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Eleanor Medill Patterson Papers

An inventory of her papers at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Patterson, Eleanor Medill, 1881-1948
Title: Eleanor Medill Patterson Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1924-1936
Quantity: 0.5 linear ft.
Abstract: Papers of the American newspaper editor, publisher of the Washington (D.C.) Times-Herald. Correspondence, incoming and outgoing; manuscripts; and published material by and/or about Arthur Brisbane and William Randolph Hearst.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

Eleanor Medill Patterson was born on November 7, 1884 in Chicago, Illinois and died in July, 1948 at "Dower House", the seventeenth century Maryland manor house that once housed the Earls of Calvert and Baltimore. She was the granddaughter of Joseph Medill, founder of the Chicago Tribune, daughter of Robert Wilson Patterson, editor of the Chicago Tribune and sister of Joseph Medill Patterson, editor and publisher of the New York Daily News. Miss Patterson was educated in Boston at Miss Hersey's School. Her first husband was Count Joseph Gizycka and her second husband was Elmer Schlesinger. At the time of her death she was editor, publisher and sole owner of the Washington, (D.C.) Times-Herald. She is survived by her daughter Felicia Gizycka and granddaughter Ellen Cameron Pearson Arnold, child of columnist Drew Pearson.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The papers of Eleanor Medill Patterson include Correspondence, Subject files, Manuscripts and Published material. It also includes correspondence of Arthur Brisbane and William Randolph Hearst.

Correspondence includes incoming and outgoing correspondence. The incoming correspondence is arranged alphabetically by author, the outgoing correspondence is arranged chronologically. Subject file includes notes and promotion material arranged alphabetically by subject. Manuscripts, includes manuscripts of speeches and notes and a speech of another person, arranged alphabetically by type. Published material, includes a newspaper clipping.

Arthur Brisbane includes incoming correspondence arranged alphabetically by author and outgoing correspondence arranged chronologically. It includes published material arranged by type and two short manuscripts of statements. William Randolph Hearst includes incoming correspondence arranged alphabetically by author and outgoing correspondence arranged chronologically.

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Access Restrictions

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Subject Headings


Brisbane, Arthur, 1864-1936
Hearst, William Randolph, 1863-1951
Patterson, Eleanor Medill, 1881-1948 Archives


Newspaper editors, United States
Newspaper publishing, United States
Publishers and publishing, United States
Women journalists, United States
Women publishers, United States

Genres and Forms




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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Eleanor Medill Patterson Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Finding Aid Information

Created by: -
Date: Oct 1966
Revision history: 20 Apr 1967 - photograph added (-); 30 Oct 2006 - converted to EAD (AMCon)

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Brisbane, Arthur
See also Arthur Brisbane
Box 1 1924, 1927-1930
Box 1 1931
Box 1 1932
Box 1 1933
Box 1 1934
Box 1 1935, 1936, undated
Box 1 Farley, James A.
Box 1 H - W, unidentifiable
Box 1 Hearst, William Randolph 1930-1935, undated
See also William Randolph Hearst
Box 1 1930-1936, undated
Subject file
Box 1 Notes
Box 1 Promotion
Box 1 Photograph
Box 1 Notes - re Washington (D.C.) newspaper competition
Box 1 Speech
Box 1 Of others - speech
Published material
Box 1 Newspaper clipping about
Arthur Brisbane
Box 1 Incoming correspondence - C - W, unidentifiable
Box 1 Outgoing correspondence 1932-1935, undated
Box 1 Manuscripts
Published material
Box 1 Articles about
Box 1 Articles by
William Randolph Hearst
Box 1 Incoming correspondence - B-
Box 1 Outgoing correspondence 1931-1933, 1935, undated
Subject file
Box 1 Menus
Box 1 Manuscripts
Box 1 Published material about

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