TABLE OF CONTENTS


Descriptive Summary of the Collection

Administrative Information

Biography of Mike Royko

Scope and Content of the Collection

Organization

Selected Search Terms

Container List

Series 1: Outgoing Correspondence, 1969-1979

Series 2: Incoming Correspondence, 1962-1996

Series 3: Correspondence from Readers, 1962-1997

Series 4: Works, n.d., 1970-1992

Series 5: Subject Files, 1934-1996

Series 6: Publicity, 1945-1997

Series 7: Personal, 1958-1997

Series 8: Photographs, 1971-ca. 1995

Series 9: Columns, 1962-1997

Series 10: Awards and Certificates, 1960-1997

Series 11: Art and Artifacts

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Inventory of the Mike Royko Papers, 1934-1997, bulk 1962-1997


The Newberry Library
Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections
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Machine-readable finding aid encoded by Alison Hinderliter, 2005.

©2005.


Descriptive Summary of the Collection

Creator Royko, Mike, 1932-1997
Title Mike Royko Papers
Dates 1934-1997
Dates bulk 1962-1997
Extent 36.6 linear feet (17 boxes, two cartons, and 18 oversize boxes)
Abstract Correspondence, columns, other works, and personal material of journalist, columnist, and author Mike Royko. Royko received his journalistic training by working for the Chicago City News Bureau (1956-1959) and went on to be a favorite columnist at the Chicago Daily News (1959-1978); The Chicago Sun-Times (1978-1984); and the Chicago Tribune (1984-1997). Royko is known for writing his best-seller Boss: Richard J. Daley of Chicago, and for winning a Pulitzer Prize in 1972 for commentary.
Language Materials are in English.
Repository Newberry Library, Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections
Collection Call Number Midwest MS Royko
Collection Stack Location 3a 55 9-11; Artifact Cage

Administrative Information

Cite as

The Mike Royko Papers, The Newberry Library, Chicago.

Provenance

Gift of Judy Royko, 2005.

Processed by

Alison Hinderliter and Pamela Olson, 2005.

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 Mike Royko Papers are open for research and available to users one box at a time in the Special Collections Reading Room. (Priority III)

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Mike Royko Papers are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to either the Newberry Library or the applicable author or his or her heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.

The rights to Royko's book Boss: Richard J. Daley of Chicago are retained by Judy Royko.

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Biography of Mike Royko

Mike Royko was born September 19, 1932 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of an immigrant tavernkeeper and his wife. He grew up in the Humboldt Park neighborhood near Milwaukee Avenue, which at the time was predominantly a working class mix of German, Ukrainian, Polish, and other immigrants. He spent four years in the air force in Korea as a radio operator and at O'Hare Field as editor of the base newspaper.

In 1956 Royko applied to the Chicago City News Bureau for a job. He began writing articles for small Chicago neighborhood papers, and then in 1959 Royko was hired by the Chicago Daily News, initially as a night police reporter. After covering local and state government, he began to write a weekly column concerning county government called The County Beat. Soon after, he convinced the Daily News that he should have a regular column, and before long his byline appeared five days a week. Some of Royko’s favorite topics in those early years (many of which remained favorites throughout his writing career) was Mayor Richard J. Daley and the Chicago political machine, national politics, race, generational differences, cultural trends, animals, and sports. He also published letters from his readers, and Royko's comments on those letters, quite regularly. Royko received the ultimate recognition within his profession in 1972 when he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for commentary. During his long and distinguished career, he received many honors in addition to the Pulitzer, including the Washington Journalism Review's Best Columnist in America Award, the Ernie Pyle Award, and the H.L. Mencken Award.

In 1969, E.P. Dutton Publishers approached Royko about writing a book about Mayor Daley. At first Royko was hesitant, but the publisher, along with friend Studs Terkel, convinced him to undertake the project. In 1971 his widely acclaimed book, Boss: Richard J. Daley of Chicago, was published. The book garnered favorable reviews nationwide, and even inspired a short-lived local boycott of National Tea Company stores (now known as Jewel Supermarkets) because the store temporarily removed Boss from its book section. Over the course of his career, Royko also published six best-selling collections of his columns.

