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Finding Aid for the Ben B. Lindsey papers, 1893-1965
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Biographical Information 1913-1965

Scope and Content Note

This series contains materials of an introductory and personal nature providing background to the collection. It includes the only photographs in the collection, as well as several letters from Judge Lindsey's wife, Henrietta Brevoort Lindsey, providing clues to the acquisition of this collection.
Box 1, Folder 1

Biographical Material 1913-1965 and undated

Scope and Content Note

  • This folder includes a biographical sketch of Benjamin Barr Lindsey from the National Cyclopaedia of American Biography;
  • poems about the judge;
  • the only photographs in the collection (featuring Ben and Henrietta Lindsey on the Ford Peace Ship);
  • a 1923 inventory of the judge's Denver residence;
  • and the program for the public memorial service held for Ben Lindsey on May 9, 1943.
  • This folder also contains a letter written by Lindsey in July 1933 but later amended, signed and dated by Henrietta Lindsey on January 9, 1953 addressed to Mr. Malcolm G. Wyer, Librarian, Denver Public Library detailing the judge's plans to donate to the library a collection of his published works (pamphlets), listed in an accompanying inventory. Mrs. Lindsey's note at the bottom of this letter indicates that she and the judge later decided not to give this collection to the Denver Public Library.
  • The final item in this folder offers clues as to when Lindsey's personal papers came to UCLA's Special Collections.
    • There are two letters written by Henrietta Lindsey in 1965, one addressed to Mr. Mink and the other to Mr. Wilbur Smith, the head of Special Collections at that time, that accompanied a copy of the Colorado Supreme Court ruling reinstating Lindsey as a member of the Colorado Bar Association.
 

Lindsey's Writings 1903-1940

Scope and Content Note

This series is comprised of works authored by Ben Lindsey in draft, manuscript, and published formats organized into sub-series by type.
 

Articles 1903-1938 and undated

Scope and Content Note

Mostly drafts of articles with a few published articles written by Ben B. Lindsey on a range of topics including Denver politics, public schools, the causes of juvenile delinquency, and companionate marriage
Box 1, Folder 2

Articles 1903-1918 and undated

Scope and Content Note

  • Some Experiences in the Juvenile Court of Denver (published article);
  • Some articles on election results in Colorado in 1908 and 1914;
  • Love and the Criminal Law (published articles);
  • With Judge Lindsey "Over There;"
  • The Christian Citizen in Politics;
  • The Juvenile Court of the Future;
  • On the Word of a Magpie;
  • The Tie that Binds;
  • The Trial of Criminal Cases and Adult Probation in the Chancery Court.
Box 1, Folder 3

Articles undated

Scope and Content Note

  • Another View of "Sin Against the Holy Ghost;"
  • Lessons from Lindbergh; Morals of Hollywood;
  • The Movies, Censorship, and Crime;
  • The Taking of the Bastile;
  • and others.
Box 1, Folder 4

Articles 1925, 1930 and undated

Scope and Content Note

My Fight with the Klu Klux Klan; The College Wife; In Defense of Convention; The Promise and Peril of The New Freedom; Why I Fought
Box 1, Folder 5

Articles--Companionate marriage 1932 and undated

Scope and Content Note

  • Definition of companionate marriage;
  • article on the meaning of companionate marriage;
  • transcript of a debate on companionate marriage between Judge Ben B. Lindsey and Rev. "Bob" Shuler in Pomona, California, November 3, 1927;
  • an address by Judge Ben B. Lindsey at Mecca Temple in New York City, December 20, 1930, an answer to the attack of Bishop Manning.
Box 1, Folder 6

Articles--Youth 1903-1923

Scope and Content Note

Includes
  • "Some Experiences in the Juvenile Court of Denver: The Colorado Juvenile Law;"
  • "Is the Public School Just to the Boy?;"
  • "Training not Punishment"
Box 1, Folder 7

Articles--Youth undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes
  • "The Child and the State;"
  • "Childhood and Labor" for the Weekly Post;
  • "For Conscience Sake;"
  • "Gittin' Justice;"
  • "The Ice Cream Gang;"
  • "Juvenile Crime and Public Playgrounds;"
  • "The Law and the Child;"
  • "The Misfortune of Mickey;"
  • "An Outline of Plan for the Protection of State Children;"
  • "Public Playgrounds and Juvenile Delinquency;"
  • "The Public Schools and the Morality of Childhood;"
  • "Why Kids Lie"
 

Books undated

Scope and Content Note

Drafts and a manuscript of two of Lindsey's well-known books, The Beast (1910) and The Dangerous Life (1931)
Box 2, Folder 1

The Beast and the Jungle (1910) undated

Scope and Content Note

Manuscript, 341 pages; Book review in Book News Monthly, 1910
Box 2, Folder 2

The Dangerous Life (1931) undated

Scope and Content Note

Drafts and revisions of parts of chapters
Box 2, Folder 3

The Dangerous Life (1931) undated

Scope and Content Note

Book review from the New York Herald Tribune, April 12, 1931; "An account of my new book 'The Dangerous Life' by Ben B. Lindsey"
Box 2, Folder 4

Unknown Title undated

Scope and Content Note

Fifty-nine page draft of a book about Judge Lindsey's Juvenile Court, including specific cases
 

Court opinions circa 1923-1924

Scope and Content Note

Bound copies of court opinions written by Ben B. Lindsey, Judge of the Juvenile Court of Denver
Box 2, Folder 5

