The McClure mss., 1865-1949, consist of business and family correspondence and papers of Samuel Sidney McClure, 1857-1949, editor, and family letters and papers of his wife, Mrs. Harriet Sophia (Hurd) McClure, 1855-1929.
Career of Samuel Sidney McClure: born, Feb. 17, 1857, in County Antrim, Ireland, son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Gaston) McClure; 1864, father died, 1866, mother emigrated to America and settled in Porter County, Indiana; 1871, entered Valparaiso high school; 1874, entered Knox College, graduated 1882; Sept. 4, 1883, married Harriet Sophia Hurd; 1882-Dec. 1883, edited the Wheelman; Dec. 1883-Apr. 1884, worked at DeVinne printing house; Apr.-Oct. 1884, with Century company; Nov. 16, 1884, "invented" newspaper syndicate which was sold in May, 1912; 1893, launched McClure's Magazine; 1894, elected a trustee of Knox College; 1896, pilgrimage to Palestine; 1899, bought and cancelled purchased of Harper & Brothers; 1903, launched muckraking era; 1913, endorsed pedagogical theories of Maria Montessori; 1914, published My Autobiography; May 1915, became co-owner with Edward A. Rumely of The Evening Mail from which he resigned on Sept. 1, 1917; Dec. 1915, became a member of Ford Peace Ship to Europe; 1917 published Obstacles to Peace; 1922, with Moody B. Gates again published McClure's Magazine; 1924 partnership terminated; 1925, sold McClure's Magazine to Hearst; 1926, employed by Famous Pictorial Publishing Co.; crossed the Atlantic 149 times; died Mar. 21, 1949, buried at Galesburg, Illinois.
Biographical material relating to Samuel Sidney McClure may be found in My Autobiography (New York, 1914); Peter Lyon, Success Story, the Life and Times of S. S. McClure (New York, 1963).
McClure's papers in the collection consist chiefly of correspondence with poets, novelists, journalists, editors, publishers, artists, lawyers, physicians, clergymen, educators, prominent political figures, his lecture tour manager, and members of his family, particularly his wife. The letters relate primarily to the operation of McClure's newspaper syndicate, 1884-1901, including correspondence with the London office of the syndicate; and to McClure's Magazine, 1894-1926. There are letters and papers concerned with The Evening Mail, with McClure's numerous trips abroad, with materials for articles, books, and lectures and with Knox College. In addition, two letter copybooks, 1891-1892 and 1892-1896, of McClure are included.
The collection also contains complete and incomplete speeches, articles and notes on various subjects. Two undated and unidentified typescripts of manuscripts with the titles, "Golden Hinde" and "Roman Mythical History," are included. Individual cards for complete articles and speeches are filed in the Manuscript Index.
Mrs. McClure's letters and papers in the collection consist of correspondence, particularly with her husband and members of her family, especially her sister, Mary Charlotte Hurd, 1859-1949, and her father Albert Hurd, 1823-1906, both of whom were on the faculty of Knox College; writings; and nine diaries and memorandum books, 1888-1929.
In the collection are diaries and memorandum books, 1903- 1936, and account books of Mary Charlotte Hurd.
Included also are pictures of Samuel Sidney McClure, members of the McClure, Hurd, Heck, and Pennock families, and friends. The Hecks and Pennocks were related to the Hurds.
Printed material with the collection consists of clippings, 1882-1958; writings of McClure, 1908-1944; material on the Hurd and Heck families; material on miscellaneous subjects; a few issues of McClure's Magazine, 1884-1925; four scrapbooks of publicity for the syndicate, 1885-1902; an unbound scrapbook, 1885-1937.
