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William O. Douglas papers, 1801-1980

Author: William O Douglas
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
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Correspondence, speeches, writings, subject files, Supreme Court files, financial papers, family papers and genealogy, printed matter, photographs, and other papers documenting Douglas's legal career, his concern for the environment, and other interests. Supreme Court files (1938-1975) comprise the bulk of the collection, containing correspondence, memoranda, drafts and final opinions, docket books, and printed
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Genre/Form: Correspondence
Named Person: P K Bannerjee; George Eugene Bates; David T Bazelon; Martha Douglas Bost; Jim D Bowmer; Charles Edward Clark; Clark M Clifford; Sidney M Davis; Irving Dilliard; Arthur Douglas; Mercedes D Douglas Eichholz; Abe Fortas; Jerome Frank; Elon James Gilbert; Dagmar S Hamilton; John J Hooker; Robert Maynard Hutchins; Edwin Palmer Hoyt; Eliot Janeway; Lyndon B Johnson; Robert F Kennedy; Robert Lantz; Francis Thomas Maloney; A Howard Meneely; Richard L Neuberger; Ram Rahul; Fred Rodell; Franklin D Roosevelt; Carrol M Shanks; J Howard Shubert; Marshall L Small; Richard J Smith; Helen M Strauss; Phil Tippin; Y C James Yen; Douglas family.
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Archival Material, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William O Douglas
OCLC Number: 71068743
Language Note: Collection material in English.
Description: 634,875 items. 1,787 containers plus 1 classified and 7 oversize. 716.8 linear feet.

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Correspondence, speeches, writings, subject files, Supreme Court files, financial papers, family papers and genealogy, printed matter, photographs, and other papers documenting Douglas's legal career, his concern for the environment, and other interests. Supreme Court files (1938-1975) comprise the bulk of the collection, containing correspondence, memoranda, drafts and final opinions, docket books, and printed matter relating to cases heard, as well as administrative files of Douglas and his staff. Other papers pertain to his career prior to his Supreme Court appointment, particularly as a faculty member at the law schools of Yale and Columbia universities (1925-1936), director of the Protective Committee Study (1936) of the Securities and Exchange Commission, member and chairman of the SEC (1936-1939), and advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Environmental files include material on conservation, C & O Canal, wildlife, preservation of wilderness areas, and pollution of air and water.

Other topics include Douglas's 1928-1929 study of business failures and bankruptcy laws in the United States, corporate finance, his advocacy for a combined business and law school curriculum at Harvard and other universities, legal affairs of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul, and Pacific Railroad Company, travels in the U.S. and abroad, his interest in botany and collecting specimens from the Middle East and elsewhere, Fund for the Republic, mass education movement, Albert Parvin Foundation, attempt to impeach Douglas from the Supreme Court, U.S. policy toward Asia and recognition of Red China, support of Israel, U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, and the First Amendment, and family matters.

Correspondents include P.K. Bannerjee, George Eugene Bates, David T. Bazelon, Martha Douglas Bost, Jim D. Bowmer, Charles Edward Clark, Clark M. Clifford, Sidney M. Davis, Irving Dilliard, Arthur Douglas, Mercedes D. Douglas Eichholz, Abe Fortas, Jerome Frank, Elon James Gilbert, Dagmar S. Hamilton, John J. Hooker, Edwin Palmer Hoyt, Robert Maynard Hutchins, Eliot Janeway, Lyndon B. Johnson, Robert F. Kennedy, Robert Lantz, Francis Thomas Maloney, A. Howard Meneely, Richard L. Neuberger, Ram Rahul, Fred Rodell, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Carrol M. Shanks, J. Howard Shubert, Marshall L. Small, Richard J. Smith, Helen M. Strauss, Phil Tippin, and Y.C. James Yen.

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