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Medill family correspondence

Identifier: IV-4

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Scope and Contents

The collection consists of letters to and from various members of the Medill, Patterson and McCormick families, chiefly during the years 1850 to 1899. Included are letters exchanged by Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Medill before and after their marriage, letters to and from their daughters and their families, a group of Civil War letters from Major William H. Medill to his brother Joseph written from 1861 until his death in May 1863, and an assortment of letters from various other relatives.


  • 1834 - 1899


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There are no restrictions on use of the materials in the department for research; all patrons must comply with federal copyright regulations.


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Correspondence among members of the Medill, Patterson and McCormick families, chiefly involving Joseph Medill (managing editor of the Chicago Tribune) and his wife, Katherine Patrick Medill.


Arrangement completed prior to receiving the collection from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. Because most of the letters are undated, it has been impossible to arrange all of them chronologically.

Custodial History

The Medill family correspondence is part of the material which Robert R. McCormick inherited at his Mother's death in 1932.

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 Medill family correspondence
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