TABLE OF CONTENTS


Descriptive Summary of the Collection

Administrative Information

Biography of Lloyd Lewis

Scope and Content of the Collection

Organization

Selected Search Terms

Container List

Series 1: Incoming Correspondence, 1886-1962

Series 2: Outgoing Correspondence, 1895-1949

Series 3: Works, 1907-1949

Series 4: Personal, 1896-1983

Series 5: Photographs, 1891-1985

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Inventory of the Lloyd Lewis Papers, 1886-1985, bulk 1905-1949


The Newberry Library
Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections
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Chicago, Illinois 60610-7324
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Machine-readable finding aid encoded by Lisa Janssen and Shannon Yule, 2007.

©2007.


Descriptive Summary of the Collection

Creator Lewis, Lloyd, 1891-1949
Title Lloyd Lewis Papers
Dates 1886-1985
Dates bulk 1905-1949
Extent 7.7 linear feet (12 boxes, 2 oversize boxes)
Abstract Correspondence, manuscripts, clippings, personal materials, and photographs of Chicago journalist and historian Lloyd Lewis.
Language Materials are in English.
Repository Newberry Library, Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections
Collection Call Number Midwest MS Lewis
Collection Stack Location 3a 41 11-12

Administrative Information

Cite As

Lloyd Lewis Papers, The Newberry Library, Chicago.

Provenance

Gift of Kathryn Lewis, 1968.

Processed by

Lisa Janssen and Shannon Yule, 2007.

Acknowledgements

This inventory was created with the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this inventory do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Access

The Lloyd Lewis Papers are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Lloyd Lewis Papers are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.

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Biography of Lloyd Lewis

Newspaper journalist, editor, and historian.

Lloyd Downs Lewis was born May 2, 1891 in Pendleton, Indiana to J.J. Lewis and Josephine Downs, and was raised in the Quaker tradition. Lewis attended Swarthmore College where he was editor of the Swarthmore Phoenix, and graduated in 1913.

After graduation, Lewis became a reporter for the North American in Philadelphia where he remained until 1915 when he left to work for the Chicago Herald. During WWI, Lewis enlisted in the Navy and served for one year. Upon his discharge, Lloyd worked as a publicist and advertising director for the Chicago movie chain Balaban and Katz. In 1930, Lewis returned to journalism, taking a position with the Chicago Daily News as a drama critic. He eventually became the amusement editor, and in 1936 became the sports editor where he produced innovative sports writing by reporting on personalities and dramatic elements. In 1943, he was promoted to managing editor of the Chicago Daily News, a position he held until he retired in 1945 to focus on his historical writing. He wrote several highly regarded historical books including Myths After Lincoln, Sherman: Fighting Prophet, and Captain Sam Grant, the latter completed by Bruce Catton after Lewis' death.

Lewis married Kathryn Dougherty, a well-known journalist in her own right, on Dec. 30, 1925. They had no children, but raised Nancy Anderson, the daughter of a friend of Kathryn's who had passed away. Lewis and his wife co-owned two sheep ranches with friend Jay Monaghan in Utah and Colorado. They also commissioned friend Frank Lloyd Wright to design their home in Libertyville, Illinois near the Des Plaines River. Lloyd Lewis died unexpectedly of a heart attack on April 21, 1949.

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Scope and Content of the Collection

Small amount of incoming and outgoing correspondence, including letters from Sinclair Lewis, Carl Sandburg, and Frank Lloyd Wright. Typed manuscripts and printed newspaper and magazine articles, several drafts of the play Jayhawker co-authored by Sinclair Lewis, photographs, scrapbooks, and publicity for Lewis' many historical books. The collection also contains personal materials, including childhood schoolwork and drawings, memorials, and incoming correspondence written to wife Kathryn after Lewis' death.

Narrative descriptions of the subject matter, types of material, and arrangement of each series are available through the Organization section of the finding aid.

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Organization

Papers are organized in the following series:

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Selected Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Newberry Library's public catalog. Researchers desiring additional materials on a particular topic should search the catalog using these headings.

