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  • Reid family papers,


  • Correspondence, subject files, office files, financial records, household and estate records, scrapbooks, printed matter, and other papers of the Reid family relating chiefly to newspaper publishing and public affairs.
  • Papers of Whitelaw Reid (1837-1912) consist of correspondence, letterbooks, diaries, speeches, articles, reports, biographer's notes, scrapbooks, printed matter, photographs, memorabilia, and other papers relating chiefly to Reid's ambassadorship to Great Britain and to extradition and commercial treaties with France, Spanish-American War treaty negotiations, and Newfoundland fisheries negotiations. Other subjects include the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871, Hayes-Tilden presidential election of 1876, opposition to Roscoe Conkling in the New York Republican Party, the 1892 Homestead Strike, the Tribune's Fresh Air Fund, New York Tribune building, and Mergenthaler linotype machine. Also includes a file on Horace Greeley, founder of the New York Herald Tribune and Reid's mentor and partner. Correspondents include Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., John E. Milholland, and Elihu Root. Other correspondents of Whitelaw Reid are indexed in an appendix to the finding aid for the collection.
  • Elisabeth Mills Reid papers include family and personal correspondence and business and financial records pertaining to social and political life in Washington, D.C., and New York, N.Y.; diplomatic circles in London; and Reid's philanthropic work for the American Red Cross, Bellevue Hospital Training School for Nurses, New York, N.Y., and other medical facilities. Correspondents include Franklin P. Adams, Mabel Thorp Boardman, Charles Henry Brent, Anna Roosevelt Cowles, Virginia Crocheron Gildersleeve, Frederick Huntington Gillett, Walter Lippmann, Darius O. Mills, Ogden Mills, Helen Rogers Reid, and Mark Sullivan.
  • Ogden Mills Reid papers consist of correspondence, a trip diary, subject file, financial records, and other papers relating to the amalgamation of the New York Tribune and New York Herald, the European edition of the New York Herald Tribune during World War II, and Reid's visit to the Far East following the war and interviews with Douglas MacArthur and Chiang Kai-shek. Correspondents include John V. Babcock, Richard Evelyn Byrd, Royal Cortissoz, Frederic R. Coudert, Laurence Hills, Harold L. Ickes, Leon L. Lewis, Edward G. Longman, George H. Moses, John J. Pershing, Fred B. Pitney, Elisabeth Mills Reid, Theodore Roosevelt, and Leonard Wood.
  • Helen Rogers Reid papers comprise the bulk of the collection and consist of correspondence, speeches, writings, subject files, financial records, and other papers relating chiefly to her career at the New York Herald Tribune as director of advertising, vice president, and president. Includes material on the newspaper's New York Herald Tribune Forum and its stand on political issues. Other subjects include her work on behalf of Barnard College, the Fresh Air Fund, New York University, women's suffrage, and the President's Commission on the Status of Women. Correspondents include Joseph Alsop, Bert Andrews, Lois A, Barrett, André Bing, Heywood Broun, Calvin Coolidge, Royal Cortissoz, Gladys V. Draper, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Fanny Fern Fitzwater, Eric Hawkins, Elsie M. Hill, Herbert Hoover, Selwyn Lezard, Walter Lippmann, Lucie Noël, Geoffrey Parsons, Purificacion C. Valera Quisumbing, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Marcel M. Tallin, Dorothy Thompson, Kay Thorpe, Francis B. Trudeau, Harry S. Truman, and Irita Van Doren.
  • Papers of Whitelaw Reid (1913-2009) pertain chiefly to his work as editor of the New York Herald Tribune, 1947-1955. Includes material pertaining to Darius O. Mills and his daughter, Elisabeth Mills Reid, as well as to the sale of the paper to John Hay Whitney in 1958. Family correspondents include his parents, Helen Rogers Reid and Ogden Mills Reid; his aunt, Florence Rogers Ferguson. Correspondents include Hon. David Astor, Homer Bigart, Dorothy Brandon, Art Buchwald, Clifford P. Case, George Anthony Cornish, Howard S. Cullman, Roscoe Drummond, Jinx Falkenburg, Wilbur Forrest, Hy Gardner, Emily Genauer, Marguerite Higgins, Walter Boardman Kerr, David Lawrence, John Reagan McCrary, John G. Mearns, Geoffrey Parsons, William E. Robinson, Donald I. Rogers, J.J. Servan-Schreiber, Alfred Stanford, Anna Louise Strong, Buel Fellows Weare, and Walter Winchell.
  • Reid Foundation records established to grant funds to journalists for work and study abroad following World War II, consist of correspondence, applications, resumes, articles, printed matter, and photographs. Grant recipients included Ben H. Bagdikian and Jules Witcover.


