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Vance H. Trimble Collection

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Manuscript Collection No.119

Series 1: Original Material Generated in the Preparation of the Scripps Biography

[Note: Boxes 1 and 2 contain the long version typescript manuscript of The Astonishing Mr Scripps . It comprises 42 chapters, and approximately 470,000 words. This was edited down considerably prior to publication in 1992.]

Box 1
  • Folder 1 - Endnotes.
  • Folder 2 - Title page and notes.
  • Folder 3 - Chapter 1.
  • Folder 4 - Chapter 2.
  • Folder 5 - Chapter 3.
  • Folder 6 - Chapter 4.
  • Folder 7 - Chapter 5.
  • Folder 8 - Chapter 6.
  • Folder 9 - Chapter 7.
  • Folder 10 - Chapter 8.
  • Folder 11 - Chapter 9.
  • Folder 12 - Chapter 10.
  • Folder 13 - Chapter 11.
  • Folder 14 - Chapter 12.
  • Folder 15 - Chapter 13.
  • Folder 16 - Chapter 14.
  • Folder 17 - Chapter 15.
  • Folder 18 - Chapter 16.
  • Folder 19 - Chapter 17.
  • Folder 20 - Chapter 18.
  • Folder 21 - Chapter 19.
  • Folder 22 - Chapter 20.
  • Folder 23 - Chapter 21.
  • Folder 24 - Chapter 22.
  • Folder 25 - Chapter 23.
  • Folder 26 - Chapter 24.
  • Folder 27 - Chapter 25.
Box 2
  • Folder 1 - Chapter 26.
  • Folder 2 - Chapter 27.
  • Folder 3 - Chapter 28.
  • Folder 4 - Chapter 29.
  • Folder 5 - Chapter 30.
  • Folder 6 - Chapter 31.
  • Folder 7 - Chapter 32.
  • Folder 8 - Chapter 33.
  • Folder 9 - Chapter 34.
  • Folder 10 - Chapter 35.
  • Folder 11 - Chapter 36.
  • Folder 12 - Chapter 37.
  • Folder 13 - Chapter 38.
  • Folder 14 - Chapter 39.
  • Folder 15 - Chapter 40.
  • Folder 16 - Chapter 41.
  • Folder 17 - Chapter 42.

[Note: Box 3 contains Trimble's chronologically compiled research notes (labelled "Notebooks").]

Box 3
  • Folder 1 - 1872-1879 Notebook.
  • Folder 2 - 1880 Notebook.
  • Folder 3 - 1881 Notebook.
  • Folder 4 - 1882-1883 Notebook.
  • Folder 5 - 1884 Notebook.
  • Folder 6 - 1885 Notebook.
  • Folder 7 - 1886 Notebook.
  • Folder 8 - 1887 Notebook.
  • Folder 9 - 1888 Notebook.
  • Folder 10 - 1889 Notebook (Jan.-May).
  • Folder 11 - 1889 Notebook (June-Dec.).
  • Folder 12 - 1890 Notebook (Jan.-May).
  • Folder 13 - 1890 Notebook (June-Dec.).
  • Folder 14 - 1891 Notebook.
  • Folder 15 - 1892 Notebook.
  • Folder 16 - 1893-1894 Notebook.
  • Folder 17 - 1895 Notebook.
  • Folder 18 - 1896 Notebook.
  • Folder 19 - 1897 Notebook.
  • Folder 20 - 1898 Notebook.
  • Folder 21 - 1899 Notebook.
  • Folder 22 - 1900 Notebook.
  • Folder 23 - 1901 Notebook.
  • Folder 24 - 1902 Notebook.
  • Folder 25 - 1903 Notebook.
  • Folder 26 - 1904 Notebook.
  • Folder 27 - 1905 Notebook.
  • Folder 28 - 1906 Notebook.
  • Folder 29 - 1907 Notebook.
  • Folder 30 - 1908 Notebook.
  • Folder 31 - 1909 Notebook.
  • Folder 32 - 1910 Notebook.
  • Folder 33 - 1911 Notebook.
  • Folder 34 - 1912 Notebook.
  • Folder 35 - 1913 Notebook.
  • Folder 36 - 1914 Notebook.
  • Folder 37 - 1915 Notebook.
  • Folder 38 - 1916 Notebook.
  • Folder 39 - 1917 Notebook.
  • Folder 40 - 1918 Notebook.
  • Folder 41 - 1919-1920 Notebook.
  • Folder 42 - 1921-1923 Notebook.
  • Folder 43 - 1923-1924 Notebook.
  • Folder 44 - 1925-1926 Notebook.

