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Chicago Tribune. Business Manager Files

 Collection
Identifier: XI-173

Scope and Contents

This collection contains papers selected from the business manager files of the Chicago Tribune, dating mostly from 1926 to 1955, though a small portion of the material dates from as early as 1921 and as late as 1960. Most of the correspondence is that of two business managers, Wilbert E. Macfarlane (1928-1944) and Elbert M. Antrim (1944-1954).

Boxes 1-5 include files and correspondence related to R.R. McCormick's activities as director and meetings of the Associated Press and American Newspaper Publishers Association, as well as general administration reports (1924-1955). Boxes 6-7 include materials on Tribune buildings and properties, subsidiaries and personnel (1926-1956). Boxes 8-14 include the files of the Advertising, Circulation, Legal, Promotion, and Editorial Departments (1926-1958). Files related to WGN are contained in boxes 15-21 (1926-1959), and the Mutual Broadcasting System in boxes 22-34 (1933-1955). (In addition to heading the Tribune's business department, Macfarlane was managing director of WGN for many years, and president of the Mutual Broadcasting System from its inception in 1934 until 1942.)

Dates

  • Majority of material found within 1926 - 1955

Creator

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.

Extent

35 Boxes

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

This collection contains papers selected from the business manager files of the Chicago Tribune, dating mostly from 1926 to 1955, though a small portion of the material dates from as early as 1921 and as late as 1960. Most of the correspondence is that of two business managers, Wilbert E. Macfarlane (1928-1944) and Elbert M. Antrim (1944-1954). Materials in the collection are related to the following Tribune departments: Advertising, Circulation, Legal, Editorial, and Production; as well as radio station WGN and the Mutual Broadcasting System.

Arrangement

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

Custodial History

These papers were selected for inclusion in the Tribune Company Archives from the business manager files of the Chicago Tribune. Materials related to routine office functions were not retained because they were considered to have limited historical value.

In selecting papers, an attempt was made to preserve material from each department and subsidiary of the company--material which covered more than a brief period of time; as well as material that could fill gaps in the Archives collections. For example, the records of WGN and the Mutual Broadcasting System were weeded but kept largely intact because they represented the first major acquisition of material relating to Tribune Company's broadcast operations.

However, the voluminous papers of routine character relating to the Tribune's Canadian operations were not kept because archival holdings in this area were already extensive. An example of these holdings is the correspondence between Arthur A. Schmon and Col. Robert R. McCormick from 1922 to 1955 which documents at the decision-making level the programs and policies of the Ontario Paper Company, the Quebec North Shore Paper Company, and the Quebec and Ontario Transportation Company.

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.
Title
Guide to the Chicago Tribune Business Manager Files, 1926-1955
Status
in_progress
Author
Lee Major; encoded by Sigrid P. Perry
Date
November 18, 1981; April 3, 2020
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Drive
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US
847-491-3635