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  • Overview of the Collection
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: Peirson M. Hall Papers
    Dates (inclusive): 1908-1979
    Collection Number: mssHall papers
    Creator: Hall, Peirson M. (Peirson Mitchell), 1894-1979.
    Extent: 22,229 pieces in 43 boxes + 64 volumes and 32 oversize items
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2129
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: This collection contains the personal and professional papers of California judge Peirson M. Hall (1894-1979).
    Language: English.


    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Peirson M. Hall Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    Gift of Suzanne Christian on November 11, 1994.

    Biographical Note

    Peirson Mitchell Hall was an American judge based in Los Angeles, California. He was born on July 31, 1894, in Armour, South Dakota. Before moving to Los Angeles in 1912, Hall and his mother lived in various places in Nebraska. To pursue a career in law, Hall enrolled in the University of Southern California night Law School and was admitted to the California Bar in 1916. He was in private practice from 1916 to 1924. In 1925 Hall was elected to the Los Angeles City Council and served until 1929. During his tenure in the City Council Hall served as chairman of the Water and Power Committee, a body that eventually formed the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California in 1928. Councilman Hall also was instrumental in the city’s acquisition of Mines Field, the site of the future Los Angeles International Airport. In 1929, Hall ran unsuccessfully for Los Angeles City Attorney. In 1933 President Roosevelt appointed Hall as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California, in recognition of his services to the Democratic Party. As a U.S. Attorney, Hall was considered one of the top federal prosecutors in the country for his efficiency in handling cases. In 1937 Hall was denied reappointment as U.S. Attorney, an unpopular act largely influenced by U.S. Senator William G. McAdoo, of California. In the following year Hall prepared to challenge McAdoo for the Senate seat but instead withdrew to join Sheridan Downey’s Senate campaign in exchange for a promised federal judgeship. In 1939 Hall was appointed by California Governor Culbert Olson to the Superior Court, a judgeship he held until 1942. During his tenure on the Superior Court Hall also served as Head of the Selective Service System in Southern California. In 1942 Hall was appointed and assumed the office of U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of California. He served as Chief Judge from 1959-1964. He was reassigned to Central District in 1966 and assumed senior status in 1968, a post he retained until his death in 1979. Hall was known in the legal community for his expertise in law concerning water rights, patents, and especially aviation, an area in which he heard many lawsuits concerning air disasters and their multi-jurisdictional intricacies. In addition, Hall was chairman of the Uniform Air Crash Legislation Committee of the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference in the late 1970s. Hall was also a member of the U.S. Reparations Mission to Japan following World War II. He has two daughters from his third marriage to Gertrude Mary Hall.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains the personal and professional papers of California judge Peirson M. Hall (1894-1979).
    The Correspondence, manuscripts, and ephemera are organized by genre, subject, and/or original order. The contents include bills (legislative records), biographies, briefs, correspondence, divorce records, genealogical tables, memorandums, newspaper clippings, notes, petitions, photos, proceedings, reports, speeches, subject files, and writings. The subject files include the Uniform Air Crash Legislation Committee, Warsaw Convention, Rank v. Krug, Pan Am Flight 806, Turkish Airlines Flight 981, and Zaibatsu.
    Oversize items are organized by genre. They include audiocassettes, law notes, legal opinions, newspapers, photos, posters, reports, and scrapbooks. The audiocassettes contain recordings of Judge Hall’s oral history on Mines Field. The scrapbooks consist of a large amount of newspaper clippings concerning Judge Hall’s early political career.
    Hall's books are arranged by authors’ last names. Please contact the Reader Services of the Huntington Library for the list of books.


    Organized into three series: 1) Correspondence, manuscripts, and ephemera; 2) Oversized items; 3) Books.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  

