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Guide to the Walter Bordwell Papers , 1835-1929 (inclusive), 1890-1912 (bulk)
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    Title: Walter Bordwell Papers ,
    Date (inclusive): 1835-1929 (inclusive), 1890-1912 (bulk)
    Collection number: Special Collections M0256
    Creator: Bordwell, Walter
    Extent: 4 linear ft.
    Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

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    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.


    Gift of Walter B. Lull, 1976.

    Preferred Citation:

    [Identification of item] Walter Bordwell Papers , M0256, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Scope and Content

    The Judge Walter Bordwell Papers concern both his private and professional life as lawyer and judge. The collection spans the years 1835-1929, with the bulk of the material occurring from 1890-1912, during which his career was most active. There is little material from 1915-1925 - the years betwen his retiring as Los Angeles Superior Court Judge and his death. The material is grouped and arranged generally, but not strictly, in alphabetical order. Items within the groups are arranged chronologically but with attached items left attached.
    The first half of the collection (boxes 1-4) deals with his personnal holdings. Included are diaries, memorandum books, financial records and receipts, business cards, a Bible, and a 1928-29 edition of Whos's Who in California, in which is a biographical sketch of Bordwell. There is little personal correspondence, most of which is between him and his cousin Charles Bordwell during the years 1897-1902. There is no original photograph of Judge Bordwell; there are, however, several articles with pictures of him dispersed throughout the newspaper clippings.
    Material from his professional life is contained in the second half of the collection (boxes 5-8). Included are his certificates to practice law, correspondence, pamphlets, dockets, lists, handwritten drafts, and marriage contracts. His most publicized case within the collection is the McNamara Brothers - Burning of the L.A. Times Building Investigation. Although few of the actual court proceedings for this trial are included, there is a variety of correspondence from the public to the Judge, newspaper clippings, and a journal kept by the Judge during the trial. Much information is also contained on the Helena M. Granger vs. Henry W. Robinson case.
    Included within the bulk of newspapers are a considerable number of clippings on World War II events.
    Notable correspondents and others involved with his cases include Clarence Darrow, Governor James Hawley of Idaho, and U.S Senator John D. Works.


    Index of Names (Box - Folder)
    Bernard, Obed (Box 6)
    Bordwell, Charles (2-12)
    Bordwell, Eliza (2-12)
    Bordwell, George (2-4)
    Bordwell, J. L. (5-10)
    Bordwell, Mrs. Walter, (2-2, 2-6)
    Bordwell, Midad (?) (2-11)
    Chubb, Amand (5-17)
    Darrow, Clarence (Box 7)
    Diehm, Ferdinand (5-1)
    Dunbar, E.G.B. (5-9)
    Folsom, E.W. (5-10)
    German American Savings Bank (2-4, 2-11, 5-11, 5-15)
    Granger, Helena M. (Box 6)
    Habl, Ferdinand (5-11)
    Harriman, Job (7-4)
    Hawley, Governor James (5-13)
    Ingersoll, George (2-12, 5-2, 5-16)
    McDonald, E.N. (5-14, 5-15)
    McNamara, J.J. & J.B. (Box 7)
    McNamara, John A. (7-2)
    Nightingale, Newell (5-16)
    Palmer, F.E. (5-17)
    Penn, William (2-4)
    Robinson, Henry W. (Box 6)
    Robinson, Eliza A. (Box 6)
    Satterwhite, Thomas D. (5-10)
    Stohr, Silvester (5-11)
    Windsor, Herbert E. (2-2, 5-7, 5-2)
    Winternitz, J.U. Dr. Oscar Winternitz (5-12)
    Works, Senator John D. (5-13)