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University of Chicago Library

Guide to the R.R.

Donnelley & Sons Company Archive 1844-2005

© 2009 University of Chicago Library


The R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company Archive was presented as a gift to the University of Chicago by RR Donnelley.

Initial processing of the Archive was undertaken by Kim Coventry while the records were held as a corporate archive at RR Donnelley. Following the gift of the Archive to the University of Chicago, Maija Anderson and staff of the Special Collections Research Center completed processing of the records.

Descriptive Summary



Donnelley & Sons Company. Archive




1656 linear feet (1287 boxes, 14 drawers, 4 items)


Special Collections Research Center
University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.


Founded in Chicago in 1864 by Canadian immigrant Richard Robert Donnelley, R.R.

Donnelley & Sons Company is a leading global provider of printing and print-related services. The archive contains business records, product samples and promotional material, biographical files and personal papers, historical writings and oral histories, artifacts, and thousands of documentary photographs. While the material in this collection is concentrated in the twentieth century, the content of the archive spans over 140 years of RR Donnelley's development, and contextualizes the company within both the history of printing and the history of Chicago.

Information on Use


Series XI, IXX and XX contain audio, film, video, and digital material.

Access copies are not included for this material. Researchers will need to consult with staff before requesting this material.

The collection contains RR Donnelley product samples that are preserved as artifacts in their original packaging.

Packages may be opened only in consultation with staff.

The remainder of the collection is open for research, with no restrictions.


When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company. Archive, [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Historical Note

Richard Robert Donnelley (1836-1899), born in Hamilton, Ontario, arrived in Chicago in 1864 to apply his trade as a journeyman printer with the firm of Church and Goodman, Steam Printers.

He was an ambitious and entrepreneurial young man, and in the next several years he entered into numerous partnerships - and endured more than one bankruptcy - in the city's growing printing industry.

A major turning point in Donnelley's fortunes came in 1871. Several days after losing both his business and his home in the Great Chicago Fire, he boarded a train to New York with only a few dollars and a letter of introduction. His mission was to secure financing and purchase printing equipment to re-establish himself in the printing business.

The outcome of his trip is one of countless success stories that came in the aftermath of the Chicago Fire.

In New York, Donnelley was extended credit based solely on his reputation. He purchased the most modern presses available and leased temporary space in Chicago's Loop, which was being rebuilt with unprecedented speed. In taking these steps, Richard Robert Donnelley also helped to ensure that Chicago would become the printing center of the West.

By the 1870s, Donnelley's printing firm established a reputation for quality that quickly made him one of the largest book, directory and periodical printers in the West. Another important person in this story was Donnelley's wife, Naomi Ann Shenstone Donnelley (1845-1934), who was equally determined that the family company would grow into a major force in the printing industry.

In 1882, Richard Robert Donnelley purchased his partners' interest in the company that was then known as Donnelley, Gassette and Loyd, and renamed it for the last time.

On May 19, 1890, the enterprise was reincorporated and became "R.R. Donnelley and Sons Company."

Donnelley added many of Chicago's most prestigious accounts to his customer list. They included the Chicago Telephone Company, Montgomery Ward and Company, Lyon and Healy, The University of Chicago, Deering Harvester Company, American Radiator Company, The Caxton Club, S.C.

Griggs and Company, A.C. McClurg and Company, Herbert S. Stone, McCormick Harvesting Machine Company, Marshall Field and Company, Carson Pirie Scott and Company, The Chicago Club, and many others.

RR Donnelley published and printed the Lakeside City Directory of Chicago in the 1870s. Richard Robert Donnelley believed, however, that publishing and printing should be managed separately, and in 1881 established the Chicago Directory Company as a distinct enterprise.

In 1886, these companies undertook to produce directories for the Chicago Telephone Company. The first Chicago Telephone Directory produced by Donnelley's new firm included a classified section, a new concept in telephone directories and predecessor to what is now the Yellow Pages.

In 1887, Donnelley's eldest son Reuben Hamilton Donnelley (1864-1929), became manager of this publishing subsidiary, and by 1917 it was incorporated as the Reuben H. Donnelley Corporation, an independent publisher of telephone directories.

As Chicago grew in the last quarter of the 19th century, RR Donnelley grew with it. The company was among the first American printers to consolidate all aspects of the printing process under one roof. In 1897, Donnelley hired the young architect Howard Van Doren Shaw to design a new facility at the corner of Plymouth Court and Polk Street on what is now Chicago's Printing House Row.

Guide to the R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company Archive 1844-2005

The new Plymouth Court building was fully outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment: a typesetting machine, Miehle press, perfect binder, Smythe sewing machine, and rotary press with folding delivery. This was to be the first of three manufacturing plants that Shaw would design for the company. Each time the buildings were more modern in concept and design than the printing industry had previously known.

With the death of Richard Robert Donnelley in 1899, his son Thomas E.

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Donnelley (1867-1955) assumed the presidency of the company. The younger Donnelley's talent as a salesman, commitment to quality craftsmanship, and vision of the future led RR Donnelley into the new century.

Among the early milestones of T.E. Donnelley's presidency was the beginning of the Lakeside Classics series in 1903. This tradition continues as an annual gift to employees, customers, and friends, and demonstrates the premier craftsmanship of the company's typographers, printers, and binders. Appropriately, the first Lakeside Classics title was the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, "patron saint" of American printers. Subsequent titles have been selected from American historical memoirs.

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In 1908 T. E. Donnelley's quest for quality craftsmanship led to the creation of one of the first apprentice training schools in the country. Boys "of special promise and ability" were admitted to a seven-year apprenticeship consisting of "craftsmanship combined with cultural studies." In creating this school RR Donnelley established an enduring tradition of training its own craftsmen.

The company maintained a leadership role in many areas of printing throughout the first decades of the 20th century. In 1909, RR Donnelley printed architect Daniel Burnham's landmark treatise on urban planning, the Plan of Chicago.

