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Keith Preston papers

Identifier: Midwest-MS-Preston

Scope and Content of the Collection

This small collection contains essays and a poem written by Preston, several obituaries and articles mentioning him, one letter to him from Genevieve Forbes, and correspondence received by his wife after his death.


  • Creation: 1915-1942



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

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

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Keith Preston 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 at

Biography of Keith Preston

Chicago poet, columnist, and literary critic.

Keith Preston was born in Chicago in 1884 to William D. and Jesse Roberts Preston. He graduated with distinction as a classical scholar from the University of Chicago in 1905, received his masters degree in 1907 from the University of Indiana, and in 1914 completed a doctoral degree in Philosophy from the University of Chicago.

Preston taught at the University of Indiana and Princeton, and in 1913, became a professor of Latin at Northwestern University. He married Etta Shield in 1915, a classical scholar and school principal.

In 1922 he left academe to join the staff of the Chicago Daily News as a columnist and literary editor. He wrote the ‘The Periscope’ column and conducted the ‘Hit or Miss’ column. Preston published four volumes of his humorous poetry during his lifetime and his wife published a collection of his poems after his death.

Keith Preston died of complications resulting from an ear infection at the age of 42.


0.2 Linear Feet (1 box)


Small collection of correspondence and works from Chicago poet, columnist, and literary critic, Keith Preston.


Materials are arranged alphabetically.

Collection Stack Location

1 28 7


Provenance unknown.

Processed by

Shannon Yule, 2007.


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.

Inventory of the Keith Preston papers, 1915-1942
Shannon Yule
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Repository Details

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

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Chicago Illinois 60610 United States