Overview of the Collection
Scope and Content
Overview of the Collection
Title: Peirson M. Hall Papers
Dates (inclusive): 1908-1979
Collection Number: mssHall papers
Hall, Peirson M. (Peirson Mitchell), 1894-1979.
22,229 pieces in 43 boxes + 64 volumes and 32 oversize items
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Abstract: This collection contains the personal and professional papers of California judge Peirson M. Hall (1894-1979).
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Gift of Suzanne Christian on November 11, 1994.
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,
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
Organized into three series: 1) Correspondence, manuscripts, and ephemera; 2) Oversized items; 3) Books.
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.
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)
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-
Phillips, John J., 1887-1983
Pine, David A.
Poulson, Norris, 1895-1982
Powers, Harold J.
Rifkind, Simon H. (Simon Hirsch), 1901-1995
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.
Tompkins, George N.
Trautman, Donald Theodore
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
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
Airplanes, Military--Accidents--United States
Airspace (Law)--United States.
Business and politics --Japan.
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.
Japan --Economic conditions --1918-1945.
Judges--Selection and appointment--United States.
Legal opinions--United States.
Liability for aircraft accidents--United States
Los Angeles International Airport--History.
Pan American Flight 806 Crash, American Samoa, 1974
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.
Los Angeles (Calif.)
Letters (correspondence)--United States
Personal papers--United States--20th century.
Professional papers--United States--20th century.