Fanny Butcher papers

Inclusive Dates: 
1830–1984, bulk 1910–1984
Survey Repository: 

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

48.5 linear feet (44 boxes, 12 oversize boxes) of material consisting of correspondence, clippings, manuscripts, photographs, and memorabilia relating to the life and work of Chicago literary critic and author Fanny Butcher. The collection also includes many pieces of art, including many lithographs and engravings, and original works by Chicago Tribune cartoonists, notably John T. McCutcheon.

Biographical Historical Note

Fanny Butcher Bokum was a Chicago literary critic and author. In 1913 she began writing a column for the Chicago Tribune, becoming Literary Editor in 1922. Butcher remained at the Tribune until her retirement in 1963. Butcher opened and managed a bookshop, Fanny Butcher Books, from 1919-1927. The shop was sold to Doubleday when it became impossible for Fanny to keep her position at the Tribune and run the bookshop.