And in 1910, RR Donnelley established a long relationship with Encyclopaedia Britannica when it began work on its new Eleventh Edition. By 1912 the company had outgrown its facility on Plymouth Court. Architect Howard Van Doren Shaw was commissioned to design a new plant at Calumet Avenue and 22nd Street.

Built in several phases over the course of 17 years and completed in 1929, it was considered the "largest building in the United States devoted to the production of printing." The case bindery could produce 25,000 books a day, while the mail-order bindery had a capacity of several hundred thousand catalogs and telephone books per day.

In 1921, a new manufacturing facility, also designed by Shaw, was opened in Crawfordsville, Indiana, to print the Indianapolis Telephone Directory.

It was the first company facility outside of Chicago, and this expansion foreshadowed a long-time commitment of RR Donnelley to serve its customers better by establishing itself in proximity to them.

RR Donnelley also established itself as the leader in commercial graphic design and typography. In 1922 the company hired William A. Kittredge (1891-1945), one of the leading graphic artists of his time, to direct and develop the Department of Design and Typography. The department set new standards in commercial graphic design, placing RR Donnelley at the center of this important field for more than three decades.

In 1923 the company hired well-known British bookbinder Alfred de Sauty (1870-1949) to direct the newly formed Extra Bindery.

RR Donnelley was one of the first commercial printers in America to employ a staff devoted to this old-world craft.

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The Extra Bindery distinguished itself in hand binding and also in graphic conservation. Notable commissions included the conservation of J.J. Audubon's folio edition of Birds of America, four of the twenty-three known copies of the first printing of the Declaration of Independence, a leaf from the Gutenberg Bible, the papers of John Quincy Adams, and correspondence of Abraham Lincoln.

Fine bindings by RR Donnelley's Extra Bindery continue to be sought by collectors.

In the late 1920s, RR Donnelley sought to capture the burgeoning mass-readership book market.

As part of this effort the company undertook its famous "Four American Books" project, wherein RR Donnelley published and printed limited editions of Poe's Tales, Thoreau's Walden, Dana's Two Years before the Mast, and Melville's Moby Dick. The purpose of this project was promotional - to demonstrate that American books of the highest quality could be produced entirely by an American printer using all American illustrators, typefaces, paper, and machinery.

This printing of Moby Dick, illustrated by Rockwell Kent, is recognized as one of the most famous editions of this classic work. Today all four books of the series are coveted by collectors and stand as examples of the highest quality in mass-market printing.

RR Donnelley made another indelible mark on the cultural history of Chicago when it won the contract to be the official printer of the Century of Progress Exposition in 1933. Guidebooks, post cards, brochures, programs, and other printed material for the world's fair were integral to one of the most important expositions of modern design.

RR Donnelley pioneered the fields of industrial engineering research and development in the printing industry. An example of the company's emphasis on technology was the development of heat-set printing in 1936, which was essential in the production of a new weekly news magazine, Henry Luce's Life.

For the first time a high-quality illustrated weekly periodical could be produced on high-speed web-fed presses. The close relationship between RR Donnelley and Life, whose circulation grew as no magazine before, was demonstrated again in 1946 when the company began construction of a second Chicago manufacturing facility, South Plant, devoted entirely to the production, printing, and distribution of the nation's greatest illustrated magazine.

Charles C. Haffner, Jr., (1895-1979), son-in-law of T.E. Donnelley, was named Chairman of the Board in 1952, and headed the company through its period of post-war growth.

Recognizing the need for substantial capitalization, Haffner presided over the company's first public offering in 1956. Haffner discussed the move in terms of a long-time fundamental commitment: "Growth is basic at Donnelley's, for we believe that a business that is not growing is already beginning to decay."

In the decades that followed, RR Donnelley experienced expansion that assured its leadership in the world printing market.

New manufacturing plants were opened in Willard, Ohio (1956); Warsaw, Indiana (1958); Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with the purchase of Rudisill Printing Company (1959); Old Saybrook, Connecticut (1960); Mattoon, Illinois (1967); Dwight, Illinois (1968); Glasgow, Kentucky (1970); Gallatin, Tennessee (1975); Harrisonburg, Virginia (1979); and Spartanburg, South Carolina (1979).

During these years major contracts were signed or renewed with National Geographic Society; Time, Inc.; Sears, Roebuck and Company; J.C.

Penney; New Yorker Magazine, Inc.; Lane Publishing, Inc.; Condé Nast; Cowles Communication, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc., and many other important publishing concerns.

Gaylord Donnelley (1910-1992), second son of T. E. Donnelley, became Chairman of the Board in 1964. His long career in the family business began in 1927 as an apprentice. Gaylord Donnelley subsequently held many positions with the company, and he chronicled his career with the company upon his retirement as Chairman in 1975 with the publication of a richly personal memoir, To Be A Good Printer.

In it he wrote: "It seems abundantly clear that the philosophy, policies, standards, and practices that have evolved during the history of our company have now as much value as ever, possibly more.

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While we have held to them firmly, we have also adapted them as needed to the ever-changing scene in our industry and society."

In the mid-1970s RR Donnelley engineers once again made history when they developed Selectronic ink-jet printing and binding.

This technology made it possible for publishers to selectively control the editorial and advertising content of each copy of a periodical edition based on subscriber profile.

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In 1975, Charles W. Lake, Jr. (b.1918) became the first person outside the Donnelley family to be named Chairman of the Board. Charles Lake had been Director of Engineering and Research Development, a position he assumed in 1956, and his focus on technology blended perfectly with the company tradition of excellence. "Our Company has earned its reputation as 'The House that Quality Built' on the strength of the quality we put into every step of every operation," Mr.

Lake said in a 1966 speech. "The future success of our business will depend on how well we maintain and improve our reputation for total quality."

In 1978 RR Donnelley simultaneously became a coast-to-coast and worldwide printing concern when it expanded into Los Angeles, California and York, England.

