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Descriptive inventory for the Hal Higdon research papers on the Leopold and Loeb case, 1917-1979, bulk 1971-1975

Hal Higdon research papers on the Leopold and Loeb case

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Descriptive inventory for the Hal Higdon research papers on the Leopold and Loeb case, 1917-1979, bulk 1971-1975

Prepared by Brittney Baltimore, 2010; ed. by Julie Wroblewski, 2015
  
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Chicago History Museum, Research Center
1601 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614-6038
Web-site: http://libguides.chicagohistory.org/research
Catalog: http://chsmedia.org
E-mail: research@chicagohistory.org
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Collection Overview +/-

Title: Hal Higdon research papers on the Leopold and Loeb case, 1917-1979 (inclusive), 1971-1975 (bulk)
Creator: Hal Higdon
Dates: 1917-1979 (inclusive), 1971-1975 (bulk)
Accession numbers: M1976.0044
M1983.0017
Bib number: 00065678
Call number: MSS Lot H
Size: 3 linear feet (7 boxes)
Language of material:Collection is written in English.

Provenance statement:

Gift of Hal Higdon (accession # M1976.0044; M1983.0017)

Terms governing use:

Donor retains copyright to his writings. Copyright may be retained by the creators of other items, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Please cite this collection as:

Hal Higdon research papers on the Leopold and Loeb case (Chicago History Museum) plus a detailed description, date, and box/folder number of a specific item.

Additional Materials +/-

Related material:

Related materials at Chicago History Museum, Research Center, include the Hal Higdon collection of Leopold and Loeb case photographs (accession # 1984.0145); Higdon's published book; the Nathan F. Leopold papers; and other materials on Leopold and Loeb.

Collection Summary +/-

Research notes, transcripts of interviews, correspondence, partial trial transcript, copies of newspaper and magazine articles, and other documentation gathered by Higdon that relate to the 1924 murder of Bobby Franks by Leopold and Loeb; plus annotated and revised manuscripts of Higdon's book (Crime of the Century: the Leopold and Loeb Case, published 1975; reprinted 1999 as: Leopold and Loeb: the Crime of the Century) and text of a lecture by Higdon about the case. Most materials date from the early 1970s. Topics include juvenile delinquency of privileged youths; psychology and the concept of thrill killing; Clarence Darrow's trial strategy for the defense and opposition to capital punishment; the trial prosecutor, Robert E. Crowe; and reactions of family and friends. Correspondents include Nathan Leopold's widow, Trudi F. Leopold; Leopold's lawyer Elmer Gertz; and Gene Lovitz. Interviewees include acquaintances and friends of Leopold and Loeb.

Biographical/Historical Note +/-

Hal Higdon, author of Leopold and Loeb : the Crime of the Century (1975), is a Chicago area writer as well as a contributing editor for Runner's World. Higdon's book was based on thorough research and provided a detailed case study of the murder of fourteen-year-old Bobby Franks in 1924 by two young men, who lived in the same Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago.

Catalog Subject Headings +/-

Subjects:
Authors, American -- Illinois -- Chicago -- 20th century
Capital punishment -- Illinois
Leopold and Loeb trial, Chicago, Ill., 1924.
Murderers -- Illinois -- Chicago -- 20th century -- Case studies
Murders -- Illinois -- Chicago -- 20th century -- Case studies
Trials (Murder) -- Illinois -- Chicago -- 20th century -- Case studies
Persons:
Crowe, Robert E., 1879-1958
Darrow, Clarence, 1857-1938
Franks, Bobby, 1909-1924
Gertz, Elmer, 1906-2000
Higdon, Hal -- Archives
Higdon, Hal. Crime of the century
Leopold, Nathan Freudenthal, 1904-1971
Leopold, Trudi F.
Loeb, Richard A., 1905-1936
Lovitz, Gene
Genre/Form:
Case studies
Correspondence
Interviews
Manuscripts (for publication)
Newspaper clippings
Research notes
Trial transcripts
Geographic:
Chicago (Ill.)--Social conditions--20th century
Hyde Park (Chicago, Ill.)

Organization and Arrangement of Collection +/-

The collection is arranged in six series.

Click on heading to view series description.

Series 1. General files, 1973-1975 (box 1)
Series 2. Research files, 1921-1974 (box 1)
Series 3. Newspaper articles, 1917-971 (box 2)
Series 4. Lectures and interview materials, 1974-1975 (box 2)
Series 5. Correspondence, 1971-1979 (box 3)
Series 6. Manuscripts revisions, 1973-1975 (box 3-7)

About This Finding Aid +/-

Creation: Finding aid encoded by Julie Wroblewski
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
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