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Descriptive Summary of the Collection

Administrative Information

Biography of Jessie Ohl Darrow

Scope and Content of the Collection

Arrangement

Selected Search Terms

Container List

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Inventory of the Darrow Family Scrapbooks, ca. 1881-1925


The Newberry Library
Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, Illinois 60610-7324
USA
Phone: 312-255-3506
Fax: 312-255-3646
E-Mail: specialcolls@newberry.org
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Machine-readable finding aid encoded by Lisa Janssen, 2003.

©2003.


Descriptive Summary of the Collection

Creator Darrow, Jessie Ohl
Title Darrow Family Scrapbooks
Dates ca. 1881-1925
Extent 1 linear foot (4 flat boxes)
Abstract Abstract: Four scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, school papers and a few pieces of memorabilia. Scrapbooks contain many articles by and about the career of Clarence Darrow; also, some articles referring to Greeley, Colorado, sometime home of Clarence Darrow's son Paul, and a collection of Paul's early school papers. Other clippings are miscellaneous articles about other Darrow family members. Two of the scrapbooks apparently were kept by Clarence Darrow's first wife, Jessie Ohl Darrow, one by her son Paul Darrow, and one by someone unknown, possibly Jessie.
Language Materials are in English.
Repository Newberry Library, Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections
Collection Call Number Midwest MS Darrow
Collection Stack Location 3a 24 1

Administrative Information

Cite As

Darrow Family Scrapbooks, The Newberry Library, Chicago.

Provenance

Gift of Mrs. G.E. Chase and Mrs. Mary D. Simonson, granddaughters of Clarence Darrow, 1993.

Processed by

Virginia H. Smith, 2003.

Acknowledgements

This inventory was created with the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this inventory do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Access

The Darrow Family Scrapbooks are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Darrow Family Scrapbooks are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.

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Biography of Jessie Ohl Darrow

First wife of Clarence Darrow.

Jessie Ohl, daughter of Michael Ohl, owner of a gristmill and sawmill near Warren, Ohio and successful investor of farmland in Minnesota, married Clarence Darrow in 1880. Their son Paul Edward was born in 1883. Satisfied at first with practicing law in Ohio, Clarence Darrow became increasingly restless and ambitious for a more worldly environment, and in 1887 the couple abruptly moved to Chicago. Jessie gradually became unhappy with big city life and as their interests diverged, they grew apart.

Jessie Ohl Darrow eventually married again, a Judge Brownlee from Ashtabula, Ohio.

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Biography of Paul Darrow

Son of Clarence and Jesse Ohl Darrow

Paul Darrow, born in 1883, always had a difficult though affectionate relationship with his famous father. Their personalities and interests were very different, and Paul found he had to struggle to get out from under his father's shadow. After Paul's graduation from Dartmouth, he disappointed his father's ambitions for him and instead of taking an interest in politics and the law, chose to spend his life as a very private citizen with a modest career in business.

Paul Darrow married Lillian Anderson and in 1908 they moved to Estes Park, Colorado, where they had three daughters. Here Paul successfully managed the Greeley gas works in which both he and his father had a financial involvement. The family moved back to Chicago about 1930. Father and son, despite their different natures, continued to maintain an agreeable relationship until Clarence Darrow's death in 1938.

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Scope and Content of the Collection

Mainly mounted newspaper clippings, in no particular order, about incidents in the life and career of Clarence Darrow and to a lesser extent, Paul Darrow. Also, some published articles and speeches by Clarence Darrow. Included are items regarding contemporary issues, particularly of Chicago politics in the 1890's; some material relating to relatives and acquaintances of the Ohls and Darrows, school papers of a youthful Paul Darrow, and miscellaneous ephemera. The Clarence Darrow material includes press coverage of the Leopold and Loeb trial (1924) and the Scopes trial (1925), with newspaper transcripts of the court proceedings of the latter, and articles on Darrow's trip to Europe in 1895. Two of the scrapbooks were compiled by Jessie Ohl Darrow, one by Paul Darrow, and the fourth by someone unknown, probably Jessie.

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Arrangement

The scrapbooks are organized chronologically, by date of earliest clipping.

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Selected Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Newberry Library's public catalog. Researchers desiring additional materials on a particular topic should search the catalog using these headings.

Names

  • Darrow family
  • Darrow, Clarence, 1857-1938
  • Darrow, Paul, b. 1883
  • Leopold, Nathan Freudenthal, 1904 or 5-1971 -- Trials, litigation, etc.
  • Loeb, Richard A., 1903 or 6-1936 -- Trials, litigation, etc.
  • Ohl family
  • Scopes, John Thomas -- Trials, litigation, etc.

Subjects

  • Clippings -- United States -- 1851-1900
  • Clippings -- United States -- 1901-1950
  • Family life -- Middle West
  • Greeley, Colo. -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
  • Lawyers -- Illinois -- Chicago -- History -- Sources
  • Murderers -- Illinois -- Chicago
  • Orators -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Political oratory -- United States
  • Politics and government -- to 1950 -- Sources

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Container List

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1 Scrapbook -- Mostly concerning Clarence Darrow, ca. 1890's to early 1900's. Articles clipped from newspapers from many states, including Illinois, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, reporting and/or reprinting speeches on a range of topics: labor, taxes, economics, women's suffrage, anarchism, tariffs, currency. Note on the inside cover: "Paul dear boy. Promise me you'll never let this book get away from you, or yours, because your mother took so much pride in compiling it for you. Mrs. C.S. Darrow, 905 Sawyer Av., Chicago, Ill., April 8th, 1889. Handle with care." Most of the items are dated after 1889, and often there is no chronological arrangement. 1881-1918
2 Scrapbook -- Mostly clippings concerning Jessie Ohl Darrow's relatives, friends and interests: articles and social notes, bulk ca.1887-1904, with a few Ohl letters tipped in and a collection of early schoolwork of Paul Darrow. Note inside cover reading "The leaves are so old be careful when looking through it. Begun - 48 years ago," appears to have been written by a very old Jessie Darrow. Extremely brittle, covers missing. 1887-ca. 1922
3 Scrapbook -- Clippings concerned with career of Clarence Darrow. Duplicates some of material in Scrapbook #1, but probably compiled by Jessie Ohl Darrow. 1894-1902.
4 Scrapbook -- Clippings concerned primarily with Clarence Darrow's career, but also includes Paul Darrow material relating to his work and residency in Greeley, Colorado. Note inside cover reads: "1-8-1962; Hazel E. Johnson Collection from Paul Good; Good found this in his vault while cleaning it out - Kept by Paul Darrow while Mgr. Greeley Gas Co.; left Greeley perhaps around 1921." Includes a printed partial transcription of the Scopes Trial in 1925, and fragile clippings relating to the Leopold and Loeb case in 1924. 1923-1925.