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Name of Creator:Darack, Carolyn W.
Title:Carolyn W. Darack Papers
Reference Code:M204
Location Code:32/3
Extent:.15 cubic ft. (1 half- manuscript box)
Scope and Content Abstract:The materials in this collection largely pertain to Carolyn Darack's work with Sara R. Ehrmann, the Massachusetts Council for the Abolition of the Death Penalty (MCADP), and the American League to Abolish Capital Punishment (ALACP). The documents in the collection include newspaper articles, news bulletins, organization handouts, handwritten notes, general reports, and pamphlets. Many of the articles are reprints from newspapers. A majority of the items fall between the years 1949-1959, but a few of the items come are from prior to these dates. The ALACP and MCADP documents are filed together because the organizations shared the same address as of 1951 and worked together on many items. Sara Ehrmann wrote or put together most of the press releases. These press releases are usually calls to action in regards to passing legislation or saving a prisoner or updates on such issues. The items under State/Government Documentation vary greatly in type, but all have some connection to the death penalty. Some of the items are lists of legislators and senators, one is a court summons, a few are reports from legislature proceedings, and some are mailings pertaining to bills and legislation. Overall, it is difficult to distinguish between Sara R. Ehrmann's or Carolyn Darack's files, especially pertaining to the handwritten items found in the Correspondences and Notes folder. The Correspondences and Notes folder also contains a 1952 letter to Sara Ehrmann, but on the back are a newspaper reprint and a 1955 press release.
Historical Abstract:Carolyn “Hooky” W. Darack was an activist in the Boston area for social rights and public health. Carolyn grew up in Brookline and attended Simmons College School for Social Work (1942?). During the 1950's she worked with Ehrmann on abolishing capital punishment in Massachusetts. During this time, her name was Carolyn W. Mork. Her first husband was Arnold P. Mork. He and Carolyn had three children: Arnold Jr., David, and Doretta. She later remarried (Melvin Darack) after her first husband passed away. Carolyn served as Director of Heart Information Services for the Massachusetts section of the American Heart Association. Then in 1966, Carolyn became the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Health Council. She also helped to found a number of organizations and groups including the Newton Senior Service Center, the Hospice of the Good Shepherd in Newton, the Coalition Organized for Health Education in Schools (COHES), and the Public Health Museum in Tewksbury. More recently, she was an appointed member of the Advisory Council of Health of the City of Newton.
Language and Scripts:English
System of Arrangement:Alphabetical
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Ehrmann, Sara R., 1895-1993

  • American League to Abolish Capital Punishment
  • Massachusetts Council for the Abolition of the Death Penalty
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
  • United Prison Association of Massachusetts
  • Volunteer Defenders Committee

  • Capital punishment--Massachusetts
  • Death row inmates
  • League to Abolish Capital Punishment (U.S.)
  • Massachusetts
  • Massachusetts Correctional Association
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
  • United Prison Association of Massachusetts

Conditions Governing Access:This collection is unrestricted.
Immediate Source of Acquisition:Sara R. Ehrmann's son, Robert Ehrmann, donated Carolyn W. Darack's papers at her request.
Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use:Copyright Restrictions may apply
Finding Aids:Sara R. Ehrmann papers, Community Resources for Justice records
Related Archival Materials:

Correspondences between Carolyn W. “Hooky” Mork and Miriam Van Waters can be found in the Van Waters, Miriam. Papers, 1861-1971 collection, which is part of the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America. For more information regarding these letters refer to the online finding aid at

Processor:Finding aid prepared by Kristin Wright, December 4, 2014