Court opinions circa 1923-1924

Scope and Content Note

  • Colorado Supreme Court No. 10817, opinion of Ben B. Lindsey, Judge of the Juvenile Court of Denver, "on the difference between the status and rights of the child in a divorce case and a dependency case, and why the District Court and Juvenile Court may have simultaneous, though not conflicting, jurisdiction of the custody of the same child, and in which case the jurisdiction of the Juvenile Court is the proper one as to the rights of the child;"
  • Colorado Supreme Court No. 10997, statement by Ben B. Lindsey related to the law on delinquent children and showing that in the state of Colorado a delinquent child cannot legally be a criminal child;
  • Colorado Supreme Court No. 11009, including the opinion of Judge Ben B. Lindsey "on the history and laws of the Juvenile Court of Denver and the statutes applicable to cases of children as 'delinquents' or as 'criminals,' and showing that as to all such cases the Juvenile Court of Denver has the exclusive original jurisdiction, subject only to appeals to the Supreme Court of the State"
Box 2, Folder 6

Court opinions circa 1923-1924

Scope and Content Note

Bound copy of the previous three Colorado Supreme Court cases
 

Letters to the editor 1906-1927 and undated

Scope and Content Note

Letters written by Ben B. Lindsey to various publications as well as statements he issued in response to public attacks
Box 2, Folder 7

Letters to the editor 1906-1927 and undated

 

Pamphlets 1901-1940 and undated

Scope and Content Note

Pamphlets written or compiled by Ben B. Lindsey, or written about his work. This sub-series is based on an inventory list compiled by Henrietta Lindsey titled "Judge Ben. B. Lindsey's Pamphlets" contained in Box 8, File Folder 3.
Box 2, Folder 8

Pamphlets 1901-1905

Scope and Content Note

  • Report of the County Court, Arapahoe County, Colorado, Jan. 8, 1901 to Jan. 1, 1902 also Jan. 1, 1902 to July 1, 1902, Juvenile Division, Probate Division, Civil Division;
  • Report of the County Court of The City & County of Denver, Jan. 1, 1902 to Dec. 31, 1902, Juvenile Division, Probate Division, Civil Division, 1902;
  • The New Probate Law, an address by Ben. B. Lindsey, Judge, County Court of Denver, before the Colorado Bar Association at Annual meeting at Colorado Springs, July 1-2, 1903;
  • The Juvenile Court Laws of the State of Colorado as in Force and as Proposed and Their Purpose Explained, published by the Juvenile Improvement Association of Denver, to assist the Establishment of Juvenile Courts in every State in the Union, 1905, compiled by Ben B. Lindsey
Box 2, Folder 9

Pamphlets 1908-1910 and undated

Scope and Content Note

  • The Rule of Plutocracy in Colorado, A Retrospect and a Warning, August 1908 (the Beast and the Jungle was based on this);
  • Report of the Juvenile Court, City and County of Denver, Colorado, from Nov. 1, 1909 to and including Oct. 31, 1910;
  • Juvenile Court Laws, etc., suggested and published by the Juvenile Improvement Association of Denver;
  • The Report of the Denver Juvenile Court, Nov. 1908 to Nov. 1909; Judge Lindsey's Temperance Declaration, 1910.
Box 2, Folder 10

Pamphlets 1911-1914 and undated

Scope and Content Note

  • Reply to Anti-Suffragists by Judge Ben B. Lindsey of the Juvenile Court, Denver, Colorado, at a meeting held under the auspices of the Equal Franchise Society, in the Assembly Chamber, Albany, N.Y., February 24, 1911;
  • A Pamphlet, Containing Arguments in Favor of the Mothers Compensation Act, November 1912, compiled and issued by Judge Ben B. Lindsey;
  • Measuring Up Equal Suffrage by George Creel and Judge Ben B. Lindsey, reprinted from "The Delineator" by courtesy of the editors;
  • A Pamphlet Containing Arguments in Favor of the Initiated Bills Providing: ¾ths Jury Verdict in Civil Cases and Permitting Women...to Serve on Juries (Proposition No. 3) Initiative and Referendum (Proposition No. 4) Commission to Codify the Laws...relating to Women and Children (Proposition No. 5) Probation in Certain Criminal Cases of Minors and First Offenders Only (Proposition No. 6), Regular General Election, November 3, 1914;
  • What Judge Lindsey Has Done...during the 12 years he has served Denver and Colorado as a public official and Judge of the Juvenile Court, issued by the Denver Christian Citizenship Union with telegram May 24, 1912 from Theodore Roosevelt urging the people of Denver to stand by Judge Lindsey, also quotation from letter to Judge Lindsey by Theodore Roosevelt;
  • A Pamphlet...in favor of...and appeal to the People form Decisions of the Courts Declaring Laws Unconstitutional, Nov. 5, 1912, compiled and issued by Judge Ben B. Lindsey;
  • Judge Lindsey and the Juvenile Court election, Nov. 5, 1912;
  • The People, The Schools and the Playgrounds, a pamphlet containing arguments in favor of the "School and Social Center Amendment," Nov. 5, 1912, compiled by Judge Ben B. Lindsey;
  • Statement of Ben B. Lindsey in support of ...the State Bureau of Child and Animal Protection;
  • A Statement to the Friends of the Juvenile Court of Denver by Ben B. Lindsey, Denver, Colorado, Nov. 1, 1913; The Juvenile Court of Denver (January 1913);
  • A Pamphlet, Bills Concerning Women and Children now pending in the Nineteenth General Assembly, February 5, 1913;
  • The Mothers Compensation Law of Colorado by Judge Ben B. Lindsey, The Survey, Feb. 15, 1913.
Box 3, Folder 1

Pamphlets 1914, 1921 and undated

Scope and Content Note

  • Report of Hon. Ben. B. Lindsey, Chairman of Committee on Juvenile Courts, before The International Congress on the Welfare of the Child, held under the auspices of The Mothers' Congress, at Washington, D.C., April 22-27, 1914;
  • The Delinquent Child, an address by Judge Ben B. Lindsey at The First National Conference on Race Betterment at the Battle Creek Sanitarium, Battle Creek, Michigan, January 8-12, 1914;
  • A Secret Political League by Ben B. Lindsey; Conditions on which Permits may be Granted to Stage Children under the New Child Labor Law of Colorado by Ben B. Lindsey;
  • Children and the Movies, an address by Judge Ben. B. Lindsey at the Chamber of Commerce of Detroit, Michigan, February 1921.
Box 3, Folder 2

