Fanny Butcher: Literary Editor at the Chicago Tribune

Exhibit designed and curated by Holly Peterson


This exhibit focuses on Fanny Butcher, a literary critic and writer dubbed “Miss Chicago, Lady Midwest” by her friend Carl Sandburg. Butcher worked at the Chicago Tribune for nearly 50 years, where she covered a variety of topics—including society, beauty, politics, and crime—before finally becoming the paper’s literary editor, a position she was truly suited for. During her career she shared her love of books with the public and always championed authors of the Midwest.  

Exhibit Content

Early Life
Education and Early Career
The Chicago Tribune

Literary Connections
Impact and Legacy

Sources and Further Reading

Fanny Butcher: Early Life >>