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Manuscript Collection Number: 174
Accessioned: Purchase, June 1987.
Extent: 1 linear ft.
Content: Correspondence, clippings, interviews, notes, photographs, manuscripts,
financial and legal documents.
Access: The collection is open for research.
Processed: November 1997, by Shanon Lawson.
Special Collections, University of Delaware Library
Newark, Delaware 19717-5267
Table of Contents
Historical and Biographical Note
Samuel Sidney McClure was born in County Antrim, Ireland, on February 17, 1857. When he was nine years old, his widowed mother brought him and his two younger brothers to the United States, where they settled in Indiana. McClure lived his early years in poverty, working his way through high school and college, and eventually graduating in 1882 from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. While in college, he was able to earn some money by establishing an intercollegiate news bulletin and publishing a collection of writings from western college newspapers.
After graduating from Knox, McClure moved to Boston, where he edited a bicycling magazine, The Wheelman, from 1882 to 1884. In 1883, he married Harriet Hurd, the daughter of his Latin professor at Knox, despite the strong objections of her family. The next year, McClure accepted a job at the De Vinne printing house in New York City. But he was far from an obedient, model employee, and consequently, his employment at the press was brief. The same was true for his next position, an editorial assistant for The Century.
Out of work in 1884, he decided to start McClure's Syndicate, which would become America's first profitable literary syndicate. The syndicate would buy authors' works for a price of around one hundred and fifty dollars and then sell the right to print them to various newspapers across the country for five dollars apiece. Although his company lost money the first few years of operation, it was eventually able to turn a modest profit. McClure's Syndicate would alter the country's newspapers and the country's fiction, by distributing and promoting such American writers as Mark Twain, William Dean Howells, Joel Chandler Harris, and Sarah Orne Jewett. The firm also brought several English authors to the American reading public, including Rudyard Kipling, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Arthur Conan Doyle.
Two years after its inception, McClure's college friend, John Sanborn Phillips, joined the syndicate's staff. In 1894, the two men decided to start McClure's Magazine, a monthly specializing in well-researched and well written articles and new fiction. At 15 cents an issue, it was less than half the price of competitors like Harpers or the Atlantic Monthly. Again, the project was slow to garner a profit, but by 1898, the magazine had a circulation of 400,000. In January of 1902, McClure's began publishing articles intent on exposing corruption in corporations and city governments. These included, most notably, Ida Tarbell's history of the Standard Oil Company, Lincoln Steffens' "Shame of the Cities" series, and Ray Stannard Baker's examination of the United Mine Workers, all of which appeared in 1902. This style of journalism, which Theodore Roosevelt would pejoratively term "muckraking" three years later, became the magazine's lasting legacy.
S.S. McClure had grandiose ideas, but little business sense. Phillips was able to keep the two companies running effectively, but in 1906, he and several staff members of McClure's, including Tarbell, Steffens, Baker, and McClure's cousin, Henry Herbert McClure, had lost faith in their founder for a variety of reasons, including his inability or unwillingness to understand the financial realities of his businesses and his repeated marital infidelities which threatened to clash with the magazine's image of moral righteousness. While his former associates founded the American Magazine, S.S. McClure was able to keep control over his syndicate and magazine, the latter with Willa Cather as managing editor, until 1912, when he lost control of the business' interests.
In his later life, S.S. McClure would continuously attempt to regain control of a magazine, but except for a brief interval from 1922-1925, when he was reinstated as editor of McClure's, he repeatedly failed to do so. He turned his attention to writing, penning several articles for magazines and newspapers. He also wrote tracts on political theory, and in 1917, he published Obstacles to Peace, a book about World War I. From 1926 to 1927, intrigued by Mussolini, he studied fascism in Italy. The last years of his life were spent almost completely out of the public eye. In 1945, he gained some public notice when he was awarded the Order of Merit by the National Institute of Arts and Letters. He died on March 21, 1949.