One year later, in 1980, RR Donnelley reached the billion-dollar mark in annual sales. Two years later the company began satellite transmission between the United States and the United Kingdom. RR Donnelley was the first printing company to utilize this technology, and the trans-oceanic link placed the company at the center of the highly competitive financial and legal printing market. In 1983 the Financial Printing Services Group was created in response to this growth, and in 1984 the satellite network was extended to the Far East.

In the early 1980s RR Donnelley's Technical Documentation Services began serving the personal computer industry, reproducing software, and printing user manuals. RR Donnelley expanded its range in this international market with a new plant in Singapore to serve the Far East.

John B. Schwemm (b. 1934) served as Chairman of the Board from 1983-1988. "Quality," said Schwemm, "should characterize our manufacturing methods.

Quality should be evident in the people we hire and in the training we give them. And, quality should be exercised at all levels of management. We must use great care so as not to give less attention to the foundation of quality than did our predecessors." In 1987, under Schwemm's leadership, RR Donnelley acquired Metromail Corporation, a provider of list and list enhancement services.

In 1983 RR Donnelley's Financial Printing Services Group undertook the mammoth printing contract associated with the ATandT divestiture prospectus.

It was the largest financial printing, binding, and distribution job of its time, with 3.6 million copies.

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In the 1980s, the Financial Printing Services Group opened offices in Paris, Seoul, Mexico City, and Hong Kong to serve the financial documentation needs of multinational corporations.

The ability to anticipate future needs of its customers always has been an RR Donnelley strength. As the company moved into electronic communication, mailing and distribution, database and list management, and other auxiliary services, it became a leader in diverse aspects of tomorrow's communications technology.

In 1989 John R. Walter (b. 1947) became the seventh Chairman of the Board. Shortly after assuming the position, he discussed RR Donnelley's future and outlined the company's three key priorities: 1) To establish, communicate and manage the strategic vision, direction and plan; 2) to make decisions on the intelligent investment of our capital for a long-term return; 3) to continue to identify and develop the people who will successfully lead this company into the 21st century.

RR Donnelley expanded to Mexico in 1989 when ground was broken for a new book printing plant in Reynosa. In 1990 RR Donnelley made its largest ($550 million) acquisition to date by purchasing Meredith/Burda, a major catalog and magazine printer with operations throughout the U.S.

In 1992 the company relocated its corporate headquarters to The RR Donnelley Building at 77 West Wacker Drive. This move consolidated many corporate functions under one roof and placed RR Donnelley in the heart of Chicago's business district.

In the early twenty-first century, RR Donnelley is a Fortune 500 company, and among the world's leading providers of printing and print-related services to publishers, manufacturers, retailers, financial institutions and technology companies.

Scope Note

In 1993 R.R.

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Donnelley and Sons Company undertook a major initiative to preserve its 130-year history, and to make that history broadly accessible to individuals both inside the company and outside. This effort took form as the Archives Project, to arrange and describe voluminous historical records in the company's possession, and to create a company archives that would be useful immediately and far into the future.

RR Donnelley's role in the development of and impact on mass communication is documented in the company archives. Researchers of printing and technology, Chicago history, advertising and communication, graphic arts, fine binding and conservation, and many other related fields will find the R.R. Donnelley and Sons Company Archives a valuable source.

The R.R. Donnelley and Sons Company Archive contains text materials such as correspondence, manuscripts, legal documents, oral and written histories, advertising, and customer product samples dating from the mid-nineteenth century to the present.

A wealth of visual material includes photographs, artwork, product samples, and artifacts.

The collection is organized into twenty series. Series I through XII were the first parts of the collection to be formally processed by RR Donnelley, and contain many textual and visual documents that highlight important developments in the company's history.

Series XIII through XX were organized afterwards, are concentrated in the mid- to late-twentieth century, and emphasize routine production and business at the company.

Series I: Biographical Files, includes material on members of the Donnelley family, as well as employees and other individuals affiliated with the company. The information found in these files tends to be general in nature, and is most useful as a source for basic textual and visual information about an individual.

Materials found in this series, which date from the late nineteenth century to the late twentieth century, include correspondence, publications, photographs, resumes, and work samples

Series II: Business Records, includes administrative and operational documents dating from the founding of the company to the mid-1990s.

This series represents an incomplete record of the company's activities, but is a strong source of information on plants and facilities, the company's organizational structure, acquisitions and subsidiary companies, and The Printer, one of the company's magazines. It also contains selected financial records, patents, management documents, guides, personnel records and memorabilia.

Series III: Company Advertising, contains samples of material created by RR Donnelley to promote its own services. The items in this series date from the company's founding to the late twentieth century, and also include a small number of pieces advertising Richard Robert Donnelley's earlier business partnerships. Because the company used these pieces to highlight its own printing capabilities, the samples in this series tend to exemplify high-end printing and design, while demonstrating the company's marketing strategies.

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Series IV: Customers and Products, collects RR Donnelley's files on its clients, including samples of products (usually called "job samples") that it printed for them. These samples number in the thousands, and are found in several subseries of this series. This series also includes business records such as contracts and agreements, correspondence, photographs, and collections of historical background material on individual customers. Material on major clients such as Time-Life, Inc., Sears Roebuck and Company, and Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc.

are found in this series, as are selected samples. This series is a particularly rich source of material printed by the company in the 1920s-1950s.

Series V: Apprentice Schools and Training Programs, documents RR Donnelley's School for Apprentices and other formal employee training efforts. This series contains teaching material, work samples, photographs and student records from the original School for Apprentices located in Chicago.

Material from a second apprentice program centered at the company's Crawfordsville, Indiana plant is included in separate files. Also found in this series are course material, certificates, photographs and other records of later training and professional development programs. Most of the material in this series dates from the early to mid-twentieth century.

Series VI: Exhibitions, contains material related to exhibitions of fine art, book arts and graphic design, which were held at RR Donnelley beginning in 1930.

This series contains catalogs, invitations, broadsides, photographs and correspondence and other material related to exhibitions at RR Donnelley, focusing particularly on those held at the Lakeside Press Galleries from 1930 to 1962.