[Note: 25 microcassettes of interviews are located in Box 8. See appendix for a brief description of the material on these tapes. A detailed description is available upon request.]

Series 2: Working Files and Collected Material

[Note: The material in Box 4 and Box 5 are Trimble's chronologically arranged working files, which include photocopies of primary and secondary materials relating to Scripps including correspondence, diaries and some miscellaneous, uncompiled research notes and chronologies produced by Trimble.]

Key to Abbreviations
CES: Charles E. Scripps
EBS: Ellen Browning Scripps
EWS: Edward Willis Scripps
JES: James E. Scripps
WAS: William A. Scripps
VT: Vance Trimble
ts: typescript
ms: manuscript
Box 4
  • Folder 1 - 1889 Working Files: notes from JES diary, excerpts from correspondence, correspondence.
  • Folder 2 - 1891 Working Files: notes from JES diary, excerpts from correspondence, correspondence.
  • Folder 3 - 1893 Working Files: notes from EBS diary, Chapter 1 "A Nation on Wheels" from Man and the Motorcar.
  • Folder 4 - 1894 Working Files: notes from EBS diary, clippings.
  • Folder 5 - 1896 Working Files: notes from EBS diary.
  • Folder 6 - 1897 Working Files: notes from EBS diary.
  • Folder 7 - 1898a Working Files: notes from EBS diary and correspondence between EBS and EWS.
  • Folder 8 - 1898b Working Files: correspondence between EWS and MacRae, The Scripps-McRae League, ms notes.
  • Folder 9 - 1902 Working Files: correspondence between EBS and EWS. EWS "Statement of Financial Condition."
  • Folder 10 - 1917 Working Files: correspondencebetween EBS and EWS.
  • Folder 11 - 1921 Working Files: correspondence between EBS and EWS, ms notes.
  • Folder 12 - 1922a Working Files: correspondence from EBS to EWS.
  • Folder 13 - 1922b Working Files: correspondence from EWS and EBS.
  • Folder 14 - 1922c Working Files: correspondence from EWS and EBS.
  • Folder 15 - 1922d Working Files: correspondence from EWS and EBS.
  • Folder 16 - 1922e Working Files: correspondence from EWS and EBS.
  • Folder 17 - 1924 Working Files: correspondence between EBS and EWS.
  • Folder 18 - 1925 Working Files: correspondence between EBS and EWS, ms notes.
  • Folder 19 - 1926 Working Files: correspondence between EBS and EWS. EWS note "In Event of Death" stored in the yacht's safe. Clippings about his life and death.
Box 5
  • Folder 1 - 1860-1863 Working Files:notes from The Citizen (newspaper).
  • Folder 2 - 1864 Working Files: JES correspondence, notes from The Citizen, EBS notes.
  • Folder 3 - 1865 Working Files: correspondence from WAS.
  • Folder 4 - 1866 Working Files: correspondence from WAS.
  • Folder 5 - 1872-1873 Working Files: miscellaneous ts notes, relations between EBS and EWS.
  • Folder 6 - 1878 Working Files: miscellaneous ts notes, clipping on Elbert H. Baker, Chapter 4 "Scripps Comes to Town" from Fifty Years of Cleveland History, JES diary notes, ms notes.
  • Folder 7 - 1879 Working Files: Miscellaneous ms notes.
  • Folder 8 - 1880 Working Files: ms letter, ms notes.
  • Folder 9 - 1881 Working Files: A Sampling from Travel Letters. 1881-1883 by EBS, clipping concerning James Garfield, court order "Edwin Cowles vs E.W. Scripps" dated April 25, ts and ms notes.
  • Folder 10 - 1882 Working Files: ts excerpts from cor- respondence.
  • Folder 11 - 1883 Working Files: ts excerpts from cor- respondence, ms notes, photocopy "Guion Line" from Passenger Lines of the Western World.
  • Folder 12 - 1883 Working Files: EBS Daily Memorandum Book.
  • Folder 13 - 1884-1885 Working Files: clippings, ts excerpts from correspondence and JES diary, ms notes, advertisement for The Cincinnati River and the Ohio Book.
  • Folder 14 - 1884-1885 Working Files: EBS travels.
  • Folder 15 - 1886 Working Files: ts excerpts from cor- respondence.
  • Folder 16 - 1886 Working Files: Mexico Diary.
  • Folder 17 - 1888 Working Files: ts excerpts from cor- respondence, ms "The Treasurer Who Stole Kentucky Blind" by VT.
  • Folder 18 - 1900 Working Files: Status of The Sun, correspondence.
  • Folder 19 - 1887-1906 Working Files: ts excerpts from correspondence and JES diary, Chapter 31 "Cassie Chadwick" from Fifty Years of Cleveland History
  • Folder 20 - Trimble's notes, 1844.
  • Folder 21 - Trimble's notes, 1854-1899.
  • Folder 22 - Trimble's notes, 1890-1919.
  • Folder 23 - Trimble's notes, 1920-1924.
  • Folder 24 - Trimble's notes, 1925-1926.
  • Folder 25 - List of secondary sources used in research.

