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Potter Stewart papers

Call Number: MS 1367
Scope and Contents

The Potter Stewart Papers consist of United States Supreme Court case files and supporting documentation, Appellate Court case files and supporting documentation, subject files, correspondence, writings, newspaper clippings, photographs, and audiovisual material that document Stewart's career as an associate justice of the Supreme Court and as a judge on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. The papers provide a comprehensive overview of Stewart's career from his appointment to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in 1954 to his retirement from the Supreme Court in 1981. The material regarding Stewart's time on the Supreme Court from 1958 to 1981 is particularly extensive, as each case that came before the court during that time period is represented in the papers. Substantive correspondence between justices is fairly rare and the correspondence in general is largely routine. The extensive photographs are a good source of information about Stewart's life away from the courtroom.

The Potter Stewart Papers were processed as a collaborative effort between Manuscripts and Archives and the Yale Law School to document the careers and accomplishments of Law School faculty and alumni.

Language of Materials

The materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Original audio, film, and video recordings, as well as preservation masters and duplicating masters, may not be played. Readers may only play use copies. If a use copy of a particular recording does not exist, researchers must consult with the reference archivist for policies and procedures regarding the creation of duplicating masters and use copies of original recordings.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by Potter Stewart has been transferred to Yale University. These materials may be used for non-commercial purposes without seeking permission from Yale University as the copyright holder. For other uses of these materials, please contact

Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Potter Stewart, 1983 and 1986.


Arranged in seven series: I. Supreme Court Papers, 1958-1980. II. Appellate Courts, 1953-1958, 1981-1985. III. Correspondence, 1947-1986. IV. Subject Files, 1951-1986. V. Writings, 1954-1983. VI. Personal Papers, 1918-1986. VII. Audiovisual Materials, 1962-1968.

Majority of material found within 1958 - 1980
280.75 Linear Feet (679 Boxes)
Related Names
Stewart, Potter
Language of Materials