This collection contains the papers of Rose Elizabeth Bird, the 25th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of California (1977-1987)
and first female justice, attorney, writer, educator, political commentator and humanitarian. The papers document Bird’s personal
life and professional career primarily from the time she moved to California to attend University of California, Berkeley
in 1959 through shortly before her passing from complications of breast cancer in 1999.
Rose Elizabeth Bird was the 25th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of California, first female justice and first female Chief
Justice (1977-1987). Bird was also California’s only chief justice to be removed from office by voters, after multiple attempts
to unseat her by opponents were ultimately successful in the 1986 California recall election.
27 linear feet
(22 cartons, 2 boxes, 2 oversize boxes, 1 oversize folder)
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