    Personal and Corporate Names

    Hall, Peirson M. (Peirson Mitchell), 1894-1979
    Becker, William H. (William Henry), 1909-1992
    Bennett, James V. (James Van Benschoten), 1894-1978
    Black, Hugo LaFayette, 1886-1971
    Boldt, George H. (George Hugo), 1903-1984
    Browning, James R.
    Burdick, Quentin N. (Quentin Northrup), 1908-1992
    California. District Courts of Appeal
    California. Superior Courts
    Carusi, Ugo, 1902-
    Cathcart, Daniel C.
    Chambers, Richard H.
    Civil Works Administration of California
    Clark, Tom C. (Tom Campbell), 1899-1977
    Clary, Thomas J.
    Cole, James L., 1916-1978
    Corman, James C. (James Charles), 1920-2000
    Cox, W. Harold (William Harold), b. 1901
    Cummings, Homer S. (Homer Stille é), 1870-1956
    Danielson, George E.
    Dirksen, Everett McKinley.
    Downey, Sheridan, 1884-1961
    Doyle, Clyde Gilman, 1887-1963
    Eden, Anthony, Earl of Avon, 1897-1977
    Elliott, Shelden D. (Shelden Douglass), 1906-
    Engle, Clair, 1911-1964
    Farrell, George E., 1917-
    Federal Judicial Center
    Friedman, Paul D.
    Goldie, L. F. E. (Louis F. E.)
    Harrison, Benjamin, 1833-1901
    Haskins and Sells
    Hauk, A. Andrew, 1912-2004
    Hidalgo, Edward, 1912-1995
    Hiestand, Edgar W.
    Hillings, Patrick J., 1923-
    Holifield, Chet, 1903-
    Horn, Stephen, 1931-
    Holtzoff, Alexander, 1886-1969
    Hull, Cordell, 1871-1955
    Ingebretsen, James C., 1906-
    Jann, Edmund C.
    Jones, Marvin, 1886-1976
    Kennelly, John J., 1915-
    Knight, Goodwin, 1896-1970
    Kintner, Earl W.
    Kreindler, Lee S.
    Latham, Dana
    Lavine, Richard Allen, 1917-
    Library of Congress
    Lipscomb, Glenard Paul, 1915-1970
    Lockheed Aircraft Corporation
    Long, Edward V., 1908-
    Longsdorf, George Foster
    Los Angeles International Airport
    Loyola Law School (Loyola Marymount University)
    Margolis, Ben
    McAllister, William M.
    McDermott, John T.
    McDonough, Gordon L.
    Mississippi Law Institute
    Mosk, Stanley, 1912-2001
    Mulholland, William, 1855-1935
    Murrah, Alfred P. (Alfred Paul), 1904-1975
    Neblett, William Haynie, b. 1889
    Nilsson, George W., 1890-
    Pauley, Edwin W. (Edwin Wendell), 1903-
    Perl, Raphael
    Phillips, John J., 1887-1983
    Pine, David A.
    Poulson, Norris, 1895-1982
    Powers, Harold J.
    Rifkind, Simon H. (Simon Hirsch), 1901-1995
    Roos, Bö
    Ryan, Sylvester J.
    Saturday Evening Post
    Shafroth, Will, b. 1894
    Sheppard, Harry Richard, 1885-1969
    Smith, H. Allen (Harry Allen), 1907-1976
    Speiser, Stuart M.
    Stephens, Albert Lee, Jr.
    Swinford, Mac
    Tompkins, George N.
    Trautman, Donald Theodore
    Turkish Airlines
    Tydings, Joseph D. (Joseph Davies), 1928-
    United Air Lines, inc.
    United States. Agricultural Adjustment Act 1933
    United States. Attorney (California : Southern District)
    United States. Civil Aeronautics Board
    United States. Constitution. 1st-10th Amendments
    United States. Court of Appeals (9th Circuit)
    United States. Court of Appeals (9th Circuit). Uniform Air Crash Legislation Committee
    United States. Dept. of Justice
    United States. Dept. of State
    United States. Dept. of the Treasury
    United States. District Court (California : Central District)
    United States. District Court (California : Southern District)
    United States. Federal Aviation Administration
    United States. Federal Civil Works Administration
    United States. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation
    United States. Selective Service System
    West Publishing Company
    Whitney, Courtney
    William Morris Agency
    Winters, Glenn R.
    Wright, Charles Alan
    Wright, Lloyd, 1890-1978
    Zirpoli, Alfonso J.


    Aeronautics--Law and legislation--United States.
    Aircraft accidents--American Samoa
    Aircraft accidents--France.
    Airplanes, Military--Accidents--United States
    Airspace (Law)--United States.
    Business and politics --Japan.
    Business tax
    California--History--20th century--Sources.
    Chain stores--United States.
    Compensation (Law)--United States.
    Conflict of laws--Liability for aircraft accidents--United States.
    Court decisions and opinions.
    Dams--California--Saint Francis Dam--1920-1930.
    Groundwater -- California -- San Joaquin Valley.
    Hotels--Nevada--Las Vegas
    Industrial concentration--Japan.
    Japan --Economic conditions --1918-1945.
    Judges--Selection and appointment--United States.
    Judges--United States--Archives.
    Legal opinions--United States.
    Liability for aircraft accidents--United States
    Los Angeles International Airport--History.
    Naturalization--United States.
    Pan American Flight 806 Crash, American Samoa, 1974
    Patents--United States.
    Postwar reconstruction--Japan.
    San Joaquin River (Calif.) -- Water rights.
    Trial practice --United States.
    Trusts, Industrial --Japan.
    Warsaw Convention (1929)
    Water rights -- California -- San Joaquin Valley.
    World War, 1939-1945 --Reparations.

    Geographic Areas

    California--History--20th century--Sources.
    Los Angeles (Calif.)


    Letters (correspondence)--United States
    Personal papers--United States--20th century.
    Professional papers--United States--20th century.