After the Daily News folded in 1978 Royko moved to the Chicago Sun-Times, where his columns initiated criminal investigations and influenced political contests, including the mayoral election of Jane Byrne. When the Sun-Times was purchased by media mogul Rupert Murdoch in 1984, Royko left in disgust for the rival Chicago Tribune. With Tribune syndication, Royko was soon appearing in 600 newspapers across the country.

Royko married twice and had four children: in 1954 Royko married Carol Joyce Duckman, with whom he had two sons. Carol Royko died suddenly in 1979. He married Judy Arndt in 1985 and had two children, a boy in 1987 and a girl in 1992. He died in Chicago on April 29, 1997, after suffering a brain aneurysm while vacationing in Florida.

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Scope and Content of the Collection

Works, articles, columns, drafts, research and subject material, correspondence, personal items, mementoes, awards, and photographs reflecting the life and career of Mike Royko. A large portion of Royko's papers is the columns from all three major Chicago newspapers in his long tenure as a columnist. In the early years, he would write a subject heading at the top of the column; occasionally, in later years, he would mark up the columns with corrections and editorial remarks. A small amount of Royko's non-news literary output is reflected in the collection too, such as parts of the annotated carbon copy of Boss: Richard J. Daley of Chicago.

Letters from his readers take up a large part of the collection too; he kept both favorable and unfavorable (and sometimes unintelligible) correspondence from his readers, on selected topics. These are separated from incoming and outgoing correspondence, which tended to be to and from people Royko knew personally or from famous people, or else they were related to his work. Royko also kept subject files, which included information about a topic as well as copies of some of his columns addressing that topic. The collection also includes extensive publicity files: clippings about Royko, about the awards he won through his newspaper career, and reviews and announcements of his books. Finally, there are smaller amounts of photographic material, awards, certificates, plaques, and artifacts such as Royko's cigarettes, hats, coats, and Rolodex address file.

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Organization

The Mike Royko Papers are organized into 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

  • Chicago sun-times
  • Chicago Tribune (Firm)
  • E.P. Dutton (Firm)
  • Chicago Daily News, Inc.
  • Daley, Richard J., 1902-1976
  • Ebert, Roger
  • Royko, Mike, 1932-1997

Subjects

  • Manuscripts, American -- Illinois -- Chicago
  • Authors, American -- 20th century
  • Chicago (Ill.) -- Intellectual life -- 20th century
  • Chicago (Ill.) -- Newspapers
  • Chicago (Ill.) -- Politics and government -- 1951-
  • Chicago (Ill.) -- Social life and customs
  • Clippings -- Illinois -- Chicago -- 1951-2000
  • Correspondence -- 1951-2000
  • Journalists -- Illinois -- Chicago
  • Photographs -- Illinois -- Chicago -- 1951-2000

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Container List

Series 1: Outgoing Correspondence, 1969-1979

Drafts or copies of letters sent by Royko.
Arranged alphabetically by addressee.

Box Folder Contents
1 1 E.P. Dutton Publishers (Hal Scharlatt), 1969
1 2 Greeley, Father Andrew, Chicago Tribune, 1976
1 3 Spence, Steve, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 1979
1 4 Unidentified, [n.d.]

Series 2: Incoming Correspondence, 1962-1996

Letters and notes to Royko from friends, colleagues, and notable people. Some items in this series were removed from Royko's "Scraps" folders [i.e., items to include in a scrapbook someday] for easy access; there are indications for the original locations for each letter. Letters from E.P. Dutton are related to Royko's books; most notably, the invitation from E.P. Dutton's Hal Scharlatt to Royko to think about writing a book about Mayor Richard J. Daley. The letters from Roger Ebert are concerning the play "Fox" that they co-wrote in the early 1970's.
Arranged alphabetically.

