Son of Otis Wiese Donates McCall's Collection to CLU

Jeff Wiese, the son of longtime McCall’s editor Otis Lee Wiese, has donated a portion of his collection of McCall’s magazines to CLU. The collection is the second largest of its kind in the world, according to Wiese. The largest is housed in the Library of Congress.

CLU’s collection, which can be found in Pearson Library, spans more than three decades of McCall’s. From Eleanor Roosevelt’s regular column to wartime ads through the 1940s, the collection covers several eras of American history.

The Wiese patriarch became editor of the magazine in 1927 at the age of 22. He served as both editor and publisher until his retirement in 1958. At its peak, McCall’s reigned as the second most popular magazine in the United States with 2.5 million subscribers.


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