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Robert R. McCormick (1880-1955) Purchasing Department records

Identifier: I-22

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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 use of the materials in the department for research; all patrons must comply with federal copyright regulations.


5 Boxes

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

Custodial History

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.


Guide to the Robert R. McCormick (1880-1955) Purchasing Department records
Lee Major. Input from typescript by Gary L. Strawn
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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