Other members of the McClure family played a role in S.S. McClure's publishing enterprises. His brother, Robert McClure (d. 1914), worked in the McClure's Syndicate's London office, and his other brothers, Thomas and John, also worked briefly in his company. But the other McClure who had significant success in publishing was Henry Herbert McClure, S.S. McClure's cousin, who joined the staff of the McClure's Syndicate in 1899. It was H.H. McClure who brought Willa Cather's writings to his cousin's attention, after she had been repeatedly rejected by the editors of McClure's. He left his position of managing editor during the mass resignations in 1906 and joined the staff of American Magazine with the other former McClure employees. That same year, he began his own syndicate business, H.H. McClure and Co., where he employed his brother, E.S. McClure. After resigning his interest in the syndicate in 1912, he worked as the general manager for The Associated Newspapers until 1930. He died on November 24, 1938.
Sources:Cather, Willa. The Autobiography of S.S. McClure. Lincoln; London: University of Nebraska Press, 1997.
"Henry H. McClure, Syndicated News." New York Times, 25 Nov., 1938: 23.
Lyon, Peter. Success Story: The Life and Times of S.S. McClure. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1963.
"S.S. M'Clure Dead: Publisher was 92." New York Times, 23 Mar., 1949: 27.
Scope and Content Note
Series I contains 216 letters from various authors, publishers, and editors to S.S. McClure, his brother Robert McClure, who was in charge of the London office, his partner John S. Phillips, and his cousin H.H. McClure. There are also letters addressed to other staff members of McClure's Syndicate and McClure's Magazine. The first seven folders contain materials relating to these two businesses, but folders eight through fifteen shift in focus to the ventures of H.H. McClure, most notably his own syndicate, H.H. McClure and Co., and his attempts to find work in the early 1930s. Authors writing to the McClures include Julia Ward Howe, Edmund Gosse, Booth Tarkington, Katharine Tynan, Isobel Strong, Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Ida Tarbell, Gilbert Parker, and Invin S. Cobb. The correspondence is arranged in chronological order, and is followed by two folders of undated material and one folder of material from unidentified correspondents.
Series II contains material relating to Samuel Sidney McClure. It includes two photographs, one of McClure and one of an unidentified woman, as well as seventy clippings from newspapers, dating from 1934-1952. These clippings include obituary notices, cartoons and photographs, notices about S.S. McClure, and articles written by him. A few articles also concern H.H. McClure, Irvin S. Cobb, and Morgan Robertson. Finally, there are thirty-five pages of typescript and autograph notes and drafts by S.S. McClure for historical and political writings, a transcription of an interview which S.S. McClure gave in 1939, and a folder of unidentified notes about S.S. McClure's life.