The first box in the collection contains biographical and genealogical material relating to Samuel Sidney McClure and Mrs. Harriet Sophia (Hurd) McClure and their families. Among the correspondents included are Lawrence Fraser Abbott, Lyman Abbott, Iso Abe, Hallet Edward Abend, Ephraim Doublas Adams, James Truslow Adams, George Ade, Kate E. Ainslie, Carl Ethan Akeley, George Edward Akerson, Charles Beatty Alexander, Alfonso XIII, Henry Justin Allen, James Eli Ament, Winthrop Ames, Melville Best Anderson, Robert Appleton, Count Albert Apponyi, George Douglas Campbell, Duke of Argyll, Samuel A'Court Ashe, Nancy Witcher (Langhorne) Astor, Roger Ward Babson, Irving Addison Bacheller, Mrs. Josephine Dodge (Daskam) Bacon, Sir Robert Stephenson Baden-Powell, Elijah Prentiss Bailey, David Gemmell Baillie, Mrs. Bertha (Kunz) Baker, Newton Diehl Baker, Page M. Baker, Ray Stannard Baker, Elbert Francis Baldwin, Ludwig Bamberger, Edgar Addison Bancroft, Frederic Bancroft, James Barnes, Robert Barr, Bruce Barton, James Levi Barton, Mrs. Marion T. (Davis) Barton, Newton Bateman, David Homer Bates, Rex Ellingwood Beach, Alexander Gaylord Emmons Beaman, Henry James O'Brien Bedford- Jones, Mrs. Eunice White (Bullard) Beecher, Charles Joseph Bellamy, Josiah Quincy Bennett, Abraham Charles Bernheim, James Bertram, Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg, Albert Jeremiah Beveridge, Bernard Bigsby, John Shaw Billings, Paul Howard Bixler, Alexander Black, George Edmund Blackham, Mme. Marie Therese (de Solms) Blanc, Charles Albert Blanchard, Samuel Thomas Bledsoe, Alden Joseph Blethen, Willard Grosvenor Bleyer, Frederick Jones Bliss, Thomas Harper Blodgett, Paul Blouet, Emil Leopold Boas, Charles Knowles Bolton, F. G. Booth, Fenton Whitlock Booth, William Edgar Borah, John Gutzon de la Mothe Borglum, Phyllis Bottome, Samuel Bowles, Albert Augustus Boyden, Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen, Mrs. Virginia (Frazer) Boyle, Percy Holmes Boynton, Sir William Henry Bragg, Erastus Brainerd, John F. Braun, Frank Chapin Bray, Phanor Breazeale, George Platt Brett, Robert Bridges, Herbert Lawrence Bridgman, William Harlowe Briggs, Albert Britt, Charles Adrian Brodek, Noah Brooks, Phillips Brooks, A. Curtis Brown, Henry Baker Brown, James Wright Brown, William C. Brown, Atherton Brownell, Clarence Ludlow Brownell, William Jennings Bryan, Edward Andem Bryant, Agnes Rush Burr, Mrs. Anna Robeson (Brown) Burr, Theodore Elijah Burton, Harold Butcher, Nathaniel Butler, Nicholas Murray Butler, Witter Bynner, George Washington Cable, Mrs. Marie (Van Vorst) Cagiati, Earnest Elmo Calkins, Lewis Campbell, James Graham Cannon, Arthur Capper, Thaddeus Horatius Caraway, Frank Austin Carle, Andrew Carnegie, Clark Ezra Carr, Sir Edward Henry Carson, Willa Sibert Cather, Mrs. Carrie Lane (Chapman) Catt, William Cauldwell, Mrs. Pauline Bradford (Mackie) Cavendish, Edgar Algernon Robert Cecil, French Ensor Chadwick, Stephen Chalmers, John Rensselaer Chamberlain, Frederick Chamberlin, William Henry Chamberlin, Joseph Mitchell Chapple, John Smith Chartres, George Colby Chase, William Ludlow Chenery, Orion Howard Cheney, Donald Barr Chidsey, Richard Washburn Child, Augustus Byington