Series VII: Historical Writings and Research, demonstrates RR Donnelley's deliberate efforts to document its past. The foundation of this series is the work of Herbert P. Zimmerman, a former RR Donnelley executive who in the mid-twentieth century undertook an extensive study of the company's history.

This series contains drafts and typescripts of historical writings by a variety of researchers, as well as primary and secondary source material such as correspondence, publications and photographs. Personal recollections of employees, including transcripts of oral histories, are also found in this series.

Series VIII: Personal Papers, represents several RR Donnelley executives and prominent employees, including C.F. Beezley, Jr., Igor de Lissovoy, Alfred de Sauty, Gaylord Donnelley, Thomas Elliott Donnelley, Carl Doty, Charles C.

Haffner, William A. Kittredge, Charles W. Lake, Edward R. Lhotka, and C. Prentiss Smith. This series includes correspondence, publications, design samples, photographs, manuscripts, and memorabilia.

As well as providing insight into the individuals represented, this series is also an excellent source of mid-twentieth century material related to management strategy, employee development, and product design processes.

Series IX: General Records, contains materials collected under about seventy specific topics significant to the history of RR Donnelley, or to the history of printing in general. Many of the headings correspond to departments of the company, clients, events, printing processes, types of products, and special projects.

Much of the material in this series consists of RR Donnelley advertising pieces and other promotional items; also found are photographs, correspondence, reports, customer job samples, and artwork.

When possible, material in this series should also be viewed in conjunction with more detailed files found elsewhere in the collection.

However, this series contains the collection's strongest representations of the Century of Progress; Extra Bindery and Graphic Conservation; financial printing operations; the Memorial Library and Training Library; data on printing presses operated in the company's plants; the development of the Indian head printer's mark and logo; the Four American Books; and electronic and digital printing processes developed in the 1970s-1990s.

Series X: Training Library Collection, consists of print materials drawn from the collections of this company resource. While some of the items in the Training Library were printed by RR Donnelley, many were created by other firms and collected by the library as examples for staff training.

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The material in this series contains hundreds of samples of fine and specialty print items from the early and mid-twentieth century. The series also contains "everyday" ephemeral pieces such as maps, brochures and travel guides. The Special Collections Research Center also holds books drawn from the Training Library, which are cataloged in the Rare Books Collection.

Series XI: Photographs and Audio-Visual Material, spans over 100 years of company history, and represents the richest and most cohesive visual documentation of the company.

Subjects such as printing technologies, employee activities, and facilities are documented through thousands of photographs. Audio material, including oral history recordings, are included here, as are videos and films on a variety of subjects.

Series XII: Artifacts, Artwork and Ephemera, contains print materials, visual art pieces, and objects collected for their artifactual value.

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This series contains samples of paper goods and other supplies used at the company, catalogs and samples of company-branded promotional merchandise, printing artifacts, signs, artwork, customer job samples, and catalog card files. A selected group of customer job samples collected as artifacts, such as boxed and wrapped copies of Four American Books titles, are also included in this series.

Many of the items in this series are unidentified and undated.

Because material related to a single topic will usually be found in several different series within the collection, most researchers will find it necessary to browse or keyword-search the inventories to locate all relevant material.

For example, while Series V is dedicated to records of the School for Apprentices, important related material is also found in Series VIII and Series XI. In reviewing the inventories, it is important not to overlook oversize materials, artifacts, books, and other unusual items that are often found at the end of series or subseries of the collection.

Series XIII: Corporate Management, documents the development of RR Donnelley as a corporation, from its establishment as a family-owned company in the nineteenth century, to its position as a global, publicly traded firm.

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This series represents the company's financial conditions, administrative structure, management strategies, and corporate policies. Documents in this series spans the years 1869-2000, and include annual reports, material for speeches and presentations, organization charts, manuals, financial and legal material, personal papers of executives, meeting minutes and agendas, correspondence and publicity material.

Series XIV: Advertising and Promotions, documents RR Donnelley activities related to marketing its services to clients and the public.

Included are materials from advertising campaigns, public events, and industry conferences. Material in this series spans the years 1925-2002, and includes samples of company advertisements; samples of promotional gifts such as print portfolios, facsimiles of historic documents, and framing prints; files on the production and distribution of the Lakeside Classics series; exhibition catalogs; invitations; brochures; service directories; customer newsletters; service guides; internal market analyses; and related notes, correspondence and production specifications.

Series XV: Customers and Products, is the largest series in the R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company Archive, and contains samples of thousands of products RR Donnelley printed for its customers, as well as material related to customer relationship management. This series spans the years 1869-2002; however, material is heavily concentrated in the late twentieth century.

Items in this series include samples of magazines, catalogs, books, direct mail advertisements, financial documents, telephone directories, product packaging, pamphlets, manuals and other products printed by RR Donnelley.

It also includes job specifications, reports, contracts, and correspondence with customers.

Series XVI: Communications and Media Relations, contains material related to internal communication at RR Donnelley, as well as external communications to news media. The contents document business developments, internal news, and corporate policies.

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Material in this series spans the years 1907-2002, and includes company magazines and newsletters, clippings, announcements, news releases, memoranda, directories, pamphlets, brochures, editorial material, historical research and oral history transcripts

Series XVII: Personnel, consists of material related to RR Donnelley's development and management of its workforce. Included in this subseries is a large collection of files on labor relations at RR Donnelley.

This series also contains material documenting employee clubs, associations, activities and special events.

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Material in this series spans the years 1904-1999, and includes

brochures, pamphlets, handbooks, instructional materials, correspondence, policy statements, reports, newsletters, broadsides, announcements and memorabilia.

Series XVIII: Facilities and Operations, documents RR Donnelley buildings, properties, and facilities, as well as day-to-day printing operations that formed the core of the company's activities. Material in this series spans the years 1872-2000, although material is heavily concentrated in the mid- to late twentieth century. This series contains architectural and mechanical drawings, deeds and leases, site surveys, patent applications, operational reports, procedure manuals, equipment instructions and specifications, typeface specimens, and related correspondence.

