TABLE OF CONTENTS


Descriptive Summary of the Collection

Administrative Information

Biography of Jack Mabley

Scope and Content of the Collection

Organization

Selected Search Terms

Container List

Series 1: Correspondence, 1938-2002

Series 2: Works, 1937-2003

Subseries 1: Clippings, 1941-2003

Subseries 2: Subject Files, 1937-2003

Subseries 3: Miscellaneous, 1950-1999

Series 3: Personal & Photographs, 1937-2000

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Inventory of the Jack Mabley Papers, 1937-2003


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, 2007.

©2007.


Descriptive Summary of the Collection

Creator Mabley, Jack
Title Jack Mabley Papers
Dates 1937-2003
Extent 7.5 linear feet (17 boxes and 1 oversize box)
Abstract Correspondence with colleagues, congratulatory letters, inter-office memos; works including newspaper clippings, subject files dealing with important stories including the 1968 Democratic Convention, the Richard Cain case, racketeering, police corruption, and vice in Chicago, miscellaneous articles and columns; biographical clippings, publicity, and interviews, and photographs of Mabley himself and with public figures such as Hugh Hefner and Richard Nixon. Mabley was a reporter and columnist for the Chicago Daily News.
Language Materials are in English.
Repository Newberry Library, Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections
Collection Call Number Midwest MS Mabley
Collection Stack Location 3a 57 3

Administrative Information

Cite As

Jack Mabley Papers, The Newberry Library, Chicago.

Provenance

Gift of Frances and Patricia Mabley, 2007.

Processed by

Lisa Janssen, Kelly Kress, & Shannon Yule, 2007.

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 Jack Mabley Papers are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Jack Mabley Papers 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 Jack Mabley

Chicago reporter and columnist.

Jack Mabley was born in Binghamton, New York, but grew up in Chicago. He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where his first foray into investigative reporting took place at the Daily Illini. In 1937 he began an anti-prostitution crusade at the paper which resulted in the closings of several brothels. After graduation Mabley worked at the City News Bureau, and briefly at the Associated Press before becoming a general assignment reporter for the Chicago Daily News.

Mabley spent four years in the Navy as a lieutenant during World War II. Following the war he returned to the Daily News as a reporter and rewrite man, later a sports reporter, and in 1957 began writing a general interest column. In 1961 he left the News for Chicago's American (later Chicago Today) taking an estimated 29,000 of his loyal readers with him. During the 1950s and 1960s he wrote exposés on police corruption, racketeering, and vice on the streets of Chicago, complete with undercover reporters and surveillence teams. In 1968 he assigned a young reporter to infiltrate both the SDS and the National Mobilization Committe in the months leading up to the Democratic convention. He defended convicted police and mob figure Richard Cain, and caused the now notorious shut-down of the Winter '58 issue of the Chicago Review which contained exceprts of William Burroughs Naked Lunch. When Chicago Today ceased, he continued as a columnist at the Chicago Tribune until his retirement in 1982. Contract stipulations with the Tribune prevented him from writing in the Chicago area for five years, after which he joined the Arlington Heights Daily Herald where he continued to write a column until 2003.

Mabley lived in Glenview where he was village president from 1957 to 1961. He also created the Forgotten Children's Fund, which raised money for the Dixon State School for mentally disabled children. He met wife Frances Habeck on a blind date and married her in 1937. They had four children, daughters Pat, Jill, and Anne, and a son Bob. Mabley died of complications from a hip fracture on January 7, 2006.

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Scope and Content of the Collection

Correspondence with colleagues, congratulatory letters, inter-office memos; works including newspaper clippings, subject files dealing with important stories including the 1968 Democratic Convention, the Richard Cain case, racketeering, police corruption, and vice in Chicago, miscellaneous articles and columns; biographical clippings, publicity, and interviews, and photographs of Mabley himself and with public figures such as Hugh Hefner and Richard Nixon.

Narrative descriptions of the subject matter, types of material, and arrangement of each series are available through the Organization section of the finding aid.

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Organization

Papers are organized in the following series:

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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

  • Cain, Richard, d. 1973
  • Chicago daily news
  • Chicago today
  • Chicago's american
  • Daily herald (Arlington Heights, Ill)
  • Mabley, Jack
  • National Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam
  • Students for a Democratic Society (U.S.)

Subjects

  • Police corruption -- Illinois -- Chicago
  • Chicago (Ill.) -- Newspapers
  • Clippings -- Illinois -- Chicago -- 1901-1950
  • Clippings -- Illinois -- Chicago -- 1951-2000
  • Correspondence -- 1901-1950
  • Correspondence -- 1951-2000
  • Investigative reporting
  • Journalists -- Illinois -- Chicago
  • Manuscripts, American -- Illinois -- Chicago
  • Photographs -- 1901-1950
  • Photographs -- 1951-2000
  • Racketeering -- Illinois -- Chicago
  • Reporters and reporting
  • Vice control -- Illinois -- Chicago

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Container List

Series 1: Correspondence, 1938-2002

Mostly incoming letters from colleagues and fellow journalists as well as congratulatory letters from notable figures such as Mike Royko, Paul Simon, Paul Douglas, and Otto Kerner. Also includes one folder of inter-office memos between Mabley and fellow staff members at Chicago Today, interesting for its insight into the policy making and office dynamics of the paper.
Arranged alphabetically with outgoing and subject-related correspondence at the end.