Names

  • Lewis, Sinclair, 1885-1951
  • Stevenson, Adlai E. (Adlai Ewing), 1930-
  • Anderson, Sherwood, 1876-1941
  • Lewis, Kathryn Dougherty
  • Lewis, Lloyd, 1891-1949
  • Mencken, H. L. (Henry Louis), 1880-1956
  • Monaghan, Jay, 1891-1980
  • Sandburg, Carl, 1878-1967
  • Stevenson, Adlai E. (Adlai Ewing), 1900-1965
  • Tarble, Newton E.
  • Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959

Subjects

  • Clippings -- 1901-1950
  • Clippings -- 1951-2000
  • Correspondence -- 1851-1900
  • Correspondence -- 1901-1950
  • Correspondence -- 1951-2000
  • Critics -- Illinois -- Chicago
  • Doodles -- 1901-1950
  • Farm life -- Indiana
  • Historians -- Illinois -- Chicago
  • Historical biographies
  • Journalists -- Illinois -- Chicago
  • Manuscripts, American -- Illinois -- Chicago
  • Mother and child -- Correspondence
  • Newspaper editors -- Illinois -- Chicago
  • Photographs -- 1851-1900
  • Photographs -- 1901-1950
  • Photographs -- 1951-2000
  • Quakers -- Indiana
  • Sheep ranches -- West (U.S.)

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Container List

Series 1: Incoming Correspondence, 1886-1962

This series is only a fraction of Lewis's collection of incoming letters; unfortunately, much of his correspondence was destroyed in a fire. There is significant correspondence from Sinclair Lewis concerning their play, Jayhawker, and letters from friends such as Carl Sandburg and Frank Lloyd Wright, who designed Lewis' Libertyville home.
Letters are arranged alphabetically by last name of correspondent.

Box Folder Contents
1 1 Ade, George, 1918
1 2 Angle, Paul M. (Abraham Lincoln Society), Mar. 12, 1929
1 3 Anderson, Sherwood, 1935, n.d.
1 4 Avery, Sewell, Jan. 29, 1947
1 5 Barnes, Gertrude, n.d.
1 6 Bell, Mrs. Laird, n.d.
1 7 Brisbane, A. (New York Evening Journal), Jul. 18, 1918
1 7a Brown, Ella W., 1891-1901
1 7 Camp, Walter, Oct. 29, 1918
1 8 Cayton, Horace R., Jun. 19, 1945
1 9 Connelly, Marc, 1932-1947
1 10 Davidson, H. C., Apr. 13, 1934
1 11 Denison, B. W. (Chicago Herald), Sept. 15, 1915
1 12 Ewing, Thomas, 1930-1931
1 13 Dodd, William E., 1928
1 13a Downs, Mettie, 1928
1 14 Florey, Louis E., Oct. 30, 1934
1 15 Gilbert, Cass, Oct. 3, 1918
1 16 Fitzpatrick, Daniel - booklet of cartoons signed to Lloyd and Kathryn, 1948
1 17 Freeman, Charles, [1934?]
1 17a Fussell, R. and Alice, 1930, 1939
1 18 Gordon, Ruth, ca. 1930's
1 19 Greucher, C. P., Sept. 18, 1933
1 20 Hammerstein, Oscar 1938-1948
1 21 Hammond, John, 1935
1 22 Henry Hammond, Inc. (Joe Losey), 1934, n.d.
1 22a Hillis, William, n.d.
1 23 Harner, Henry, May. 9, 1936
1 24 Hull, Cordell, Jan. 2, 1946
1 25 Hyde Park-Kenwood National Bank, May 14, 1932
1 25a Jenkins, Thomas A., Apr. 3, 1916
1 26 Jordan, Charles H., Jan. 31, 1928
1 27 Kanin, Garson, 1948
1 28 Knopf, Alfred (Harcourt Brace and Co., Inc.), 1931-1936
1 29 Leontovich, Eugenie, 1931, 1934
1 30 Leslie's (Perriton Maxwell), Sept. 27, 1920
1 31 Lewis, Eva and Maude, 1891, n.d.
1 32 Lewis, Sinclair, 1933-1936
1 33 Little Brown and Co. (D. Angus Cameron), 1948, n.d.
1 34 Lomax, John A., 1932
1 35 Lunt, Alfred, Nov. 25, 1947
1 36 Mays, Lawrence V., 1916-1917
1 37 McBain, Hughston M., Jul. 1, 1948
1 38 McLean, Robert, Apr. 16, 1940
1 39 Mencken, H. L., 1945-1947
1 40 Monaghan, Jay, 1919-1931, n.d.
1 41 Nitze, William A., Dec. 13, 1936
1 42 O'Brien, Howard Vincent, 1933, 1942
1 43 Patterson, J. M., Apr. 3, 1944
1 44 Patterson, Robert P. (Secretary of War), 1946
1 45 Peter, John (Sam Harris Music Box Theatre), Dec. 29, 1933
1 46 Post, Guy Bates, 1941
1 47 Readers' letters, 1930-1950
1 47a Reed, Robert, 1919
1 48 Ross, H. W. (The New Yorker), 1945-1948
1 49 Sandburg, Carl, 1933-1938, n.d.
1 50 Sevareid, Eric, n.d.
1 50a Shera, Samuel M, 1899-1904
1 51 Sherman, Charles P., Jul. 16, 1933
1 52 Smith, Charles B. (North American), Apr. 5, 1916
1 53 Smith, Edith Taylor (Phi Beta Kappa), May 27, 1933
1 54 Snyder, Franklyn B., May 15, 1947
1 54a Soyars, W. O., Dec. 18, 1920
1 55 Spaulding, F. B., Mar. 29, 1916
1 56 Stevenson, Adlai, 1942, 1948
1 57 Stewart, Don, 1923, n.d.
1 58 Stolbrand, Vasa E., Aug. 14, 1933
1 58a Tarble, Newton E., 1918-1919, n.d.
1 59 Tarkington, Booth (includes essay), Oct. 7, 1918
1 60 White, W. A. (includes clipping), 1938-1940
1 61 White House (secretary to President Woodrow Wilson), Feb. 17, 1915
1 62 Wood, Lewis, Oct. 26, 1933
1 63 Woollcott, Alexander, 1936-1942
1 64 Work Project Administration, Apr. 1, 1941
1 65 Wright, Frank Lloyd (contains only photocopies of letters and a pamphlet, original letters removed by Kathryn Lewis), 1940, ca. 1940s, 1962
1 65a Condolence letters re: death of Josephine Lewis, 1938
1 65b Unidentified correspondents and fragments, 1886-1946, n.d.