Church, Mrs. Kate (Upson) Clark, James Cullivan Clarkson, Cyril Clemens, Grover Cleveland, Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb, Thomas Cochran, John Albert Cockerill, Rose Coghlan, Timothy Cole, William Morris Colles, Frederick Lewis Collins, Henry Steele Commager, Sarah Comstock, David Charles Cook, Robert Grier Cooke, George Robert Cooksey, Calvin Coolidge, William Knowles Cooper, Marie Corelli, John O'Hara Cosgrave, Thomas Bertram Costain, Frederic Rene Coudert, Wilber Fisk Crafts, Bruce Verne Crandall, Lionell George Crocker, Karl Allen Crowley, Samuel Crowther, Edgar Dean Crumpacker, Cyrus Hermann Kotzschmar Curtis, George William Curtis, Georgina Pell Curtis, James Breckenridge Curtis, Samuel Ives Curtiss, John Pearsons Cushing, Andrew Herbert Dakers, Josephus DanieLs, Carter Davidson, Richard Harding Davis, Robert Stewart Davis, Henry D. Davray, James Roscoe Day, Joseph Paul Day, Theodore Low DeVinne, William Thompson Dewart, George Dewey, Meichel Harry De Young, William Kennedy Dickson, Mrs. Elizabeth Eloise (Kirkpatrick) Dilling, Charles Dillon, Charles Richards Dodge, Mrs. Annette H. Doherty, Sir Robert Donald, Frank Nelson Doubleday, Russell Doubleday, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Henry Drummond, Frances Duncan, Mrs. Fannie (Hardy) Eckstorm, Sterling Edwin Edmunds, George Cary Eggleston, Henry Rutherford Elliot, Alston Ellis, Horace Ellis, Samuel Harrison Elrod, Victor Elting, Richard Theodore Ely, Robert Erskine Ely, Guy Emerson, Jesse Frederick Essary, John Holbrook Estill, Mrs. Florence (Wilkinson) Evans, Ira Hobart Evans, Livingston Farrand, Frederic William Farrar, Harold Underwood Faulkner, William Herbert Perry Faunce, Edna Ferber, John Calvin Ferguson, Adam H. Fetterolf, Louis Filler, John Huston Finley, Irving Fisher, Bradley Allen Fiske, Haley Fiske, Benjamin Wilfrid Fleisher, Sir Angus Somerville Fletcher, Frank Friday Fletcher, Horace Fletcher, Joseph Smith Fletcher, Alexander Clarence Flick, Benjamin Orange Flower, William James Flynn, Ford Madox Ford, Guy Stanton Ford, James Lauren Ford, William Dudley Foulke, Henry Thatcher Fowler, George French, Thomas Gold Frost, Emil Fuchs, Claude Moore Fuess, Leonhard Felix Fuld, Thomas Barnes Futcher, Edward Miner Gallaudet, Frank Ernest Gannett, Gilson Gardner, Harry Augustus Garfield, James Rudolph Garfield, Hamlin Garland, Bertrand Wesley Gearhart, Sir Auckland Geddes, Walter Franklin George, James Watson Gerard, Elmer Gertz, Perceval Gibbon, Jeannette Leonard Gilder, Virginia Crocheron Gildersleeve, Arthur Gilman, John McGaw Glenn, Marguerite Linton Glentworth, Martin H. Glynn, Harold Godwin, Samuel Gompers, Denny B. Goode, Frank Johnson Goodnow, Shimpei Goto, Frederick Dent Grant, Madison Grant, Katharine Merrill Graydon, Samuel Graydon, Cary Travers Grayson, Ferris Greenslet, Sir Philip Ben Greet, William Griffith, Gilbert Hovey Grosvenor, Roy Bergen Guild, Luther Halsey Gulick, Julia Henrietta Gulliver, Frank Wakeley Gunsaulus, Arthur Twining Hadley, Sir Henry Rider Haggard, Sewell Haggard, Elijah Walker Halford, Sir William Reginald Hall, Richard Halliburton, Franklin Elmer Ellsworth Hamilton, Benjamin Bowles Hampton, Moses Purnell Handy, Louis Benjamin