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U.S. Supreme Court

A great place to start your research on the U.S. Supreme Court and its decisions.

Where to Look for Justices' Papers

Finding Aids

Federal Judicial Center's Biographical Directory of Federal Judges

  • Look up individual justice and then click "Research Collections" or "Oral History"

Ron Collins, Accessing the papers of Supreme Court Justices: Online & other resources, SCOTUSblog (Aug. 22, 2013, 10:28 AM).

Lee Epstein et al., Supreme Court Compendium, Table 5-11 (Reference: KF 8742 S86 2007)

Papers of Mark W. Cannon, administrative assistant for Chief Justice Warren Burger, are available at BYU's Harold B. Lee Library.

Tarlton Holdings

For further related materials, search the TALLONS catalog by subject for:

UT's Harry Ransom Center Holdings

  • Joseph Story family papers: Papers from the family of Justice Joseph Story (1779-1845), mostly of Joseph's son, William Wetmore. The entire collection is 16 document boxes in size; Joseph's part fills a little less than two of those. Most of his writings are legal opinions or charges to juries, from both before and after he was named to the SC, but there is also a notebook of his poetry and some correspondence, mostly with his family.

Documentary Histories

Documentary History of the Supreme Court, 1789-1800: KF 8742 A45 D66 1985

  • Table of contents: 
    • Appointments and proceedings
    • Commentaries on appointments and proceedings
    • The justices on circuit, 1790-1794
    • The justices on circuit, 1795-1800
    • Organizing the federal judiciary: legislation and commentaries
    • Suits against states 
    • Cases: 1790-1795

Documentary History of the First Federal Congress of the United States of America, March 4, 1789-March 3, 1791: JK 1059 1st D6

Congress and the Courts: A Legislative History: Documents and materials regarding the creation, structure and organization of the Federal Courts and the Federal Judiciary.

Further Resources

Digital Collections on Justices

Digital Collections on Supreme Court Cases

Additional Research Guides

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery has developed ANC Explorer, a website and mobile app, to explore Arlington's rich history, including viewing the gravesites of the following Supreme Court justices: Black, Blackmun, Brennan, Burger, Douglas, Goldberg, Holmes, Marshall, Rehnquist, Stewart, and Warren.

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