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We do not have access to articles from Chicago papers in the 1930s, but some have been posted in other places. You may have seen this one already, but here is a link to an article from the Chicago Tribune in 1938:

http://people.virginia.edu/~sfr/enam358/wright.html

There is also an article about Robert Nixon in vol. 3 of the Encyclopedia of World Crime, ed. Jay Robert Nash, 
REF HV6017 .E54 1989 , in our reference collection, on the first floor of the library. The article is on p. 2340.

The book, _Writing the American Classics_, edited by Barbour and Quirk, has a chapter by Keneth Kinnamon which discusses Wright's interest in the Nixon case, with some excerpts of newspaper articles written at the time. We don't have this book, but there are multiple copies of it available in the GIL Universal Catalog; you shouldn't have any trouble getting a copy through GIL Express.

Kinnamon, Keneth. “How Native Son Was Born.” In Writing the American Classics, ed.
James Barbour and Tom Quirk. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press,
1990. 209–234