Hanna, Nell Hanson, Norman Hapgood, Otto Abels Harbach, James Guthrie Harbord, Alfred Harcourt, Edward Stephen Harkness, Mrs. Clara (Morris) Harriott, Emerson Pitt Harris, Mrs. Julia Florida (Collier) Harris, Albert Bushnell Hart, Jerome Alfred Hart, Arthur E. Hartzell, George Brinton McClellan Harvey, Raymond Charles Harwood, William Edwin Haskell, Clarence Floyd Haviland, Sir Anthony Hope Hawkins, Mary Garrett Hay, Emory James Haynes, John Randolph Haynes, William Harrison Hays, Charles Downer Hazen, Fossey John Cobb Hearnshaw, George Jacob Helmer, Archibald Henderson, Daniel MacIntyre Henderson, Paul G. Henderson, Burton Jesse Hendrick, Alonzo Barton Hepburn, Oliver Herford, Christine (Terhune) Herrick, Oliver Sylvester Hershman, Angus Smith Hibbard, Ella (Rhoads) Higginson, Clara Hill, Howard Copeland Hill, Lewin Hill, William Silas Hill, Newell Dwight Hillis, Walker Downer Hines, Arthur Robert Hinks, Arthur Sullivant Hoffman, Frank Sargent Hoffman, Frederick Ludwig Hoffman, Otto Holstein, Hamilton Holt, James Henry Honan, John Edgar Hoover, Ernest Martin Hopkins, Thomas Snell Hopkins, Edward Mandell House, Herbert Sherman Houston, Roy Wilson Howard, Clark Howell, William Dean Howells, Ira Woods Howerth, William Bailey Howland, Gardiner Greene Hubbard, Charles Evans Hughes, Henry Mills Hurd, Fannie Hurst, Claudius Hart Huston, Stilson Hutchins, William DeWitt Hyde, William Henry Irwin, Auguste Florian Jaccaci, Henry James, Joseph Jastrow, Arthur Jenkins, Jeremiah Whipple Jenks, Thomas Spencer Jerome, Sarah Orne Jewett, Burges Johnson, Clifton Johnson, Harold Bowtell Johnson, Hiram Warren Johson, David Starr Jordan, William George Jordan, Harry Pratt Judson, Jean Adrien Antoin Jules Jusserand, Waldermar Bernhard Kaempffert, Lee Keedick, John Harvey Kellogg, Howard Atwood Kelly, Edwin Walter Kemmerer, George Kennan, William Jasper Kerr, Willford Isbell King, Mrs. Caroline Starr (Balestier) Kipling, Rudyard Kipling, Robert David Kohn, Parke Rexford Kolbe, Arthur Krock, George Frederick Kunz, Mrs. Belle (Case) La Follette, John Oliver La Gorce, Thomas William Lamont, Herman Landon, Mrs. Mary Evangeline (Walker) Landy, Clara Elizabeth Laughlin, Sir Alexander Waldemar Lawrence, Alfred William Lawson, Frank Morrill Lay, John Joseph Leary, Arthur Hamilton Lee, Gerald Stanley Lee, William Hesketh Leverhulme, Charles Herbert Levermore, Joseph Leonard Levy, Theodore Graham Lewis, Mrs. Lucy Cecil (White) Lillie, Charles Monroe Lincoln, Robert Todd Lincoln, Samuel McCune Lindsay, Benjamin Barr Lindsey, Arthur W. Little, Bessie Locke, Henry Cabot Lodge, Sir Oliver Joseph Lodge, Mrs. Alice Lee (Roosevelt) Longworth, Adolf Lorenz, Mrs. Berthe Eugenie Marie (Julienne) Low, Seth Low, Will Hicok Low, Mrs. Marie Adelaide (Belloc) Lowndes, David Lubin, Charles Fletcher Lummis, Frederick Henry Lynch, George Lynch, William Gibbs McAdoo, William McAndrew, Rose Macaulay, Howard Lee McBain, Thomas McClelland, Eleanore Amelia McClure, Mrs. Harriet Sophia (Hurd) McClure, Henry Herbert McClure, John F. McClure, Robert Bruce McClure, Thomas Carlyle McClure, Elmer Verner McCollum, Harold Fowler McCormick, Joseph Medill McCormick, Mrs. Ruth (Hanna) McCormick, Samuel Black McCormick, John Tinney