Box Folder Contents
1 5 Adler, Larry, 1976
1 6 Authors Guild - Stout, Rex, Chairman, 1968-1969
1 7 Borucki, Eugene J., 1962
1 8 Bradlee, Benjamin C., The Washington Post, 1978
1 9 Brennan, Anne, North Loop News, ca. 1989
1 10 Brush, Judy (with Royko's response), 1971
1 11 Camper, John J., University of Illinois at Chicago, 1995
1 12 Coffey, Ray, [1972]
1 13 College of Journalism and Communications, University of Florida, 1979
1 14 Daley, Richard J. and family (Christmas Card), 1969
1 15 Daley, Richard M., 1980
1 16 Derwinski, Edward, Congressman (IL), 1979
1 17 Dienhart, Ligita, Dave's (John Hancock Center), 1974
1 18 Ditka, Mike (with envelope), Aug. 17, 1990
1 19 Dornfeld, A.A. ("Dornie"), 1974
1 20 E.P. Dutton Publishers (Hal Scharlatt, Paul De Angelis), 1969-1984
1 21 Ebert, Roger ("Rog"), ca. 1974
1 22 Edelstein, Mort, WBBM Newsradio (Holiday Card), 1969
1 23 Field, Marshall (with attachments), 1977
1 24 Galbraith, John Kenneth, 1974
1 25 Gale, Dan, ca. 1990's
1 26 Garagiola, Joe, 1974
1 27 Gilbreth, Edward, Chicago Sun-Times, n.d.
1 28 Henry Regnery Co., Publishers, 1975
1 29 Kleiman, Carol, Chicago Tribune, 1993
1 30 Knepler, Henry, La Sorbonne, 1973
1 31 Madigan, John W., 1995
1 32 Merullo, Lennie, former Chicago Cubs shortstop, 1983
1 33 Mikva, Abner, Congressman (Holiday Card), 1969
1 34 Morris, James, 1973
1 35 Nixon, Richard (photocopy), 1989
1 36 Obey, David R., Congressman (WI), 1973
1 37 Otwell, Ralph, Chicago Sun-Times, 1978
1 38 Polish National Alliance, 1979
1 39 Pucinski, Roman, Congressman (IL) (Christmas Card), ca. 1969
1 40 Rovner, Ilana Diamond, Assistant to Illinois Governor James R. Thompson, 1979
1 41 Schoenbeck, Lee, Senator, 1996
1 42 Simon, Paul, Lt. Governor and Congressman (includes Christmas Card), 1969, 1971, 1978
1 43 Simon, Seymour, 1968
1 44 Spence, Steve, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 1979
1 45 Spencer, F. Gilman ("Gil), The Denver Post, 1995
1 46 Tackett, Mike, Chicago Tribune, n.d.
1 47 Topinka, Judy Baar, Senator, 1994
1 48 Varns, Ann (Mrs. William; widow of Air Force buddy), n.d.
1 49 Miscellaneous and unidentified, n.d.

Series 3: Correspondence from Readers, 1962-1997

Fan letters, arguments, hate mail, and requests from readers, and occasionally coworkers and friends. Includes postcards, letterhead, and different kinds of stationery, with inserts of clippings or other material. Most letters from friends, work associates, or people of note (such as politicians and celebrities) can be found in the Incoming Correspondence series.
Arranged chronologically and by topic of letter. General interest letters are at the end of the series, arranged chronologically.

Box Folder Contents
2 50 Christmas Cards, 1969
2 51 Heywood Braun Award - Congratulations (includes letters from colleagues), 1969
2 52 Candidates for Mayor, Nov. 1970
2 53-54 Boss - Fan Mail (includes letters from newsmen and friends of Royko; short replies from Royko written in), Mar.-Apr. 1971
2 55 Boss - Fan Mail; also re: removal of book from National Tea stores in Chicago, Sept. 1971
2 56 Boss - Fan Mail; carbon copies of letters to National Tea Company, Sept. 1971
2 57 Boss - Requests, Mar-Apr. 1971
2 58 Boss - Hate Mail, Mar.-Apr. 1971
2 59 Pulitzer Prize - Congratulations (includes letters from colleagues), 1972
2 60 Beer, 1973
2 61-62 Chicago Daily News - Demise, Feb.-Mar. 1978
2 63 Young, Andrew, Jul. 1978
2 64 Death of Mrs. Carol Royko, Oct.-Nov. 1979
3 65a-c Leaving Sun-Times; Rupert Murdoch buying the Sun-Times (includes letters from colleagues) (3 folders), 1983-1984, n.d.
3 66 Ribfest, 1986
3 67 Savings and Loan Scandal, 1990
3 68-70 "Gay Letters" [Gays in the Military], Jan.-Mar. 1993
4 71-73 "Gripes," Mar-Sept. 1993
4 74-79 Orphanages, Dec. 1994-Jan. 1995
4 80 Gays, 1995
4 81 Clinton, 1996
5-7 82-99 Get Well wishes, 1997
8 100-105 Condolences to Judy Royko, 1997
9 106-107 Condolences to the Tribune Editor, 1997
9 108 General, 1962-1969
9 109 General, 1970-1972
9 110 General, 1973-1979
9 111 General, 1981-1988
9 112 General, 1994
9 113 General, 1995
9 114 General, 1996
9 115 General, n.d.
9 116 Hate Mail, 1979-1995
9 117 Requests, 1966-1996

