Scope and Content
Call Number: SC0580
Title: Zurcher v. The Stanford Daily records
1.5 Linear feet
Language(s): The materials are in English.
Department of Special Collections and University Archives
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-6064
Phone: (650) 725-1022
Gift of The Stanford Daily, 1999.
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permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections and University
[Identification of item], Zurcher v. The Stanford Daily Records (SC0580). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives,
Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.
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.
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.
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.