McCutcheon, Robert McNutt McElroy, Robert Morrison MacIver, Cameron Mackenzie, James Cameron Mackenzie, Richard Cockburn Maclaurin, Archibald MacLeish, Mrs. Georgia Maud (McNally) McNutt, George Wilson McPherson, Elliott Beach Macrae, Raymond De Witt Mallary, Albert Russell Mann, Charles Gilmore Maphis, Theodore Marburg, Elisabeth Marbury, Maria, Queen of Rumania, Edward Sandford Martin, Thomas Commerford Martin, Cassity E. Mason, Robert Mather, Brander Matthews, Hudson Maxim, William Henry Maxwell, Edwin Doak Mead, Charles Edward Merriam, William Bradford Merrill, George von Lengerke Meyer, Sidney Edward Mezes, Francis Trevelyan Miller, George Fort Milton, Edward Cushing Mitchell, Maria Montessori, James Mooney, John Trotwood Moore, Mrs. Honore (McCue) Willsie Morrow, William Morrow, John Raleigh Mott, Edgar Young Mullins, Frank Andrew Munsey, M. E. Murphy, Stanley Naylor, Herbert Vincent Neal, Allan Nevins, Alphonso Gerald Newcomer, Herbert Nichols, Albert Jay Nock, Stephen Abbott Northrop, John Pease Norton, Frank Wright Noxon, Thornton Oakley, Alvaro Obregon, Frank Michael O'Brien, Thomas Jefferson O'Donnell, Frances Jenkins Olcott, Mrs. Cora Miranda (Baggerly) Older, Samuel Peter Orth, Chase Salmon Osborn, Henry Fairfield Osborn, Norris Galpin Osborn, William Osler, Fulton Oursler, Robert Latham Owen, James Hamilton Owens, Walter Hines Page, Ralph Delahaye Paine, Charles Middlebrook Palmer, Paul Palmer, Sir Gilbert Parker, James Parton, William Hardman Patten, Kenneth Wilcox Payne, Norman Vincent Peale, Westbrook Pegler, Mrs. Elizabeth (Robins) Pennell, Joseph Pennell, George Frederick Pentecost, John Augustus Penton, George Wharton Pepper, Maxwell Evarts Perkins, John Joseph Pershing, John Punnett Peters, Samuel Barrett Pettengill, John Sanburn Phillips, Thomas Wharton Phillips, Ernest De Lancey Pierson, Sir John George Pilter, Gifford Pinchot, Henry Lewis Pittock, Ernest Poole, Albert Augustus Pope, George Pope, Philip Sidney Post, Charles E. Pratt, Charles Stuart Pratt, Mrs. Ella (Farman) Pratt, John Barnes Pratt, Hickman Price, Ralph Pulitzer, Edgar Monsanto Queeny, Herbert Quick, Henry Thomas Rainey, Charles Henry Rammelkamp, John Revelstoke Rathom, Henry Warren Raymond, Cornelius C. Regier, Ira Remsen, Mrs. Alice Caldwell (Hegan) Rice, Cale Young Rice, Ernest D. Richard, Grant Richards, Raymond Riordon, Albert Cabell Ritchie, Ellis Henry Robert, Mrs. Corinne (Roosevelt) Robinson, Charles Frederick Roos, Mrs. Edith Kermit (Carow) Roosevelt, Kermit Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, Elihu Root, Viola Roseboro, Richard Rosenthal, David Morison Ross, Edward Aloysius Rumely, Isaac Franklin Russell, William Clark Russell, Hiroshi Saito, Thomas Sammons, Charles Rupert Sanderson, Henry Sandham, Henry Lindsay Sanford, Charles Sarolea, Carl Alwin Schenck, James Augustin Brown Scherer, Jacob Godfrey Schmidlapp, Jean Schopfer, Gerhart von Schulze-Gaevernitz, Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore, Frank Hall Scott, Hugh Lenox Scott, Myron Tracy Scudder, Samuel Seabury, Ellery Sedgwick, Thomas Jefferson Jackson See, Frank August Seiberling, Don Carlos Seitz, Mrs. Lillian C. Sewny, Mrs. Helen Miller (Gould) Shepard, Robert Harborough