Series 4: Works, n.d., 1970-1992

Royko's literary output, other than published articles and columns, are in the Works series. Also includes unidentified fragments, which may be parts of columns or articles, or notes / ideas for stories; and jotted notes (phone numbers, reminders, numbers, etc.)
Arranged alphabetically, with untitled and miscellaneous at the end of the series.

Box Folder Contents
10 118 Boss (carbons, annotated; incomplete), ca. 1970
10 119 FOX! The Adventures of a Suburban Guerilla, screenplay by Roger Ebert and Mike Royko, Sept. 1974
10 120 Untitled play, for Victory Gardens Theater's "Chicago Stories" Benefit [original folder title: "Victory Gardens"], 1992
10 121 Unidentified, fragments, n.d.
10 122 Notes, meeting re: Murdoch acquisition of Chicago Sun-Times, ca. 1984
10 123 Notes and reminders (phone numbers, etc.), miscellaneous, n.d.

Series 5: Subject Files, 1934-1996

Newsclippings, notes, copies of columns, and occasionally correspondence and other material pertaining to a topic of research.
Arranged alphabetically.

Box Contents
10 124 Aldermen, 1974
10 125 Aleman, Harry, 1977-1978
10 126 Bailey, Leroy, 1973-1974
10 127 Beer, ca. 1973-1976
10 128 Buchanan, Pat, 1986
11 129 Carradine, Georgia, 1972
11 130 Carter, President, Inauguration, 1977
11 131 Cascio, Ross - Towing, 1968-1980
11 132 Chew, Charles W., Senator, 1969
11 133 Chicago Daily News, demise [original folder title: RIP-CDN], 1978
11 134 Chicago Theatre, 1984
11 135 Clinton, President, 1994
11 136 Crime Syndicate, 1960-1969, n.d.
11 137 Crusades, 1969-1970, 1980
11 138 Daley, Richard J., Mayor, 1964-1976
11 139 Daley, Richard J., Mayor, Aides, 1964, 1968
11 140 El Salvador, 1984
11 141 FAA - Flying - O'Hare Airport, ca. 1970, 1977
11 142 Governor's Race, 1986
11 143 Gun File, 1985
11 144 Hanrahan, Edward V., State's Attorney, 1972
11 145 Jackson, Jesse [original folder title: Jesse] (also Democratic National Convention), 1988
11 146 LaRouche, Lyndon, 1986
12 147 Machine, 1967-1969
12 148 Marijuana, 1984
12 149 Marquette [Park; race relations], 1976
12 150 Marriage/Marine [re: enlistment of married recruits], 1996
12 151 Maxwell Street, 1939-1977
12 152 Murdoch, Rupert [and purchase of Chicago Sun-Times], 1984
12 153 Neistein, Bernard, Alderman, 1968
12 154 Nixon [original folder title: Watergate - Richard, What Else Is New?], 1969-1989
12 155 Orphanages, 1994
12 156 Patronage, 1967-1970
12 157 Polish Power - Richard Himmel Part, 1970
12 158 Presidential Campaign, 1980
12 159 Race, n.d.
12 160 Real Estate - North Side boom, 1989
12 161 Robertson, Pat, 1986
12 162 Savings and Loan Scandal, 1990
12 163 Szczesny, John, 1976, 1979
12 164 Taxi, 1977
12 165 Trucks, 1985
12 166 Washington, Sylvester, Detective, 1934-1951
12 167 Zatz, Monte, "the Pie Man", 1975
12 168 Miscellaneous clippings and research materials, 1960's-1990's

