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Robert R. McCormick. Personal Correspondence, 1920-1955

Identifier: I-63

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Scope and Contents

This collection of Colonel Robert R. McCormick's personal correspondence covers the years 1920-1955, with a small part of the material dating from as early as 1914 and before. (For example, a file is included on the Colonel's trip to Russia in 1915, and also a few letters written to relatives during his school years.) The collection includes much material on the Colonel's real estate, particularly Cantigny and Boynton Beach, as well as his club memberships, his military career, his speeches and travels, and his association with Yale. Of particular interest are 9 diaries (in Box 10) which partially cover the years 1901 to 1918 and include many of his World War I experiences; also, the family correspondence in Boxes 18 and 19.


  • 1920 - 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.


34 Boxes

Language of Materials



Colonel Robert R. McCormick's personal correspondence primarily for the years 1920-1955, as maintained by his secretaries.


Arrangement completed prior to receiving collection from the McCormick Foundation. The material is arranged alphabetically by name and subject heading; this preserves the original organization. No attempt was made when the collection was processed, to refine the filing system or to correct more than the most obvious filing errors. For this reason the papers should be used with care. For example, a real estate holding might be found under Real Estate with its sub headings, or under its specific name or address, such as Cantigny or Apartment, Lake Shore Drive.

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.

Related Materials

As with all of Colonel McCormick's correspondence, there is much material here of a nature similar to that in other collections. I-22 (Purchasing Department Records), I-60 (Business Correspondence) and I-61 (Tribune Company Files) should all be consulted in conjunction with these papers.

Guide to the Robert R. McCormick. Personal Correspondence, 1920-1955
Lee Major; Updated by Nick Munagian: 2020-03-31
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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