Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The McClure mss. VI, 1893-1952, are the papers of Samuel Sidney McClure, 1857-1949, editor, concerned chiefly with operations of McClure's Magazine, its advertising and circulation rates, and several legal cases in relation to the magazine.

The legal cases are: Dinkelspiel vs. The S. S. McClure Company, M-D 614a, 1908, Mar. 19-1910, Apr. 23 (38 items) in which Simon Lewis Dinkelspiel, insurance agent, sued the company for libel in London because of articles by Burton Jesse Hendrick; McClure - Private Car Cases, M-P 936, 1906, Feb. 9-1909, June 26 (59 items) (Union Refrigerator Transit Company of Wisconsin vs. The S. S. McClure Co., Emanuel Lorenz Philipp vs. The S. S. McClure Co., The S. S. McClure Co. vs. Emmanuel Lorenz Philipp), libel suits arising from articles by Ray Stannard Baker, accompanied by printed copies of articles by Baker and briefs for the defendant and the plaintiff; San Francisco Libel Suit, M-R 222, 1907, July 24- 1911, Oct. 23 (35 items), in which Thomas F. Reagan, San Francisco police commissioner sued the San Francisco New Company for libel because of an article by George Kennan, accompanied by a printed copy of the article and other clippings; William Archer Case, M-Ar 222, 1911, May 15-1912, Apr. 16 (28 items) in which Archer attempted to recover the value of his baggage lost in the collision of the steamers Merida and Admiral Farragut on May 11, 1911, while he was on assignment for McClure's Magazine.

Among the correspondents are Thomas Archer, William Archer, Albert Bird Brady, Willa Siebert Cather, Michael W. Flynn, Sanford Henry Eisner Freund, Francis Cleaveland Huntington, George Kennan, Rudyard Kipling, Samuel Sidney McClure, Cameron Mackenzie, Robert Mather, John Sanburn Phillips, Gilbert Ernstein Roe, Alfred Gilbert Smith, and Roberts Walker.

Other materials include a notebook of Albert Bird Brady, 1862-1900, company treasurer, containing statistics in relation to McClure's Magazine, 1893-1900, with five pages of genealogical notes dating to 1952 on the Brady family, and a few printed pieces.

Collection size: 175 items

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

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