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Chicago Tribune. Kirkland & Ellis Files (II)

Identifier: XI-317

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Scope and Contents

These files of Tribune Company's counsel Kirkland & Ellis include documents on the formation and/or dissolution of the divisions of the company's holdings and subsidiaries in the United States and Canada between 1889 and 1965 (articles of incorporation, agreements, papers regarding subsidiaries, purchase and transfer of properties, deeds, information on timber rights). Correspondence includes information on crime exposés published in the Chicago Tribune, contracts with newspaper carriers, etc. The collection also includes McCormick family agreements, trusts, wills and other personal family documents; miscellaneous personal correspondence between Kirkland & Ellis lawyers and Tribune Company staff on business matters such as libel and taxes or social matters such as tickets or wedding announcements, leases, contracts, etc.; and 21 phonograph records, most of them two-sided, with speeches marking the 65th birthdays of R.R. McCormick (July 28, 1945) and Louis Rose (August 21, 1945). A single phonograph record contains Bob Siegrist's WGN interview of Sen. Joseph McCarthy (August 17, 1954).


  • 1889 - 1965


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.


8 Boxes

1 Packages (Phonograph records, some two-sided.)

Language of Materials



This collection contains legal documents and correspondence handled by the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis for the formation of the Chicago Tribune Company and its subsidiaries between 1889 and 1965. Included are lease and trust agreements, contracts, deeds, and charters of the various divisions of the company created or dissolved between 1896 and 1947. The collection includes some McCormick family documents dating between 1919 and 1955, and phonograph records.


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

Custodial History

These files were discovered in a vault at Kirkland and Ellis by the legal file manager, Laurie Gingrich, and sent to the Tribune Company Archives on May 19, 1987, in two transfer boxes.

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, Kirkland & Ellis Files (II)
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Chicago Tribune Company, June 1987; encoded by Sigrid P. Perry, March 27, 2020.
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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