Joseph Medill Patterson papers and J. M. Patterson cartoonist correspondence

Inclusive Dates: 
1901–1950, 1912–1946
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This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

Joseph Medill Patterson Papers (approximately 80 linear feet) consists of correspondence, memoranda, a wide variety of personal and business financial records, cartoons, and other materials relating to Patterson's career as co-publisher and publisher of the Chicago Tribune, the New York Daily News, and Liberty magazine; to Patterson's and his family's extensive financial interests; his military service, career as a playwright, and his personal and family life. Included is correspondence with leading American journalists and cartoonists, among them Carey C. Orr.

J. M. Patterson Cartoonist Correspondence (1.0 boxes) consists of correspondence relating to general business discussions about various cartoonists as a group and also with files for individual cartoonists.

Biographical Historical Note

Carey Cassius Orr studied at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. He worked as a cartoonist at several newspapers before he began working at the Chicago Tribune in 1917, where he stayed for 46 years. He drew the Kernel Cootie comic strip.

Additional Notes

Related collections: Carey Orr Editorial Cartoons for Chicago Tribune, Lake Forest College; Carey Orr cartoon collection, Leon T. Walkowicz collection of editorial cartoon drawings, and Leon T. Walkowicz editorial cartoon collection, Chicago History Museum; Carey Orr Cartoons, Newberry Library.