Series III contains financial and legal materials related to H.H. McClure. They include a draft of a 1907 contract between Illustrated Weekly Magazine, a syndicated Sunday supplement published by Collier's, and the Co-operative Publication Society, a notice by Collier's about the magazine, a check, dated 1900, to H.H. McClure, a 1910 menu card from a dinner, signed and attended by staff members from the London Daily Mail, a 1911 certificate, and H.H. McClure's will.
1 Series I. Correspondence Contains 216 items of correspondence, mostly professional, to various members of the McClure Syndicate, McClure's Magazine, and H.H. McClure and Co.. Items are organized chronologically, followed by two folders of undated correspondence and a folder of letters by unidentified correspondents. F1 Correspondence, 1878, 1890-91 Unless noted, all letters are addressed to either Samuel Sidney McClure, Mr. McClure, or an unspecified recipient. Osbourne, Lloyd, 1868-1947 1878 Jun 21 ALS 2p Ross, Clinton  ALS 1p To John S. Phillips Gosse, Edmund, 1849-1928 1890 May 5 ALS 4p 1890 May 27 ALS 4p Balestier, Charles Wolcott, 1861-1891 1890 Oct 11 ALS 2p Besant, Walter, Sir, 1836-1901 1890 Nov 23 ALS 1p Deland, Margaret Wade Campbell, 1857-1940 1890 Dec ALS 3p Grant, Robert, 1852-1940 1891 Dec 2 ALS 1p F2 Correspondence, 1872 All letters are to addressed to either Samuel Sidney McClure, Mr. McClure, or an unspecified recipient. Howe, Julia Ward, 1819-1910 1892 Feb 4 ALS 3p Hawthorne, Julian, 1846-1934 1892 Mar 28 ALS 1p 1 Series I. Correspondence (cont'd) F2 Correspondence, 1872 (cont'd) Furniss, Harry, 1854-1925 1892 Apr 26 ALS 2p Stockton, Frank R., 1834-1902 1892 Apr 28 ALS 1p Eliot, Charles William, 1834-1926 1892 Jun 20 TNS 1p Burroughs, John, 1837-1921  Jun 23 ACS 1p Morris, William, 1834-1896 1892 Jun 29 ALS 2p Darwin, George Howard, Sir, 1845-1912 [1892 Jul 12] ACS 1p Thompson, Maurice, 1844-1901 1892 Sep 5 ALS 1p Howells, William Dean, 1837-1920 1892 Oct 17 ANS 1p Grant, Robert, 1852-1940 1892 Oct 25 TNS 1p Tynan, Katharine, 1861-1931 1892 Nov 26 ALS 2p Parker, Gilbert, 1862-1932 1892 Dec 1 ALS 2p 1892 Dec 10 ALS 2p F3 Correspondence, 1893-1897 Unless noted, all letters are to addressed to either Samuel Sidney McClure, Mr. McClure, or an unspecified recipient. Blackmore, R. D. (Richard Doddridge), 1825-1900 1893 Jul 14 ANS 1p 1 Series I. Correspondence (cont'd) F3 Correspondence, 1893-1897 (cont'd) Black, William, 1841-1898 1893 Jul 17 ALS 1p To Robert McClure Braddon, M. E. (Mary Elizabeth), 1837-1915 1893 Jul 22 ALS 2p To Robert McClure Jerome, Jerome K. (Jerome Klapka), 1859-1927 1893 Oct 26 ALS 1p To Robert McClure Gilbert, W. S. (William Schwenck), 1836-1911 1893 Dec 1 ALS 1p To Robert McClure Moulton, Louise Chandler, 1835-1908 1894 May ALS 2p Wilcox, Ella Wheeler, 1850-1919 1894 May 18 ALS 1p Harte, Bret, 1836-1902 1894 Jul 21 ALS 1p Barrie, J.M. (James Matthew), 1860-1937 1896 Aug 26 ALS 2p To Robert McClure Mabie, Hamilton Wright, 1846-1916 1897 Apr 9 TLS 1p Curtis, Cyrus 1897 Dec 7 ACS 1p F4 Correspondence, 1898 Unless noted, all letters are to addressed to either Samuel Sidney McClure, Mr. McClure, or an unspecified recipient. Bok, Edward William, 1863-1930 1898 Jan 8 TLS 1p Hughes, Rupert, 1872-1956 1898 Feb 1 ALS 1p To John S. Phillips 1 Series I. Correspondence (cont'd) F4 Correspondence, 1898 (con't) Thomas, Edith M. 1898 Feb 4 ALS 1p Roche, James