Collection SC/085 - Lakeside Classics Collection

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US ILfC SC/085

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Lakeside Classics Collection


  • 1989 (Creation)


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Richard Robert Donnelley founded the R.R. Donnelley & Sons Publishing Company in 1864. In 1870, the company was renamed Lakeside Printing and Publishing. After the Great Chicago Fire the company closed and opened under a new name, Lakeside Press, in 1902.

Lakeside Press produced a number of publications, including books, magazines, and mail order catalogs. Of note, the company published collectible books for the Chicago Caxton Club, as well as Lakeside Classics.

In 1903, Lakeside Classics began production, the brainchild of then company president Thomas E. Donnelley. The series was created in an effort to republish rare literary classics. The books were not sold to the general public, but instead given as gifts annually near Christmas to company employees, customers and suppliers. The classics often focused on American history.

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This collection contains a copy of the text of the book, "Westward Journeys: Memoirs of Jesse A. Applegate and Lavinia Honeyman Porter who traveled the Overland Trail," edited by Martin Ridge. The book was a part of the Lakeside Classics series in Christmas 1989. In addition to the text itself, the collection contains slides and photographs used as illustrations in the book.

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  • English

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