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Robert K. Kyle Scopes Trial Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0682

This collection contains the documents of Robert K. Kyle, a reporter from Culver, Indiana who was present at the Scopes Trial (also known as the Scopes Monkey Trial) in 1925 in Dayton, Tennessee. The collection is made up of 62 different documents, most of them being newspaper clippings and other articles related to the trial. Many of the articles are flyers for events that Kyle attended and presented information that he remembered from the trial. There are also pictures and letters to and from Kyle that show his interest and research about this event. He often corresponded with Tennessee officials that would know more about the trial, and these letters are included in the collection. He most frequently corresponded with Earl. L. Shaub, a reporter from Nashville who also covered the trial. Several of the articles are from the 1960s, around the time when Stanley Kramer's film adaptation of Inherit the Wind was released. Several of the documents discuss this film as well.

Dates

  • circa 1920s-1960s

Language

The material in this collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection contains the documents of Robert K. Kyle, a reporter from Culver, Indiana who was present at the Scopes Trial (also known as the Scopes Monkey Trial) in 1925 in Dayton, Tennessee. The collection contains articles and photos concerning the trial as well as letters and other correspondence between Kyle and other figures related to this event.

Biographical/Historical Note

Robert K. Kyle was a reporter from Culver, Indiana who reported on the Scopes Trial (also referred to as Scopes Monkey Trial) in Dayton, Tennessee in 1925. He corresponded with several Tennessee politicians and government officials in order to discuss the trial and provide information to those conducting research on the trial. He most frequently corresponded with Earl. L. Shaub, a reporter from Nashville who covered the trial as well.

Acquisition Note

This material was given to Special Collections by Robert K. Kyle in January 1972.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480