Jeffrey, 1847-1908 1898 Mar 8 ALS 1p To Mr. Clark Churchill, Winston, 1871-1947 1898 Mar 9 TLS 1p Jewett, Sarah Orne, 1849-1909 1898 Mar 17 ANS 1p Roberts, Charles George Douglas, Sir, 1860-1943 1898 Apr 4 ALS 1p Ford, Paul Leicester, 1865-1902 1898 May 8 ALS 4p To John S. Phillips Fox, John, 1863-1919 1898 May 9 ALS 1p To Augusto Floriano Jaccacci Howe, Julia Ward 1898 Jun 23 ALS 1p McCarthy, Justin, 1830-1912 1898 Jul 4 ALS 2p Wallace, Susan Arnold Elston, 1830-1907 1898 Sep 2 ALS 1p Low, Will Hicok, 1853-1932 1898 Oct 7 ALS 3p Hamblen, Herbert Elliot, 1849- 1898 Nov 28 ALS 1p Tarkington, Booth, 1869-1946 1898 Dec 6 ALS 1p 1 Series I. Correspondence (cont'd) F5 Correspondence, January - March 1899 Unless noted, all letters are to addressed to either Samuel Sidney McClure, Mr. McClure, or an unspecified recipient. Oakley, Violet, 1874-1961 1899 Jan 14 ALS 3p Riley, James Whitcomb, 1849-1916 1899 Jan 16 ALS 1p John S. Tarkington Hale, Edward Everett, 1863-1932 1899 Jan 16 TLS 1p Higginson, Eva. 1899 Jan 19 ALS 2p Everett, P. V. 1899 Feb 3 TLS 1p To Charles John Cutcliffe Wright Hyne Hyne, Charles John Cutcliffe Wright, 1866-1944 1899 Feb 6 TLS 1p Parker, Gilbert 1899 Feb 11 TLS 1p Markham, Edwin, 1852-1940 1899 Feb 16 ALS 1p Catherwood, Mary Hartwell 1899 Feb 22 TLS 1p Wells, Carolyn, d. 1942 1899 Mar 7 ALS 5p Note: Includes article proposal for McClure's Magazine. Pearson, C. Arthur 1899 Mar 20 TLS 1p Metcalfe, James S. 1899 Mar 24 ALS 1p 1 Series I. Correspondence (cont'd) F6 Correspondence, April-June 1899 Unless noted, all letters are to addressed to either Samuel Sidney McClure, Mr. McClure, or an unspecified recipient. Wells, Carolyn, d. 1942 1899 Apr 20 ALS 2p To Henry Herbert McClure Walker, John Brisben, 1847-1931 1899 May 15 TLS 1p Freeman, Mary Eleanor Wilkins, 1852-1930 1899 May 16 TLS 2p Tarkington, Booth, 1869-1946 1899 May 22 ALS 4p Wells, Carolyn, d. 1942 1899 May 25 ALS 3p Brady, Cyrus Townsend, 1861-1920 1899 May 27 ALS 2p To Henry Herbert McClure MacManus, Seumas, 1869-1960 1899 May 31 ACS 1p To Henry Herbert McClure Johnson, Robert Underwood, 1853-1937 1899 Jun 1 ALS 1p Ralph, Julian, 1853-1903 1899 Jun 2 ALS 1p 1899 Jun 2 ALS 1p To Robert McClure Pond, James Burton, 1838-1903 1899 Jun 7 TLS 1p To Henry Herbert McClure Howells, William Dean, 1837-1920 1899 Jun 8 ALS 1p To John S. Phillips Frost, A. B. (Arthur Burdett), 1851-1928 1899 Jun 19 ALS 2p To Ida M. Tarbell 1 Series I. Correspondence (cont'd) F6 Johnston, Annie F. (Annie Fellows), 1863-1931 1899 Jun 21 ALS 1p King, Charles, 1844-1933 1899 Jun 23 TNS 1p Field, Isobel Osbourne 1899 Jun 26 ALS 1p Note: Signed Isobel Strong Alden, Henry Mills, 1836-1919 1899 Jun 27 ALS 1p To Ida Tarbell F7 Correspondence, July-December 1899 Unless noted, all letters are to addressed to either Samuel Sidney McClure, Mr. McClure, or an unspecified recipient. Warman, Cy 1899 Jul 14 ALS 2p To Henry Herbert McClure Note: Written on a 1p TLS from H. H. McClure to Cy Warman. Bangs, John Kendrick, 1862-1922 1899 Aug 15 ALS 2p To Mr. Walker King, Charles, 1844-1933  Aug 30 ACS 1p Low, Alfred Maurice, Sir, 1860-1929 1899 Sep 23 ALS 1p To Ida M. Tarbell Paine, H. G. 1899 Sep 28 TLS 1p To Henry Herbert McClure Harper & Brothers. 