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Tribune Tower collection, 1922-2001

Tribune Tower Collection,

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Ryerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
The Art Institute of Chicago

Finding Aid Published: 1998

Tribune Tower Collection, 1922-2001

Accession Number: 00.3

This collection was processed with the support of a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
©Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago. All rights reserved.

COLLECTION SUMMARY:
TITLE:Tribune Tower Collection, 1922-2001
EXTENT:1 oversize portfolio
REPOSITORY: Ryerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries,
The Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60603-6110
(312) 443-7292 phone
rbarchives@artic.edu
http://www.artic.edu/aic/libraries/rbarchives/rbarchives.html
ABSTRACT:The Tribune Tower Collection includes printed materials and memorabilia about the 1922 international design competition and the completed structure.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION:Printed papers, a collaged photographic print and photocopies.
ORIGINATION: The origination of these items is unknown.
ACQUISITION INFORMATION:The acquisition of these items is unknown.

HISTORICAL NOTE:
In 1922, the Chicago Tribune newspaper sponsored an open international design competition for a new office tower and printing plant in downtown Chicago. The competition gave strong evidence to the eclectic stylistic influences in the architectural profession at that time, attracting entries in wildly divergent forms, from ornately classical temples to sleekly futuristic monoliths. The winning entry, which was constructed between 1922 and 1925, was designed in a modified Gothic style by the New York firm of Hood & Howells.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE:
The Tribune Tower Collection includes printed materials and memorabilia about the design competition and the completed structure.

ORGANIZATION AND ARRANGEMENT:
Materials are listed in chronological order, with undated items located at the end of the inventory.

CONTROLLED ACCESS POINTS:
This collection and other related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs:
Tribune Tower Competition
Howells, John Mead, 1868-1959
Hood, Raymond Mathewson, 1881-1934
Tribune Tower (Chicago, Ill.)

ABBREVIATIONS:
AbbreviationDefinition
BOX.FFBox #, Folder #
c.circa
n.d.not dated
Portf.Portfolio
TLStyped letter, signed

RELATED MATERIALS IN CURATORIAL DEPARTMENTS, THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO:
Architectural drawings for the Chicago Tribune Tower Competition are held in the permanent collection of the Department of Architecture.

PHYSICAL LOCATION:
The collection is housed in the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries' on-site stacks.

ACCESS RESTRICTIONS:
This collection may be used by qualified readers in the Reading Room of the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries at The Art Institute of Chicago. Collections maintained on-site are available for patron use without prior arrangement or appointment. Collections maintained in off-site storage will be retrieved with advance notification; please consult the Archivist for the current retrieval schedule. For further information, consult http://www.artic.edu/aic/access/access.html

USER RESTRICTIONS:
The Art Institute of Chicago is providing access to the materials in the Libraries' collections solely for noncommercial educational and research purposes. The unauthorized use, including, but not limited to, publication of the materials without the prior written permission of the Art Institute is strictly prohibited. All inquiries regarding permission to publish should be submitted in writing to the Archivist, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago. In addition to permission from the Art Institute, permission of the copyright owner (if not the Art Institute) and/or any holder of other rights (such as publicity and/or privacy rights) may also be required for reproduction, publication, distribution, and other uses. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of any item and securing any necessary permissions rests with the persons desiring to publish the item. The Art Institute makes no warranties as to the accuracy of the materials or their fitness for a particular purpose.

PREFERRED CITATION:
Tribune Tower Collection, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago.

PROCESSING INFORMATION:
The collection was processed by Ryerson and Burnham Archives staff in 1998. This finding aid was revised and expanded by Annemarie van Roessel in 2002 and Sara Ramasastry in 2015. This collection was formerly called the "Chicago Tribune Tower Collection" and was renamed in December 2018.

CUSTODIAL HISTORY:
The collection was originally held in the Pamphlet Files of the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries. The collection was transferred to the Ryerson and Burnham Archives in 1990.

ACCRUALS:
New materials may be added to this collection on an irregular basis.

ITEM INVENTORY:
LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

OP 1
"Program of Architectural Competition for an Administration Building." The Tribune Building Corporation with "Answers to questions submitted by competitor."
Typescript papers.
1922, 08/20/1922 2
OP 1
Collage view of site with proposed building.
Black and white photographic print. Note on verso to Col. McCormick about the improved scale of this image.
c.1922 1
OP 1
Chicago Tribune Tower Competition, designs by Knut Lönberg-Holm.
Black and white photocopies.
1922 1
OP 1
Karl, Joseph I. "Tribune Tower World's Leader."  Real Estate New Chicago 29, n.10, Supplement, pp. 1-16.
10/1924 1
OP 1
Journal of the Western Society of Engineers XXIX, n.12.
Journal of the Western Society of Engineers XXIX, n.12. Contains the following articles: Onderdonk, Holmes. "The Tribune Tower," pp. 443-446; Howells, John Mead. "Architectural Features of the Tribune Tower," pp. 446-450; Burt, H.J. "The Tribune Tower: General Description of the Structural Work," pp. 451-464; Sutherland, J.A. "Mechanical Equipment of the Tribune Tower," pp. 465-467.
12/1924 1
OP 1
Invitation to the formal opening of the Tribune Tower.
07/06/1925 1
OP 1
Invitation to a reception for employees of Tribune Company, 01/02/1927.
Printed card, with envelope and guest card enclosure.
12/1926 3
OP 1
"Trees to Tribunes."  Chicago Tribune.
1933 1
OP 1
R.R. McCormick to Alice L. Johnson.
TLS with envelope. Inviting Johnson to opening perfomance at WGN Studios.
09/20/1935 1
OP 1
"Building the WGN Studios."  Illinois Society of Architects Monthly Bulletin 20, n. 4-5, pp. 1-2.
10/1935-11/1935 1
OP 1
"Glimpses of Tribune Tower presented as a souvenir of your visit to the home of the World's Greatest Newspaper." Chicago: The Tribune Company.
1940 1
OP 1
"95th Birthday Celebration, Chicago Tribune."
Brochure.
06/10/1942 1
OP 1
Barry, Edward. "Which of these groups of buildings do you like the better?"  Chicago Sunday Tribune, pp. 4-5.
08/31/1952 1
OP 1
"Tribune Tower: Moon Rock."
Brochure.
07/1999 1
OP 1
"Tribune Tower: Gargoyles, Inscriptions & Other Features."
Brochure.
08/1999 1
OP 1
"Tribune Tower: History & Architecture."
Brochure.
11/2001 1
OP 1
"Tribune Tower: Famous Stones."
Brochure.
11/2001 1
OP 1
Le'Mousquetaire. "The Tribune Tower."
Printed card. Poem and view of Tribune Tower.
n.d. 1
OP 1
Onderdonk, Holmes. "The Story of the Tribune Tower," n.p.
n.d. 1


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