Virginia Marmaduke Papers, 1937-1957
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Brief Description:

This collection consists of the papers of Virgina L. Marmaduke. It  includes varied biographical materials from her wedding announcement and yearbook pages to a guide to Marmaduke's "Brag Wall." There are a good number of photographs depicting her career in Chicago broadcasting as well as publicity shots.

The Papers include some general correspondence plus 40 typed broadcast scripts for Virginia Marmaduke's advice show, circa 1957, with summaries of questions received and Marmaduke's on-air answers, as well as brief correspondence between Marmaduke and her assistant, NBC staffer Valetta Press.

The bulk of this collection is of course Marmaduke's own articles from the Herrin Daily Journal and the Chicago Sun/Sun-Times, from 1937-1968. Included is an inventory of all headlines for articles in the Chicago papers. Another large series holds writings about Marmaduke, from 1995-2001. Of additional interest is a script from a Marmaduke documentary, "A Date with the Duchess," WSIU-TV, March 2 and 6, 1996.

Held at:
Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
605 Agriculture Dr.
MC 6632
Carbondale, IL 62901
Phone: 618-453-2516
Fax: 618-453-3451
Email: speccoll [at]
Record Series Number: 1/6/MSS 324
Created by: Marmaduke, Virginia L. (Virginia Lee) (1908-2001)
Volume: 1.0 Boxes
Acquired: 01/17/2013.

Accession Nos. 2313, 2325

Addition of 1991 postcard and 2001 obituary donated by Special Collections, St. Louis Public Library, November 2013.

Arrangement: Arranged in 4 series: Biographical Materials, Correspondence, Writings by Marmaduke (sub-series "Articles" and "Radio Scripts," and Writings about Marmaduke.
Biographical Note for Marmaduke, Virginia L. (Virginia Lee) (1908-2001) : Virginia Marmaduke was a longtime Illinois journalist, first in downstate Herrin in the 1930s, and beginning in 1943 in Chicago, where she broke gender barriers to cover serious news stories and won the nickname "The Duchess."  Local fame led to a 1953 appearance on "This Is Your Life," which in turn meant a promotion from print to radio and tv journalism in Chicago.  In 1965 she retired to Pinckneyville, Illinois, where she helped promote Southern Illinois University and retained a keen interest in journalism and politics.
Access Restrictions: Unrestricted except for :  Folder 13 containing nine letters to Marmaduke (circa 1957) seeking personal advice is restricted until 2032.
Subject Index
Marmaduke, Virginia L. (Virginia Lee), 1908-2001
Women and journalism
Women in the broadcasting industry
Genres/Forms of Material
Chicago (Ill.) - Newspapers
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright.  Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection.  Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.
Acquisition Notes: Cary O'Dell  Donation.
PreferredCitation: [Item], Virginia Marmaduke papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.