Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Elder, Robert K. mss., 1970-2012, consist of the papers of journalist, author, and film critic Rob Elder, 1976--. Elder grew up in Montana and graduated from the University of Oregon. While in Eugene he edited the campus newspaper, The Oregon Voice, and archived the papers of Ken Kesey, housed at the university's Knight Library.

Elder's work has appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Oregonian,,, and many other publications. For more than a decade, he served as a staff writer at the Chicago Tribune, and from 2010 to 2012 he worked as a regional editor for the AOL Huffington Post Media Group's hyperlocal news initiative, In 2012, Elder served as the founding managing editor of DNAinfo Chicago before joining the Chicago Sun-Times in 2013. Elder is also the founder of Odd Hours Media LLC, which specializes in crowdsourcing, social media and TV production. He is the editor of John Woo: Interviews (2005), Last Words of the Executed (2010), The Film That Changed My Life (2011), It Was Over When... (2011), and The Best Film You've Never Seen (2013).

The collection includes correspondence, original drafts of writings, research materials, promotional materials, newspaper clippings, and transcripts of interviews conducted by Elder for the book The Film That Changed My Life.

Correspondents include: Michael Chabon; Dave Eggers; Neil Gaiman; Stan Lee; John Waters; John Woo.

An inventory and finding aid are available for this collection.

Acquired: 2010-2013

Collection size: 31,500 items

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