Series IXX: Photographs, Audio-Visual and Digital Media, consists of visual, audio, and multimedia documentation of RR Donnelley's employees, facilities, equipment, products, promotional efforts and communications programs. This series spans the years 1871-2000, with material heavily concentrated in the mid- to late-twentieth century. Formats in this series include photographs, film reels, video recordings, microfilm rolls, floppy disks, CD-ROMs and multimedia kits.

Series XX: Artifacts, Artwork and Memorabilia, contains items collected for their value as visual or physical documents, as well as material commemorating special achievements and events.

Material in this series spans the 1870s-2000s, and includes supplies, tools and equipment, fragments of machinery, architectural artifacts, paintings, drawings, prints, samples of products and printing technology output, promotional items and decorative objects.

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Subject Headings

  • Beezley, Charles F., Jr.
  • De Lissovoy, Igor
  • De Sauty, Alfred
  • Donnelley, Elliott
  • Donnelley, Gaylord
  • Donnelley, Naomi Ann Shenstone
  • Donnelley, Reuben Hamilton, 1864-1929
  • Donnelley, Richard Robert, 1836-1899
  • Donnelley, Thomas Elliott
  • Doty, Carl
  • Haffner, Charles C., Jr.

  • Kittredge, William A.
  • Korling, Torkel
  • Lake, Charles W.
  • Lhotka, Edward R.
  • Ruzicka, Rudolph, 1883-
  • Smith, C. Prentiss
  • Zimmerman, Herbert P
  • R.R. Donnelley and Sons Company
  • Caxton Club
  • J.C. Penney Co.
  • Lakeside Press
  • Lakeside Press Galleries
  • Montgomery Ward
  • R.H.


  • Sears,Roebuck and Company
  • Time, Inc.
  • Advertising
  • Apprentices
  • Apprenticeship programs
  • Architecture -- Illinois -- Chicago
  • Bookbinding
  • Bookplates
  • Branding (Marketing)
  • Catalogs -- Printing
  • Century of Progress International Exposition (1933-1934 : Chicago, Ill.)
  • Commercial art
  • Direct marketing
  • Employees' magazines
  • Encyclopaedia Britannica
  • Fine books
  • Graphic design (Typography)
  • Industrial relations
  • Letterpress printing
  • Life (Chicago, Ill.)
  • National Geographic
  • New Yorker (New York, N.Y.

    : 1925)

  • Occupational training
  • Offset printing
  • Packaging
  • People Weekly
  • Printers
  • Printers' marks
  • Printing industry
  • Printing -- Books
  • Printing -- Encyclopedias
  • Printing -- Exhibitions
  • Printing -- Periodicals
  • Printing -- Specimens
  • Printing plants
  • Printing presses
  • Public relations
  • Publishers and publishing
  • Sports Illustrated
  • Telephone -- Directories
  • Near South Side (Chicago, Ill.)


Series I: Biographical Files

This series contains biographical files on members of the Donnelley family, as well as on individuals affiliated with the R.R.

Donnelley and Sons Company. The series is further divided into four subseries.

Subseries 1: Donnelley Family, consists of correspondence, articles, calling cards, memorials, publications, honors and awards, photographs and other material related to the Donnelleys and some extended members of the family.

Oversize material from this subseries has been transferred to Subseries 4.

Subseries 2: Company Officers ca. 1980s-1990s, holds resumes, photographs, and other personnel material (Biographical material on many earlier officers of the company may be found in Subseries 3). Oversize material from this subseries has been transferred to Subseries 4.

Subseries 3: General, includes files on employees, board members, individuals closely associated with the company, and other notables.

This subseries contains a wide variety of material, including correspondence, photographs, publications, work samples, and personal papers.

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Oversize material from this subseries has been transferred to Subseries 4.

Subseries 4: Oversize Material and Artifacts, contains material transferred from Subseries 1-3. Material in this subseries may be traced to its original location through the descriptive folder headings.

Additional biographical and personal information on individuals and families affiliated with RR Donnelley can be found in Series VIII.

Hundreds of photographs of individuals and groups, most of which are not duplicated in this series, are found in Series XI.

Subseries 1: Donnelley Family

Box 1   Folder 1

Richard Robert Donnelley

Box 1   Folder 2

Richard Robert Donnelley, photographs

Box 1   Folder 3

Richard Robert Donnelley, photographs and negatives

Box 1   Folder 4-5

Naomi Ann Shenstone Donnelley

Box 1   Folder 6

Naomi Ann Shenstone Donnelley, photographs

Box 1   Folder 7-8

Thomas Elliott Donnelley, 1867-1955

Box 1   Folder 9

Thomas Elliott Donnelley, newspaper clippings

Box 2   Folder 1

Thomas Elliott Donnelley, group photographs

Box 2   Folder 2

Thomas Elliott Donnelley, photographs

Box 2   Folder 3

Naomi Donnelley

Box 2   Folder 4

Laura Gaylord Donnelley

Box 2   Folder 5

Gaylord Donnelley

Box 2   Folder 6

Gaylord Donnelley, lectures, speeches and articles

Box 2   Folder 7

Gaylord Donnelley, awards and honors

Box 2   Folder 8

Gaylord Donnelley, conservationist activities

Box 3   Folder 1

Gaylord Donnelley, Christmas cards

Box 3   Folder 2

Gaylord Donnelley, service on Carrier Air Group Nine, 1942-1944

Box 3   Folder 3

Gaylord Donnelley, publication of To Be a Good Printer

Box 3   Folder 4

Gaylord Donnelley, publication of To Be a Good Printer, Japanese translation

Box 3   Folder 5

Gaylord Donnelley, tribute publication, 1975

Box 3   Folder 6

Gaylord Donnelley, retirement issue of The Printer, 1975

Box 3   Folder 7

Gaylord Donnelley, obituaries and memorials

Box 3   Folder 8

Gaylord Donnelley, memorial booklet

Box 3   Folder 9

Gaylord Donnelley, Gaylord Building, Lockport, Illinois

Box 3   Folder 10

Gaylord Donnelley, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation

Box 3   Folder 11

Gaylord Donnelley, inventory of material stored at 77 West Wacker Drive, 1995

Box 4   Folder 1-2

Gaylord Donnelley, lists of selected reference in books in personal office library

