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Lewis F. Powell Jr. papers

Repository: Washington and Lee University School of Law. Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Archives

Collection Description (CRHP): The collection includes many interviews with Powell on his career as a Supreme Court Justice conducted by historians and journalists.

Collection Description (Extant): The Lewis F. Powell Jr. Papers record the life of this Richmond, Virginia attorney and Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. The papers span the years 1921-1998 (some few items of family history pre-date this period) and document his legal career; military service in World War II; leadership positions in varied civic and professional organizations; and friendships and family relations. Documentation of his work as an attorney is limited, as client files remain with his former law firm, Hunton & Williams. At one hundred forty two cubic feet, Supreme Court case files, 1972-1987, constitute almost half of the collection.

Access Copy Note: By terms of the donor agreement, researches must obtain permission of the archivist before doing research in the case files from the Supreme Court or Court of Appeals portions of the papers. Additionally, portions of the Family Papers series are closed or require special permission for access and use. Specific terms of access are available from the Powell Archives or from its World Wide Web site.

Date(s): 1921-1998

Digital Status: No

Existing IDs: Collection number: 001

Extent: 363 cu. ft.

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Related Archival Items: See the database record on the related collection of Lewis Powell papers at this archive.

Interviewees: Lewis F. Powell, Jr.

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights


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