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Descriptive inventory for the Ann Landers papers, 1947-2002

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Descriptive inventory for Ann Landers papers, 1947-2002

Prepared by Shanna Seiberlich; rev. by Sarah Dorpinghaus, 2010
  
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Chicago History Museum, Research Center
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Collection Overview +/-

Title: Ann Landers papers, 1947-2002 (inclusive)
Creator: Ann Landers
Dates: 1947-2002 (inclusive)
Accession numbers: 2002.0266.1
2003.0262.3
Bib number: 00214562
Call number: MSS Lot L
Size: 107.25 linear feet (76 boxes)
Language of material:Collection is written in English.

Provenance statement:

Purchased from estate sale (accession#: 2002.0266.1) and gift of Margo Howard (acession #: 2003.0262.3).

Terms governing use:

Requests for reprinting or use of published materials by Ann Landers or her daughter Margo Howard should be submitted to Christine Lee (at clee@creators.com ). Copyright may be retained by the creators of items, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law, unless otherwise noted.

Restriction(s):

Collection is open for research use.

Please cite this collection as:

Ann Landers papers (Chicago History Museum) plus a detailed description, date, and box/folder number of a specific item.

Additional Materials +/-

Related material:

Related materials at Chicago History Museum, Research Center, include the Ann Landers collection of photographic materials (2003.0262) and several publications by and about Ann Landers.

Collection Summary +/-

Scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, texts of speeches, correspondence, photographs, book manuscripts, and other papers of Ann Landers, primarily regarding her career as a syndicated advice columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and later for the Chicago Tribune. Scrapbooks (66 vol.) contain her newspaper column, "Ask Ann Landers" (1957-2002; boxes 1-48), and other newspaper clippings, articles, photos, etc. about Landers' journalism career, social service activities, and personal matters (1947-1987; boxes 49-66). Includes items about her community service in the B'nai B'rith, Anti-Defamation League, and Red Cross in Eau Claire, Wisconsin (1947-1954) and her work, speaking engagements, etc. in Chicago (1954 to 1987). Topics on which she commented and enlisted experts to provide knowledgeable perspectives included marriage, sex, teenagers, dating, mental health, spending habits, social practices of many types, and relations between people of different religions, races, and genders.

Biographical/Historical Note +/-

Esther Pauline Lederer (nicknamed Eppie) was famous as the advice columnist Ann Landers. She moved to Chicago from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, in 1954 with her husband Jules Lederer and, in 1955, began writing the "Ask Ann Landers" advice column for the Chicago Sun Times, adopting the pen name of the previous writer of the column. Landers/Lederer was born in Sioux City, Iowa, in 1918 (nee Friedman).

She expanded the scope of the column from its previous emphasis on childcare to cover topics such as sexuality, marriage, marital roles and family relationships, divorce, drugs and alcoholism, and ethical issues. The column eventually was syndicated in over 1100 newspapers. In 1987, she left the Sun-Times, taking the column with her to the Chicago Tribune, where she remained its primary author until 2000. During the last years of her life, the column was chiefly written by her daughter Margo Howard.

Landers' advice generally was considered moderate and well-researched and gained her the respect of conservatives and liberals. Her willingness to address controversial issues of the times, such as AIDS and homosexuality, helped win her column a wide readership. Landers' reputation and influence earned her numerous honorary doctorates and invitations to speak at public events throughout the United States. She also published several books, including Sex and the Teenager (1983) and The Ann Landers Encyclopedia, A to Z: Improve Your Life Emotionally, Medically, Sexually, Socially, Spiritually (1981). Landers died in Chicago on June 22, 2002, at age 83.

Catalog Subject Headings +/-

Subjects:
Advice columnists--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Advice columnists--United States--20th century
American newspapers--Illinois--Chicago--Sections, columns, etc.--20th century
Conduct of life
Families--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Landers, Ann. Ann Landers encyclopedia, A to Z
Landers, Ann. Ask Ann Landers
Landers, Ann. Sex and the teenager
Mothers and daughters--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Women journalists--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Persons:
Bromley, David Allan
Landers, Ann--Archives
Lederer, Esther Pauline Friedman, 1918-2002
Wolfe, Gregory B.
Organizations:
B'nai B'rith. Anti-defamation League
Chicago sun-times
Chicago Tribune (firm)
Genre/Form:
Articles (for publication)
Biography
Correspondence
Manuscripts (for publication)
Photoprints
Scrapbooks
Scripts
Speeches
Geographic:
Chicago (Ill.)--Social life and customs--20th century
Eau Claire (Wis.)--Social conditions--20th century
United States--Illinois--Cook County--Chicago
United States--Social conditions--20th century
United States--Social life and customs--20th century

Organization and Arrangement of Collection +/-

The collection is arranged in four series.

Click on heading to view series description.

Series 1. Scrapbooks of Ask Ann Landers newspaper column, 1957-2002 (box 1-48)
Series 2. Scrapbooks on Ann Landers, 1947-1987 (box 49-66)
Series 3. Speech transcripts, 1954-1996 (box 67-72)
Series 4. General material, 1958-1990 (box 73-76)

About This Finding Aid +/-

Creation: Finding aid encoded by Ellen Olker and Julie Wroblewski using Oxygen editor, 2015.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Other Finding Aids: Finding aid also submitted to Explore Chicago Collections portal.
Processing Note:Processed with funding provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
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