1899 Oct 4 TL 1p To Henry Herbert McClure Cable, George Washington, 1844-1925 1899 Oct 18 ALS 1p 1 Series I. Correspondence (cont'd) F7 Correspondence, July-December 1899 (cont'd) Metcalfe, James S. 1899 Oct 20 ALS 1p Gilder, Richard Watson, 1844-1909 1899 Nov 23 TLS 1p Everett, P. V. 1899 Dec 18 TNS 1p To Henry Herbert McClure Oliphant, Alfred. 1899 Dec 28 ACS 1p To Robert McClure F8 Correspondence, 1900 Unless noted, all correspondence is addressed to Henry Herbert McClure or an unspecified recipient. Page, Thomas Nelson, 1853-1922 1900 Feb 7 ALS 1p To Samuel Sidney McClure Robertson, Morgan, 1861-1915 1900 Feb 24 TLS 2p Bridgman, Raymond Landon, 1848-1925 1900 Mar 19 TLS 1p 1900 Mar 21 TLS 1p MacManus, Seumas, 1869-1960 1900 Aug 8 ANS 1p Tarkington, Booth, 1869-1946 1900 Sep 30 ALS 2p Bigelow, Poultney, 1855-1954 [1900 Oct 4] TCS 1p Loomis, Charles Battell, 1861-1911 1900 Oct 4 TLS 1p Bridgman, Raymond Landon, 1848-1925 1900 Nov 28 ANS 1p 2 Series I. Correspondence (cont'd) F8 Correspondence, 1900 (cont'd) Whitney, Caspar, 1862-1929 1900 Dec 29 TNS 1p To John S. Phillips F9 Correspondence, 1901-1907 Unless noted, all correspondence is addressed to Henry Herbert McClure or an unspecified recipient. Hapgood, Norman, 1868-1937  Mar 25 ACS 1p To Samuel Hopkins Adams Tissot, James Jacques Joseph, 1836-1902 1901 May 2 ALS 2p McClure, Samuel Sidney, 1857-1949 1901 Jun 11 TLS 1p Hyde, Henry M. 1901 Dec 11 TLS 1p Whitney, Caspar, 1862-1929 1901 Dec 14 TLS 1p Bourke, C. F. 1901 Dec 16 TLS 1p Tarbell, Ida M, 1857-1944 1902 Feb 28 TLS 1p To D.A. McKinley Maxim, Hudson, 1853-1927 1902 Apr 3 TLS 1p Whitney, Caspar, 1862-1929 1902 Sep 5 TLS 1p White, Stewart Edward, 1873-1946 1903 Jan 21 ALS 2p To McClure, Phillips, and Co 1903 Mar 13 ALS 1p To McClure Alden, Henry Mills, 1836-1919 1903 Jun 22 TLS 1p 2 Series I. Correspondence (cont'd) F9 Correspondence, 1901-1907 (cont'd) Whitlock, Brand, 1869-1934 1903 Nov 23 ALS 2p Ade, George, 1866-1944 1906 May 9 TLS 1p F10 Correspondence, 1908 Unless noted, all correspondence is addressed to Henry Herbert McClure or an unspecified recipient. Hapgood, Norman, 1868-1937 1908 Jan 24 TLS 1p Cobb, Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury), 1876-1944 [1908 Aug] ALS 1p To Edward S. McClure  Aug 16 ALS 1p To Edward S. McClure [1908 Aug] ALS 2p [1908 Fall] ALS 1p [1908 Fall] ALS 1p Note: Four canceled checks to Irvin S. Cobb (signed) are enclosed. F11 Correspondence, 1910-1911 All correspondence is addressed to Henry Herbert McClure. McClure, Samuel Sidney 1910 Apr 27 ALS 2p Coe, Franklin 1910 Sep 1 TLS 1p Hereford, William R. 1911 May 5 ALS 2p McClure, Samuel Sidney 1911 Jun 24 TLS 1p Doran, George Henry, 1869- 1911 Dec 14 TLS 1p 1911 Dec 14 TLS 1p F11 Correspondence, 1910-1911 (cont'd) Connolly, James, 1868-1916 1911 Dec 27 TLS 1p McClure, Robert B. 1911 Dec 28 ALS 1p F12 Correspondence, 1912-1920 Unless noted, all correspondence is addressed to Henry Herbert McClure or an unspecified recipient. Doran, George Henry, 1869- 1912 Jan 2 TLS 2p Oliver, George, 1873-1961 1912 Jan 9 TLS 1p McClure, Henry Herbert 1913 Feb 1 TLS 3p Ade, George, 1866-1944 1915 Apr 29 TLS 1p Nathan, George Jean, 1882-1958 1916 Apr 13 TLS 1p Towne, Charles Hanson. 