Pamphlets 1925

Scope and Content Note

Twenty-five years of the Juvenile and Family Court of Denver, Colorado, based on an address by Judge Lindsey delivered in Chicago, January 2, 1925 (soft and hard- bound versions)
Box 3, Folder 3

Pamphlets 1925-1931

Scope and Content Note

  • "My Fight with the Ku Klux Klan" by Ben B. Lindsey, reprinted from Survey Graphic, June 1925;
  • "The Juvenile Court of the Future" also The Trial of Criminal Cases and Adult Probation in the Chancery Court by Ben B. Lindsey reprinted from "The Development of Juvenile Courts and Probation" Proceedings of the National Probation Association, New York City, 1925;
  • Companionate Marriage by Judge Ben B. Lindsey, an address delivered over radio station KOA Denver, Colorado, March 13 and 20, 1927;
  • Extract of the Report of the 4th Congress of the World League for Sexual Reform, Vienna, Austria, Sept. 16-23, 1930, a report by Ben B. Lindsey on "The Constructive Work I have Undertaken in the United States," published in 1931;
  • Judge Ben B. Lindsey on "The Child -- The Movie -- and Censorship" delivered by Judge Lindsey at the 4th National Motion Picture Conference in Chicago, Illinois, February 1926;
  • Eulogy by Judge Ben B. Lindsey delivered at the memorial services for Luther Burbank at Doyle Park, Santa Rosa, California, April 14, 1926.
Box 3, Folder 4

Pamphlets 1926-1940 and undated

Scope and Content Note

  • The Juvenile Court of the Future by Ben B. Lindsey, read before the National Conference of Social Work, Denver, Colorado, June 10-17, 1925, reprinted from Hospital Social Service, XIII, 1926;
  • The Juvenile Court: An Appreciation by James H. Pershing, Esq., reprinted from The Denver Bar Association Record, July 1926;
  • Little Blue Book No. 1250, edited by E. Haldeman-Julius, Judge Ben B. Lindsey on Companionate Marriage by Marcet Haldeman-Julius, Kansas;
  • The House of Human Welfare by Judge Ben B. Lindsey, reprinted from The Forum: A Magazine of Controversy, December 1927;
  • An Answer to the Critics of the Companionate Marriage by Ben B. Lindsey, 1929;
  • "The You-Don't-Want-a-Divorce Court," by Frank Taylor, condensed from The New Republic, September 1940.
Box 3, Folder 5

Pamphlets undated

Scope and Content Note

  • Denver's Famous Juvenile Court, The Women's Non-Partisan Juvenile Court Association, issued by The Denver Christian Citizenship Union;
  • Justice for Parent and Child without Cost by Ben B. Lindsey;
  • Probation and the Criminal Law by Ben B. Lindsey.
 

Plays undated

Scope and Content Note

Drafts and two bound versions of three plays written or co-authored by Lindsey
Box 3, Folder 6

The Child at the Door--Act I undated

Scope and Content Note

Draft with double carbon copy, missing the end of the act, which reads that it is by Henrietta Brevoort (Mrs. Ben B. Lindsey) with the cooperation of Judge Ben B. Lindsey. "The THEME of this play is the right of the child to be born. This necessarily involves marriage, motherhood, divorce and the so called illegitimate child; also the age old struggle between instinct and custom with its injustices to childhood and motherhood. The purpose of this play is to hit that injustice and to hit it hard...."
Box 3, Folder 7

The Child at the Door--Act I undated

Scope and Content Note

Different draft version of Act I with pages missing toward the beginning but includes the end of the act
Box 3, Folder 8

The Child at the Door--Act II undated

Box 3, Folder 9

The Child at the Door--Act III undated

Box 3, Folder 10

The Child at the Door undated

Scope and Content Note

A full draft of all three acts; this version of the play reads as by Ben B. Lindsey and includes a statement by Lindsey about the play as a foreword
Box 4, Folder 1

The Least of These (or "A Man")--Act I undated

Scope and Content Note

The play in four acts is also known by the title "A Man;" it was written by Harriet Ford in collaboration with Ben B. Lindsey and Harvey J. O'Higgins
Box 4, Folder 2

The Least of These (or "A Man")--Act II undated

Box 4, Folder 3

The Least of These (or "A Man")--Act III undated

Box 4, Folder 4

Greater Love (or "On Honor") undated

Scope and Content Note

An early draft of the play by Ben B. and Henrietta Lindsey that was later called "The New Love" or "New Justice"
Box 4, Folder 5

The New Love--Act I undated

Box 4, Folder 6

The New Love--Act I undated

Scope and Content Note

Version with red-lined stage directions
Box 4, Folder 7

The New Love--Act II undated

Box 4, Folder 8

The New Love--Act III undated

Box 4, Folder 9

The New Love undated

Scope and Content Note

Bound edition of the play in its entirety
Box 4, Folder 10

The New Love undated

Scope and Content Note

A second copy of the bound edition of the full play
 

Speeches, addresses, and interviews 1904-1938 and undated

Scope and Content Note

Public addresses, interviews, and statements given by Lindsey on topics ranging from child advocacy to the defense of his judicial work
Box 4, Folder 11

Speeches, addresses, and interviews 1904-1922

Scope and Content Note

Includes
  • an address at the First Annual Meeting of the National Child Labor Committee in New York City, February 14-16, 1905;
  • an address of Judge Ben Lindsey of the War Camp Community Service, Highland Park, Illinois, September 6, 1918;
  • "Justice for Parent and Child without Cost" by Ben B. Lindsey before The American Bar Association, St. Louis, Missouri, August 27, 1920;
  • "The Parenthood of the State," an address before the National Educational Association at its Annual Meeting, Des Moines, Iowa, July 5, 1921.
Box 4, Folder 12

Speeches, addresses, and interviews 1924-1938 and undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes
  • a U.P. interview, December 23, 1924;
  • an address at the National Newspaper Circulators' Convention, Colorado Springs, Colorado, June 10, 1925;
  • a radio address, Paramount hour, August 31, 1930;
  • "Youth - Model 1934," a radio address on KFWB Los Angeles, August 21, 1934;
  • radio interview on KEHE, December (?) 23 and 30, 1938;
  • a statement by Judge Lindsey on the protection of children in Los Angeles County.
 