Sherard, Chesla Clella Sherlock, Henry Clapp Sherman, Maurice Sinclair Sherman, Charles Howard Shinn, William Harrison Short, Clement King Shorter, Shurmer Sibrhorp, William Edward Simonds, James Young Simpson, Edwin W. Sims, William Sowden Sims, May Sinclair, Isidore Singer, Esther Singleton, Francis Hinckley Sisson, Alfred Pritchard Sloan, William Frederick Slocum, Edwin Emery Slosson, Alfred Emanuel Smith, Alice C. Smith, Francis Hopkinson Smith, Rodney Smith, Roswell Smith, Reed Smoot, Paulsen Spence, Lorillard Spencer, Wilfrid Bliss Spender, Earl Evelyn Sperry, Ainsworth Rand Spofford, Mrs. Harriet Elizabeth (Prescott) Spofford, Theodore Stanton, Francis Henry Stauffer, William Thomas Stead, Joseph Lincoln Steffens, David Curtis Stephenson, H. Oscar Stevens, Burton Egbert Stevenson, Mrs. Fanny (Van de Grift) Stevenson, Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson, Frederic Jesup Stimson, Edmund Hugh Stinnes, Charles Rupert Stockard, Otto Stockmayer, Frank Richard Stockton, Cora Frances Stoddard, Henry Luther Stoddard, C. C. Stoll, Stephen Wharton Stookey, John St. Loe Strachey, Anna Louise Strong, Frank Strong, French Strother, Mark Sullivan, Joseph Swain, Alexander Edwin Sweet, Louis Dennison Sweet, William Howard Taft, Edwin Platt Tanner, Frank J. Tarbell, Ida Minerva Tarbell, Booth Tarkington, Mrs. Laurel Louisa (Fletcher) Tarkington, Bernhard Tauchnitz, Albert Pierce Taylor, Charles Fremont Taylor, Charles Henry Taylor, William Osgood Taylor, Charles Daniel Tenney, Dame Ellen Alice Terry, John Martin Thomas, James Maurice Thompson, Sir Basil Home Thomson, Charles Franklin Thwing, August Thyssen, John James Tigert, Charles Hanson Towne, Arthur Train, Sir William Purdie Treloar, Sir George Otto Trevelyan, James Arthur Tufts, Millar Evelyn Tydings, Johan August Udden, Frank Arthur Vanderlip, Henry Van Dyke, Sir William Cornelius Van Horne, Claude Halstead Van Tyne, Harold Lord Varney, Monroe Vayhinger, Orville James Victor, Oswald Garrison Villard, George Edgar Vincent, Richard H. Waldo, John Brisben Walker, Roberts Walker, Henry Agard Wallace, Mrs. Anna (Strunsky) Walling, William English Walling, John Patrick Walsh, Richard John Walsh, John Wanamaker, Lewis Rodman Wanamaker, Mrs. Elizabeth Stuart (Phelps) Ward, Herbert Dickinson Ward, Mary Augusta (Arnold) Ward, Ethelbert Dudley Warfield, Arthur Warren, Howard Crosby Warren, Booker Taliaferro Washington, Alexander Pollock Watt, William Alexander Webb, Jesse William Weik, Hugh C. Weir, William Henry Welch, Charles Edwin Wells, Herbert George Wells, Benjamin Ide Wheeler, Post Wheeler, Walter Whetstone, John Stuart White, Thomas Gilbert White, Thomas Justin White, William Allen White, Charles Goodrich Whiting, Whilliam Dwight Whitney, Robert J. Wickenden, John Andreas Widstoe, Ira Solomon Wile, Harvey Washington Wiley, Louis Wiley, Daniel Willard, Thomas Rigney Willard, Maurice William, Francis Churchill Williams, Talcott Williams, Walter Williams, Bailey Willis, Augustus Everett Wilson, Albert Frederick Wilson, Alonzo Edes Wilson, Albert Edward Winship, Jennings Cropper Wise, Leonard Wood, Henry Woodhouse, Edward Mott Woolley, Edith Franklin Wyatt, Robert Ralph Young.
Collection size: 21,845 items