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Chicago tribune. John M. Flynn files

 Collection
Identifier: XI-174

Scope and Contents

This collection represents files (chiefly clippings from newspapers and magazines) created by John M. ("Jack") Flynn (Tribune writer; died 1971-12-31) to help him when preparing speeches for Colonel Robert R. McCormick, and for use in rebutting the many attacks being made on the Chicago tribune. When examined by the Tribune Company Archives, they were held to consist of four broad categories: color printing and photography; attacks on the Tribune; freedom of the press; clippings on political, economic, social, military and other matters.

The "freedom of the press" files were sent by the Tribune Company Archives to the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. The collection described here is all that remains of materials in the other three categories.

Dates

  • late 1930s to early 1950s

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

25 Boxes

1 Volumes

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

This collection represents files (chiefly clippings from newspapers and magazines) created by John M. ("Jack") Flynn (Tribune writer; died 1971-12-31) to help him when preparing speeches for Colonel Robert R. McCormick, and for use in rebutting the many attacks being made on the Chicago tribune. These files also contain clippings, publications and other items related to Tribune color printing and photography; attacks on the Tribune; and political, economic, social, military and other matters.

Arrangement

Arrangement largely completed prior to receiving the collection from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. This finding aid reflects the arrangement found as the materials were being transferred from filing cabinets to boxes; the materials have been distributed into letter-sized and legal-sized containers. The order of the alphabetically-arranged materials was adjusted as necessary.

Custodial History

When Flynn retired in 1962, his files and some of his responsibilities were inherited by E.R. ("Al") Noderer. After his retirement, the files, occupying most of four legal-sized filing cabinets, came to the Tribune Company Archives. At that time, the materials were not processed; they were simply kept intact and assigned the identifier XI-174. During 1987-02, after a decision (later reversed) to move to the archives to the 7th floor of Tribune Tower in the fall, the files were partially processed, and steps taken toward the preparation of a finding aid.

The materials were originally sorted into several broad categories: color printing; freedom of the press; alphabetically-arranged folders dealing with Col. McCormick and the Chicago tribune (much dealing with what were felt to be "attacks" on the Colonel or the Tribune); other newspapers; Tribune operations in Canada.

The "freedom of the press" files were transferred to the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

As the materials were being processed, the materials on other newspapers were merged with the alphabetically-arranged folders; and certain materials were separated from the Flynn collection altogether (with the intention of discarding them, or adding them to other parts of 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.
Title
Guide to the Chicago tribune. John M. Flynn files
Author
Gary L. Strawn
Date
2021-02-01
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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