Correspondence 1907-1941

Scope and Content Note

This series contains letters written by Ben Lindsey or addressed to him and includes several copies of letters written by President Theodore Roosevelt. It is arranged chronologically.
Box 5, Folder 1

Correspondence 1907-1941

Scope and Content Note

Includes
  • letters written to or from Theodore Roosevelt (2/7/12, 12/27/12, 8/11/16);
  • John D. Rockefeller, Jr. (5/23/14);
  • Colorado Secretary of State James R. Noland (12/24/19, 1/10/20);
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt (10/15/32, 12/2/32, 12/14/32, 7/5/33, 7/27/33, 10/16/33, 11/25/33, 11/28/33);
  • Secretary to the President Louis M. Howe (3/14/33, 5/20/33, 5/23/33, 6/12/33, 11/24/33);
  • Detroit Mayor Frank Murphy (4/14/33);
  • Eleanor Roosevelt (11/25/33, 11/27/33);
  • and Rt. Rev. Msgr. E. J. Flanagan (11/25/41)
Box 5, Folder 2

Correspondence--Theodore Roosevelt December 1910-July 1918

Scope and Content Note

Copies of correspondence between Theodore Roosevelt and Ben B. Lindsey from the Ben B. Lindsey Papers collection at the Library of Congress as requested by the Theodore Roosevelt Research Project at MIT on October 12, 1951
 

Colorado Government circa 1900-1932, 1938

Scope and Content Note

For the first half of his career, Ben Lindsey served as a judge in Colorado from 1900-1927. This series contains court and legislative documents pertaining to both his work as a county court judge and later as the state's first juvenile judge. Lindsey's involvement in Colorado's judicial and legislative branches of government were heavily intertwined as the judge helped draft groundbreaking bills on the juvenile court and the protection of children.
 

Court documents 1911-1932 and undated

Scope and Content Note

Official documents and materials related to Ben Lindsey's judgeship on the Denver County Court (1900-1907) and the Denver Juvenile Court (1907-1927), and his disbarment by the Colorado State Bar Association (1929)
Box 5, Folder 3

Court documents 1911-1924 and undated

Scope and Content Note

  • Annual reports of the Juvenile Court;
  • statements, testimony, and examinations taken under oath;
  • court annual expenditures;
  • reports on juvenile crime and the justice system
Box 5, Folder 4

Court documents--disbarment 1930-1932 and undated

Scope and Content Note

Documents, including letters addressed to the Denver Bar Association, related to Lindsey's disbarment by the Colorado State Bar Association (1929); he was eventually reinstated by the Colorado Supreme Court on November 25, 1935
Box 5, Folder 5

Court documents--disbarment--Colorado Supreme Court Case No. 12130 circa 1929

Scope and Content Note

The Petition of Ben B. Lindsey and the Answer of Respondent in Colorado Supreme Court Case No. 12130
Box 29, Folder 3

Organizational charts [oversize] 1920

Scope and Content Note

Charts outlining the structure of the Denver Juvenile Court and the workflow "Method of Handling Delinquency in Denver"
 

Legislation circa 1900-1927, 1938

Scope and Content Note

Legislative proposals, drafts, and bills of the Colorado State House and Senate; Lindsey drafted numerous bills on child welfare, juvenile crime, and probation and contributed to legislation on labor and public health
Box 5, Folder 6

Draft bills--juvenile and family circa 1907-1927

Box 5, Folder 7

Draft bills--other circa 1900-1927

Box 5, Folder 8

House bills circa 1900-1927

Box 6, Folder 1

Senate bills circa 1900-1927

Box 6, Folder 2

Legislative petitions 1912, 1914, 1938

Box 6, Folder 3

Governor's Committee Reports on Child Welfare Legislation 1922-1925

Box 6, Folder 4

Miscellaneous 1907-1913 and undated

 

California Government circa 1934-1943, 1955

Scope and Content Note

Ben Lindsey served as a California Superior Court judge from 1934 until his death in 1943. This series contains court and legislative documents pertaining to his work on a legislative package titled "The Children's Bills" and to his appointment as the first judge of the California Children's Court of Conciliation.
 

Court documents circa 1934-1943

Scope and Content Note

Official documents and materials related to Ben Lindsey's judgeship on the California Superior Court (1934-1943) and the California Children's Court of Conciliation (1939-1943)
Box 6, Folder 5

Court documents 1938-1940 and undated

Box 6, Folder 6

Children's Court of Conciliation 1939 and undated

Box 6, Folder 7

Whittier State School (folder 1 of 2) 1940-1941

Scope and Content Note

A report on the Whittier State School for Boys issued by an investigative commission appointed by Governor Olson and chaired by Judge Lindsey
Box 6, Folder 8

Whittier State School (folder 2 of 2) 1940

Scope and Content Note

A second copy of the Whittier Report
Box 6, Folder 9

Reply of Ben. B. Lindsey 1941

Scope and Content Note

The Reply of Ben. B. Lindsey to the California Superior Court Report of the Investigating Committee II on the Children's Court of Conciliation
 

