Chicago Tribune. Departmental Papers, Editorial Department, Editorial Page
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Scope and Contents
This collection of Chicago Tribune Editorial Department papers consists principally of correspondence and manuscripts related to the content of the editorial pages of the newspaper between 1942 and 1971, though Box 1 contains some materials between 1924 and 1936 with one memo as early as 1914. Box 1 also contains the files of Clifford Raymond (before 1939-1950) and Reuben Cahn's miscellaneous material. Boxes 2 and 3 contain the correspondence and files of Leon Stolz (1942-1963). Box 4 contains the files and correspondence of George Morgenstern (1947-1971).
- 1924 - 1971
- Majority of material found within 1942 - 1971
- Tribune Company (Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
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Language of Materials
This collection of Chicago Tribune Editorial Department papers consists principally of correspondence and manuscripts related to the content of the editorial pages of the newspaper between 1942 and 1971, with some earlier material. Correspondence includes that of Clifford Raymond (before 1939-1950) and George Morgenstern (1947-1971), but the bulk is of Leon Stolz (1942-1963). There are also a few items from Reuben Cahn and Carl Wiegman.
Arrangement completed prior to receiving collection from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.
A "Memo for the Record" written by John McCutcheon on May 2, 1983 is part of the original set of finding aids prepared by the Tribune Company Archives. It describes the provenance of this collection, as well as some of the information in the vertical file:
Upon retiring as editor of the editorial page on December 1, 1982, I spent the better part of December going through the editorial page files, which had been accumulating for more than 40 years and included material going as far back as Clifford Raymond. They also included the files of Reuben Cahn, some of which had been gone through by Faye Reeder Ohnemus, who had been Cahn's secretary, in 1971 and much material turned over to Harold Hutchings when he took over the archives.
The December operation yielded three cartons of material deserving to be preserved in the archives. These were brought to room 1231 in January, 1983, and processed during the months of January through May.
Much of this consisted of isolated clippings and other material having no direct bearing on the editorial page, kept merely as sources of information. They have been filed in the appropriate folders in the vertical files or in the pamphlet boxes. They include such things as Tribune advertising acceptability rules, Kirkpatrick speeches, papers relating to the United Nations, the will of Marshall Field I, material about William Hale Thompson, etc.
Material relating more directly to the editorial page has been put in four manuscript boxes under XI-125, Departmental Papers, Editorial Department, Editorial Page. They include memos to and from Col. McCormick, J. Loy ("Pat") Maloney, Don Maxwell, and Clayton Kirkpatrick. Also some material on wartime censorship, including the Battle of Midway stories; much correspondence between Leon Stolz and Clifford Raymond after the latter's retirement; and between Reuben Cahn and Raymond, mostly about the latter's illness and financial affairs; also a good deal on Raymond's estate after his death in 1950.
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 Chicago Tribune, Departmental Papers, Editorial Department, Editorial Page, 1924-1971
- Encoded by Sigrid P. Perry
- April 10, 2020
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
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