Box Folder Contents
1 1 Adamowski, Benjamin S., 1950
1 2 Becker, Russ - Glenview Community Church, 1960
1 3 Bodfish, Morton, 1960
1 4 Burkov, Boris (includes editorial written by Burkov), 1961
1 5 Carroll, Paul - Big Table, 1960
1 6 Chicago Historical Society, 1976
1 7 Chicago Journalism Review (also outgoing), 1971
1 8 Chicago Today (mostly outgoing), 1968-1970
1 9 Clark, Sen. Dick, 1973
1 10 Collins, Tom, n.d.
1 11 Conti, Karen - Adamski & Conti, 2002
1 12 Cousins, Norman - Saturday Review, 1958
1 13 Cowles, James P., 1973
1 14 Criley, Richard, 1959
1 15 Daley, Richard J., 1960
1 16 Donohue, Phil, 1979
1 17 Douglas, Paul H., 1958
1 18 Field, Marshall Jr., 1959-1960
1 19 Flynn, Chuck - University of Illinois, 1960
1 20 Gibson, Marvin, 1959
1 21 Grant, Charles, 1955
1 22 Harris, Sydney J., n.d.
1 23 Hunt, Luke, 1950
1 24 Hutchins, Robert M. - University of Chicago, 1949
1 25 Kerner, Otto, 1961
1 26 Kirkpatrick, Clayton, 1973
1 27 Lahey, Edwin A., 1961-1969, n.d.
1 28 Lambdin, James T. III, 1974
1 29 Landers, Ann, 1959
1 30 Lane, Clem, 1947
1 31 Lennon, William F., 1960
1 32 MacDowell, Sally - Daily Herald, ca. 1988
1 33 Maurer, Albert V., 1960
1 34 McCall, James C., 1961
1 35 McNamara, H. V. - National Tea Co., 1959
1 36 Murray, Tom, 1961
1 37 Odell, Charles Irvin, 1975
1 38 O'Keefe, A. A. - Harper High School, 1960
1 39 Oklepek, Dwayne (see also 1968 Democratic Convention folder), 1968
1 40 Percy, C. H., 1959
1 41 Pettijon, Fred, 1972
1 42 Polk, Sol, 1959
1 43 Royko, Mike, n.d.
1 44 Scott, Frank W., 1938
1 45 Simon, Paul, 1971-2001
1 46 Spicer, James E. - Glenview Community Church, 1960
1 47 Weese, Harry, 1959
1 48 Wilson, O. W., 1961
1 49 Outgoing, 1980-1981, n.d.
1 50 Readers Letters, 1950-1959
1 51 Regarding charity work, 1959-1979

Series 2: Works, 1937-2003

Primarily newspaper clippings of Mabley's columns written over his career at the Chicago Daily News, Chicago Today, the Chicago's American, and the Daily Herald. The subject files include Mabley's earliest journalistic efforts from the Daily Illini where he contributed to the exposure of gambling and prositution around the University of Illinois. Also of interest are subject files that Mabley kept on the 1968 Democratic Convention, the Richard Cain case, racketeering, police corruption, and vice in Chicago. These files contain clippings, research materials and often correspondence offering anonymous, inside information into situations Mabley was investigating. The Richard Cain file contains several detailed letters written to Mabley from Cain in jail. The 1968 Democratic Convention folders contain memos from a reporter who infiltrated both the SDS and the National Mobililzing Committee in the months leading up to the convention. There are also sports and Television columns from Mabley's early career, speeches, and other miscellaneous articles.
Organized in the following subseries: Clippings, 1941-2003; Subject Files, 1937-2003; Miscellaneous, 1950-1999.
 

