University of Chicago Library

Guide to the Carl Sandburg-Joseph Halle Schaffner Collection 1927-1969

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Descriptive Summary


Sandburg, Carl-Joseph Halle Schaffner. Collection




1 linear ft. (2 boxes)


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


This collection contains correspondence between poet and Lincoln biographer Carl Sandburg and manuscripts collector Joseph Halle Schaffner. The collection includes letters from or accounts of mutual friends, especially persons affiliated with the New School for Social Research, and photographs. Also included is Sandburg memorabilia collected by Schaffner.

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When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: Sandburg, Carl-Joseph Halle Schaffner. Collection, [Box #, Folder #], Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Historical Note

The Carl Sandburg-Joseph Halle Schaffner Correspondence documents nearly fifty years of friendship between the two men. Joseph Halle Schaffner was the son of the founding partner of the Chicago clothiers, Hart, Schaffner and Marx, Joseph Schaffner, and his wife, Sarah Halle. The tie between Schaffner and Sandburg was reinforced through marriages. Sandburg's daughter, Helga, married the widower of Schaffner's cousin, Jane Halle.

Scope Note

The collection is arranged in two parts: The Carl Sandburg-Joseph Halle Schaffner Correspondence and the Sandburg Memorabilia of Joseph Halle Schaffner. The correspondence, arranged in chronological order, extends from 1927 to Sandburg's death in 1967. Included in the collection are letters from or accounts of mutual friends, especially persons affiliated with the New School of Social Research, which conferred degrees upon Schaffner and Sandburg in 1959. Among the major correspondencts are Roy Stannard Baker, L. C. Brodribb, Alvin Johnson, David M. Kirkpatrick, Henry Adams Lafarge, Clara Anderson Sandburg and Hans Simon.

The Sandburg Memorabilia of Joseph Halle Schaffner, also arranged in chronological order, consist mostly of newspaper clippings. Issues of magazines, pamphlets, and special publications are itemized in the Inventory.

Related Resources

The following related resources are located in the Department of Special Collections:


Subject Headings


Series I: Correspondence

Box 1   Folder 1-2


Box 1   Folder 3


Box 1   Folder 4


Box 1   Folder 5


Box 1   Folder 6


Box 1   Folder 7-9


Box 1   Folder 10


Box 1   Folder 11-13


Box 1   Folder 14-16


Box 1   Folder 17

1960, correspondence and photograph, bust of Carl Sandburg by Avard Fairbanks at Knox College

Box 1   Folder 18-22


Box 1   Folder 23


Box 1   Folder 24

1966, correspondence and photograph, Edward Steichen with Sandburg, Dec. 15, 1966

Box 1   Folder 25-26


Box 1   Folder 27


Box 1   Folder 28

1968, correspondence and photographs of Carl Sandburg, by Edward Steichen and Dana Steichen

Box 1   Folder 29


Series II: Memorabilia

Box 1   Folder 30

1926, G. Mazer, "Carl Sandburg at College" from The Lombard Letter (May, 1926) pp. 11-14

Box 1   Folder 31

1934, Memorial booklet on Philip Green Wright (1861-1934)

Box 1   Folder 32

1955, Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society Vol. XLV No. 4 (Winter 1952)

Box 1   Folder 33


Box 1   Folder 34

1958, H. Sandburg, "Life with Father and Our Books" in Saturday Review (November 29, 1958) pp. 10-13

Box 1   Folder 35


  • Congressional Record reprint of C. Sandburg's Feb. 12, 1959 speech before Congress; signed by C. Sandburg to J. Schaffner
  • H. E. Kolbe, "Christ and Carl Sandburg" from Religion in Life (Spring 1959)
Box 1   Folder 36


  • Reprint of C. Sandburg's address on the 100th Anniversary Inaugural of Abraham Lincoln; signed by C. Sandburg to J. Schaffner
  • F. Orme, "An Afternoon with Carl Sandburg" from Telefilm (Fall 1961) pp. 28-31
Box 1   Folder 37


Box 1   Folder 38

1967, Knox Alumnus Vol. XLVIII No. 2 (Summer 1967)

Box 1   Folder 39


  • Knox Alumnus Vol. XLVIII No. 2 (Summer 1967)
  • Woodcut of C. Sandburg done by Mallette Dean
Box 2   Folder 1


Box 2   Folder 2


  • "Thoughts on Friendship on One's Eightieth Birthday; John C. Weigel" (Fairfax, California; Mallette Dean, 1968)
  • Sandburg Memorial Issue from the Lincoln Herald Vol. 70 No. 1 (Spring 1968)
Box 2   Folder 3


  • 331 Memo published by The Carl Sandburg Birthplace Assn. (February 12, 1969)
  • Soundings U-California, Santa Barbara. Vol. 1 No. 1 (May 1969)
Box 2   Folder 4


  • Annual Report (1970-71) Illinois State Historical Library; Illinois State Historical Society
  • Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society Vol. LXV No. 1 (Spring 1972)
Box 2   Folder 5

Undated material

Box 2   Folder 6

of Sandburg Collection of Donna E. Workman

Box 2   Folder 7

Oversized Memorabilia;

  • Envoy (magazine of the Hotel Corporation of America), autumn, 1961. (Containing "Carl Sandburg; Address of Carl Sandburg Upon the Occasion of the One Hundredth Anniversary Inaugural of Abraham Lincoln East Front of the United States Capitol-March 4, 1961"; on pp. 6-7)
  • Photograph of framed memorabilia related to "An Evening with Carl Sandburg-Under the Honorary Chairmanship of Mrs. Kennedy and The Members of the President's Cabinet," Washington, D.C., October 26, 1961