Legislation circa 1934-1943, 1955

Scope and Content Note

Legislative proposals, drafts, and bills of the California State Senate and Assembly; Lindsey wrote a series of legislation known as "The Children's Bills" to expand the legal protection of children
Box 6, Folder 10

State Assembly bills 1939-1943, 1955, and undated

Box 7, Folder 1

State Senate bills 1937-1943 and undated

Box 7, Folders 2-4

The Children's Bills 1937-1943

Physical Description: [3 folders.]
Box 7, Folder 5

Miscellaneous 1938, 1942

Scope and Content Note

Proposed amendments and laws for California general elections
 

Election Campaign Material 1903-1934

Scope and Content Note

This series contains campaign material from Ben Lindsey's unsuccessful bid for governor of Colorado (1906), his re-elections (1908, 1916) as a Denver judge, the contested election of 1924, and his California election to the Superior Court (1934).
Box 7, Folder 6

Election campaigns 1903-1934 and undated

Scope and Content Note

"Vote for Lindsey" stickers and ribbons, political advertisements, donation forms, news editorials, and radio campaigns; a series of fliers against Lindsey for California Superior Court judge by the Los Angeles County Judiciary Committee
Box 7, Folder 7

Election campaigns--correspondence 1916, 1934

Box 7, Folder 10

Contested election of 1924 1924-1927 and undated

Scope and Content Note

Statements issued by Lindsey and published articles on a very controversial election between Judge Lindsey and KKK-backed Royal R. Graham that ended up in the courts, where Lindsey was eventually ousted from his judgeship
Box 29, Folder 1

Advertisement proof [oversize] circa 1916

Scope and Content Note

Advertisement proof of Theodore Roosevelt's endorsement of Lindsey in his 1916 re-election campaign for Denver juvenile judge
Box 29, Folder 3

Election posters [oversize] 1912-1916

Scope and Content Note

Two posters for Lindsey's re-election as Denver juvenile judge and one poster opposing Governor Woodrow Wilson's run for the presidency in 1912
 

National Recovery Administration 1933-1934

Scope and Content Note

This series comprises documents related to Lindsey's appointment as a Labor Compliance Officer for the National Recovery Administration (NRA) in 1934
Box 7, Folder 8

NRA booklets 1933-1934

Scope and Content Note

NRA booklets on the organization's policies, fair competition, the reemployment program, the motion picture industry code, the retail code, and prison industries
Box 7, Folder 9

National Recovery Administration 1933-1934 and undated

Scope and Content Note

Letters and documents predominantly related to Lindsey's work on labor violations within the motion picture industry
 

Research Files 1893-1943

Scope and Content Note

This series contains journal articles collected by Lindsey reflecting his work, advocacy, and personal interests arranged alphabetically by subject.
Box 8, Folder 1

Articles on Lindsey 1906-1940 and undated

Scope and Content Note

Journal articles on Lindsey's juvenile court work, advertisements for his books, and an essay about the judge by Harvey O'Higgins
Box 8, Folder 2

Articles on Lindsey--McClure's magazine 1906 October

Scope and Content Note

"Ben B. Lindsey: The Just Judge" by Lincoln Steffens, a three-part article
Box 8, Folder 3

Biographies 1907-1939

Scope and Content Note

José Santos Chocano, Senator Jonathan P. Dolliver, Paul Ehrlich, Francisco Ferrer, Anatole France, Lloyd George, Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes, William Travers Jerome, Mayor Tom L. Johnson, D.H. Lawrence, Emil Ludwig, Claude MacKay, Leonard Merrick, Anne Morgan, Congressman William H. Murray, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Major George Haven Putnam, Theodore Roosevelt, Bill White, Wendell L. Willkie, and others in "Americans of Influence" (1911)
Box 8, Folder 4

Birth control 1915-1933

Box 8, Folder 5

California 1936-1938

Scope and Content Note

Bulletin from the California Association for Adult Education, affidavit of a California longshoremen, and a report by the California State Department of Institutions
Box 8, Folder 6

Children's court of conciliation 1940 and undated

Box 8, Folder 7

Cities 1906-1927 and undated

Scope and Content Note

Journal articles about the rise of the American city and municipal government
Box 8, Folder 8

Colorado circa 1893-1926 and undated

Scope and Content Note

Journal articles on state politics and business including the WWI coal shortage
Box 8, Folder 9

Crime 1907-1939 and undated

Box 9, Folder 1

Economics 1906-1911

Box 9, Folder 2

Economics 1912-1935 and undated

Box 9, Folder 3

Education 1905-1909

Box 9, Folder 4

Education 1910-1929 and undated

Box 9, Folder 5

England 1911 and undated

Box 9, Folder 6

Eugenics 1912, 1918

Box 9, Folder 7

German-language material 1909-1928 and undated

Box 9, Folder 8

Health 1907-1938 and undated

Box 9, Folder 9

Health--Mental health 1920-1939 and undated

Box 9, Folder 10

Health--Venereal disease 1906-1938

Box 10, Folder 1

History--U.S. history 1907-1927

Box 10, Folder 2

History--World history 1909-1921 and undated

Box 10, Folder 3

History--World history--WWI 1914-1918 August

Box 10, Folder 4

History--World history--WWI 1918 September-1918 October

Box 10, Folder 5

History--World history--WWI 1918 November-1918 December and undated

Box 10, Folder 6

History--World history--WWI--Non-military organizations 1918

Scope and Content Note

Report on Non-military Organizations Serving with the AEF (American Expeditionary Forces) by Raymond B. Fosdick, Chairman, Commission on Training Camp Activities
Box 10, Folder 7

History--World history--WWI--Postwar 1918-1925 and undated

Box 10, Folder 8

History--World history--WWII 1942-1943

Scope and Content Note

Copies of three addresses by Vice President Henry A. Wallace
Box 10, Folder 9

Household 1911-1922 and undated

Scope and Content Note

Articles, mostly from Vogue, related to interior design, furniture, housekeeping, and appliances
Box 10, Folder 10

