The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
Eleventh Circuit Historical Society
Repository URL: http://www.ca11.uscourts.gov/about/histsociety.php
Repository description (CRHP): This repository houses a collection of interviews conducted in 1981 by Jack Bass which were part of a telecourse project entitled "The American South Comes of Age: Impact of the Courts."
Repository description (extant): The Eleventh Circuit Historical Society is a private, nonprofit organization incorporated in Georgia on January 17, 1983. Although the Society has no legal connection with the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, or the federal government, the Society's primary purpose is to keep a record of the history of the courts of the Eleventh Circuit as institutions and of the judges who have constituted these courts. In this regard, the Society considers the judges in the old Fifth Circuit from the states of Alabama, Florida, and Georgia to be included in our area of interest.
In addition, the Society continually strives towards our broader mission of fostering public appreciation of the role and impact of the federal court system in the states encompassed by the Eleventh Circuit.
Since the formation of the Society came shortly after the creation of the Circuit, this timing is especially exciting because the Society can write history as current history, not as research history. The Society is devoted to preserving our courts' heritage through the collection of portraits, photographs, videotaped oral histories, documents, news articles, books, artifacts, and personal memorabilia.
The Society has a permanent office located in the Elbert P. Tuttle United States Court of Appeals Building in Atlanta. Our Board of Trustees is composed of lawyers and legal scholars who represent the historical interests of Alabama, Florida, and Georgia.
Repository type: Non-Profit Organization
[Oral history collection]