Robert R. McCormick (1880-1955) Purchasing Department records
Scope and Contents
These materials reflect the wide range of interests and the life style of Colonel Robert R. McCormick, containing, as they do, records of purchases ranging from magazine subscriptions and flashlights to cars, yachts and airplanes, even a polo field.
A great deal of the material relates to Cantigny (his country estate) and its development over the years, including many blueprints and photographs of buildings, specifications and bids for additions, catalogs of farm equipment, and the like. An even larger portion of the collection details the purchase and sale of various airplanes held by the Colonel, again with interesting photographs, catalogs, specifications, and related correspondence. The meticulous, often laborious, work of the various purchasing agents of the Chicago Tribune is also reflected in these papers.
- 1927 - 1955
Conditions Governing Access
There are no restrictions on the use of these materials for research. All patrons must comply with federal copyright regulations.
Language of Materials
Records of correspondence and transactions of the Purchasing Department of the Tribune Company in which Colonel Robert R. McCormick was directly involved
Arrangement completed prior to receiving the collection from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation
These detailed files were maintained by the Purchasing Department until 1973, when they were presented to the Tribune Company Archives.
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.
- Tribune Company (Organization)
- Guide to the Robert R. McCormick (1880-1955) Purchasing Department records
- Lee Major. Input from typescript by Gary L. Strawn
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Part of the Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections Repository
Deering Library, Level 3
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Evanston IL 60208-2300 US