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Descriptive inventory for the Rob Warden papers, 1972-1989

Rob Warden papers

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Descriptive inventory for the Rob Warden papers, 1972-1989

Prepared by Julia Smith, 2010; edited by Sarah Dorpinghaus, 2010; Gretchen Neidhardt, 2017.
Processed with funding provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
  
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Chicago History Museum, Research Center
1601 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614-6038
Web-site: http://libguides.chicagohistory.org/research
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E-mail: research@chicagohistory.org
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Collection Overview +/-

Title: Rob Warden papers, 1972-1989 (inclusive)
Creators: Rob Warden
John Wayne Gacy
American Civil Liberties Union
Chicago Bar Association
Chicago Council of Lawyers
Illinois Coalition Against the Death Penalty
Dates: 1972-1989 (inclusive)
Accession number: 2010.0035
Bib number: 00143881
Call number: MSS Lot W
Size: 3.5 linear ft. (8 boxes)
Language of material:Collection is written in English.

Provenance statement:

Materials were a gift of Northwestern University (accession #: 2010.0035).

Terms governing use:

All rights owned by the donor, including copyright, were deeded to Chicago Historical Society. Copyright may be retained by the creators of items, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law, unless otherwise noted.

Restriction(s):

Box 8, which contains judicial information with social security numbers, is closed until 2025.

Please cite this collection as:

Rob Warden papers (Chicago History Museum) plus a detailed description, date, and box/folder number of a specific item.

Collection Summary +/-

Court documents, crime reports, judicial surveys, correspondence, newspaper clippings; statistics on judges, race, and the death penalty; research files, and other papers of Rob Warden, a legal affairs journalist who served as the editor and publisher of the Chicago Lawyer monthly magazine during 1978-1989. Most of the collection relates to Warden's research on injustice in murder investigations and trials that resulted in death sentences, as well as research on judges and on prosecutorial misconduct in the state of Illinois. Also present are personal correspondence and other materials relating to death row inmates such as John Wayne Gacy, Cornelius Lewis, Charles Washington; and materials on Cook County State's Attorney Bernard Carey.

This collection relates to Warden's research prior to co-founding the Center on Wrongful Convictions, part of the Bluhm Legal Clinic at Northwestern University School of Law.

Biographical/Historical Note +/-

Rob Warden (b. 1940), a Chicago legal affairs journalist and author, served as the editor and publisher of the Chicago Lawyer magazine during 1978-1989. Dedicated to exposing the injustices of the legal system, Warden co-founded the Center on Wrongful Convictions in 1999, part of the Bluhm Legal Clinic at Northwestern University School of Law. Throughout his journalism career, Warden has been a strong critic of the death penalty.

Catalog Subject Headings +/-

Subjects:
Actions and defenses--Illinois--20th century
Capital punishment--Illinois--20th century
Capital punishment--United States--20th century
Capital punishment--United States--History--Statistics
Criminals--United States--20th century
Death row inmates--Illinois--20th century
Death row inmates--United States--20th century
Defense (Criminal procedure)--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Investigative reporting--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Journalists--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Judges--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Judicial error--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Lawyers--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Prosecution--United States--20th century
Prosecutorial misconduct--Illinois--20th century
Race and crime--United States--History--Statistics
Persons:
Bernard Carey
Gacy, John Wayne--Trials, litigation, etc.
Lewis, Cornelius--Trials, litigation, etc.
Warden, Rob--Archives
Washington, Charles--Trials, litigation, etc.
Organizations:
American Civil Liberties Union
Chicago Bar Association
Chicago Council of Lawyers
Cook County (Ill.)--State's Attorney's Office
Illinois Coalition Against the Death Penalty
Genre/Form:
Bulletins
Correspondence
Legal documents
Newspaper clippings
Photographic prints
Questionnaires
Reports
Research notes
Statistics
Surveys
Geographic:
Chicago (Ill.)--Social conditions--20th century

Organization and Arrangement of Collection +/-

The collection is arranged in four series.

Click on heading to view series description.

Series 1. Death row hearings files, 1979-1989 (box 1-3)
Series 2. Prosecutorial misconduct files, 1979-1987 (box 3-4)
Series 3. Judicial files 1972-1989 (box 4-7, 8)
Series 4. General materials 1972-1989 (box 7)

About This Finding Aid +/-

Creation: Finding aid encoded by Bridget Golembiewski using Oxygen editor, 2016.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Other Finding Aids: Finding aid also submitted to the Explore Chicago Collections portal.
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