Series 6: Publicity, 1945-1997

Newsclippings, magazine features, newspaper articles and interviews. Includes clippings that mention Royko in passing (an appearance at a charity event, for example). Several Chicago columnists, like Robert Herguth, Irv Kupcinet, and Mort Edelstein mentioned him often, especially in the 1970’s. Common topics were talking about his books, his public appearances, topics in his columns that were acted upon by activists or local government, comments he made, or how the Daily News softball team was doing (Mike Royko pitching or at bat.) This series also includes all publicity and reviews for Royko’s books. . “Scraps” is a category of Royko’s own; it is possible that he was intending to make a scrapbook one day, and this is the raw material. “Scraps” is three folders that include clippings, columns, press releases, correspondence (moved to Correspondence Series, noting original location), and photographs (moved to Photographs Series, noting original location). Royko’s original order of the folders and their contents has been maintained. Many but not all items in Scraps are duplicated in the other Publicity files.
Arranged alphabetically by subtopic: Awards, Books, Royko Press, and Scraps.

Box Folder Contents
13 169 Awards, 1966-1972
13 170 Awards, Pulitzer Prize, 1972
13 171 Awards, 1973-1981
13 172 Biographical Summaries, 1959-1984
13 173 Books: Boss, Jan.-Feb. 1971
13 174 Books: Boss, Mar. 1971
13 175 Books: Boss, Apr. 1971
13 176 Books: Boss, May-Aug. 1971
13 177 Books: Boss, Sept.-Dec. 1971
13 178 Books: Boss, Jan.-Feb. 1972
13 179 Books: Boss, Mar.-Dec. 1972
13 180 Books: Boss [mostly about "Boss: The Musical"], 1973
13 181 Books: Boss, 1976
13 182 Books: Boss, [n.d.]
13 183 Books: Dr. Kookie, You're Right!, 1989-1990
13 184 Books: I May Be Wrong But I Doubt It, 1968
13 185 Books: I May Be Wrong But I Doubt It, 1969-1971
13 186 Books: Like I Was Sayin', 1984
13 187 Books: Slats Grobnik and Some Other Friends, 1973-1974
13 188 Books: Up Against It, 1967, 1971
14 189 Royko Press, 1961
14 190 Royko Press, 1966
14 191 Royko Press, 1967
14 192 Royko Press, 1968
14 193 Royko Press, 1969
14 194 Royko Press, 1970
14 195 Royko Press, 1971
14 196 Royko Press, 1972
14 197 Royko Press, 1973
14 198 Royko Press, 1974
14 199 Royko Press, 1975
14 200 Royko Press, 1976
14 201 Royko Press, 1977
14 202 Royko Press, 1978
14 203 Royko Press, 1979
14 204 Royko Press, 1980
14 205 Royko Press, 1981
14 206 Royko Press, 1982
14 207 Royko Press, 1987
14 208 Royko Press (including eulogy by Bob Royko), 1997
14 209 Royko Press, n.d.
14 210-212 Scraps, 1945-1979

Series 7: Personal, 1958-1997

Files relating to Royko’s work at the Chicago newspapers, along with documents of his life away from the newsroom. Included is documentation of Royko’s taking guitar lessons at the Old Town School of Folk Music, his country club memberships and his softball games. Royko was also recorded reading Chicago Magazine for the Blind Service Association. The Health-related file includes a newspaper research file on Acupuncture from 1972, and cardiac information from the 1990’s.
Arranged alphabetically, with a miscellaneous folder at the end.

Box Folder Contents
15 213 Blind Service Association, 1996-1997
15 214 Chicago Daily News, 1960-1997
15 215 Chicago Newspaper Guild, 1962
15 216 Chicago Sun-Times, 1969-1984
15 217 Chicago Tribune, 1993-1996
15 218 City News Bureau, application for employment (photocopy), 1956
15 219 Court Case, Bar Brawl, 1977
15 220 F.B.I. File copies, re: threats against Royko, 1971, 1976
15 221 Financial: contracts, pay stubs, royalties, 1961-1997
16 222 Guitar lessons / Folk Music, ca. 1961-, 1973
16 223 Health-related, 1972, 1994, 1996
16 224 Membership and Identification Cards, ca. 1964-1995
16 225 Prairie Landing Golf Course and Country Club, 1993-1994
16 226 Press Cards, 1959-1997
16 227 Ridgemoor Country Club, 1983-1995
16 228 Royko, Carol: death of, press release, 1979
16 229 Softball, n.d.
16 230 Sunset Ridge Country Club, 1996
16 231 Telephone directories and lists, 1960, n.d.
16 232 Miscellaneous (ticket stubs, business cards, etc.), 1958-1982, n.d.