Humor 1911, 1913, 1916

Scope and Content Note

"That Reminds Me: Bright Things of All Times that People Have Laughed Over" section of The Ladies Home Journal
Box 10, Folder 11

Immigration 1911

Scope and Content Note

Article from Pearson's Magazine
Box 10, Folder 12

Judicial system 1907-1929 and undated

Scope and Content Note

Articles on probation, rehabilitation of criminals, crime prevention, and the legal profession
Box 11, Folder 1

Juvenile crime and court 1901-1941 and undated

Scope and Content Note

October 1901 edition of the Juvenile Record, material about the Denver Juvenile Court, and California's Youth Correction Authority Act (1941)
Box 11, Folder 2

Labor 1909-1918

Scope and Content Note

Journal articles on unions, strikes, safety in the workplace, and child labor
Box 11, Folder 3

Literature--Popular fiction 1909-1912 and undated

Box 11, Folder 4

Literature--Sanger, Margaret circa 1912

Scope and Content Note

An incomplete set of proofs of several chapters from Margaret Sanger's "What Every Girl Should Know" (1916)
Box 11, Folder 5

Literature--Tully, Jim circa 1928

Scope and Content Note

"Shanty Irish" as published in The American Mercury with a personal dedication to Judge Lindsey by author Jim Tully
Box 11, Folder 6

Marriage and family--Companionate marriage 1928-1931

Scope and Content Note

Journal articles, a letter to the editor of Worth While magazine, and advertisements for Companionate Marriage (1927)
Box 11, Folder 7

Marriage and family--Divorce 1909-1941 and undated

Box 11, Folder 8

Marriage and family--Divorce--"I Want a Divorce" script 1940 March 14

Box 11, Folder 9

Marriage and family--Marriage 1927, 1929, and undated

Box 12, Folder 1

Marriage and family--Parenting 1907-1933 and undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes journal articles on child-rearing, motherhood, sex education, and adoption
Box 12, Folder 2

Marriage and family--Relationships 1911-1935

Box 12, Folder 3

Miscellaneous and fragments (folder 1 of 2) 1907-1926 and undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes articles selected from the same journal on multiple topics and fragments of articles
Box 12, Folder 4

Miscellaneous and fragments (folder 1 of 2) 1918-1942 and undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes fragments of draft articles and chapters written by Lindsey and other miscellaneous items
Box 12, Folder 5

Morality and ethics 1909-1928

Box 12, Folder 6

Motion pictures 1918-1926

Scope and Content Note

Articles on censorship and "Pictures Boys Want and Grown-Ups Endorse" by The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures (1919-1920)
Box 12, Folder 7

Music 1911, 1918

Box 12, Folder 8

Narcotics 1918

Box 12, Folder 9

Natural resources and conservation 1908-1940

Scope and Content Note

This file title is one of the only labels that appears to have been assigned by Judge Lindsey; includes proposals on farm chemurgy, community gardens, and reemployment as part of a California agricultural conference in 1940
Box 12, Folder 10

Nature 1909 and undated

Box 13, Folder 1

Periodicals 1893-1935

Scope and Content Note

Magazines in their entirety, including The Academic Bulletin, The Commoner, The Critic, The Nation, The New York Times Magazine, Pearson's Magazine, Upton Sinclair's National Epic News
Box 13, Folder 2

Philosophy 1911, 1927, and undated

Box 13, Folder 3

Politics 1906-1909

Box 13, Folder 4

Politics 1910-1912

Box 13, Folder 5

Politics 1913-1920

Box 13, Folder 6

Politics 1933-1938 and undated

Box 13, Folder 7

Presidential election of 1912 1911 January - September 1912 and undated

Scope and Content Note

Articles on presidential candidates Woodrow Wilson (D), Theodore Roosevelt (P), and William Howard Taft (R); Lafollette's Weekly Magazine and The Progressive Bulletin
Box 13, Folder 8

The Press 1909, 1912

Box 13, Folder 9

Prohibition 1907-1927 and undated

Box 14, Folder 1

Religion 1907-1929 and undated

Box 14, Folder 2

Social Commentary 1906-1933 and undated

Box 14, Folder 3

Social Welfare 1904-1939 and undated

Scope and Content Note

Text of a talk by Mrs. Elmer Belt entitled "Some General Considerations of Today's Sociologic-Medical Problem" before the Dr. Frederick W. Roman's Medical Forum in Los Angeles, California on April 21, 1939; ephemera
Box 14, Folder 4

Theater 1909-1921 and undated

Box 14, Folder 5

White Slavery 1909-1911 and undated

Box 14, Folder 6

Women 1906-1928 and undated

Box 15, Folder 1

Women--Suffrage 1909-1927 and undated

Box 15, Folder 2

Youth 1909-1941 and undated

Box 29, Folder 1

Life magazine article [oversize] 1961 March 17

Scope and Content Note

Article with photos from Life magazine titled "Warm Memories of Hull-House" that refers to Lindsey's work with Jane Addams, probably clipped by Henrietta Lindsey
Box 29, Folder 1

Miscellaneous magazine page [oversize] 1918 October

Scope and Content Note

Single page from Vanity Fair with a photo of Italian aviators
Box 29, Folder 2

The Housekeeper [oversize] 1908 November

Scope and Content Note

Part of the November 1908 edition of the magazine, The Housekeeper
Box 29, Folder 3

WWI print [oversize] circa 1918

Scope and Content Note

Print titled "The Midway Plaisance in the Allies' Camp"
 

