Schematic and Links to Examples
Selection Page: The Case
Selection Page is your gateway to the case
files. It provides a link to each case
and a very brief summary of the caseís
to Visit the Case Selection Page
Each case file begins with a "Decision Home
Page" which briefly discusses the decisionís
legal significance and background story.
More importantly, the Decision Home Page
provides links to the three parts of the
file: the Archive, the Timeline, and the
Researcher Information page. Each of
these pages is discussed below.
Click for an Example of a Decision Home Page
The Archive links
you to the digital
archive of all the available papers of
Supreme Court Justices dealing with the
particular case. The digital archive
presents the papers just as you would find
them in the archives where the originals are
stored. If a particular justice had
two files on the case, the digital archive
will have two digital "files." If the
first box contained five separate documents,
the digital "file" will link you to each of
those documents in the order that they
appeared in the original, hard copy files.
Click for an Example of an Archive Page
Click for an Example of a Justiceís File
Researchers who prefer to view the papers in
chronological (rather than archival) order
will ordinarily go to the Timeline.
This page is a chronological timeline of the
Courtís internal discussion and handling of
the particular case from the petitionerís
earliest filings through the Courtís
announcement of the decision.
The timeline is a single spreadsheet that
links each event to every document that
relates to that event.
an Example of a Timeline Page
The Researcher Information page contains
links to pages with information that may be
helpful to users of the website:
Bibliography of Articles, Transcripts, Cast
of Characters, Sources, and Conversion
- The Bibliography Page contains a list of articles relating to the case.
- The Transcript Page contains links to transcripts of important, but difficult-to-decipher handwritten notes and documents
- The Cast of Character Page contains a list of the abbreviations used to refer to the people who played a part in the case and explains who they were.
- The Sources Page explains where the original documents are located.
- The Conversion Protocols page explains the process that was used to photograph and digitize the copies that appear in the Petition to Decision website.
Click for an Example of a Researcher Page
Click for an Example of a Bibliography Page
Click for an Example of a Transcripts Page
Click for an Example of a Cast of Characters
for an Example of a Sources Page
Click for an Example of a Conversion