Series 2: Outgoing Correspondence, 1895-1949

Correspondence primarily to Lewis' mother and aunts Evangeline and Maude during his years at school and in Philadelphia. The letters are quite interesting in documenting both Lewis' close Quaker family relationships, and the course of his early career. Also included are an amusing series of letters and drawings sent to friend Otto McFeely from a vacation in Europe.
Letters are arranged alphabetically by last name of correspondent.

Box Folder Contents
2 66 Christmas Cards, ca. 1930s
2 66a Fussell, Alice, 1896-1907
2 67 Lewis, Evangeline, "Eva" or "Edie," ca. 1895-1950, n.d.
2 68 Lewis, Evangeline and Maude ("Aunts"), 1905-1940
2 69 Lewis, Josephine (mother), 1913-1939
2 70 Lewis, Louise, 1913-1947
2 71 Lewis Family ("Dear Ones"), 1910-1911
2 72 Lewis Family ("Dear Ones"), 1913-1914
2 73 Lewis Family ("Dear Ones"), 1915-1916
2 74 Lewis Family ("Dear Ones"), ca. 1916-
2 75 Lewis Family - Miscellaneous relatives, 1911-1926
2 76 "John," 1929, 1939
2 77 McFeely, Otto (includes several illustrations by Lewis), 1929
2 78 Mencken, H. L., Jun. 11, 1929
2 79 Sandburg, Carl, May 30, 1940, n.d.
2 80 Stein, Gertrude, 1935-1937
3 Scrapbook of outgoing correspondence regarding publication of Captain Sam Grant, Mar. 1945 - Apr. 1949

Series 3: Works, 1907-1949

Typed manuscripts, published newspaper and magazine articles, clipping scrapbooks, and publicity. The series also contains the book manuscript for Captain Sam Grant, which was published posthumously, and several drafts of the play Jayhawker, co-authored by Sinclair Lewis. The manuscripts contain numerous revisions, notes, and Lewis' characteristic doodles.
Materials are arranged alphabetically.

