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Darrow, Clarence. Papers
1 linear foot (2 boxes)
Special Collections Research Center
Clarence Darrow (1857-1938) Lawyer and social reformer. Contains correspondence, speeches and articles, copies of press releases relating to the Scopes trial, the manuscript of an unpublished story, and material written after Darrow's death, including letters to his widow, Ruby H. Darrow.
The collection is open for research.
When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: Darrow, Clarence. Papers, [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library
Clarence S. Darrow (1857-1938) was a lawyer and social reformer who made his home and practiced law in Chicago. Throughout his life he was an active campaigner for the rights of the individual, especially the underprivileged. Darrow had a national reputation in labor law and was the counsel for labor interests throughout the country. His later legal career was mainly in criminal law. A series of spectacular trials, in particular the Leopold-Loeb case in Chicago, 1924, made him world-famous. Perhaps his most famous case was his defense of John Thomas Scopes in 1925 for violation of a Tennessee law banning the teaching of evolution in the public schools. He wrote several books expounding his views and published many lectures and debates as pamphlets. His essays and short stories were published in popular magazines and small journals.
The collection of his papers deposited in the University of Chicago Library contains mimeographed press releases issued by Darrow during the Scopes trial that contained the testimony of various defense witnesses and experts in their scientific fields. Also included are several speeches and articles. Most of the latter are based on true stories and describe the encounter of the underprivileged and the uneducated with the law and the inequities they met. The original manuscript of an unpublished short story by Darrow, written very late in his life, is also a part of the collection. There are several pieces of correspondence, the closing argument of one of his court cases, and other miscellaneous documents. Also included in the collection are letters to Mrs. Darrow after his death, memorials on his death, and speeches and articles written about him.
The following related resources are located in the Department of Special Collections:
Series I: State of Tennesse vs. John T. Scopes, Statements for the press by various defense witnesses
|Box 1 Folder 1|
Dr. Fay-Cooper Cole
|Box 1 Folder 2|
Dr. Winterton C. Curtis
|Box 1 Folder 3|
Charles Hubberd Judd
|Box 1 Folder 4|
Jacob G. Lipman
|Box 1 Folder 5|
Kiktley F. Mather
|Box 1 Folder 6|
Maynard M. Metcalf
|Box 1 Folder 7|
Wilbur A. Nelson
|Box 1 Folder 8|
Horatio Hackett Newman
|Box 1 Folder 9|
Horatio Hackett Newman
Series II: Speeches
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"Whitman in Literature", Walt Whitman Fellowship, May 31, 1913
|Box 1 Folder 11|
City Club, Chicago, March 28, 1919
|Box 1 Folder 12|
Walt Whitman Fellowship, May 31, 1924
|Box 1 Folder 13|
Wisconsin Open Forum, October 1925
|Box 1 Folder 14|
"What to do about Crime", Nebraska State Bar Association, December 28, 1926
|Box 1 Folder 15|
"Is Zionism a Progressive Policy for Israel and America?", a debate between Dr. Stephen S. Wise (affirmative) and Clarence S. Darrow (negative), Sinai Temple, Chicago, October 24, 1927
|Box 1 Folder 16|
Series III: Articles
|Box 1 Folder 17|
"The Doctrine of Fellow Servant"
|Box 1 Folder 18|
"The Doctrine of Assumed Risk"
|Box 1 Folder 19|
"The Andover Jail"
|Box 1 Folder 20|
"Johnny McCaffery- The Breaker Boy"
|Box 1 Folder 21|
"Little Louis Epstine"
|Box 2 Folder 1|
"Results of Law's Delay"
|Box 2 Folder 2|
|Box 2 Folder 3|
"A Story with a Pleasant Ending"
|Box 2 Folder 4|
"The Triumph of Justice"
|Box 2 Folder 5|
"The Influences that make the Law"
|Box 2 Folder 6|
"The Doctrine of the Fellow Servant"
|Box 2 Folder 7|
|Box 2 Folder 8|
Preface to a new edition of Farmington
|Box 2 Folder 9|
Short story (fiction), original manuscript
|Box 2 Folder 10|
Short story (fiction), carbon copies
|Box 2 Folder 11|
People of the State of Illinois vs. Faherty and Detwiler, Closing argument of Clarence Darrow, March 5, 1924
Series III: Miscellaneous Material
|Box 2 Folder 12|
"Schopenauer" (printed) Program, Cugahoga Lawyers Association. November 26, 1927; Clippings
|Box 2 Folder 13|
|Box 2 Folder 13a|
Darrow, Clarence, Chicago, to Paul Goldblatt, Harrisburg, PA, March 18, 1933, ALS 2pp.
|Box 2 Folder 14|
Correspondence to Mrs. Clarence Darrow 1938-1944
|Box 2 Folder 15|
Seminar report by Lilyan Z. Goff at the University of Southern California on Darrow
|Box 2 Folder 16|
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Miscellaneous material (not about Darrow)
|Box 2 Folder 18|
Memorials in Chicago Bar Record, Congressional Record
|Box 2 Folder 19|
|Box 2 Folder 20|
Funeral Book, Funeral Oration of Judge William H. Holly, List of Visitors