[Note: The files in Box 6 and Box 7 are miscellaneous primary and secondary materials including photocopied correspondence, reviews, booklets, clippings, indexes and sections from books collected by Trimble during his research. These materials are filed in five categories and, within each category, the material is filed in chronological order whenever possible. Box 6 is divided into miscellaneous correspondence and manuscripts of Scripps family members; material relating to Ellen Browning Scripps; and miscellaneous correspondence and research materials of Vance Trimble, including two files of collected miscellaneous biographies. In files 1, 2, 10 and 11 of Box 6, the original correspondence has been replaced by photocopies and now is housed in the E.W. Scripps Papers (MSS #119). Box 7 is divided into newspaper clippings and photocopied articles and reviews; and photocopies of book sections or manuscripts of books. Dates are listed whenever possible.]

Scripps Families' Miscellaneous Correspondence and Manuscripts
Box 6
  • Folder 1 - Autograph ms letter to George H. Scripps, June 1864.
  • Folder 2 - Autograph ms, folder labelled "Little Fiction" and ms labelled "Found with letters dated 1887."
  • Folder 3 - "Bribe-Proof" letter to EWS from McRae, July 2, 1892.
  • Folder 4 - Miscellaneous correspondence labelled "Reel 1 letters" 1898-1903.
  • Folder 5 - JES, A Genealogical History of the Scripps Family and Its Various Alliances (Detroit: privately printed, 1903).
  • Folder 6 - Alan Ewing:letter concerning prostitute on yacht, 1922.
  • Folder 7 - Bob Paine and the Penny Press, ts correspondence from Bob Paine to H.E. Neave 1928.
  • Folder 8 - Early Days of the James Mogg Scripps Family ms by Elizabeth Mary Scripps and Letters to Father ms by James Mogg.
  • Folder 9 - Chronological index of plays and stories by EWS and miscellaneous ms of same including autobiographical sketch.
  • Folder 10 - Undated correspondence from Will Kellogg, F.D. Waite, John P. Hamilton and one unsigned letter to EWS.
  • Folder 11 - Undated correspondence from Nackie to Samuel K. Holtsinger (her father) and EWS.
  • Folder 12 - Ed Elfstrom, William Elbert, James R. Young and CES photocopied correspondence ("Ohio" crew members); Young diary in divided binder. Material Relating to EBS
  • Folder 13 - Time magazine cover article on EBS, February 22, 1926 (photocopy).
  • Folder 14 - Six brief biographies of EBS; Ellen Browning Scripps: 1904-1925, La Jolla, CA: 1936; and ms of The Pioneers.
  • Folder 15 - Miscellaneous biographical material, including "Ellen Browning Scripps: Woman of Vision" by Robert J. Bernard, Scripps College Bulletin, Vol. 34, October 1959.
  • Folder 16 - Obituary and EBS biography by Albert Britt, 1960.
  • Folder 17 - "The Miss Scripps Nobody Knows," San Diego Union, July 3, 1968.
  • Folder 18 - Inventory, Ellen B. Scripps Papers, Claremont College, 1981.
  • Folder 19 - Folder on EBS, labelled "Ellen's Rushville" (Illinois), photocopied description of Rushville from Illinois Tours; also EBS biographical sketches and chronology.
Trimble's Miscellaneous Notes, Correspondence and Research Materials
  • Folder 20 - JES diary notes 1897-1904.
  • Folder 21 - Library of Congress inventory, notes on RWH diary and correspondence notes, 1904-1924.
  • Folder 22 - College Index, copied from EBS files sent to Claremont College: catalog of boxes containing Scripps family affairs, key master file, diary note index and chronology 1916-1920.
  • Folder 23 - Eyewitness accounts of Scripps' death, 1926.
  • Folder 24 - Original correspondence and clippings concerning Frank Ford,including his review of I Protest, 1966
  • Folder 25 - Chronologies of various Scripps newspaper histories, provided in 1980 by Robert A. Mathes, labelled "Random History".
  • Folder 26 - Information on Katherine Steelman, Scripps' nurse, received by Trimble from the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, 1981. Related correspondence 1925.
  • Folder 27 - Material relating to Marlen Pew and Editor and Publisher, 1982.
  • Folder 28 - VT's research on Frank Guy Applegate (early Scripps biographer), 1983.
  • Folder 29 - Ms and tls correspondence between VT and Jim and Josephine Scripps, 1979-1983.
  • Folder 30 - Tls correspondence of VT with Myron K. Jordan, 1983.
  • Folder 31 - Index to the Miramar Office File.
  • Folder 32 - Index of the E.W. Scripps Disquisition.
  • Folder 33 - J.J. Lynch recollections.
  • Folder 34 - Material concerning James "Jimmy" Young, secretary to EWS on the "Ohio" and other staff. Also EWS chronology.
  • Folder 35 - Ms notes on Winkler, a yacht crewmember.
  • Folder 36 - Chronology: WAS.
  • Folder 37 - Miscellaneous Biographies I.
  • Folder 38 - Miscellaneous Biographies II, including reports on the Scripps-McRae League of 1896.
Newspaper Articles and Clippings