  • Reid, Elisabeth Mills, 1858-1931
  • Reid, Helen Rogers, 1882-1970
  • Reid, Ogden Mills, 1882-1947
  • Reid, Whitelaw, 1837-1912
  • Reid, Whitelaw, 1913-2009
  • Reid Foundation


  • -  Adams, Franklin P.--(Franklin Pierce),--1881-1960--Correspondence
  • -  Alsop, Joseph,--1910-1989--Correspondence
  • -  Astor, David,--Hon.,--1912-2001--Correspondence
  • -  Andrews, Bert,--1901-1953--Correspondence
  • -  Babcock, John V.--(John Vincent)--Correspondence
  • -  Bagdikian, Ben H
  • -  Barrett, Lois A.--Correspondence
  • -  Bigart, Homer,--1907-1991--Correspondence
  • -  Bing, André,--1910 or 1911-1973--Correspondence
  • -  Boardman, Mabel Thorp,--1860-1946--Correspondence
  • -  Brandon, Dorothy--Correspondence
  • -  Brent, Charles Henry,--1862-1929--Correspondence
  • -  Broun, Heywood,--1888-1939--Correspondence
  • -  Buchwald, Art--Correspondence
  • -  Byrd, Richard Evelyn,--1888-1957--Correspondence
  • -  Case, Clifford P.--(Clifford Philip),--1904-1982--Correspondence
  • -  Chiang, Kai-shek,--1887-1975--Interviews
  • -  Conkling, Roscoe,--1829-1888
  • -  Coolidge, Calvin,--1872-1933--Correspondence
  • -  Cornish, George Anthony,--1901-1989--Correspondence
  • -  Cortissoz, Royal,--1869-1948--Correspondence
  • -  Coudert, Frederic R.--(Frederic René),--1871-1955--Correspondence
  • -  Cowles, Anna Roosevelt,--1855-1931--Correspondence
  • -  Cullman, Howard S.--Correspondence
  • -  Draper, Gladys V.--Correspondence
  • -  Drummond, Roscoe,--1902-1983--Correspondence
  • -  Eisenhower, Dwight D.--(Dwight David),--1890-1969--Correspondence
  • -  Falkenburg, Jinx,--1919-2003--Correspondence
  • -  Ferguson, Florence Rogers--Correspondence
  • -  Fitzwater, Fanny Fern,--1886-1966--Correspondence
  • -  Forrest, Wilbur S.--(Wilbur Standley),--1887-1977--Correspondence
  • -  Gardner, Hy--Correspondence
  • -  Genauer, Emily,--1910-2002--Correspondence
  • -  Gildersleeve, Virginia Crocheron,--1877-1965--Correspondence
  • -  Gillett, Frederick Huntington,--1851-1935--Correspondence
  • -  Greeley, Horace,--1811-1872
  • -  Hawkins, Eric,--1888---Correspondence
  • -  Hayes, Rutherford B.,--1822-1893
  • -  Higgins, Marguerite--Correspondence
  • -  Hill, Elsie M.--(Elsie Mary),--1883---Correspondence
  • -  Hills, Laurence,--1879-1941--Correspondence
  • -  Holmes, Oliver Wendell,--Jr.,--1841-1935--Correspondence
  • -  Hoover, Herbert,--1874-1964--Correspondence
  • -  Ickes, Harold L.--(Harold LeClair),--1874-1952--Correspondence
  • -  Kerr, Walter Boardman,--1911-2003--Correspondence
  • -  Lawrence, David,--1888-1973--Correspondence
  • -  Lewis, Leon L.--Correspondence
  • -  Lezard, Selwyn--Correspondence
  • -  Lippmann, Walter,--1889-1974--Correspondence
  • -  Longman, Edward G.,--1881-1969--Correspondence
  • -  MacArthur, Douglas,--1880-1964--Interviews
  • -  McCrary, John Reagan,--1910-2003--Correspondence
  • -  Mearns, John G.--Correspondence
  • -  Milholland, John E.,--1860-1925--Correspondence
  • -  Mills, Darius O.--(Darius Ogden),--1825-1910
  • -  Mills, Darius O.--(Darius Ogden),--1825-1910--Correspondence
  • -  Mills, Ogden,--1856-1929--Correspondence
  • -  Moses, George H.--(George Higgins),--1869-1944--Correspondence
  • -  Noël, Lucie--Correspondence
  • -  Parsons, Geoffrey,--1908-1981--Correspondence
  • -  Pershing, John J.--(John Joseph),--1860-1948--Correspondence
  • -  Pitney, Fred B.--Correspondence
  • -  Quisumbing, Purificacion C. Valera--Correspondence
  • -  Reid, Elisabeth Mills,--1858-1931
  • -  Robinson, William E.--1900-1969--Correspondence
  • -  Rogers, Donald I.--Correspondence
  • -  Roosevelt, Franklin D.--(Franklin Delano),--1882-1945--Correspondence
  • -  Roosevelt, Theodore,--1858-1919--Correspondence
  • -  Root, Elihu,--1845-1937--Correspondence
  • -  Servan-Schreiber, J.-J.--(Jean Jacques),--1924-2006--Correspondence
  • -  Stanford, Alfred,--1900-1985--Correspondence
  • -  Strong, Anna Louise,--1885-1970--Correspondence
  • -  Sullivan, Mark,--1874-1952--Correspondence
  • -  Tallin, Marcel M.--Correspondence
  • -  Thompson, Dorothy,--1893-1961--Correspondence
  • -  Thorpe, Kay--Correspondence
  • -  Tilden, Samuel J.--(Samuel Jones),--1814-1886
  • -  Trudeau, Francis B.--Correspondence
  • -  Truman, Harry S.,--1884-1972--Correspondence
  • -  Van Doren, Irita,--1891-1966--Correspondence
  • -  Weare, Buel Fellows,--1902-1992--Correspondence
  • -  Whitney, John Hay
  • -  Winchell, Walter,--1897-1972--Correspondence
  • -  Witcover, Jules
  • -  Wood, Leonard,--1860-1927--Correspondence
  • -  American Red Cross
  • -  Barnard College
  • -  Bellevue Hospital.--Training School for Nurses
  • -  Fresh Air Fund
  • -  New York University
  • -  Republican Party (N.Y.)
  • -  Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
  • -  United States.--President's Commission on the Status of Women
  • -  New York Herald Tribune Forum
  • -  New York herald
  • -  New York herald tribune
  • -  New York herald tribune (European edition)
  • -  New York tribune
  • -  American newspapers
  • -  Charities
  • -  Diplomatic and consular service, American--France
  • -  Diplomatic and consular service, American--Great Britain
  • -  Extradition--France
  • -  Extradition--United States
  • -  Fisheries--Newfoundland and Labrador
  • -  Franco-Prussian War, 1870-1871
  • -  Homestead Strike, Homestead, Pa., 1892
  • -  Journalism--New York (State)--New York
  • -  Labor disputes--Pennsylvania
  • -  Linotype
  • -  Office buildings--New York (State)--New York
  • -  Presidents--United States--Election--1876
  • -  Spanish-American War, 1898
  • -  Women--Suffrage
  • -  World War, 1939-1945--Journalists
  • -  East Asia--Description and travel
  • -  France--Commercial treaties
  • -  New York (N.Y.)--Politics and government
  • -  New York (N.Y.)--Social life and customs
  • -  New York (State)--Politics and government
  • -  United States--Commercial treaties
  • -  United States--Politics and government
  • -  Washington (D.C.)--Social life and customs
  • -  Reid family