1916 Apr 21 TLS 1p Davis, Richard Harding, 1864-1916 1916 Jun 16 TLS 1p 1916 Dec 29 TLS 1p Kelly, J. B. 1920 Sep 27 TLS 1p F13 Correspondence, 1921-1923 Unless noted, all correspondence is addressed to Henry Herbert McClure or to an unspecified recipient. Older, Fremont, 1856-1935 1921 May 31 TLS 1p 2 Series I. Correspondence (cont'd) F13 Correspondence, 1921-1923 (cont'd) Merrill, Charles G. 1921 Jun 7 TLS 1p McClure, Henry Herbert. 1922 Mar 18 ALS 1p To "Arthur" Burke, Thomas, 1887-1945 1923 May 14 TLS 1p Lawson, Victor Fremont, 1850-1925 1923 May 22 TLS 1p Crane, Frank 1923 May 24 TLS 1p 1923 May 29 TLS 1p McClure, Samuel Sidney 1923 Aug 21 TLS 2p Crane, Frank 1923 Dec 2 TLS 1p F14 Correspondence, 1925-1933 Unless noted, all correspondence is addressed to Henry Herbert McClure or to an unspecified recipient. Also includes a blank 1926 New Year postcard belonging to H.H. McClure. Lawson, Victor Fremont, 1850-1925 1925 Jun 1 TLS 1p Elliston, George, Miss. [1926 Oct] TN 1p To Mr McClure Note: Included on an October 19, 1927 TLS from James M. Cox to George Elliston. Taylor, William O. 1926 Nov 24 TLS 1p 2 Series I. Correspondence (cont'd) F14 Correspondence, 1925-1933 (cont'd) McClure, Samuel Sidney 1927 Jul 6 ALS 2p 1929: May 2 TLS 1p Note: This letter is on a folder leaf of paper with 3 pp. of advertisement for an industrial park in Calhoun Falls, S.C. 1930 Feb 18 TLS 1p Costain, Thomas Bertram, 1885-1965 1931 Mar 31 TLS 1p 1931 Apr 17 TLS 1p Oursler, Fulton, 1893-1952 1931 Jul 23 TLS 1p Findley, John. 1933 Aug 26 ALS 1p F15 Correspondence, 1934-1939 Unless noted, all correspondence is addressed to Henry Herbert McClure or to an unspecified recipient. Nathan, George Jean, 1882-1958 1934 Aug 1 TNS 1p Nast, Condé, 1873-1942 1934 Aug 10 TLS 1p Bourjaily, Monte F. 1935 Feb 13 TLS 1p McClure, Samuel Sidney 1935 Oct 5 TLS 1p Martin, Bill 1936 Sep 14 ALS 2p To Dr. W. Spencer Gurnee McClure, Henry Herbert 1937 Mar 19 ALS 2p To Judge Leo Healy 2 Series I. Correspondence (cont'd) F15 Correspondence, 1934-1939 (cont'd) Wallace, Dewitt 1937 Jun 14 TLS 1p Stevens, George. 1937 Jul 7 TLS 1p To George S. Hellman Barrett. 1937 Sep 4 TLS 2p Note: Includes extensive autograph postscript. Davis, George. 1937 Dec 20 TLS 1p McFadden, Frances. 1938 Mar 28 TLS 1p Ferber, Edna, 1887-1968 1939 Mar 13 TLS 1p To Wilson Brown F16 Undated Correspondence Davis, Richard Harding, 1864-1916 [n.d.] ALS 2p To McClure Furniss, Harry, 1854-1925 [n.d.] ALS 2p Gale, Zona, 1874-1938 [n.y.] Dec 28 TLS 1p To H.C. McClure Gilder, Jeannette Leonard, 1849-1916 [n.d.] TNS 1p To McClure [n.d.] TLS 1p Note: Fragment. Green, Anna Katharine, 1846-1935 [n.d.] AN 2p Note: Possibly written by her secretary. 2 Series I. Correspondence (cont'd) F16 Undated Correspondence (cont'd) Jewett, Sarah Orne, 1849-1909 [n.d.] ALS 3p To McClure [n.d.] AN 2p Note: Written on Jewett's name card. Johnston, Mary, 1870-1936 [n.y.] Jan 6 ALS 3p To Samuel Sidney McClure Jones, Henry Arthur, 1851-1929 [n.d.] ANS 1p Note: Quotation from Jones' play The Crusaders. La Farge, John, 1880-1963 [n.y.] Jun 28 ALS 1p To John S. Phillips McClure, Samuel Sidney [n.y.] Aug 19 ALS 2p To Henry Herbert McClure Munsey, Frank Andrew, 1854-1925 [n.d.] TL 1p Note: Form rejection letter. F17 