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Rehnquist (William H.) papers
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Description
Documents the Supreme Court terms of William H. Rehnquist, associate justice from 1972 to 1986 and chief justice from 1986 to 2005. Materials include court case files, administrative files, conference files, correspondence, speeches and writings, book manuscripts, invitations, and other materials. Also includes Rehnquist's law school notebooks from his time at Stanford Law School in 1951 and 1952.
Background
Born on October 1, 1924 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, William Hubbs Rehnquist served in the Army Air Corps in North Africa during World War II. Once the war ended he attended Stanford University, where he received a B.A. in political science. He then earned master's degrees from both Stanford and Harvard, before completing Stanford Law School in 1952. After completing law school, Rehnquist served as a clerk to Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson.
Extent
591 manuscript boxes, 291 cubic foot boxes, 2 card file boxes, 2 oversize boxes (539.0 Linear Feet)
Restrictions
For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.
Availability
U.S. Supreme Court case files and related materials for the Supreme Court's October Terms 1981-2005 in boxes 463-886 shall remain closed during the lifetime of any member of the Supreme Court who served with William H. Rehnquist. Impeachment files in boxes 322-331 (including video depositions in box 330) are closed until 2048 in accordance with Senate Resolution 474. The remainder of the collection is open for research; materials must be requested in advance via our reservation system. If there are audiovisual or digital media material in the collection, they must be reformatted before providing access.