Ring Lardner papers
Scope and Content of the Collection
Correspondence, writings, and estate papers of Ring Lardner, 1885-2003.
Includes courtship correspondence of Lardner and his wife-to-be, Ellis Abbott, and correspondence from magazine editors, family, and friends; copies of published short stories and typescripts of plays, song lyrics, unpublished musical comedies, adaptations of his works written by others, and correspondence between Lardner's biographers; and clippings containing interviews and news stories about Lardner. There are also a few photographs, biographical materials, and significant files concerning Lardner's estate, royalty income, and the copyright status of his works.
- Creation: 1805-2003
- Creation: Majority of material found within 1885 - 1987
- Lardner, Ring (Person)
Materials are in English.
Conditions Governing Access
The Ring Lardner papers are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).
Ownership and Literary Rights
The Ring Lardner papers are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.
Biography of Ring Lardner
White, American journalist and humorist; writer of short stories, plays, and songs.
Born Ringgold Wilmer Lardner at Niles, Michigan, in 1885, Ring Lardner for a short time attended the Armour Institute of Technology in Chicago before returning to Niles to work. In 1905 he began his journalistic career at the South Bend Times, reporting mostly baseball news. This led to sports reporter jobs with a number of Chicago newspapers. Lardner also worked in St. Louis and Boston before returning to the Chicago Tribune in 1913 to write "In the Wake of the News," a daily column of humorous commentary. In 1919 Lardner moved to Great Neck, Long Island, to write a weekly column for the Bell Syndicate. This column appeared in newspapers across the country.
In 1914 Lardner began to contribute his Jack Keefe short stories to the Saturday Evening Post and published several books of Keefe stories by 1919. With these and later works Lardner established a firm reputation as a humorist. Continuing to produce short stories, Lardner toward the end of his life also began to write plays, including "June Moon" and "Elmer the Great" ("Hurry Kane"), both of which were produced on Broadway. He also wrote songs for a number of musical shows.
Lardner married Ellis Abbott of Goshen, Indiana, in 1911. They had four sons: John A., Ring W., James Phillips, and David Ellis. In ill health during his forties, Lardner died of tuberculosis and a heart ailment in 1933.
9.3 Linear Feet (20 boxes and 1 oversize box)
Correspondence and writings of journalist and humorist author Ring Lardner. Also estate papers, including royalty records through 2003, biographical materials, publicity and reviews, adaptations of writings, and a few photographs.
Papers are organized in the following series
- Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1805-1971
- Boxes 1-2
- Series 2: Incoming Correspondence, 1911-1987
- Box 3
- Series 3: Outgoing Correspondence, 1907-1960
- Boxes 4-7
- Series 4: Works, etc., 1885-1965, bulk 1914-1933
- Boxes 8-12
- Series 5: Publicity and Reviews, 1915-1992
- Boxes 13-15
- Series 6: Estate Papers, 1910-2003
- Boxes 16-19
- Series 7: Photographs, undated-1985
- Box 20
Collection Stack Location
1 23 3, 1 45 2
Gift of Ring Lardner Jr., 1962-1985, Alma Ostrander (Mrs. Montgomery Ostrander), 1976, Jonathan Yardley, 1975, and John Lardner, 2008.
Diana Haskell, 1976; Pamela Olson, ca. 2008; Alexandra Zukas, 2010.
This inventory was created with the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this inventory do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
- Creel, George, 1876-1953 (Person)
- Lardner, Ellis Abbott (Person)
- Perkins, Maxwell E. (Maxwell Evarts), 1884-1947 (Person)
- Lardner, Ring -- Correspondence (Person)
- Lardner, Ring, Jr. (Person)
- Abbott family (Family)
- Ostrander, Wilma Johnson (Person)
- Pegler, J. Westbrook (James Westbrook), 1894-1969 (Person)
- Ring, Blanche, 1871-1961 (Person)
- Wheeler, John N. (John Neville), 1886-1973 (Person)
- Williams, Bert, 1874-1922 (Person)
- Lardner, Ring (Person)
- Lardner, Ring -- Manuscripts (Person)
- Dreiser, Theodore, 1871-1945 (Person)
- Bayes, Nora, 1880-1928 (Person)
- Bell Syndicate, Inc (Organization)
- Lardner family (Family)
- Brice, Fanny (Person)
- Mencken, H. L. (Henry Louis), 1880-1956 (Person)
- Cohan, George M. (George Michael), 1878-1942 (Person)
- Corbett, Jim, 1875-1955 (Person)
- Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919 (Person)
Genre / Form
- Dramatists, American
- Humorists, American
- Journalists -- Illinois -- Chicago
- Journalists -- New York (State) -- Long Island
- Lyricists -- New York (State) -- Long Island
- Inventory of the Ring Lardner papers, 1805-2003, bulk 1885-1987
- Alexandra Zukas
- Language of description
- Script of description