Box 4   Folder 3

Gaylord Donnelley, photographs

Box 4   Folder 4

Gaylord Donnelley, Christmas cards

Box 4   Folder 5

Gaylord Donnelley, Windblown Hill

Box 4   Folder 6

Gaylord Donnelley, Windblown Hill, photographs

Box 4   Folder 7

Gaylord Donnelley, photographs of recreational activities

Box 4   Folder 8

Gaylord Donnelley, photographs in youth

Box 4   Folder 9

Gaylord Donnelley, group photographs

Box 5   Folder 1

Gaylord Donnelley, group photographs

Box 5   Folder 2

Dorothy Ranney Donnelley

Box 5   Folder 3

Laura Donnelley Morton

Box 5   Folder 4

Shawn Donnelley

Box 5   Folder 5

Elliott Donnelley

Box 5   Folder 6

Elliott Donnelley, adjustable dunnage apparatus patent, 1951

Box 5   Folder 7

Elliott Donnelley, retirement, 1968

Box 6   Folder 1

Elliott Donnelley, photographs

Box 6   Folder 2

Elliott Donnelley, retirement book design and samples

Box 6   Folder 3

Elliott Donnelley, retirement book galleys and proof sheets

Box 6   Folder 4

Elliott Donnelley, obituary and memorials

Box 6   Folder 5

Thomas Elliott Donnelley II, photographs

Box 6   Folder 6

James R.


Box 6   Folder 7

James R. Donnelley, photographs

Box 6   Folder 8

Neil Donnelley

Box 6   Folder 9

Robert Donnelley

Box 6   Folder 10

Reuben Hamilton Donnelley

Box 6   Folder 11

Reuben Hamilton Donnelley, obituary and memorials

Box 6   Folder 12

Reuben Hamilton Donnelley, photographs

Box 7   Folder 1

Reuben Hamilton Donnelley, Donnelley and the Yellow Pages: A Centennial History, 1986

Box 7   Folder 2

Laura Thorne and Thorne family

Box 7   Folder 3

Thorne Donnelley

Box 7   Folder 4-6

Charles C.

Haffner, Jr.

Box 7   Folder 7

Charles C. Haffner, Jr., clippings

Box 8   Folder 1

Charles C. Haffner, Jr., publications

Box 8   Folder 2

Charles C.

Forex market research report

Haffner, Jr., photographs

Box 8   Folder 3

Charles C. Haffner, Jr., retirement congratulations from notables, 1964

Box 8   Folder 4

Charles C. Haffner III

Box 8   Folder 5

Charles C.

Haffner III, photographs

Box 8   Folder 6

Donnelley family tree and family lists

Box 8   Folder 7

Donnelley family, other members

Box 8   Folder 8

Donnelley family, media profiles

Box 8   Folder 9

Publications, Richard Robert Donnelley Remembers

Box 8   Folder 10

Publications, R.R.

Donnelley: A Memorial

Box 9   Folder 1-3

Publications, R.R. Donnelley: A Memorial

Box 9   Folder 5

Publications, Elliott Donnelley: Printer, Philanthropist, Patron, Parent

Box 9   Folder 5-6

Publications, Reuben H. Donnelley: Funeral Services

Box 10   Folder 1-2

Publications, Reuben H.

Donnelley: Funeral Services

Box 10   Folder 3

Publications, Gaylord Donnelley memorial

Box 10   Folder 4-6

Publications, Gaylord Donnelley tribute

Box 11   Folder 1-2

Publications, Gaylord Donnelley, To Be a Good Printer

Box 11   Folder 3-5

Publications, Benjamin Shenstone, Minutes in Reference to My Leaving England

Box 11   Folder 6

Publications, Warren Ripley, The Battle of Chapman's Fort

Box 12   Folder 1-4

Publications, Warren Ripley, The Battle of Chapman's Fort

Box 12   Folder 5

Laura Gaylord Donnelley, duplicate photographs from family album

Box 12   Folder 6

Naomi Ann Shenstone Donnelley, duplicate photographs from family album

Box 12   Folder 7

Richard Robert Donnelley, duplicate photographs from family album

Box 12   Folder 8

Thomas Elliott Donnelley, duplicate photographs from family album

Box 12   Folder 9

Thomas Elliott and Laura Donnelley, duplicate photographs from family album

Box 12   Folder 10

Thomas Elliott, Benjamin, Naomi, and Reuben Donnelley, duplicate photographs from family album

Box 12   Folder 11

Ann Amercia Lull Gaylord, duplicate photographs from family album

Box 12   Folder 12

Clarissa Gaylord, duplicate photographs from family album

Box 12   Folder 13

George Gaylord, duplicate photographs from family album

Box 12   Folder 14

Frances Ann Gaylord Smith, duplicate photographs from family album

Box 12   Folder 15

Unknown, possibly George and Ann Amercia Gaylord, duplicate photographs from family album

Box 12   Folder 16

Clarissa Donnelley Haffner, duplicate photographs from family album

Box 12   Folder 17

Thomas Lazenby, duplicate photographs from family album

Box 12   Folder 18

Albin Lull, duplicate photographs from family album

Box 12   Folder 19

Benjamin Shenstone, duplicate photographs from family album

Box 12   Folder 20

Mary Strachan Shenstone, duplicate photographs from family album

Box 12   Folder 21

Mary Lazenby Shenstone, duplicate photographs from family album

Box 12   Folder 22


S. Shenstone, duplicate photographs from family album

Subseries 2: Company Officers ca.


Box 13   Folder 1

Albright, Charles T.

Box 13   Folder 2

Anderson, Jeffrey

Box 13   Folder 3

Baumgartner, Steven

Box 13   Folder 4

Becker, James R.

Box 13   Folder 5

Bender, Gerald J.

