Inside the Supreme Court

Petition to Decision

Papers of Supreme Court Justices on Civil Rights Cases

David Achtenberg

Professor & Law Foundation Scholar

UMKC School of Law

Kansas City, MO 64110-2499


Migra Home
Brennan Files
Marshall Files
Powell Files
White Files
Migra v. Warren City School District

Digital Archive


The Blackmun Papers The Brennan Papers The Marshall Papers The Powell Papers
The White Papers


          Coverage:  This page links you to the digital archive of all the available papers of Supreme Court Justices dealing with Migra v. Warren City School District Board of Education Currently, Migra papers are available for Justices Blackmun, Brennan, Marshall, Powell, and White.   The digital archive presents the papers just as you would find them in the archives where the originals are stored.   


          Alternative Ways to View the Justices' Papers:  Many researchers may prefer to view the papers in chronological (rather than archival) order.  To do so, you should click here to go to the Timeline Page


          Examples of Digital Box and File In the Brennan page of the digital archives, Box 639 File 3 appears as shown below.  At the Library of Congress, Box 639, File 3 of the William J. Brennan Jr. Papers contains twenty-three documents totaling about 60 pages.  The digital "file" contains the same documents in the order that you would find them if you examined the originals in the Archives. For example, the first document (Justice Brennan's notes prepared before the Court's conference discussing the case) can be accessed by clicking on the "Begins" image number (WJB639F030135).


Box 639 File 3
Brief Description Date Begins Ends
WJB Notes for Conference 10-13-83 WJB639F030135 WJB639F030136
Memo HAB to WEB 10-17-83 WJB639F030137  
Memo WEB to HAB 10-17-83 WJB639F030138  
Memo WJB to JPS and SDO 10-17-83 WJB639F030139  
Memo JPS to WJB 10-17-83 WJB639F030140  
Memo HAB to WEB 10-18-83 WJB639F030141  
Memo BRW to HAB 12-16-83 WJB639F030142  
Memo WHR to HAB 12-19-83 WJB639F030143  
Memo SDO to HAB 12-20-83 WJB639F030144  
Memo WJB to HAB 12-20-83 WJB639F030145  
Memo TM to HAB 12-20-83 WJB639F030146  
Memo JPS to HAB 12-20-83 WJB639F030147  
Memo LFP to HAB 12-20-83 WJB639F030148  
Memo HAB to JPS 12-21-83 WJB639F030149  
Memo WHR to HAB 01-12-84 WJB639F030150  
BRW Concurrence Typed Draft 01-12-84 WJB639F030151 WJB639F030152
BRW Concurrence 1st Draft 01-12-84 WJB639F030153 WJB639F030154
Memo LFP to HAB 01-12-84 WJB639F030155  
BRW Concurrence 2nd Draft 01-13-84 WJB639F030156 WJB639F030157
HAB Opinion 1st Draft 12-16-83 WJB639F030158 WJB639F030169
HAB Opinion 2nd Draft 12-20-83 WJB639F030170 WJB639F030181
HAB Opinion 3rd Draft 01-12-84 WJB639F030182 WJB639F030193
Memo WEB to HAB 01-19-84 WJB639F030194  



While the justices have files dedicated to particular cases, they also have files where they kept particular types of document for all the cases decided in a particular term.  For example, Justice Brennan maintained "Docket Files" which contained his hand-written notes on certiorari and merits conferences, i.e., the meetings during which the Court discussed and voted on each case.  Since each of these files contained notes on various cases, the digital version of the file only includes the documents related to Migra.  For example, the digital "Docket File" below (Box 626 File 9) contains Justice Brennan's notes only on the certiorari conference (January 7, 1983) and merits conference (October 14, 1983) at which Migra was discussed.


Box 626 File 9
Brief Description Date Begins Ends
WJB Docket Sheet Various WJB626F090130  
WJB Conference Notes 10-14-83 WJB626F090131 WJB626F090133




          Abbreviations:  I have abbreviated the names of the justices, their clerks, and a few other persons.    A key to all abbreviations that can be accessed by clicking the abbreviations button in the yellow navigation area.      


          Higher Resolution Copies:  Most of the documents are presented in comparatively small pdf files which should be adequate for most uses.  Please let me know if you think that any particular image needs to be replaced with a higher resolution version.  I will also be happy to send higher resolution copies (or original JPEGs) of any images to anyone who needs them.  For further information about how the documents were photographed, edited and converted to pdf files, click here to go to the Image Creation and Conversion Protocol Page


          Sources and Citation:  For an explanation of how to determine the original archive location of any document, click here to go to the Document Source Page.