  • -  Arranged in three parts composed of nineteen series.
  • -  Part I arranged in four series. Series 1: Whitelaw Reid (1837-1912) Papers, 1795-1961; Series 2: Elizabeth Mills Reid Papers, 1880-1931; Series 3: Ogden Mills Reid Papers, 1900-1947; and Series 4: Helen Rogers Reid Papers, 1899-1970.
  • -  Part II arranged in nine series. Series 1: Whitelaw Reid (1837-1912) Papers, 1843-1961; Series 2: Elisabeth Mills Reid Papers, 1872-1947; Series 3: Ogden Mills Reid Papers, 1916-1947; Series 4: Helen Rogers Reid Papers, 1912-1971; Series 5: New York Herald Tribune, 1913-1973; Series 6: Reid Foundation, 1944-1958; Series 7: Residences and Land, 1885-1970; Series 8: Mills Estate, 1910-1962; and Series 9: Oversize, 1910.
  • -  Part III arranged in six series. Series 1: Whitelaw Reid (1913-2009) Papers, 1913-2001; Series 2: Helen Rogers Reid Papers, 1892-1970; Series 3: Other Family Members, 1854-1986; Series 4: New York Herald Tribune, 1932-2002; Series 5: Reid Foundation, 1946-1976; and Series 6: Oversize, 1948-1954.
  • -  Microfilm edition of Part I : A1-A357 available, no. 14,990.
  • -  Microfilm edition produced from originals in the Manuscript Division. Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress Photoduplication Service, 1971-1972.
  • -  Gift, Helen Rogers Reid and her sons, Ogden R. Reid and Whitelaw Reid, 1953-2008.
  • -  Some photographs and photographic albums transferred to Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
  • -  Reid family members include Whitelaw Reid (1837-1912), journalist, editor, political advisor, and U.S. minister to France and ambassador to Great Britain; his wife, Elisabeth Mills Reid; their son, Ogden Mills Reid, editor of the New York Tribune and owner of the New York Herald; his wife, Helen Rogers Reid, president and chairman of the board of directors of the New York Herald Tribune; and their son, Whitelaw Reid (1913-2009), journalist, editor, president, and chairman of the board of the New York Herald Tribune and founder and president of Reid Enterprises.
  • -  Reid Foundation established primarily to provide grants to journalists for work and study abroad.
  • -  Finding aid available in the Library of Congress Manuscript Reading Room and at
  • -  Index of correspondents in the General Correspondence of the Whitlaw Reid Papers in Part I available in the Library of Congress Manuscript Reading Room and at
  • -  Collection material in English.


  • 261,000 items.
  • 932 containers plus 2 oversize.
  • 239 microfilm reels.
  • 372.8 linear feet.


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Chicago citation style:

Reid, Elisabeth Mills, Helen Rogers Reid, Ogden Mills Reid, Whitelaw Reid, Whitelaw Reid, and Reid Foundation. Reid Family Papers.

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Reid, E. M., Reid, H. R., Reid, O. M., Reid, W., Reid, W. & Reid Foundation. Reid Family Papers.

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Reid, Elisabeth Mills, et al. Reid Family Papers.