Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The McClure mss. II, 1883-1947, have been arranged into three categories. In the first category are letters from artists, clergymen, diplomats, dramatists, editors, journalists, lawyers, novelists, and poets primarily to Samuel Sidney McClure. The bulk of the material, however, falls into the second category which consists of correspondence between members of the family and is of a personal nature. There are numerous letters from the children when they were quite young; when they attended the Mackenzie School and Misses Masters School for Girls, both at Dobbs' Ferry on Hudson, New York; when they were enrolled in schools in Europe; and later as students at Knox College and universities abroad.

During World War I Eleanor Amelia McClure, 1884- , was in England; Elizabeth Harriet (McClure) Mackenzie, 1886- , was associated with the Red Cross in France; and Robert Louis Stevenson McClure, 1888- , was a first lieutenant, Air Service, Acting Operations officer of Lafayette Escadrille. Since he was fluent in French, he served as a military interpreter in France. Elizabeth's husband, Cameron Mackenzie, 1882-1921, was a war correspondent in Europe.

In 1904 Elizabeth informally adopted and brought to the McClure house, Enrico Giordiano, 1901- , son of a very poor Italian immigrant family in New York, who was promptly accepted by the McClures. From 1910 to 1914 Enrico was enrolled at Interlaken Boarding School for Boys, Rolling Prairie, Indiana. In the collection are reports from the school and letters from Enrico. A fire in 1911 in the house where he lived destroyed all of his belongings. In 1917 he misrepresented his age and was recruited into the 76th Field Artillery. Numerous letters relate to his experiences during the war and during the long stay of his division in Europe after the war. By December of 1919 he was in LaPorte, Indiana, walking the streets in an effort to find a job. He was unsuccessful there, but in 1920 found a job in South Bend with the Studebaker Corporation. To supplement his finances he became the local representative in South Bend for The Curtis Publishing Company. Early in 1921 he was working for Armour & Company, but by 1925 he was employed at Waterbury, Connecticut.

There are also a number of letters from Eleanor's son, Samuel S. McClure, 1921- , while a student in England and Cornell University, and while he was stationed at Fort Bliss in Texas.

In the third category are photographs of Samuel Sidney McClure, members of his family and friends, and snapshots, which were not identified.

Included in the collection are fifteen drawings by Frederic Dorr Steele for McClure's Autobiography; passports, 1898-1932, and a few printed items.

Among correspondents not related to the family are William Archer, William Black, Mrs. Frances Eliza (Hodgson) Burnett, Mrs. Marie (Van Vorst) Cagiati, Charles Benedict Driscoll, Francis Patrick Duffy, Elizabeth Dunbar, Thomas Gold Frost, Hamlin Garland, James Watson Gerard, Alberto Giaccardi, John Gunther, Henry Harland, Frederic Jennings Haskin, Clara Hill, Sidney Kramer, Oliver Lippincott, Hudson Maxim, Mrs. Alice Christina (Thompson) Meynell, Cincinnatus Heine Miller, Anne Eugenia Delicia Morgan, Raymond Riordon, Evelyn Blantyre Simpson, Theodore Stanton, Theodore Lothrop Stoddard, Mrs. Katherine Cecil (Madden) Thurston, Elmo Scott Watson, Mrs. Mabel (Walker) Willebrandt, Ames W. Williams, Mrs. Alice Muriel (Livingston) Williamson, and Samuel Thurston Williamson.

Some of the materials are filed in oversize folders.

Collection size: 1,750 items

Related manuscripts: McClure mss., McClure mss. III, McClure mss. IV, McClure mss. V, McClure mss. VI

For more information about this collection and any related materials contact the Public Services Department, Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405. Call (812) 855-2452 or send an email using our Ask a Question form.