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Robert E. Wagner papers

Identifier: Case Wing folio-Z244.6-U5-W34

Scope and Content of the Collection

A collection of 31 items collected by Robert E. Wagner between approximately 1880 and approximately 1931. The bulk of materials were issued between 1894 and 1931.

Materials include personal items such as two photographs of Wagner by Walinger of Chicago and golf memorabilia in the form of a golf chit from Riverside Golf Club and a magazine or news clipping of Wagner holding a trophy. Most items relate to Wagner's Chicago printing company. Items associated with the business include letterheads, business cards, company announcements in the form of New Year cards, a copperplate for business card engraving, plant photographs featuring machinery and employees, and a manuscript printing seal proof designed by J. Manz Engraving Co. Some letterheads feature manuscript sketches for a printing plant built around 1931.


  • Creation: approximately 1880 to approximately 1931
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1894 - 1931



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Robert E. Wagner papers are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Robert E. Wagner 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.

Biography of Robert E. Wagner

Robert E. Wagner was born in Ireland in 1869. In Chicago he worked for various printing companies before organizing the Calumet Book & Engraving Company in 1894. In 1899 the company changed names to Calumet Company and in 1901 it became Wagner Hanson & Company. The company specialized in large editions and catalog work.


0.2 Linear Feet (1 box)


Materials collected by Robert E. Wagner between approximately 1880 and approximately 1931. Personal items include photographs of Wagner by Walinger of Chicago and golf memorabilia. The bulk of the materials relate to Wagner's Chicago printing and engraving company, Wagner & Hanson Company and include items such as business cards, letterheads, and photographs.


Arranged by item type and subject.

Collection Stack Location

3a 29


Gift, Robert Williams, 1999.

Processed by

Lindsey O'Brien, 2016.


This inventory was created with the generous support of the Council on Library and Information Services, which is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Inventory of the Robert E. Wagner papers, approximately 1880 to approximately 1931, bulk 1894 to approximately 1931
Processed by Lindsey O'Brien, 2016
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

60 West Walton Street
Chicago Illinois 60610 United States