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Eleanor Medill Patterson Papers

An inventory of her papers at Syracuse University

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Date: Oct 1966

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.

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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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




Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

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

Table of Contents


Subject file


Published material

Arthur Brisbane

William Randolph Hearst