Box 13   Folder 6

Bickers, John

Box 13   Folder 7

Bono, Steve

Box 13   Folder 8

Botica, Luke F.

Box 13   Folder 9

Bundick, Joe

Box 13   Folder 10

Burkhart, Randy

Box 13   Folder 11

Butler, Jerry D.

Box 13   Folder 12

Coleman, Robert J.

Box 13   Folder 13

Cowan, Rory J

Box 13   Folder 14

Dawson, James A.

Box 13   Folder 15

Donelson, James A.

Box 13   Folder 16

Duffy, E.


Box 13   Folder 17

Eidell, Ronald G.

Box 13   Folder 18

Faber, Barton L.

Box 13   Folder 19

Francis, Cheryl

Box 13   Folder 20

Glick, Barry J.

Box 13   Folder 21

Hart, David C.

Box 13   Folder 22

Heivly, Christopher G.

Box 13   Folder 23

Ingham, Dewette

Box 13   Folder 24

Jarc, Frank

Box 14   Folder 1

Kelly, Glenn T.

Box 14   Folder 2

Kochlefl, Rhonda I.

Box 14   Folder 3

Krakoff, Roger L.

Box 14   Folder 4

Lahham, Fuad

Box 14   Folder 5

Lake, Charles W.

Box 14   Folder 6

Leahy, Terence M.

Box 14   Folder 7

Lowe, William H.

Box 14   Folder 8

Malina, Daniel I.

Box 14   Folder 9

Mann, Christopher P.

Box 14   Folder 10

Mark, Bobbi

Box 14   Folder 11

Mathews, Robert S.

Box 14   Folder 12

McBratney, Bruce R.

Box 14   Folder 13

McLennan, William R.

Box 14   Folder 14

McQuaid, James D.

Box 14   Folder 15

Moore, Stephen D.

Box 14   Folder 16

Moran, Michael E.

Box 14   Folder 17

Morgan, Ramiro Urenda

Box 14   Folder 18

Morphis, Gene S.

Box 14   Folder 19

Murphy, Peter F.

Box 14   Folder 20

Oberhill, John S.

Box 14   Folder 21

Olson, Joanne

Box 14   Folder 22

Piscatelli, Daniel T.

Box 14   Folder 23

Quarles, Thomas J.

Box 14   Folder 24

Quimson, Liz R.

Box 14   Folder 25

Ratcliffe, James R.

Box 14   Folder 26

Regan, Deborah M.

Box 14   Folder 27

Rosenthal, Morton H.

Box 14   Folder 28

Schetter, Barbara

Box 14   Folder 29

Siegel, Charles F.

Box 14   Folder 30

Singer, Jonathan M.

Box 14   Folder 31

Stead, Jerre

Box 14   Folder 32

Stenitzer, George

Box 14   Folder 33

Tevis, Terry A.

Box 14   Folder 34

Treadway, J.E.

Box 14   Folder 35

Trubiana, Ronald J.

Box 14   Folder 36

Turner, James G.

Box 15   Folder 1-2

Tyler, Ed W.

Box 15   Folder 3

Uvena, Frank

Box 15   Folder 4-6

Walter, John R.

Box 16   Folder 1

Walter, John R.

Box 16   Folder 2

Ward, Jonathan P.

Box 16   Folder 3

Weiser, Ann E.

Box 16   Folder 4

White, William L.

Box 16   Folder 5

Wilson, Wendy

Box 16   Folder 6-8

Unsorted biographical material

Box 16   Folder 9

Unsorted personnel photographs

Box 17   Folder 1

Adams, Ansel

Box 17   Folder 2

Adams, William F.

Box 17   Folder 3

Allen, S., Engineering Department, retired 1950

Box 17   Folder 4

Anderson, Logan

Box 17   Folder 5

Anderson, Richard G.

Box 17   Folder 6

Anderson, Roy T.

Box 17   Folder 7

Andree, Tom

Box 17   Folder 8

Angstrom, Wayne

Box 17   Folder 9

Angus, William M.

Box 17   Folder 10

Archer, Richard

Box 17   Folder 11

Ashelman, John P.

Box 17   Folder 12

Averill, John, outside designer

Box 17   Folder 13


Box 17   Folder 14

Battiste, Louis, Department of Design

Box 17   Folder 15

Beezley, C.


Box 17   Folder 16

Bennett, Rainey

Box 17   Folder 17

Benton, Thomas Hart

Box 17   Folder 18

Bergquist, Roy H.

Box 17   Folder 19

Berry, Harold J.

Box 17   Folder 20

Bicker, James F., Jr.

Box 17   Folder 21

Birren, Faber

Box 17   Folder 22

Boehm, Edward M.

Box 17   Folder 23

Bogner, Robert

Box 17   Folder 24

Bohaty, James Sr.

Box 17   Folder 25

Bohaty, James Jr.

Box 17   Folder 26

Bowes, Robert A.

Box 17   Folder 27

Bowes, William R.

Box 18   Folder 1

Brennan, Edward

Box 18   Folder 2

Brundage, James H.

Box 18   Folder 3

Brunning, Floyd D.

Box 18   Folder 4

Burger, Warren, U.S.

Chief Justice

Box 18   Folder 5

Burnham, Daniel

Box 18   Folder 6

Busby, Mrs.


Box 18   Folder 7

Busby, Edward B.

Box 18   Folder 8

Busch, William P.

Box 18   Folder 9

Cabot, Louis W.

Box 18   Folder 10

Capstick, John A.

Box 18   Folder 11

Carroll, Fred L.

Box 18   Folder 12

Carter, Jimmy, U.S.


Box 18   Folder 13

Carter, Joseph, graphic designer

Box 18   Folder 14

Carter, Loren

Box 18   Folder 15

Chambers, Reed W.

Box 18   Folder 16

Chapman, Elmer D.

Box 18   Folder 17

Christiansen, Norm

Box 18   Folder 18

Churchill, Winston

Box 18   Folder 19

Cockrell, Sidney

Box 18   Folder 20

Colby, Henry

Box 18   Folder 21

Collins, Nartha Layne, Board member

Box 18   Folder 22

Cooper, Oswald B.

