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1878 -1952

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.

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Table of Contents


Historical and Biographical Note

The publishing enterprises of Samuel Sidney McClure are an important facet of early twentieth-century American journalism. The McClure Syndicate, started by Samuel Sidney McClure in 1884, was the first successful company of its kind, and was largely responsible for introducing many American and British writers to a national public. His later venture, McClure's Magazine, contained the influential "muckraking" articles of Ida Tarbell, Ray Stannard Baker, and Lincoln Steffens; it also had the distinction of promoting the then-unknown writer, Willa Cather. Although S.S. McClure's tenuous business competency would cause him to lose control over these ventures in the early part of the twentieth century, other members of his family, most notably his cousin, Henry Herbert McClure (d. 1938), were able to maintain a more steady career in the publishing world through the 1930s.

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

The material in the McClure Publishing Company Archive spans the dates 1878-1952. It contains 1 linear foot of correspondence, photographs, clippings, financial and legal documents, and manuscripts relating to the company. There is also a significant amount of material concerning the company's founder, Samuel Sidney McClure, along with documents relating to his cousin, Henry Herbert McClure. The collection is organized in three series. The first contains primarily business correspondence from various literary figures and McClure staff members. The second includes various material relating to Samuel Sidney McClure. The third contains financial and legal documents relating to Henry Herbert McClure.

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.


Contents List

Box -- Folder -- Contents

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
          [1890]              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
          [1892] 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
          [1899]    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
          [1901]    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         
          [1908]    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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