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Val Lauder Papers

Identifier: Midwest-MS-Lauder

Scope and Content of the Collection

Proof and final draft of Lauder's book The Back Page.

The book is a memoir of Lauder's career, detailing the career and encounters she had while working as a columnist for the Chicago Daily News.

Also includes some press clippings and items from her tenure as a journalist.


  • Creation: 1940s-2013



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

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

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Val Lauder Papers are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright and literary rights belong to the author. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.

Biography of Val Lauder

Chicago Daily News columnist and feature writer.

Valarie Lauder started at the Chicago Daily News as a copygirl in the 1940s, and remained there until June 1952. She wrote a column for high school and college students, and created and then directed a press club of newspaper editors of the high schools, junior colleges, and colleges/universities in the greater Chicago area. She interviewed many political and historically significant people during her tenure, including some show business stars. While at the Daily News she was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

After leaving the Chicago Daily News Lauder continued to work for publications in New York City and Chapel Hill, North Carolina, among other places. She retired from teaching Feature Writing in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in June 2011.


1.3 Linear Feet (1 box and 1 oversize folder)


Proof copy and final draft of The Back Page, by former Chicago Daily News columnist and feature writer Valarie (Val) Lauder. Also includes some press clippings and items from her tenure as a journalist.


Materials arranged chronologically.

Collection Stack Location

1 23 3, 1 30 3


Gift of Val Lauder, 2013.

Processed by

Alison Hinderliter, 2015.


Inventory of the Val Lauder Papers, 1940s-2013
Alison Hinderliter
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

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

60 West Walton Street
Chicago Illinois 60610 United States