Newspaper Clippings 1901-1949

Scope and Content Note

Judge Lindsey, an outspoken advocate of the progressive issues of his time, received a significant amount of press coverage on the city, state, and national level. This series contains newspaper articles on Lindsey, his work, his public statements on companionate marriage, birth control, and women's suffrage, his personal life, his travels, as well as coverage of his ousting from the Denver juvenile court, his disbarment by the Colorado State Bar Association, and other historical events such as WWI.
Box 16, Folder 1

Newspaper Clippings 1901

Box 16, Folder 2

Newspaper Clippings 1902-1903 June

Box 16, Folder 3

Newspaper Clippings 1903 November

Box 16, Folder 4

Newspaper Clippings 1903 December

Box 16, Folder 5

Newspaper Clippings 1904

Scope and Content Note

Political cartoons, articles pertaining to Lindsey's re-election as county court judge
Box 16, Folder 6

Newspaper Clippings 1905

Box 16, Folder 7

Newspaper clippings 1906

Box 17, Folder 1

Newspaper clippings 1907

Box 17, Folder 2

Newspaper clippings 1908

Scope and Content Note

International Congress of Mothers in Washington, D.C.
Box 17, Folder 3

Newspaper clippings 1909 January-July

Box 17, Folder 4

Newspaper clippings 1909 August-September

Box 18, Folder 1

Newspaper clippings 1909 October-December

Scope and Content Note

Political cartoons about Lindsey's "The Beast and the Jungle," a series of articles about his 1908 campaign featured in Everybody's Magazine
Box 18, Folder 2

Newspaper clippings 1910 January-February

Box 18, Folder 3

Newspaper clippings 1910 March-May

Box 18, Folder 4

Newspaper clippings 1910 June-July

Box 18, Folder 5

Newspaper clippings 1910 August-September

Box 18, Folder 6

Newspaper clippings 1910 October-December

Box 18, Folder 7

Newspaper clippings 1911 January-September

Box 18, Folder 8

Newspaper clippings 1911 October-December

Box 19, Folder 1

Newspaper clippings 1912 January-April

Box 19, Folder 2

Newspaper clippings 1912 May-July

Box 19, Folder 3

Newspaper clippings 1912 August-December

Scope and Content Note

National Progressive Party's first convention, articles on equal suffrage
Box 19, Folder 4

Newspaper clippings 1913

Box 19, Folder 5

Newspaper clippings 1914

Scope and Content Note

Judge Lindsey's weds Henrietta Brevoort
Box 19, Folder 6

Newspaper clippings (folder 1 of 2) 1915

Box 20, Folder 1

Newspaper clippings (folder 2 of 2) 1915

Box 20, Folder 2

Newspaper clippings 1915 March, October

Box 20, Folder 3

Newspaper clippings 1916

Scope and Content Note

Lindsey re-elected, Ford Peace Party
Box 20, Folder 4

Newspaper clippings 1917

Box 20, Folder 5

Newspaper clippings 1918

Scope and Content Note

Lindsey's travels in Europe as a representative of the Committee on Public Information
Box 20, Folder 6

Newspaper clippings 1919

Box 20, Folder 7

Newspaper clippings 1920

Box 21, Folder 1

Newspaper clippings (folder 1 of 2) 1921

Scope and Content Note

Lindsey's contempt case, Lindsey pays $500 fine
Box 21, Folder 2

Newspaper clippings (folder 2 of 2) 1921

Box 21, Folder 3

Newspaper clippings 1921 July-December

Box 21, Folder 4

Newspaper clippings 1922

Box 21, Folder 5

Newspaper clippings 1923 January-March

Box 21, Folder 6

Newspaper clippings 1923 April-July

Box 21, Folder 7

Newspaper clippings 1923 August-December

Scope and Content Note

Margaret Sanger and Judge Lindsey discuss plans for first birth control clinic
Box 22, Folder 1

Newspaper clippings (folder 1 of 2) 1924

Box 22, Folder 2

Newspaper clippings (folder 2 of 2) 1924

Scope and Content Note

Lindsey's mother, Letitia Ann Lindsey, dies of pneumonia; Lindsey re-elected by slim margin in contested political battle against Royal R. Graham, a candidate backed by the Ku Klux Klan
Box 22, Folder 3

Newspaper clippings 1925 January-April

Scope and Content Note

Election recount due to allegations of fraud, Lindsey wins, but Graham appeals and the case eventually goes to the Colorado Supreme Court
Box 22, Folder 4

Newspaper clippings 1925 April

Box 22, Folder 5

Newspaper clippings 1925 May-December

Scope and Content Note

  • Lindsey speaks at NAACP convention in Denver;
  • Royal Graham, Lindsey's opponent in the 1924 election, commits suicide;
  • Graham's widow pursues the election controversy case in the Colorado Supreme Court, which eventually rules against Lindsey, who is forced to step down as juvenile court judge in 1927.
Box 22, Folder 6

Response to "The Revolt of Modern Youth" 1926 January-April

Scope and Content Note

Newspaper clippings from around the nation reacting to Lindsey's book, The Revolt of Modern Youth (1925)
Box 22, Folder 7

Newspaper clippings 1926 January-February

Box 23, Folder 1

Newspaper clippings 1926 March

Box 23, Folder 2

Newspaper clippings (folder 1 of 5) 1926 April

Scope and Content Note

Death of legendary American botanist, Luther Burbank; Lindsey delivers eulogy (see Lindsey's Writings--Pamphlets--Box 3, Folder 3)
Box 23, Folder 3

Newspaper clippings (folder 2 of 5) 1926 April

Box 23, Folder 4

Newspaper clippings (folder 3 of 5) 1926 April

Box 23, Folder 5

Newspaper clippings (folder 4 of 5) 1926 April

Box 23, Folder 6

Newspaper clippings (folder 5 of 5) 1926 April

Scope and Content Note

Ben and Henrietta Lindsey reveal that they adopted a young girl about a year earlier whom they named Benetta
Box 23, Folder 7

