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John T. Jacobs - Clarence Darrow papers

Identifier: Midwest-MS-Jacobs

Scope and Content of the Collection

Correspondence retained by John T. Jacobs, an attorney of Greeley, Colorado, consisting mainly of letters to him from Clarence Darrow.

Written between 1909 and 1926, the letters provide documentation of friendship, professional collaboration, and a shared interest in reading. They also demonstrate the famous lawyer's concern and affection for his only child, Paul, who was living in Greeley as the manager of the Greeley Gas and Fuel Company. The collection also includes copies of four letters from Jacobs to Darrow. Incoming Jacobs correspondence consists of two letters from American naturalist Enos A. Mills and two letters from Stanley Motor Carriage Company founder Freelan O. Stanley. Also, there is a short essay written by F.O. Stanley giving his opinion on the question of prohibition.

Subjects include the case of Stewart v. Ramsay; some allusions to Darrow's legal role in the Los Angeles bombing case and his bribery indictment; recommended reading and opinions on philosophical and psychological books; Darrow's desire to rent and/or own a cottage in Estes Park, Colorado; money and investments, and above all, Paul's welfare.

Charles H. Ramsay of Greeley, Colorado, came to Chicago in 1914 to testify in a case against an Andres E. Anderson. While in the Federal Court of Illinois, he was served process by George W. Stewart over some unresolved financial matters while in the court corridor after his testimony. Darrow successfully argued that process could not be served this way to a witness coming from another state. The case was resolved in the U.S. Supreme Court in 1916, and Stewart was ruled "plaintiff in error".


  • Creation: 1909-1926



Materials are in English.


The John T. Jacobs - Clarence Darrow papers are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The John T. Jacobs - Clarence Darrow 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 at

Biography of John T. Jacobs and Clarence Darrow

Attorney and judge of Greeley, Colorado; and renowned lawyer of Chicago, Illinois.


0.2 Linear Feet (1 box)


Letters from Chicago lawyer Clarence Darrow to attorney and judge John T. Jacobs of Greeley, Colorado. Letters provide documentation of friendship, professional collaboration, and a shared interest in reading, as well as news of Darrow's son Paul who was living in Greeley. Also includes other miscellaneous letters and an essay by F.O. Stanley in which, though a teetotaler, he argues against prohibition.


Arranged by outgoing and incoming letters, with Stanley essay at the end.

Collection Stack Location

1 22 6


Gift by anonymous donor, 2012.

Processed by

Virginia Hay Smith, 2013.

Inventory of the John T. Jacobs - Clarence Darrow papers, 1909-1926
Finding aid prepared by Virginia Hay Smith
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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