Scope and Content
Title: Zurcher v. The Stanford Daily records
Identifier/Call Number: SC0580
Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives
Language of Material:
1.5 Linear feet
Date (inclusive): 1969-1999
Scope and Content
These records, created by The Stanford Daily as well as their attorneys (Jerome B. Falk, Jr. and Robert H. Mnookin of the
Howard, Prim, Rice, Nemerovski, Canday & Pollack law firm and Anthony G. Amsterdam of the Stanford Law School), include correspondence,
1971-80; legal documents (depositions, motions, petitions, briefs, and others), 1974-1978; a notebook on the case's oral argument
kept by attorney Jerome B. Falk; transcripts from the trial, 1971-72; and clippings and news articles, 1971-1978. There is
also a trial transcript from an earlier case (testimony of Mark Weinberger in People v. Steven Kessler, Oct. 23, 1969) involving
The Stanford Daily photographers covering a demonstration.
Correspondents include attorneys Anthony G. Amsterdam, Robert H. Mnookin, Jerome B. Falk, Jr., and Franklin R. Garfield; Daily
editors Felicity Barringer, Edward H. Kohn, and Fred Mann; and Peter G. Stone and Marilyn D. Norek, attorneys for Palo Alto.
On April 12, 1971, Palo Alto police officers obtained a warrant to search the offices of the student newspaper The Stanford
Daily for photographic evidence of the April 9th Stanford University Hospital sit-in, in which property was damaged and nine
officers injured. It was the first known use of a search warrant in an American newspaper office. On May 12, The Daily filed
a law suit against James Zurcher, chief of police, and other officers claiming that the search was in violation of First,
Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights. The case attracted national attention and became a test of the freedom of the press.
Although lower courts upheld the case it was later reversed by the U. S. Supreme Court.
[Identification of item], Zurcher v. The Stanford Daily Records (SC0580). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives,
Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.
Gift of The Stanford Daily, 1999.
Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain
permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections and University
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Falk, Jerome B.
Kohn, Edward H.
Mann, Frederick G.
Mnookin, Robert H.
Norek, Marilyn D.
Stone, Peter G.
Taubman, Felicity Barringer.
Freedom of the press--Cases.--United States
Freedom of the press--United States.