Harry Blackmun collection, 1940-1999

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Blackmun, Harry A. (Harry Andrew), 1908-1999.
Title: Harry Blackmun collection, 1940-1999
Call Number:Series No. 039
Extent: 0.80 linear ft. (2 boxes)
Abstract:Contains memorials to Blackmun and other Supreme Court justices, reprints, documentation of his nomination to the Supreme Court, tributes and dedications, and a small collection of miscellaneous items.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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[after identification of item(s)], Harry Blackmun Collection, Emory Law Archives, Hugh F. MacMillan Law Library, Emory University.


Processed by Nancy H. Watkins, September 2001.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

Harry Andrew Blackmun was born in Nashville, Illinois on November 12, 1908. At an early age, he moved with his family to St. Paul, Minnesota, where he attended public schools. Blackmun graduate summa cum laude from Harvard College in 1929 and then attended Harvard Law School, graduating in 1932. Following graduation from law school, he was a law clerk to Judge John B. Sanborn of the U. S. Courts of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Upon completion of the clerkship he joined the Minneapolis law firm of Dorsey, Colman, Barker, Scott & Barber, where he became a junior partner in 1939 and a general partner in 1943.

Blackmun became general counsel to the Mayo Clinic and Mayo Association in 1950 and remained there until appointed to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in 1959. In 1970, after two unsuccessful attempts by President Richard Nixon to nominate a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas, Blackmun was nominated and easily won confirmation by the United States Senate. He continued to serve as an Associate Justice until his retirement on April 6, 1994. He died in 1999.

Scope and Content Note

The Harry A. Blackmun Collection consists of primarily of items related to Justice Blackmun’s career with the United States Supreme Court. Included are memorials to Blackmun and other Supreme Court justices; reprints of remarks made to various organizations; documentation of his nomination to the Supreme Court; tributes and dedications offered by several groups; and a small collection of miscellaneous items.

Container List

Box Folder Content
1 1 Harry A. Blackmun memorial resolution, 1999
1 2 Memorials, Hugo Layfayette Black, 1972
1 3 Memorials, Harold Hitz Burton, 1964
1 4 Memorials, Pierce Butler, 1940
1 5 Memorials, James Francis Byrnes, 1972
1 6 Memorials, Benjamin N. Cardozo, 1938
1 7 Memorials, Tom C. Clark, 1977
1 8 Memorials, William O. Douglas, 1980
1 9 Memorials, Abe Fortas, 1982
1 10 Memorials, Felix Frankfurter, 1965
1 11 Memorials, John Marshall Harlan, 1971
1 12 Memorials, Charles Evans Hughes, 1948
1 13 Memorials, Thurgood Marshall, 1993
1 14 Memorials, Stanley Forman Reed, 1980
1 15 Memorials, Potter Stewart, 1986
1 16 Memorials, Earl Warren, 1975
2 1 Nomination hearing, 1970
2 2 Remarks, American Bar Association prayer breakfast (Washington, D. C.), 1973
2 3 Remarks, American Bar Association prayer breakfast (Dallas, Texas), 1979
2 4 Remarks, First amendment and its religion clauses: Where are we? Where are we going? (Washington, D. C.), 1987
2 5 Remarks, Franco-American colloquium on human rights (Paris, France), 1979
2 6 Remarks, Section 1983 and federal protection of individual rights: Will the statute remain alive or fade away? (N.Y.U. School of Law), 1983
2 7 Remarks, Some goals for legal education (Ohio Northern University), 1973
2 8 Remarks, Thoughts about ethics (Emory University School of Law), 1974
2 9 Tributes and dedications, Annual Survey of American Law (N.Y.U. School of Law), 1990
2 10 Tributes and dedications, Justice Harry A. Blackmun: some personal recollections, by Honorable Myron H. Bright, 1995
2 11 Tributes and dedications, Yale Law Review, vol. 104, no. 1, 1994
2 12 Honorary degree citation (Emory University School of Law), undated
2 13 Collected materials, 1967, 1978, undated
2 14 Letter from Houghton Mifflin Company, 1993