Sub-Series 1: Clippings, 1941-2003


Box Folder Contents
2 52 Chicago Daily News, 1941-1949
2 53 Chicago Daily News, 1951-1952
2 54 Chicago Daily News, 1953-1954
2 55 Chicago Daily News, 1955-1956
2 56-57 Chicago Daily News, 1957
2 58-61 Chicago Daily News, 1958
2 62 Chicago Daily News, 1959
3 63-65 Chicago Daily News, 1959
3 66-69 Chicago Daily News, 1960
3 70 Chicago Daily News, 1961
4 71-73 Chicago Daily News, ca. 1950-1960
4 74-78 Chicago Daily News - TV Columns, ca. 1950s
5 79-80 Chicago's American, 1961
5 81-83 Chicago's American, 1962
5 84 Chicago's American, 1962
6 85-86 Chicago's American, 1963
6 87-89 Chicago's American, 1964
6 90 Chicago's American, 1965
7 91-92 Chicago's American, 1965
7 93-95 Chicago's American, 1966
7 96 Chicago's American, 1967
8 97-98 Chicago's American, 1967
8 99-101 Chicago's American, 1968
8 102 Chicago's American, 1969
9 103-104 Chicago Today, 1969
9 105-107 Chicago Today, 1970
9 108 Chicago Today, 1971
10 109-110 Chicago Today, 1971
10 111-113 Chicago Today, 1972
10 114-116 Chicago Today, 1973
11 117 Chicago Tribune, 1973
11 118-119 Chicago Today, 1974
11 120 Chicago Tribune, 1974
11 121-123 Chicago Tribune, 1975
11 124 Chicago Tribune, 1976
12 125-126 Chicago Tribune, 1976
12 127-130 Chicago Tribune, 1977
12 131-134 Chicago Tribune, 1978
12 135-137 Chicago Tribune, 1979
13 138-140 Chicago Tribune, 1980
13 141-142 Chicago Tribune, 1981
13 143 Chicago Tribune, 1982
13 144 Chicago Tribune, ca. 1970s-1980s
13 145 Daily Herald, 1988
13 146 Daily Herald - "The Good Old Days" column, 1988-1989
13 147 Daily Herald, 1989
14 148 Daily Herald, 1990
14 149 Daily Herald, 1991
14 150 Daily Herald, 1992
14 151 Daily Herald, 1993
14 152 Daily Herald, 1994
14 153 Daily Herald, 1995
15 154 Daily Herald, 1996
15 155 Daily Herald, 1997
15 156 Daily Herald, 1998
15 157 Daily Herald, 1999
15 158 Daily Herald, 2000
15 159 Daily Herald, 2001
15 160 Daily Herald, 2002
15 161 Daily Herald, 2003
 

Sub-Series 2: Subject Files, 1937-2003


Box Folder Contents
16 162 1968 Democratic Convention - clippings, research, 1968, 2004
16 163 1968 Democratic Convention - correspondence (including Jerry Rubin and Rennie Davis), 1968
16 164 1968 Democratic Convention - inter-office memos, 1968
16 165 Arlington Race Track Scandal - correspondence, clippings, 1949-1954
16 166 Arlington Race Track Scandal - memos, notes, 1948-1954
16 167 Baby Richard case & Justice James Heiple, 1996-1998
16 168 Cain, Richard, 1964-2003
16 169 Chicago Review - censorship of Winter 1958 issue, 1995
16 170 Heirens Murder Case, 1990-2002, n.d.
16 171 Illinois State Tax Scandal, 1961-1964
16 172 John Birch Society, 1961
16 173 Marketing to Seniors, 1985-1986
16 174 Pottie, Rev. David Henry - controversial sermon, 1960
16 175 Racketeering / Police Corruption (includes surveillence photos), 1961-1966, n.d.
16 176 Vice in Chicago (includes note from Mike Royko), 1959-1960
16 176a Vice in Urbana-Champaign - Daily Illini columns and other clippings, 1937-1938
 

Sub-Series 3: Miscellaneous, 1950-1999


Box Folder Contents
17 177 Articles and Manuscripts - miscellaneous, 1950-1999
17 178 Book - Halas, Hef, The Beatles and Me - column proofs with notation, ca. 1980s
17 179 Columns - "Radio & TV" in Downbeat, 1954-1956
17 180 Columns - "TV Horizons" & "TV & Radio Horizons" in American Family Magazine, 1951-1953
17 181 Columns - "Voice from the Bleachers" in Enterprise magazine, 1956, ca. 1950s
17 182 Speeches, 1970, ca. 1970s

Series 3: Personal & Photographs, 1937-2000

Biographical clippings and interviews, as well as portraits of Mabley individually and with various public figures such as Hugh Hefner and Richard Nixon.
Arranged alphabetically.

Box Folder Contents
17 183 Personal - contract with Chicago's American, 1966
17 184 Personal - publicity materials, biographical clippings, interviews (see also oversize), 1939-2000
17 185 Photograph - Mabley and Buchholz, Butch, 1966
17 186 Photograph - Mabley and Hefner, Hugh, ca. 1960s
17 187 Photograph - Mabley and Kerner, Otto, 1963
17 188 Photograph - Mabley and Kissinger, Henry, ca. 1970s
17 189 Photograph - Mabley and Nixon, Richard, ca. 1970s
17 190 Photograph - Mabley in press area at 1968 Democratic Convention (see oversize), 1968
17 191 Photograph - Group shots, Mabley and unidentified (see also oversize), 1943-ca. 1980s
17 192 Photograph - Mabley -portraits, 1937-ca. 1980s