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


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Brennan Files
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City of Newport v.  Fact Concerts

Digital Archive


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


          Coverage:  This page links you to the digital archive of all the available papers of Supreme Court Justices dealing with City of Newport v. Fact ConcertsCurrently, Newport papers are available for Justices Blackmun, Brennan, Marshall and Powell.  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 Papers page of the digital archives,  Box 546, File 2 appear as shown below.  In the William Brennan Papers at the Library of Congress, that Box 546, File 2 contains eighteen documents totaling 68 pages.  Each digital "file" contains the same documents in the order that you would find them if you examined the originals. For example, the first document (Justice Blackmun's first typed draft of his opinion) can be accessed by clicking on the "Begins" image number (WJB546F20001).


Box 546 File 2
Brief Description Date Begins Ends
HAB Opinion 1st Draft (typed) 06/05/81 WJB546F20001 WJB546F20028
Memo JPS to HAB 06/08/81 WJB546F20029  
Memo TM to HAB 06/08/81 WJB546F20030  
Memo WJB to HAB 06/08/81 WJB546F20031  
Memo PS to HAB 06/08/81 WJB546F20032  
Memo BRW to HAB 06/09/81 WJB546F20033  
Memo HAB to PS 06/10/81 WJB546F20034  
Memo PS to HAB 06/10/81 WJB546F20035  
Memo WHR to HAB 06/10/81 WJB546F20036  
Memo WEB to HAB 06/11/81 WJB546F20037  
WJB Dissent 1st Draft (typed) 06/19/81 WJB546F20038 WJB546F20047
Memo TM to WJB 06/19/81 WJB546F20048  
Memo JPS to WJB 06/19/81 WJB546F20049  
Memo JPS to WJB 06/22/81 WJB546F20050  
Memo LFP to HAB 06/22/81 WJB546F20051  
Mem HAB to Conference 06/22/81 WJB546F20052  
WJB Dissent 1st Draft (printed) 06/24/81 WJB546F20053 WJB546F20060
WJB Dissent (final) 06/26/81 WJB546F20061 WJB546F20068


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 Newport.  For example, the digital "Docket File" below (Box 525 File 5) contains Brennan's notes only on the certiorari conference  and merits conference at which Newport was discussed.


Box 525 File 5
  Brief Description Date Begins Ends  
  WJB Docket various  WJB525F50001 WJB525F50002  
  WJB Conference Notes 04/03/81 WJB525F50003 WJB525F50004  



          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.