National Recovery Review Board
"Like sentinels at a munition plant in wartime, guards stood watch before the locked doors of the printing office at the Department of Commerce for 18 hours one day last week. Behind the doors political dynamite was in manufacture, the long-awaited report by Clarence Darrow and his special board on the operations of NRA as they affected the small industrialist and businessman was being mimeographed. Also being mimeographed under guard were the dissenting report of John F. Sinclair of Manhattan, newspaper financial columnist and member of the Darrow Board, and the caustic retort of General Johnson. At the zero hour 150,000 words of controversy were dumped upon the public. Vitriolic bomb shells of recrimination burst in the camps of Johnson and Darrow while Sinclair's trench mortar added to the loud discord. By and large the U. S. took the bombardment without flinching."
Recovery: Darrow Report, TIME, May 28, 1934.

Government Documents

Codes of Fair Competition, Nos. 111-150, volume 3 
This volume contains the code for the motion picture industry. The National Recovery Review Board, chaired by Clarence Darrow, received more complaints against the motion picture code than any other code they reviewed. The Board's report on the motion picture code was included in its first report. From the Internet Archive.
Clarence Darrow's Testimony before Senate Committee Investigating the National Recovery Administration  Mar, 1935
The controversy created by the National Recovery Administration and the National Recovery Review Board prompted the Senate to pass Resolution 79 under which the Senate Committee on Finance would undertake an investigation of the National Recovery Review Board. Clarence Darrow was called to testify on March 20, 1935.
Investigation of the National Recovery Administration: Hearings Before the Committee on Finance, Part 6  Apr, 1935
Part of the Senate Committee on Finance hearings held pursuant to Senate Resolution 79 to investigate the National Recovery Review Board. Part 6 covers April 13, 15, 16, 17 and 18, 1935 and contains the dissenting report of John F. Sinclair.


Clarence Darrow's Unreported Case by Lowell B. Mason 
Lecture given by Lowell B. Mason about Clarence Darrow and the National Recovery Review Board. Mason worked with Clarence Darrow on this board. Courtesy of the University of Chicago Law School Record.

Photos - Key Figures