Undated Correspondence Oliphant, Mrs. (Margaret), 1828-1897 [n.d.] ANS 1p Peattie, Elia Wilkenson, 1862-. [n.y.] Oct 12 TLS 1p To John S. Phillips Perry, Bliss, 1860-1954 [n.y.] Dec 27 ALS 2p To Samuel Sidney McClure Phillips, John S. [n.d.] ALS 2p To Henry Herbert McClure [n.d.] ALS 2p To Henry Herbert McClure Spofford, Harriet Elizabeth Prescott, 1835-1921 [n.y.] Sep 11 ALS 1p To John S. Phillips 2 Series I. Correspondence (cont'd) F17 Undated Correspondence (cont'd) Field, Isobel Osbourne [n.y.] ALS 1p Note: Signed "Isobel Strong." [n.d.] ALS 1p To McClure Note: Signed "Isobel Strong." [n.d.] May 22 ALS 1p To McClure Note: Signed "Isobel Strong." Tarbell, Ida M. (Ida Minerva), 1857-1944 [n.y.] Dec ACS 1p To Henry Herbert McClure Taylor, B. S. [n.d.] ALS 1p To McClure Townsend, Edward Waterman, 1855-1942 [n.y.] Nov 3 ALS 1p To Samuel Sidney McClure Warman, Cy, 1855-1914 [n.d.] ALS 1p To "J.C.M" White, W. A. [n.d.] ALS 1p To Augusto Floriano Jaccacci Wilcox, Ella Wheeler, 1850-1919 [n.d.] ALS 1p To McClure F18 Unidentified Correspondents, 1899-1936 13 letters from past and present associates of the McClure businesses. The items are organized chronologically, with undated letters at the end. 3 Series II. S.S. McClure's Publicity and Manuscripts, 1899-1952. F19 Photographs Includes two undated photographs, one of Samuel Sidney McClure, which is accompanied by a 1920 news note, and one of an unidentified woman. 3 Series II. S.S. McClure's Publicity and Manuscripts, 1899-1952. (cont'd) F20 Press Clippings, 1934-1952 Contains 70 articles, cartoons, newspaper photographs, and obituary notices, the majority of which relate to Samuel Sidney McClure. Also included are several articles that McClure wrote for various papers, and one promotion for a short story entitled "Tandra," by Andrew Quantock, dated Octobert 15, 1899, which was distributed by the McClure's Syndicate. F21 S.S. McClure Publicity Contains a 3 page TS of a Reader's Digest article on McClure, entitled "The First Newspaper Syndicate," as well as a 2 page TS copy of a 1939 interview with McClure for "Famous Firsts." F22 S.S. McClure Manuscripts Contains a 7page, TS draft of an essay entitled "Achievements of Man in the Representative Arts," a 10 page, TS, 1941 outline for a proposed book entitled, "The Cavalcade of Freedom," and a 4 page, TS draft of the book's first chapter. F23 Notes Contains 4 autograph pages of notes about S.S. McClure. 3 Series III. H.H. McClure's Financial and Legal Documents, 1900-1911 F24 Includes promotional, financial, and legal documents related to H.H. McClure and his various companies. Other documents include a check to H.H. McClure from the Criterion Publishing Company; a draft of a contract between the Co-Operative Publication Society and the Illustrated Weekly Magazine; a draft of the announcement by Collier's of the Illustrated Weekly Magazine, a syndicated Sunday supplement (H.H. McClure is listed as working in the business and circulation department); a menu card, signed by those attending, from an October 10, 1910 dinner given in honor of Thomas Marlowe, editor of the London Daily News; a 1911 stock certificate; and H.H. McClure's will.
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