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Guide to the Patricia A. Schaelchlin/ Scripps Family Research Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Separated Material
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing Information
  • Biography / Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Patricia A. Schaelchlin/ Scripps family research collection
    Dates: 1791-2003
    Bulk Dates: 1838-2001
    Collection number: D2006.1
    Creator: Schaelchlin, Patricia A.
    Collection Size: 18 cubic feet
    Repository: Claremont Colleges. Library. Ella Strong Denison Library.
    Claremont, California 91711
    Abstract: The collection is comprised of research materials and drafts for Patricia A. Schaelchlin's work, Newspaper barons: a biography of the Scripps family. The bulk of the collection consists of the author's notes regarding biographic materials, most of which are photocopies of original documents. Documents researched for Schaelchlin's work includes previously published biographies and genealogies by others, legal documents, Scripps family correspondence, and newspaper articles. The collection covers the years 1791 to 2003 with the bulk of the material ranging from 1838 to 2001.
    Physical location: Please consult repository.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


    Collection open for research.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to publish must be submitted in writing to Denison Library.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Patricia A. Schaelchlin/ Scripps family research collection. Ella Strong Denison Library, Libraries of The Claremont Colleges.

    Separated Material

    Combined history of Schuyler and Brown counties, Illinois . Astoria, Illinois: Stevens Publishing Co. (re-print) 1882 and 1994.
    E.W. Scripps Autobiography (bound volumes I and II) (pg.1-314, 315-641).
    James Scripps Diaries, 1858-1881. Bentley Historical Library (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) Roll 1: 1858-1868; roll 2: 1872-1881.
    Klein, Benjamin F. (ed.). Life in Cincinnati at the time of the inauguration of each of the presidents of the United States as copied from newspapers of the time with appropriate editorial comment and contemporary background pictures and sketches . Cincinnati: Picture Marine Publishing Co., 1953.
    Ohio University. A celebration of the legacies of E.W. Scripps: his life, works and heritage . Athens, Ohio: Ohio University, 1990.
    Player, Cyril Arthur. The Story of James Edmund Scripps , 1943. (Unpublished manuscript from the Trimble Collection, University of Ohio). Books I (p.1-243), II (p. 244-602), and III (p.603-814).
    Russell, Ronald. Shire County Guide: Cambridgeshire and Cambridge . (GB) Merlins Bridge: Shire Publications Ltd, 1988.
    Scripps, James E. Memorials of the Scripps Family: A centennial tribute . Detroit: (printed for private circulation), 1891.
    Shewalter, Virginia. A history of Union Township Butler County Ohio . Ohio: Bicentennial Committee of Union Township…, 1979
    White, Lee A. The Detroit News: 1873-1917. Detroit: The Evening News Association, 1918. (Illustrations by James Scripps Booth).
    Winter, C.W.R. The Enchanted Isle: an island history. Isle of Wight: Cross Publishing, 1990.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Patricia and Bob Schaelchlin, 2006.

    Processing Information

    The collection was processed by Stefanie Crump in 2006. In processing this collection, an attempt was made to preserve the contextual structure of Schaelchlin's research. Materials where transferred from their original binders into folders, and the original chronological order was maintained. A few items were merged with other folders based on content and relevance. Duplication of materials may occur between two or more subseries, for instance, a document written by J.C. Harper, legal advisor for both Ellen Browning Scripps and Edward Willis (E.W.) Scripps may be present in all three of their files.

