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


Praprotnik Home
Brennan Files
Marshall Files
Powell Files
White Files
City of St. Louis v. Praprotnik

Digital Archive


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


          Coverage:  This page links you to the digital archive of all the available papers of Supreme Court Justices dealing with City of St. Louis v. PraprotnikCurrently, Praprotnik papers are available for Justices Blackmun, Brennan, Marshall, White, and Powell (although Justice Powell's papers are quite limited since he retired before the case was argued or decided).   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 Marshall Papers page of the digital archives, Box 442 File 1 appears as shown below.  In the Thurgood Marshall Papers at the Library of Congress, Box 442 File 1 of the Marshall papers contains five documents totaling 109 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 (the sixth printed draft of Justice O'Connor's opinion) can be accessed by clicking on the "Begins" image number (TM442F10001 ).


Box 442 File 1
Brief Description Date Begins Ends
SDO Opinion 6th Draft  03/01/88 TM442F10001 TM442F10018
WJB Concurrence 2nd Draft  03/01/88 TM442F10019 TM442F10035
JPS Dissent 3rd Draft  02/26/88 TM442F10036 TM442F10063
SDO Opinion 5th Draft  02/23/88 TM442F10064 TM442F10081
JPS Dissent 2nd Draft  02/22/88 TM442F10082 TM442F10109



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 Marshall 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 Praprotnik.  For example, the digital "Docket File" below (Box 547 File 6) contains Marshall's notes only on the certiorari conference (1/9/87) and merits conference (10/9/87) at which Praprotnik was discussed.


Box 547 File 6
Brief Description Date Begins Ends
TM Docket (vote record vote record merits) 10/09/87 TM547F60001  
TM Docket (vote record certiorari) 01/09/87 TM547F60002  
TM Conference Notes 10/09/87 TM547F60003 TM547F60004




          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.