Box Folder Contents
4 81 American Homelife as Shown in Periodicals - manuscript and research materials, ca. 1907
4 82 American Mercury - clipping excerpts, 1930
4 83 Around the Circle with Chicago - published in Chicago Daily News, Dec. 31, 1930
4 84 The Bicuana Bay - handwritten poem, n.d.
4 85 Business Just as Picturesque as Bohemianism - published in Leslie's, Oct. 23, 1920
4 86 Captain Sam Grant - manuscript, chapters 1-8, ca. 1940s
4 87 Captain Sam Grant - manuscript, chapters 9-16, ca. 1940s
4 88 Captain Sam Grant - manuscript, chapters 17-23, ca. 1940s
4 89 Captain Sam Grant - publicity and reviews, 1949-1950
4 90 Chicago and the Midlands - published in Survey Graphic, n.d.
4 91 Chicago Literary Times - uncredited, Mar. 15, 1923
4 92 Chicago, the History of its Reputation - notes, research (see also oversize for scrapbook containing clippings, reviews, blurb by Carl Sandburg), 1929
4 93 Chicago Sun Book Week columns ("It Takes All Kinds", and "Lloyd Lewis"), 1945-1949
4 94 Chicago's Booze War - published in the New Republic, Mar. 13, 1929
4 95 A Christmas Carol - poem published in the North American, Philadelphia, Dec. 13, 1914
4 96 Cut From the Cloth of Lincoln - published in the Chicago Daily News, Jan. 21, 1931
4 97 The Four Who Were Hanged - published in Liberty, Feb. 11, 1928
4 98 Hold Your Horses, the Pachyderm of Publications, the Behemoth of Books Goes By - manuscript, n.d.
4 99 If Lincoln Had Lived - manuscript, n.d.
5 100-101 Immortal Dramas - radio scripts, 1935
5 102-110 Jayhawker - play script, ca. 1935
6 111-114 Jayhawker - play script (use copy), ca. 1935
6 115 Jayhawker - box office receipts, 1934
6 116 Jayhawker - early version titled 'The Glory Hole,' ca. 1930s
6 117 Jayhawker - early version titled 'The Skeddler,' 1933
6 118 Jayhawker - programs, reviews, publicity, 1933-1934
7 119 John Paul Jones - radio script, ca. 1930s
7 120 Last of the Troubadours - manuscript, n.d.
7 121 Letters from Lloyd Lewis - booklet published by Little Brown & Co., 1950
7 122 Lincoln and Pinkerton - published in the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, Dec. 1948
7 123 Lincoln and the Preachers - published in Plain Talk, Feb. 1928
7 124 Mexican War - published in Life Magazine, Jun. 9, 1947
7 125 Memorial Day is Born - published in Liberty, Jun. 2, 1928
7 126 Mother Bickerdyke - notes and research material, n.d.
7 127 News and Views in World of Art - column in Chicago Daily News, 1917, n.d.
7 128 Newspaper articles and reviews - various, 1914-1945, n.d.
7 129 Notes - miscellaneous, n.d.
7 130 Not in the Orders - published in Colliers, Nov. 11, 1939
7 131 The Phoenix - Swarthmore Student Newspaper - 13 issues (see oversize), 1912-1913
7 131a Pinkerton and Daughter - essay, n.d.
7 132 Poor, Insolvent Chicago - published in Outlook and Independent, Feb. 26, 1930
7 133 The Prairie Farmer: Its Beginnings - published in the Prairie Farmer, Jan, 11, 1941
7 134 Quaker Memories of Frederick Douglass - published in Negro Digest, Sept. 1947
7 135 The Rooks - manuscript fragment, n.d.
7 136 Sherman Fighting Prophet - publicity and reviews, 1932
7 137 The Real "Royal Family of Broadway"- published in the Chicago Daily News (incomplete), Feb. 25, 1931
7 138 Shipmates - A Navy Magazine (3 issues edited by Lewis), Sept. - Nov. 1918
7 139 This is to Certify - published in Liberty, Feb. 4, 1928
7 140 Untitled manuscript fragments, n.d.
7 141 Voice from the Grandstand and other sports writing - Chicago Daily News, 1921, 1938, n.d.
7 142 When Tad Lincoln Had "A Girl" in Chicago - published in the Chicago Daily News, Feb. 5, 1930
7 142a Scrapbooks (4) containing clippings of columns, book reviews, and memorials (see oversize box), 1929-1950

Series 4: Personal, 1896-1983

Contains childhood mementoes, schoolwork, drawings, financial records, naval discharge papers, documents pertaining to Lewis’ death including an LP recording of Lewis' memorial service with tributes by Adlai Stevenson and Marc Connolly. Also includes letters written to wife Kathryn after Lewis' death from well-known friends and colleagues including Gertrude Stein, Marshall Field, and Garson Kanin. In addition, series contains some outgoing correspondence of Kathryn's to family members, articles she wrote for the Sun-Times reporting on her trip around the world in 1955; and various other materials.
Materials are arranged alphabetically.