    Biography / Administrative History

    Patricia Ann McKeown Schaelchlin was born in Flint, Michigan on July 7, 1924. Through her writings and work with the Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO), the La Jolla Historical Society, the San Diego Historic Site Board, and Friends of the La Jolla Library, Schaelchlin helped preserve the cultural and architectural history of La Jolla and San Diego.
    Schaelchlin moved from Michigan to San Diego in 1959. After having 3 children, Mrs. Schaelchlin decided to go back to school, enrolling at San Diego State University where she attained both bachelors and masters degrees in anthropology. By the early 1970s she had become a member of the Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO), with whom she would help create Heritage Park (a San Diego County landmark). Preserving the history of the community she loved became her passion. She successfully convinced the Port Commission to make the San Diego Rowing Club a city landmark. As a writer, Schaechlin contributed articles to the former La Jolla Report and wrote a monthly column on San Diego history in, San Diego Home/Garden.
    It is Schaelchlin's passion for history, and for her adopted home town, that led her to write about La Jolla and its famous inhabitants. Her master's thesis was an interpretation of famous La Jollan, Anson Peaslee Mill's diary. Her work with historical societies and similar organizations led her to write published works about historical landmarks like the San Diego Rowing Club. Schaelchlin spent fifteen years researching Ellen Browning Scripps and her life in La Jolla, and decided around 1990 to extend that research to the rest of the family beginning with James Mogg Scripps. Schaelchlin's well researched writings are labors of love that provide detailed insight not only into the history of San Diego/ La Jolla, but into the lives that helped shape the American cultural landscape.
    Along with Newspaper barons: a biography of the Scripps family (Kales Press, 2003), Schaelchlin wrote, The little clubhouse on Steamship Wharf: San Diego Rowing Club, 1888-1983 (Rand Editions, 1984), and La Jolla: the story of a community, 1887-1987 (Rand Editions, 1988).

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Patricia A. Schaelchlin Collection contains materials related to Schaelchlin's original work entitled, Newspaper Barons: a Biography of the Scripps Family. This biography places particular emphasis on three Scripps family members --Edward Willis (E.W.), Ellen Browning, and James Edmund Scripps-- and the collected materials reflect this emphasis. The bulk of the collection consists of the author's notes regarding biographic materials, and photocopies of those original documents. Materials researched for Schaelchlin's work include previously published biographies and genealogies by others, legal documents, Scripps family correspondence, and newspaper articles. The collection covers the years 1791 to 2003 with the bulk of the material ranging from 1838 to 2001.
    The first series, "Research Materials," contains the author's research notes interspersed with corresponding reproductions of primary and secondary sources (newspaper clippings, court documents, personal and business correspondence) related to the Scripps family, their personal and business interests. The author arranged her research into three main components: index cards organized by subject, binders organized both by subject and year, and binders arranged chronologically. Duplicate research notes may be found in all three areas, some containing highlighting and/or handwritten notes not found on other copies. Miscellaneous primary and secondary materials have been placed in the Topical Files subseries. This includes general notes and information gathered by Schaelchlin that provide background information on a time period or event, but that do not fit easily with any one subseries.
    The second series, "Drafts for Publication" contains materials created and attained during the process of writing and publishing her work. These materials include partial drafts of individual chapters and three complete manuscripts sent to Ellen Revelle, Peter Jensen, and Warren Wilkinson (all of whom critiqued her work). These materials also contain additional notes by Schaelchlin. In addition, several folders are dedicated to correspondence between the author and others regarding the production and publication of her book, permission for photos, requests for research materials and information on particular individuals in or associated with the Scripps family. Photos used and/or considered for the book also comprise a sizable amount of material.
    Note to the researcher: Schaelchlin often made a shorthand notation of the institution from which she acquired her sources on the bottom left-hand corner of the photocopied item, and in the "source" field on her typed notes. Abbreviations are as follows:
    Key to Abbreviations
    • CAP Cyril Arthur Player
    • CI = Cranbrook Institute
    • DL = Denison Library
    • DPL = Detroit Public Library
    • JB = John Brandeis Collection
    • LJSH = La Jolla Historical Society
    • OU = Ohio University
    • OU #119 = Vance H. Trimble Collection
    • SCHM = Schuyler County Historical Museum
    • SIO = Scripps Institute of Oceanography
    • SD= University of San Diego
    • UM/BH = University of Michigan/ Bentley Collection
    • WW= Warren Wilkinson Collection


    The collection is organized into two series, each with subseries:

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Newspaper publishing
    San Diego (Calif.) History
    Schaelchlin, Patricia A.
    Scripps, E.W. (Edward Willis), 1854-1926
    Scripps, Ellen Browning, 1836-1932
    Scripps, James E. (James Edmund), 1835-1906
    Scripps family