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George Ade papers

Inclusive Dates: 
1865–1971
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

7.2 linear feet (12 boxes, 1 oversize box) of material consisting of correspondence, works, newspaper and magazine clippings, photographs, miscellaneous pictorial items and memorabilia documenting the literary and personal life of George Ade. The collection includes correspondence with Elbert Hubbard and John T. McCutcheon and material on McCutcheon. One letter to Vause W. Marshall describes Ade's friendship with the illustrator John Francis (Frank) Holme.

Biographical Historical Note

George Ade was a Midwestern journalist, humorist and playwright, best known for his Chicago Record column, "Stories of the Streets and of the Town," and for his innumerable fables in slang.

Additional Notes

Related collections: John T. McCutcheon Collections, Chicago History Museum; John T. McCutcheon Papers, Bruce Rogers Papers, Fanny Butcher Papers, Carter H. Harrison IV Papers, Little Room Records, Newberry Library; John Tinney McCutcheon Cartoons, Northwestern University Library, Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections; Horace Spencer Fiske Papers, Herbert. R. Strauss Collection of Theodore Roosevelt Papers, University of Chicago Library; John T. McCutcheon Collection, Indiana Society of Chicago Records, University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives; Charles Gates Dawes Papers, Evanston History Center.