Biography / Administrative History
Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Patricia A. Schaelchlin/ Scripps family research collection
Bulk Dates: 1838-2001
Collection number: D2006.1
Schaelchlin, Patricia A.
18 cubic feet
Claremont Colleges. Library. Ella Strong Denison
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.
All requests for permission to publish must be submitted in writing to Denison
[Identification of item], Patricia A. Schaelchlin/ Scripps family research
collection. Ella Strong Denison Library, Libraries of The Claremont Colleges.
Combined history of Schuyler and Brown counties,
. Astoria, Illinois: Stevens Publishing Co. (re-print) 1882 and
E.W. Scripps Autobiography (bound volumes I and II)
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
A celebration of the legacies of E.W.
Scripps: his life, works and heritage
. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University,
Player, Cyril Arthur.
The Story of James Edmund
, 1943. (Unpublished manuscript from the Trimble Collection,
University of Ohio). Books I (p.1-243), II (p. 244-602), and III (p.603-814).
Shire County Guide: Cambridgeshire and
. (GB) Merlins Bridge: Shire Publications Ltd, 1988.
Scripps, James E.
Memorials of the Scripps Family: A
. Detroit: (printed for private circulation), 1891.
A history of Union Township Butler County
. 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).
The Enchanted Isle: an island history.
Isle of Wight: Cross Publishing, 1990.
Gift of Patricia and Bob Schaelchlin, 2006.
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:
Series 1. Research Materials, 1791-2001
Subseries 1.1. E.W. Scripps, 1844-1999.
Subseries 1.2. Ellen Browning Scripps, 1840-1996.
Subseries 1.3. Frederick T. Scripps, 1860-1960.
Subseries 1.4. George H. Scripps, 1864-1967.
Subseries 1.5. James E. (Edmund) Scripps, 1840-1998.
Subseries 1.6. James Mogg Scripps, 1838-1918.
Subseries 1.7. Kellogg Family, 1866-2000.
Subseries 1.8. William Arminger Scripps, 1838-1991.
Subseries 1.9. Other Scripps Family and Associates,
Subseries 1.10. Family History, 1791-2000.
Subseries 1.11. Family Litigation, 1900-1950.
Subseries 1.12. Miramar Ranch, 1890-2000.
Subseries 1.13. Newspaper Business, 1848-2001.
Subseries 1.14. Schuyler County, Illinois,
Subseries 1.15. Wills, 1873-1939.
Subseries 1.16 Topical Files, 1865-2000.
Subseries 1.17. Index Files.
Series 2. Drafts for Publication, 199_-2000.
Subseries 2.1. Correspondence, 1993-2003.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the
library's online public access catalog.
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