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Full Title
Papers of Harry A. Blackmun
Blackmun, Harry A. (Harry Andrew), 1908-1999
Span Dates
1913-2001 (bulk 1959-1994)
Description of Materials
530,800 items; 1,576 containers plus 9 oversize; 630.2 linear feet; 38 video tapes
Lawyer, judge, and U.S. Supreme Court justice; died 1999.
   Correspondence, appointment books, memoranda, case files, legal papers, subject files, speeches, and writings chiefly documenting Blackmun's career as associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1970-1994) and as judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals (8th Circuit). Also includes material relating to his boyhood in Saint Paul, Minn., his undergraduate and law school studies at Harvard University, his private law practice in Minneapolis, Minn., his work as counsel for the Mayo Clinic and Mayo Association, and his association with the Advisory Committee on Judicial Activities for the Judicial Conference of the United States, Aspen Institute, and the United Methodist Church.
   U.S. Court of Appeals case topics include taxation, civil rights, and labor, administrative, constitutional, and criminal law. Blackmun's decision to declare the use of corporal punishment in prisons unconstitutional is also documented.
   Topics in the Supreme Court files include abortion rights, adoption, research use of fetal tissues, reverse discrimination, and legal issues stemming from the Watergate affair.
   Correspondents include Robert A. Bezoier, Myron H. Bright, Warren E. Burger, Daniel C. Connolly, James Russell Eckman, Felix Frankfurter, Erwin N. Griswold, Henry Earnest Halladay, Russell C. Jewell, A. M. Keith, Robert E. Merry, Roy M. Mersky, Norval Morris, John Bell Sanborn, James F. Simon, Scott Turow, and Charles Alan Wright.
Library of Congress Manuscript Division
Sound recordings and videotape recordings transferred to Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division.
Gift, Harry A. Blackmun; Sally A. Blackmun, executor, 1999-2001.
Gift, Sally A. Blackmun, 2003.
Bezoier, Robert A.--Correspondence
Bright, Myron H.--Correspondence
Burger, Warren E., 1907- --Correspondence
Connolly, Daniel C.--Correspondence
Eckman, James Russell, 1908- --Correspondence
Frankfurter, Felix, 1882-1965--Correspondence
Griswold, Erwin N. (Erwin Nathaniel), 1904- --Correspondence
Halladay, Henry Earnest, 1915- --Correspondence
Jewell, Russell C.--Correspondence
Keith, A. M., 1928- --Correspondence
Merry, Robert E. (Robert Ellsworth), 1920- --Correspondence
Mersky, Roy M.--Correspondence
Morris, Norval--Correspondence
Sanborn, John Bell, 1876- --Correspondence
Simon, James F.--Correspondence
Turow, Scott--Correspondence
Wright, Charles Alan--Correspondence
Aspen Institute
Harvard Law School--Students
Harvard University--Students
Judicial Conference of the United States Advisory Committee on Judicial Activities
Mayo Association
Mayo Clinic
United Methodist Church (U.S.)
United States Court of Appeals (8th Circuit)
United States Supreme Court
Abortion--Law and legislation--United States
Administrative law--United States
Adoption--Law and legislation--United States
Civil rights--United States
Constitutional law--United States
Corporal punishment--United States
Criminal law--United States
Fetal tissues--Research--Law and legislation--United States
Labor laws and legislation--United States
Practice of law--Minnesota--Minneapolis
Prisons--Law and legislation--United States
Reverse discrimination--Law and legislation--United States
Taxation--Law and legislation--United States
Watergate Affair, 1972-1974
Saint Paul (Minn.)--History
Library of Congress Control Number
mm 99084430
Oral History Project
 Transcript: The Justice Harry A. Blackmun oral history project
(1 folder(s); 510 pages)
 Video Tapes: The Justice Harry A. Blackmun oral history project
(38 videos)
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