in Near vs. Minnesota.


  • 1932 - 1946


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.


4 Boxes

Language of Materials



Frederick Siebert was interested in two lawsuits concerning the freedom of the press which resulted in landmark decisions by the United States Supreme Court: the so-called Minnesota "gag law" case (Near versus Minnesota, 1931) and the Associated Press anti-monopoly suit (AP versus U.S., 1945). This collection contains Siebert's collection of materials on these cases: correspondence, articles, papers, Supreme Court decisions and briefs, printed proceedings of the court, and press clippings.


Arrangement completed prior to receiving collection from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.

Custodial History

Donated by Professor Frederick S. Siebert to the Tribune Company Archives in July and August, 1973.

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.

Guide to the Chicago Tribune, Frederick S. Siebert Papers, 1932 - 1946
Sigrid P. Perry
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Library Details

Part of the Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections Repository

Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Drive
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US