Box 7
  • Folder 1 - New York Times review of Lord Beaverbrook's Politicians and the Press, January 31, 1926.
  • Folder 2 - Biographical materials on Warren S. Thompson, director of the Scripps Foundation, provided by his son Bruce Thompson in 1978.
  • Folder 3 - Cincinnati Post Centennial Edition, 1881-1991.
  • Folder 4 - Clipping in reference to Joseph B. Foracker
  • Folder 5 - Clipping in reference to Cincinnati history. Books, Sections of Books and Manuscripts (photocopies)
  • Folder 6 - Tales of Peter Parley About America by S.G. Goodrich (Philadelphia: Charles Desilver, 1856).
  • Folder 7 - Lusty Scripps: The Life of E.W. Scripps by Gilson Gardner, (New York: The Vanguard Press), 1932, pp. 1-130.
  • Folder 8 - Gardner, pp. 131-274.
  • Folder 9 - E.W. Scripps by Negley Cochran (New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1933).
  • Folder 10 - Charles Orrin Ransford, John Scripps: Methodist Preacher-Newspaperman. Privately printed, 1960.
  • Folder 11 - Rushville history, includes Schuyler-Brown Historical Society Newsletter, Spring, 1987; and four issues of The Schuylerite, 1982; EWS letter, 1868.
  • Folder 12 - Masters Thesis (Univeristy of Washington), Myron K. Jordan, Chapters 1-2, pp. ii-60.
  • Folder 13 - Jordan, Chapters 3-4, pp. 61-137.
  • Folder 14 - "Men Not Money: E.W. Scripps and the Penny Newspapers of the Northwest" by Myron K. Jordan.
  • Folder 15 - Seven miscellaneous articles concerning the history of San Diego.
  • Folder 16 - "The Santa Fe Route" from the History of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad.
  • Folder 17 - The Story of James Edmund Scripps by Cyril Arthur Player, ts, Part 1, 1-100.
  • Folder 18 - Player, Part 2, 101-200.
  • Folder 19 - Player, Part 3, 201-351.
  • Folder 20 - Player, Part 4, 352-505.
  • Folder 21 - Player, Part 5, 506-720.
  • Folder 22 - Player, Chapter 20, "Newspaper Enterprise Association," pp. 251-376.
  • Folder 23 - Player, pp. 377-511.
  • Folder 24 - "Scripps Comes to Cleveland," pp. 10-140 from the Story of the Cleveland Press by F.N.McGehee.
  • Folder 25 - News of Detroitby William W. Lutz, (Boston: Little Brown & Co., 1973), Chapters 1-3, pp. 1-49 and Bibliography.

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