Box 18   Folder 23

Cote, Cathleen

Box 18   Folder 24

Coventry, Kim, consultant

Box 18   Folder 25

Cowan, Rory C.

Box 18   Folder 26

Crewe, Albert

Box 18   Folder 27

Crowe, Robert W.

Box 19   Folder 1

Crusius, William

Box 19   Folder 2

Curry, John Steuart

Box 19   Folder 3

Dabbert, John E.

Box 19   Folder 4

Daley, Russ

Box 19   Folder 5

Daly, Ron

Box 19   Folder 6

Darrow, William W.

Box 19   Folder 7

Daum, Oscar Sr.

Box 19   Folder 8

Daum, Oscar Jr.

Box 19   Folder 9-10

Davis, William L., Chairman

Box 19   Folder 11

DeLay, Stephen

Box 19   Folder 12

De Lissovoy, Igor

Box 19   Folder 13

De Lissovoy, Igor, photographs

Box 19   Folder 14

De Moss, William

Box 19   Folder 15

Delworth, Maurice J.

Box 19   Folder 16

Dennis, John C.

Box 20   Folder 1

Dennis, John C., photographs

Box 20   Folder 2

De Sauty, Alfred

Box 20   Folder 3

Detterer, Ernst

Box 20   Folder 4

Devereaux, Jim

Box 20   Folder 5

Dibelka, Robert

Box 20   Folder 6

Dillon, Edward J.

Box 20   Folder 7

Dombrowski, John

Box 20   Folder 8

Dombrowski, Stanley

Box 20   Folder 9

Dorrance, G.

Morris Jr.

Box 20   Folder 10

Doty, Carl K.

Box 20   Folder 11

Doty, Carl K., photographs

Box 20   Folder 12

Doyel, John K.

Box 20   Folder 13

Dresser, Ernest W.

Box 20   Folder 14

Duncan, Alexandre

Box 20   Folder 15

Dutcher, James W.

Box 20   Folder 16

Dwiggins, William Adelson

Box 20   Folder 17

Edwards, Robert

Box 20   Folder 18

Eisenhower, Dwight D., President

Box 20   Folder 19

Engel, Herbert A.

Box 20   Folder 20

Farrand, Beatrix

Box 20   Folder 21

Fields, Robert C.

Box 20   Folder 22

Fitzpatrick, Arthur

Box 20   Folder 23

Fletcher, James W.

Box 20   Folder 24

Foster, Hurbert S.

Box 20   Folder 25

Franklin, Benjamin

Box 20   Folder 26

Friday, Gordon D.

Box 20   Folder 27

Galaktionov, General Mikhail Romenovich

Box 21   Folder 1

Friday, Gordon D.

Box 21   Folder 2

Gooden, Stephen, graphic designer

Box 21   Folder 3

Gottlieb, Robert

Box 21   Folder 4

Gotzes, Hubert

Box 21   Folder 5

Gray, Edward W., Jr.

Box 21   Folder 6

Gregg, Russ

Box 21   Folder 7

Hackbert, Don M.

Box 21   Folder 8

Hall, Leonard

Box 21   Folder 9

Hallgren, John M.

Box 21   Folder 10

Hamill, Alfred, book collector

Box 21   Folder 11

Hart, Sam P.

Box 21   Folder 12

Harte, Bret

Box 21   Folder 13

Harvey, Dave B.

Box 21   Folder 14

Hayes, James

Box 21   Folder 15

Head, Cloyd

Box 21   Folder 16

Helm, Maurice

Box 21   Folder 17

Hickerson, Michael

Box 21   Folder 18

Hicks, Allan C.

Box 21   Folder 19

Hochhalter, Gordon

Box 21   Folder 20

Holmes, Thomas J.

Box 21   Folder 21

Houser, Allan (Artist)

Box 21   Folder 22

Howe, Walter L.

Box 21   Folder 23

Hull, Harry

Box 21   Folder 24

Imlach, George

Box 21   Folder 25

Isom, Win

Box 21   Folder 26


Frederick G.

Box 21   Folder 27

Jansma, Adolph

Box 21   Folder 28

Jarc, Frank R.

Box 21   Folder 29

Johanson, John R.

Box 22   Folder 1

Johnson, George

Box 22   Folder 2

Johnson, John M.

Box 22   Folder 3

Johnson, Lyndon B., President

Box 22   Folder 4

Johnson, Richard

Box 22   Folder 5

Jones, Cran

Box 22   Folder 6

Kandle, Mathais

Box 22   Folder 7

Kent, Rockwell

Box 22   Folder 8

Kent, William, III

Box 22   Folder 9

King, Harry

Box 22   Folder 10

Kingery, John C.

Box 22   Folder 11-14

Kittredge, William

Box 23   Folder 1

Kittredge, William

Box 23   Folder 2

Kittredge, William, childhood drawings

Box 23   Folder 3

Kittredge, William, work samples

Box 23   Folder 4

Korling, Torkel

Box 23   Folder 5

Kotil, Jerry, Extra Bindery employee

Box 23   Folder 6

Kulik, Edward

Box 23   Folder 7

Kulik, Tom K.

Box 23   Folder 8

Laichas, Wiliam B.

Box 23   Folder 9

Lake, Charles W.

Box 23   Folder 10

Lake, Charles W., photographs

Box 23   Folder 11

Lake, Charles W., retirement

Box 24   Folder 1

Lake, Charles W., photographs

Box 24   Folder 2

Lake, Charles W., retirement speech by John Walter

Box 24   Folder 3

Lang, Douglas, Design Department

Box 24   Folder 4

Leahy, Terence

Box 24   Folder 5

Leyendecker, Joseph Christian, graphic designer

Box 24   Folder 6

Lincoln, Abraham, President

Box 24   Folder 7

Linn, James Weber

Arthur murray cases against instructors breaking contracts for different jobs