Newspaper clippings 1926 May

Box 23, Folder 8

Newspaper clippings 1926 November-December

Box 24, Folder 1

Newspaper clippings 1927 January

Scope and Content Note

Lindsey ousted from the Denver Juvenile Court when the State Supreme Court rules the 1924 elections illegal
Box 24, Folder 2

Newspaper clippings 1927 January 1-15

Box 24, Folder 3

Newspaper clippings 1927 January 16-24

Box 24, Folder 4

Newspaper clippings 1927 January 25-31

Box 24, Folder 5

Newspaper clippings 1927 February

Scope and Content Note

Press coverage of Judge Lindsey's controversial idea of "companionate marriage"
Box 24, Folder 6

Newspaper clippings 1927 February 1-20

Box 24, Folder 7

Newspaper clippings 1927 February 21-28

Box 25, Folder 1

Newspaper clippings 1927 March

Box 25, Folder 2

Newspaper clippings 1927 April

Box 25, Folder 3

Newspaper clippings 1927 May

Box 25, Folder 4

Newspaper clippings 1927 June

Box 25, Folder 5

Newspaper clippings (folder 1 of 2) 1927 July

Scope and Content Note

Photo of Ben Lindsey with his daughter, Benetta; political cartoons; Robert Steele appointed as Lindsey's successor to the juvenile judgeship
Box 25, Folder 6

Newspaper clippings (folder 2 of 2) 1927 July

Box 25, Folder 7

Newspaper clippings 1927 August

Box 26, Folder 1

Newspaper clippings (folder 1 of 2) 1927 September

Scope and Content Note

Photo of the Lindsey family, including Benetta
Box 26, Folder 2

Newspaper clippings (folder 2 of 2) 1927 September

Box 26, Folder 3

Newspaper clippings (folder 1 of 2) 1927 October

Scope and Content Note

Lindsey holds a bonfire to burn the personal records and letters written to him in confidence by many young people; Lindsey engages in a public debate on companionate marriage with a rabbi in Seattle
Box 26, Folder 4

Newspaper clippings (folder 2 of 2) 1927 October

Box 26, Folder 5

Newspaper clippings 1927 November

Scope and Content Note

Companionate marriage
Box 26, Folder 6

Newspaper clippings 1927 December

Scope and Content Note

Lindsey discusses "Revolt of Modern Youth" and companionate marriage with large audiences
Box 27, Folder 1

Newspaper clippings (folder 1 of 2) 1928

Box 27, Folder 2

Newspaper clippings (folder 2 of 2) 1928

Box 27, Folder 3

Newspaper clippings 1929 January-November

Box 27, Folder 4

Newspaper clippings 1929 December

Scope and Content Note

Lindsey disbarred by the Supreme Court of Colorado for violating two Colorado statutes related to practicing law and receiving additional compensation while serving as a judge
Box 27, Folder 5

Newspaper clippings (folder 1 of 2) 1930

Scope and Content Note

California State Bar allows Lindsey to practice law in California despite his disbarment in Colorado
Box 27, Folder 6

Newspaper clippings (folder 2 of 2) 1930

Box 27, Folder 7

Newspaper clippings 1931

Box 27, Folder 8

Newspaper clippings 1932

Box 28, Folder 1

Newspaper clippings 1933

Box 28, Folder 2

Newspaper clippings 1934

Box 28, Folder 3

Newspaper clippings 1935

Box 28, Folder 4

Newspaper clippings 1936

Box 28, Folder 5

Newspaper clippings 1937

Box 28, Folder 6

Newspaper clippings 1938

Box 28, Folder 7

Newspaper clippings 1939

Scope and Content Note

Legislation written by Judge Lindsey is passed to establish the California Children's Court of Conciliation, which he presided over from 1939-1943
Box 28, Folder 8

Newspaper clippings 1940

Box 28, Folder 9

Newspaper clippings 1941

Scope and Content Note

Whittier School for Boys
Box 28, Folder 10

Newspaper clippings 1942

Box 28, Folder 11

Newspaper clippings 1943

Scope and Content Note

Lindsey's death on March 26, 1943; an article labeled by Henrietta Lindsey (?) as "taken from Lindsey's briefcase Mar 26, 1943"
Box 28, Folder 12

Newspaper clippings 1944-1949

Scope and Content Note

Articles clipped by Henrietta Lindsey about the judge and the status of projects he had been involved in towards the end of his life
Box 28, Folder 13

Newspaper fragments 1901-1949

Scope and Content Note

Fragments of newspaper articles and badly damaged clippings
Box 28, Folder 14

Newspaper clippings undated

 

Ephemera 1893-1943

Scope and Content Note

This series reflects the judge's wide-ranging interests and pursuits in the form of invitations, event flyers, advertisements, brochures, programs, and poems.
Box 15, Folder 3

Ephemera 1893-1911

Scope and Content Note

Includes a directory of public schools on Denver's south side (1902), evangelical pamphlets, programs for charity fundraisers, and an address by the founder of the Birmingham Children's Court in England
Box 15, Folder 4

Ephemera 1912-1943

Scope and Content Note

Includes
  • a June 26, 1918 program for an event honoring the American Effort in France, an advertisement for Lindsey's book - The Revolt of Modern Youth (1925),
  • a flyer advertising a debate between Clarence Darrow (a friend of Lindsey's) and William Upshaw on the 18th amendment,
  • a program for a comic performance titled "Sheets of Shame" referring to Lindsey's public bonfire of personal letters and "records of sharme" he received in confidence from young men and women while serving as Denver's juvenile judge,
  • and a ticket stub to a reception honoring Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt at the Hollywood Bowl on September 24, 1932 hosted by the Young Democratic Club of California.
Box 15, Folder 5

Ephemera undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes advertisements for Christian "House to House" Gospel Messengers and other religious pamphlets