Series 8: Photographs, 1971-ca. 1995

Black and white and color prints of Royko and others.
Arranged by subject of photograph, and chronologically therein. Miscellaneous photographs not picturing Royko are at the end of the series.

Box Contents
16 233 Royko pitching pennies at his penny-pitching contest, Chicago Daily News parking lot (inscribed: To Mike Royko - May you pitch forever… Kathleen [ ]), Aug. 15, 1971
16 234 Royko at Autograph party, "Done in a Day", 1977
16 235 Royko pledges allegiance to the Chicago White Sox, swearing on Bill Veeck's leg, Apr. 20, 1980
16 235a Royko with Lester Cole. Royko wearing an apron that reads, "Royko RibFest Sun-Times", ca. 1983
16 236 Royko with Studs Terkel and Mayor Richard M. Daley, dedication of Division Street bridge in Terkel's honor, May 16, 1992, 2 color prints.
16 237 Royko with wife Judy and children, 1994
16 237a Miscellaneous: Bailey, Leroy, n.d., 1974
16 238 Miscellaneous: Chicago Daily News softball team (Royko not pictured), n.d.
16 239 Miscellaneous: Central YMCA, Chicago: 5 people sitting and standing by copier; enlarged photo-poster of Royko (eating a hot pretzel) in back of them, 1977
16 240 Miscellaneous: woman mooning camera, outside Comiskey Park (inscribed to Mike Royko from photographer George Carlson), Aug. 1, 1979
16 241 Miscellaneous: movie still of werewolf and screaming woman, n.d.

Series 9: Columns, 1962-1997

Newspaper clippings, photocopies of newspaper clippings, and computer printouts of Royko's columns. These are the columns Royko kept and are not a complete set; some years are more sparse and scattered than others. Some columns are annotated with subject headings or corrections. Royko's occasional non-column newspaper articles are interfiled with the columns. A complete database of all column and article titles is in process and will be made available in the Newberry Library's Special Collections Reading room when complete.
Arranged chronologically. Scattered columns appearing in syndicated newspapers are at the end of the series.

Box Folder Contents
17 242-258 Chicago Daily News, 1962-1964
18 259-282 Chicago Daily News, 1965-1966
19 283-304 Chicago Daily News, 1967-1968
20 305-327 Chicago Daily News, 1969-1970
21 328-352 Chicago Daily News, 1971-1972
22 353-375 Chicago Daily News, 1973-1974
23 376-400 Chicago Daily News (1976 is Jan. and Oct. only), 1975-1977
24 401 Chicago Daily News, Jan.-Mar., Oct., 1978
24 402-411 Chicago Sun Times, 1979
25 412-423 Chicago Sun-Times, 1980
26 424-448 Chicago Sun-Times, 1981-1982
27 449-460 Chicago Sun-Times, 1983
27 461-472 Chicago Tribune, 1984
28 473-508 Chicago Tribune, 1985-1987
29 509-555 Chicago Tribune (see box 30 for November 1988 columns), 1988-1991
30 556-580 Chicago Tribune, Nov. 1988, 1992-1993
31 581-618 Chicago Tribune and miscellaneous non-Chicago papers, 1994-1997

Series 10: Awards and Certificates, 1960-1997

Plaques, diplomas, citations, and memorials given to Royko.
Arranged by size and chronologically thereunder.

