0.55 cubic ft. (1 box) + 2 envelopes.
Collection contains a bound collection of photocopied transcripts of letters written by James Keeley to his family, which mainly concern his coverage of World War I in England and France. Collection also contains manuscripts of speeches by Keeley, galley proofs of speeches by Keeley, an untitled manuscript by Keeley concerning international peace (ca. 1933-1934), and photographs of Keeley's Chicago apartment. Collection also holds a single photograph of Keeley, a few photocopies of letters by Keeley, and two invitations sent out by Keeley. Clippings (some by Keeley), notes, miscellaneous periodicals (some with articles by or about Keeley), miscellaneous printed materials, and a photocopy of James Webber Linn's book "James Keeley, Newspaperman" (1937) are in this collection as well.
James Keeley (1867-1934) was a journalist during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Born in London, England, Keeley immigrated to the United States when he was 16 years old. He started his journalism career as Wynadotte, Kansas correspondent for the "Kansas City Times", then worked as a reporter and city editor for newspapers in Kansas City, Missouri, Memphis, Tennessee, and Louisville, Kentucky. Keeley joined the "Chicago Tribune" during the late 1880s and enjoyed a notable career with this newspaper, serving as night police reporter, night city editor (1892-1894), city editor (1894-1898), and managing editor and general manager (1898-1914). In 1914, Keeley purchased the "Chicago Record-Herald" and "The Interocean", and combined the two newspapers to form the "Chicago Herald". He served as the "Chicago Herald's" editor from 1914 to 1918. From 1917 to 1919, he covered World War I for the "Herald" in England and France. In addition to his journalistic work, Keeley served as vice president of Pullman Company during the 1920s.
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