Tennessee v. John T. Scopes Trial: Andrewena Robinson Davis

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    Description: Andrewena Robinson Davis. Daughter of F. E. Robinson, owner of the Dayton drugstore. Taken during the time of the Tennessee v. John T. Scopes Trial, Dayton, Tennessee. July 1925

    Creator/Photographer: Watson Davis

    Medium: Black and white photographic print

    Dimensions: 4.25 in x 3 in

    Culture: American

    Geography: USA

    Date: 1925

    Persistent URL: photography.si.edu/SearchImage.aspx?id=5273

    Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives

    Collection: Tennessee v. John Thomas Scopes Trial Photographs - During 1925, Watson Davis (1896-1967), Science Service managing editor, took numerous photographs while covering the State of Tennessee v. John Thomas Scopes trial as a reporter. In what was dubbed "The Trial of the Century," Scopes was tried and convicted for violating a state law prohibiting the teaching of the theory of evolution. William Jennings Bryan served on the prosecution team, and Clarence Darrow defended Scopes. Almost eighty years later, the nitrate negatives, including portraits of trial participants, and images from the trial itself and significant places in Dayton, were discovered in archival material donated to the Smithsonian by Science Service in 1971. Marcel C. LaFollette, an independent scholar, historian and Smithsonian volunteer uncovered these rare, previously unpublished photographs of the 1925 Tennessee vs. John Scopes "Monkey Trial" in the Smithsonian Institution Archives (SIA). In 2005, SIA restored fifty-two of the negatives with funds granted by the Smithsonian Women's Committee. Included here are thirty-nine of the images. All images belong to the Record Unit 7091: Science Service, Records, 1902-1965 collection of SIA. All photographs were taken by Watson Davis, Managing Editor of Science Service, while he was in Dayton, Tennessee, June 4-5, 1925, and July 10-22, 1925. LaFollette identified and dated each of these images, and has published a new book highlighting these and other images from the trial entitled, Reframing Scopes: Journalists, Scientists, and Lost Photographs from the Trial of the Century, University Press of Kansas, 2008.

    Accession number: SIA2008-1093

    petedelucchi, Miss History, ctocam_65, and 13 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. profsportster 67 months ago | reply

      Me thinks Watson was distracted from the main events of the trial. I love pondering the humanity of the man behind the camera as well as those at whom he pointed the lens.

    2. Smithsonian Institution 34 months ago | reply

      We're looking for your help! Please help us identify the unnamed in this photograph in the comments below.

      This photo is featured in a post on the Smithsonian Institution Archives' blog, THE BIGGER PICTURE.

    3. batesvol74 34 months ago | reply

      This is Andrewena Robinson Davis, daughter of F.E. Robinson. My Grandmother.

    4. F. E. Robinson's Granddaughter 34 months ago | reply

      The woman in the photo numbered SIA2008-1093 is my birthmother, Andrewena Robinson (Davis). She is the daughter of F. E. (Frank Earle) Robinson in whose drug store the idea to test the Butler Act started. The test rial evolved into the famous Scopes Trial.

    5. Smithsonian Institution 34 months ago | reply

      Thank you so much for your responses! I will forward this information to our archivists and researchers and reply back soon.


      Smithsonian Institution Archives

    6. Smithsonian Institution 34 months ago | reply

      Title and description have been updated!

      Thank you.

    7. Smithsonian Institution 33 months ago | reply

      To confirm, was Ms. Andrewena Robinson married to Mr. Davis in July of 1925?

      Also, if there are more photographs available of Andrewena Robinson Davis or F. E. Robinson, and you're able to upload them to Flickr, please share them in the comments! We would love to see them and learn more.

      Thank you for being in touch!

      Smithsonian Institution Archives

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