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Randolph V. Whiting Papers MSS.0102
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  • Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Title: Randolph V. Whiting papers
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS.0102
    Contributing Institution: California Judicial Center Library, Special Collections and Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.47 Cubic feet (1 archives box)
    Date (inclusive): 1922-1940, bulk 1925-1929
    Abstract: Professional papers of Randolph V. Whiting, Reporter of Decisions for the California Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal from 1917 to 1940. Materials include correspondence, notes and official reports dating from 1922 through 1940.
    creator: Whiting, Randolph V.

    Access

    The Randolph V. Whiting papers are open to researchers upon approval of written request. Requests should be submitted to: California Judicial Center Library, Special Collections and Archives, 455 Golden Gate Avenue, Room 4617, San Francisco, CA, 94102-7013, or by e-mail to archives@jud.ca.gov.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Use must comply with all applicable California and federal statutes and regulations, and with such rules and procedures as the California Judicial Center Library may adopt and promulgate. The security and safety of material in the collections must be assured at all times. Any use of materials or other behavior that creates risk of damage or loss to materials in the collections is prohibited and will result in immediate withdrawal of permission to use the collections. Permission to copy materials in Special Collections and Archives must be requested in advance and in writing.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Randolph V. Whiting papers, MSS.0102, California Judicial Center Library, Special Collections and Archives.

    Biographical Note

    Randolph Virginius Whiting was a native of Quincy, California. He received his early education at public schools and at Bowen's Academy in Berkeley, California. Mr. Whiting attended the University of California at Berkeley and went on to receive his law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1895. He was admitted to the California bar in May 1895 and established his own private practice in San Francisco. In 1897, he began serving as an editor of the Official Reports of decisions of the California Supreme Court. He served as an assistant district attorney of San Francisco from 1900 to 1906 and, in 1915, was appointed assistant office reporter of California Reports and California Appellate Reports. He became the official reporter of those publications in 1917, beginning his twenty-three year term as Reporter of Decisions for the California Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal. He was also active in professional associations and civic groups and, from 1930 to 1932, served as president of the San Francisco Bar Association. In 1940, at the end of Mr. Whiting’s term as Reporter of Decisions, Bernard E. Witkin was appointed Reporter of Decisions.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Randolph V. Whiting papers consist of 0.47 cubic feet of records, including 11 folders of correspondence, notes, and official reports of the California Supreme Court. The materials document the activities of the Reporter of Decisions for the California Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal during Randolph V. Whiting’s service as official reporter. The collection is comprised primarily of typewritten letters addressed to Whiting from lawyers, justices and clerks requesting typographical and semantic corrections to opinions published in California Reports and California Appellate Reports. A smaller portion of the collection consists of Whiting’s handwritten notes and emendations to these publications. Materials date from 1922 through 1940, with the bulk of the material dating from 1925 to 1929.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Whiting, Randolph V.
    California. Supreme Court--History
    Justice, Administration of--California
    Law reports, digests, etc.--California
    Law--California