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Robert D. MacMurdy scrapbooks and clippings

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MS-036
The Robert D. MacMurdy scrapbooks and clippings collection contains a scrapbook, two booklets, newspaper clippings, and postcards related to The State of Tennessee v. John Thomas Scopes, which was held in Dayton, Tennessee in 1925.

Dates

  • 1925

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The Robert D. MacMurdy scrapbooks and clippings collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Robert D. MacMurdy scrapbooks and clippings collection is under copyright.

Extent

0.21 Linear Feet (1 Box)

Overview

The Robert D. MacMurdy scrapbooks and clippings collection contains a scrapbook, two booklets, newspaper clippings, and postcards related to The State of Tennessee v. John Thomas Scopes, which was held in Dayton, Tennessee in 1925.

Biographical / Historical

Known as the Scopes Monkey Trial, The State of Tennessee v. John Thomas Scopes was held in Dayton, Tennessee in 1925. The State of Tennessee accused John Scopes, a high school substitute teacher, of violating the Butler Act, which made it unlawful to teach human evolution in publi schools in the state. The trial drew intense national publicity with famous legal representation for the prosection and the defendant in William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow. Although Scopes was found guilty and fined 100 dollars, the verdict was overturned on a technicality. The trial's impact is evident in biology textbooks from the 1920s and 1930s which graduallly incorporated more details about human evolution. Robert D. MacMurdy, Head of the Department of Education at Centenary College in the 1960s, collected newspaper clippings, printed ephemera, and postcards related to the famous trial.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Robert D. MacMudy's wife donated his collection of clippings and printed ephemera to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on 1987 April 30.

Creator

Title
Robert D. MacMurdy scrapbooks and clippings
Status
unprocessed
Description rules
dacs

Repository Details

Part of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Special Collections repository

Contact:
615 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga Tennessee 37403 USA