Box Contents
32 619 Certificate: Chicago Junior Association of Commerce and Industry - Chicagoan of the Year in Communications, n.d.
32 620 Certificate and related material, Honorable Discharge, U.S. Air Force, Feb. 29, 1960
32 621 Certificate, Walter Hagen hole-in-one club (not filled in; with accompanying letter from Acushnet Process Sales Company), Nov. 14, 1961
32 622 Plaque, Marshall Field Award for the Outstanding Editorial Contribution of 1965 on Behalf of the Chicago Daily News (with citation signed by Marshall Field), Oct. 15, 1966
32 623 Certificate, Teen Reporter Lunkhead Award, 1967
32 624 Certificate, American-Negro Police Association, membership, Feb. 18, 1969
32 625 Plaque, National Headliners Club, Award for outstanding general interest column, 1970
32 626 Plaque, James P. McGuire Memorial Award, ACLU, Illinois Division, May 16, 1970
32 627 Plaque, Illinois Journalist of the Year, Journalism Department of Northern Illinois University, 1972
32 628 Plaque, Liberty Bell Award, Law Day USA, Student Bar Association, IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law, May 1, 1972
32 629 Certificate, Loop College, Distinguished Service Award for Community Service, Nov. 18, 1972
32 630 Plaque, NCO Newsman of the Year, 1976
32 631 Certificate, Executive Order State of Illinois, Governor James Thompson designates Royko as the state bird. Signed "Big Jim" (Thompson was governor 1977-1991) (see Oversize), n.d.
32 632 Certificate, University of Missouri - Honor Award for Distinguished Service in Journalism. Given at Columbia, Missouri (see Oversize), Apr. 20, 1979. Signed by the Dean and Chancellor.
32 633 Plaque, Baltimore Sun's H.L. Mencken Writing Award, 1981
32 634 Copy of speech for Doctor of Letters, Lake Forest College, May 16, 1981
32 635 Bronze plaque, Scripps-Howard Ernie Pyle Memorial Award, for Newspaper Writing, 1981
32 636 Diploma, University of Nebraska, Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters (and program), 1990
32 637 Certificate of Jury Service, Circuit Court of Cook County, Nov. 22, 1993
32 638 Memorial Resolution, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, with accompanying letter, May 1997.
32 639 Bronze plate, "Thanks 'Fox'", n.d.
32 639 Plastic medallion: "Thanks from Jerry's Kids, Mike Royko." Caricature of Jerry Lewis, n.d.
32 639 American Newspaper Guild printer's blocks (4): Royko Given Page One Award - Jun. 19, 1964, Jun. 11, 1966; Jun. 6, 1967; and May 23, 1970
32 639 Chicago Heart Association plaque, 1970
32 639 Medal on red, white, and blue ribbon, For Meritorious Service to Chicagoland, Chicagoland "100" Awards "I Will" Week, 1971
32 639 Medal awarded to Royko, University of Missouri School of Journalism, for distinguished service in journalism, ca. 1979
32 639 Medal awarded to Royko, University of Missouri School of Journalism, for distinguished service in journalism, ca. 1979

Series 11: Art and Artifacts

Artwork and three-dimensional objects such as clothing and other personal items owned by Royko. Large miscellaneous items include a coat rack used by Royko at the Chicago Daily News that he claimed was originally owned by Carl Sandburg; a red Chicago Daily News newspaper vending box Royko had in the basement of his house (the paper enclosed was of a front-page story Royko wrote about a scandal regarding O'Hare airport funds); and a Rolodex card file including phone numbers of journalists as well as of The Billy Goat Tavern and John Belushi.
Arranged in boxes by size and type of material.

