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William O. Douglas oral history interviews

Repository: Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections

Collection Description (CRHP): Consists of a 384-page transcription of taped conversations--and the tapes themselves--between Associate Justice of the Supreme Court William O. Douglas and Walter F. Murphy, professor of politics at Princeton University. Recorded on 19 cassettes, the interviews took place from 1961 to 1963 and were transcribed in the Library, but were not edited by either participant.

The interviews cover most of Douglas' government career. Names which occur frequently in the conversations include Hugo Black, Felix Frankfurter, Charles E. Hughes, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harlan Stone, Harry Truman, Fred Vinson, and Earl Warren. There is also discussion concerning the issues of civil rights, habeas corpus, desegregation, and religious freedom, and various case histories including the Rosenberg case, the Minnesota Tea case, Brown vs. the Board of Education, United States vs. South Eastern Underwriters, and Kramer vs. United States.

Collection Description (Extant): William O. Douglas was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939. His nearly thirty-seven year tenure as a Supreme Court justice was the longest in the history of the court.

Access Copy Note: Special permission must be obtained from the Librarian to listen to the cassettes. There are no restrictions on the transcript.

Date(s): 1961-1963

Digital Status: No

Existing IDs: MC015

Extent: 0.90 cu. ft. (1 volume, 19 cassettes)

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Interviewees: William O. Douglas

Rights (Extant): Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from the Curator of the Public Policy Papers. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions.


Black, Hugo LaFayette, 1886-1971
Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka
Civil rights--Cases
Frankfurter, Felix, 1882-1965
School integration--Law and legislation
Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972
United States. Supreme Court
Warren, Earl, 1891-1974


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