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Charles Sweningsen Collection of Chicago Sun-Times Newspapers

Identifier: Midwest-MS-Sweningsen

Scope and Content of the Collection

Collection contains Chicago Sun-Times newspapers and clippings from 1963 to 1998. Papers cover the assassinations of President Kennedy and Martin Luther King, the Vietnam War, the Watergate scandal and impeachment of President Nixon, and the first moon landing. Collection also contains headlines regarding changes at the Sun-Times, specifically the last Sun-Times afternoon edition, Rupert Murdoch's sale of the paper to Robert Page, and the paper's 50th anniversary.


  • Creation: 1963-1998



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Charles Sweningsen Collection of Chicago Sun-Times Newspapers is open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Charles Sweningsen Collection of Chicago Sun-Times Newspapers is 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 Charles Sweningsen

Charles Sweningsen was a copy editor at Down Beat Magazine and the Chicago Sun-Times, where he worked for 35 years. During Sweningsen's time at the Sun-Times, the paper covered the assassination of President Kennedy, the impeachment of President Nixon, the Vietnam War, and Harold Washington's political career. Additionally, the Sun-Times underwent a period of change, as the paper discontinued its afternoon coverage and was sold by Rupert Murdoch.


2.7 Linear Feet (2 oversize boxes)


Collection of Chicago Sun-Times newspapers from former Sun-Times staff member Charles Sweningsen, from 1963 to 1998. Newspapers cover such historical events as the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, the Vietnam war, the moon landing, the Watergate scandal, affirmative action, and the 50th anniversary of the Sun-Times.


Materials arranged chronologically.

Collection Stack Location

1 37 4


Gift of Charles Sweningsen, 2012.

Processed by

Emma Martin, 2012.


Inventory of the Charles Sweningsen Collection of Chicago Sun-Times Newspapers, 1963-1998
Emma Martin
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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