Box Folder/Item Contents
33 640 Art: Print of editorial cartoon by Mauldin: Lincoln with head in hands, 1963
33 641 Art: original editorial cartoon by Ardwiec, "Who Stinks?" Royko as Skunk, penning, “Literary Lion Zydlo Casts Lot With Book-Banners," (i.e., Ald. Stan. Zydlo, 26th Ward), ca. Jan. 1965
33 642 Art: Original editorial cartoon by Ardwiec, “Proper Person in Proper Place”, Polish Daily News, Royko shooting arrow of news column into Richard Himmel's Garbage Party, published on the front page of Dziennik Chicagoski (The Polish Daily News), Sept. 10, 1970
33 643 Art: Original editorial cartoon by Campell "You're absolutely right, Mrs. Daley. Such trash we shouldn't sell!" (re: Boss), ca. 1971
33 644 Art: Original editorial cartoon by Jeff MacNelly: "I'm Not Comin' to No @#*!IN Party …" (Royko in front of computer), n.d.
33 645 Art: Original pencil sketch of Royko, used for his column header, n.d.
33 NL 1278 Miscellaneous, oversize: Proof on tin of front page of the last issue, Chicago Daily News, featuring Mike Royko column, "A truly great newspaper: Why couldn't it make it?" [SEE columns series, Mar. 4, 1978], Mar. 4, 1978
34 NL 1279 Clothing: Black shirt - turtleneck
34 NL 1280 Clothing: Navy blue shirt - polo style
34 NL 1281 Clothing: Light blue shirt - oxford style
34 NL 1282 Clothing: Tan plaid shirt - oxford style
34 NL 1283 Clothing: Black and white tweed wool sport coat
34 NL 1284 Clothing: Green tweed wool sport coat
34 NL 1285 Clothing: Rainslicker - Grant Park Chicago Daily News Softball Champs, 1975-1977
34 NL 1286 Clothing Accessories: 2 coat hangers (1 clear plastic, 1 plastic and wood)
35 NL 1287 Clothing: 1 pair khaki pants
35 NL 1288 Clothing: 1 beige linen sportcoat
35 NL 1289 Clothing: 1 wool tweed sportcoat
35 NL 1290 Clothing Accessories: 3 coat hangers (1 clear plastic, 1 metal, 1 wood)
36 NL 1291 Clothing: Outer jacket, bomber style. Blue (nylon?) with red lining. Made by Kyung Buk. Embroidered on front: "Chicago" and "Mike Royko." Embroidered on back with dragon: "Osan A.B. Korea 1953. Pyong Ying, DMZ, Seoul, Inchon, Taegu, Pusan. I served my time in hell." Dragon embroidered on each sleeve, ca. 1953
37 NL 1292 Clothing: Grey tweed wool hat with brim. Label on inside: "Handcrafted exclusively by Hanna Hats of Donegal Ltd., Donegal Town Ireland."
37 NL 1293 Clothing: Khaki cotton baseball hat, "Lois's Friends."
37 NL 1294 Clothing: Blue mesh baseball hat with fake fur stuffed (armadillo) head and tail
37 NL 1295 Clothing: White terry cloth headband with blue stitching: "Say Yes to Life!"
37 NL 1296 Clothing: Necktie - Jack Daniels pattern in package
37 NL 1297 Clothing: Necktie - multi-color paisley pattern
37 NL 1298 Clothing: Necktie - red with blue and white circle pattern
37 NL 1299 Clothing: Necktie - maroon stripe with animal pattern
37 NL 1301 Clothing: Necktie - maroon "Sulka" with pattern
37 NL 1302 Clothing: Necktie - tan and blue stripe with duck pattern
37 NL 1303 Clothing: Pair of brown loafers
37 NL 1304 Clothing: 1 light brown moccasin
37 NL 1305 Clothing Accessories: 1 pair wire rimmed sunglasses with black case
37 NL 1306 Clothing Accessories: 1 pair tortoise shell sunglasses with brown case
37 NL 1307 Clothing Accessories: 1 pair sunglasses with grey plastic frames
37 NL 1308 Miscellaneous: 1 green marker
37 NL 1309 Miscellaneous: 1 purple marker
37 NL 1310 Miscellaneous: 1 pencil found with softball scores and notebook
37 NL 1311 Miscellaneous: 1 black pencil
37 NL 1312 Miscellaneous: Silver ashtray with two birds at center
37 NL 1313 Miscellaneous: 1 bag cigarette butts
37 NL 1314 Miscellaneous: 1 crushed pack, Carlton cigarettes - 1 cigarette inside
37 NL 1315 Miscellaneous: 1 crushed pack, Carlton 100's cigarettes - ca. 6 cigarettes inside
NL 1316 Miscellaneous, oversize: 1 Rolodex address card filing system
NL 1317 Miscellaneous, oversize: 1 coat rack, reported to have been owned and/or used by Carl Sandburg [location: Artifact Cage]
NL 1318 Miscellaneous, oversize: Newspaper vending box, Chicago Daily News, containing Newspaper from Nov. 1, 1977 [Current location: outside hallway in Special Collections Department]
NL 1319 Miscellaneous, oversize: Poster for back of a public bus: "Mike Royko and the new Daily News. They stand up for you.", n.d. [rolled]