James D. Squires Papers
Scope and Content Note
The materials in the collection include correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, videocassettes, audiocassettes and signed original political cartoons. Several books, including copies of Squires’ published works, were part of the original collection but have been removed and shelved with the Sevier and Southern Civilization collections. Roughly half the journalism correspondence is made up of letters to the editor. These are arranged chronologically rather than alphabetically because of the topical nature of the letters. Additionally, many newspaper articles and faxes have been photocopied for preservation; the originals are located at the end of the appropriate series or subseries and are arranged chronologically. Any photographs included with correspondence have also been photocopied and the originals placed with the other photographs in each series or subseries.
The 63 boxes of the collection have been arranged in the following six series: journalism career, Ross Perot campaign, books, university courses, biographical material with miscellaneous correspondence and writings, and multimedia and oversized material.
- Inclusive: 1955-2004; Bulk: 1981-2002
- Majority of material found within 1981 - 2002
Conditions Governing Use
Squires moved from the Tribune to Tribune Company’s Orlando Sentinel-Star (later the Orlando Sentinel) in 1977, where he was editor until returning to Chicago as editor of the Tribune in 1981. Eight-and-a-half years and seven Pulitzers for the Tribune later, Squires resigned. He and his wife Mary Anne moved to a horse farm in Kentucky, where he bred 2001 Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos. He was an adjunct professor at Harvard University in 1990 and Middle Tennessee State University in 1992. Squires was Ross Perot’s media adviser in 1992.
He has written three books, contributed to one and edited another. Squires has two adult children.
A Search for Justice with John Seigenthaler (1971)
The American Millstone (edited) by Chicago Tribune staff (1986)
Read All About It! The Corporate Takeover of America’s Newspapers (1993)
The Secrets of the Hopewell Box: Stolen Elections, Southern Politics, and a City’s Coming of Age (1996)
Horse of a Different Color: A Tale of Breeding Geniuses, Dominant Females, and the Fastest Derby Winner Since Secretariat (2002)
31.1 Linear Feet (63 boxes)
Language of Materials
- Finding Aid for the The James D. Squires Papers
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
Part of the Vanderbilt University Special Collections Repository
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