Box Folder Contents
8 143 Art - Illustrated short books, ca. 1906
8 144 Art - Illustrations, ca. 1906
8 145 Art - Sketchbook, ca. 1905
8 146 Art - Sketchbook, ca. 1905
8 147 Art - Sketchbook, n.d.
8 148 Art - Sketches, ca. 1896-1905
8 148a Baby shoes (see separate box), ca. 1892
8 149 Death - Funeral materials and last will and testament (see also oversize for LP recordings of memorial service), 1949
8 150 Death - Obituaries and memorials, 1949-1950
8 150a Diplomas from Pendleton High School and Swarthmore College (see oversize box), 1909, 1913
8 151 Financial records, 1914-1922
8 151a Frank Lloyd Wright home - architectural drawing (print) (see oversize box), 1959
8 152 Lewis, Kathryn - Articles written for Chicago Sun Times about her trip around the world, 1955
8 153 Lewis, Kathryn - Correspondence from Bruce Cattan, 1953-1972
9 154 Lewis, Kathryn - Correspondence from Marshall Field and family, 1949-1950, n.d.
9 155 Lewis, Kathryn - Correspondence from Major General Ulysses S. Grant III, May 25, 1949
9 156 Lewis, Kathryn - Correspondence from Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon, 1949-1965
9 157 Lewis, Kathryn - Correspondence from Alfred Harcourt, 1950-1958
9 158 Lewis, Kathryn - Correspondence from John F. Kennedy, Dec. 28, 1960
9 159 Lewis, Kathryn - Correspondence from Little Brown and Co. Publishers, 1949-1970
9 160 Lewis, Kathryn - Correspondence from Carl Sandburg, 1949-1959
9 161 Lewis, Kathryn - Correspondence from Gertrude Stein, [1937]
9 162 Lewis, Kathryn - Correspondence from Adlai E. Stevenson, 1949-1965
9 163 Lewis, Kathryn - Correspondence from Adlai E., Stevenson III, 1965-1983
9 164 Lewis, Kathryn - Correspondence from various, 1949-1979
9 165 Lewis, Kathryn - Correspondence from unidentified persons, 1962-1983
9 166 Lewis, Kathryn - Correspondence to family, 1937-1950, n.d.
9 167 Lewis, Kathryn - Miscellaneous materials, n.d.
9 168 Miscellaneous, n.d.
9 169 Naval discharge papers, 1920
9 170 Publicity and biographical - Articles concerning Lewis, 1929-1969
9 171 Publicity and biographical - Newspaper clippings concerning Lewis, ca. 1930-1965
9 172 School memorabilia, 1905-1913
9 173 Schoolwork, 1899-1909
9 174 Schoolwork, 1905-1906
9 175 Schoolwork, 1910-1911
9a 176 Schoolwork - Ancient History notebook, n.d.
9a 176a Schoolwork - textbooks containing sketches by Lewis, 1900-1902

Series 5: Photographs, 1891-1985

Contains photographs of Lewis taken throughout his life including portraits, snapshots, photos of his time in the Navy; friends and family, including wife Kathryn, Carl Sandburg, and Henry Justin Smith; their Frank Lloyd Wright designed home in Libertyville; and many photographs documenting his time sheep ranching in Colorado and Utah in the late 1920s.
Photographs are arranged alphabetically by subject.

Box Folder Contents
10 177 Lewis, Lloyd - baby pictures, 1891-1894
10 178 Lewis, Lloyd, 1905-1912
10 179 Lewis, Lloyd - North American newspaper era, ca. 1914-1915
10 180 Lewis, Lloyd - North American newspaper era scrapbook, ca. 1914-1915
10 181 Lewis, Lloyd - Navy photos, ca. 1918
10 182 Lewis, Lloyd - Portraits (see also oversize box), ca. 1925-1949
10 183 Lewis, Lloyd - Snapshots (some including unidentified persons), ca. 1925-1949
10 184 Lewis, Lloyd with family, 1892-1914, 1937
10 185 Lewis, Lloyd with family scrapbook, ca. 1900-1905
10 186 Lewis, Lloyd with Kathryn Lewis (wife), ca. 1920-1940
10 187 Lewis, Lloyd with Louise Lewis (sister), 1895-1903
10 188 Lewis, Lloyd with Otto McFeely, 1929
10 189 Lewis, Lloyd with Henry Justin Smith, 1929
10 190 Lewis, Kathryn (see also oversize), ca. 1920-1960
10 191 Lewis, Kathryn and her family, ca. 1970-1985
10 192 Monaghan, Jay, n.d.
10 193 Sandburg, Carl (1 signed to Lloyd, 2 with Lloyd pictured also), ca. 1940
10 194 Bookstore window display for Sherman, Fighting Prophet, ca. 1932
10 195 Frank Lloyd Wright designed home in Libertyville, Illinois (see also oversize), n.d.
10 196 Sheep ranching in Colorado and Utah (detailed annotations on backs of photos), ca. 1925-1930
11 197 Sheep ranching in Colorado and Utah (see also oversize box), ca. 1925-1930
11 198 Photo album "Soldiering in the Philippines" - gift of unidentified friend, ca.1918