Collection Summary

Creator: Warren, Earl
Title: The Papers of Chief Justice Earl Warren, 1951-1970
Accession: MSS 87-1
Location: SC - Basement
Photograph Collection: View 50 digitized photographs
Digitized Content: 165 objects

Collection Description & Arrangement

The Chief Justice Earl Warren collection is a small compilation of correspondence, clippings, memorabilia, and letters related to Chief Justice Waren's career and friendships.

Biographical & Historical Information

Earl Warren, the 14th Chief Justice of the United States, is known for the sweeping decisions of the Warren Court, which ended school segregation and transformed many areas of American law, especially regarding the rights of the accused, ending public-school-sponsored prayer, and requiring "one-man-one vote" rules of apportionment. He made the Court a power center on a more even base with Congress and the presidency especially through four landmark decisions: Brown v. Board of Education (1954), Gideon v. Wainwright (1963), Reynolds v. Sims (1964) and Miranda v. Arizona (1966).

Before becoming Chief Justice, Warren was Govenor of California as well as a district attorney for Alameda County, California and Attorney Genral of California.

Warren and Lynn became friends in the 1920's while Warren was serving as the deputy district attorney for Alameda County. Over the years the two men went duck-hunting on Lynn’s property, attended ball games and other activities together, and exchanged notes and gifts. When Warren was retiring from the Supreme Court, Justice Brennan was charged with choosing a gift from all the justices and sought Lynn’s advice. Lynn suggested a special shotgun that he knew Warren admired, so the justices had one customized for him. Upon his death the gun was given to Lynn who donated it also to the Library.

Acquisition Information

Date Received 1987
Donor Information This collection was donated to the Law Library in 1987 by Wallace Lynn, a California businessman and rancher who was a long-time friend of Warren.

Content List

Letters:

  • 1951-57; Earl Warren Letters (20)
  • 1958-61; EW Letters (19)
  • 1963-64; EW Letters (9)
  • 1965-70; EW Letters (19)
  • 1963, November 24; Remarks by Earl Warren at ceremonies for John F. Kennedy at the Capitol, signed by Warren

Memorabilia:

  • 1961-74; EW Memorabilia
  • 1974, n.d.; Clippings and copies of clippings re Earl Warren

Photographs:

  • n.d.; Photos of Earl Warren taken at a number of events
  • 1948-65, n.d.; Photos of EW, Wallace Lynn, Pat and Jerry Brown, and friends taken on hunting trips
  • n.d.; Snapshots of EW and many others taken on hunting and fishing trips
  • 1968; Wallace Lynn and friends on hunting trips on Yuba and Klamath Rivers

Associated People

Use Policy

Access There are no restrictions.
Use Restrictions There are no restrictions.
Preferred Citation

Papers of Earl Warren, MSS 87-1, Special Collections, University of Virginia Law School Library

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Digitized Manuscript Materials

Earl Warren Letters (1951-1957)
Letter from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 2 April 1954
Letter from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 14 June 1955
Letter from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 25 October 1955
Letter from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 17 March 1956
Newspaper Clipping Sent to Earl Warren regarding "Warren's Goodwill Tour," 4 August 1956
Postcard from Earl Warren in Delhi, India to Wallace R. Lynn, 1 September 1956
Letter from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 20 October 1956
Letter from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 19 November 1956
Letter from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 27 November 1956
Letter from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 11 December 1956
Letter from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 22 March 1951
Letter from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 23 March 1957
Letter from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 15 January 1952
Letter from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 8 April 1957
Letter from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 31 January 1952
Letter from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 3 June 1957
Letter from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 4 April 1952
Letter from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 15 July 1957
Letter from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 16 May 1952
Letter from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 20 November 1957
Letter from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 21 May 1954
Earl Warren Letters (1958-1961)
Postcard from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, undated
Letter from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 21 March 1958
Postcard from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, undated
Letter from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 26 November 1958
Letter from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 1 December 1958
Letter from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 16 February 1959
Letter from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 16 April 1959
Letter from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 9 November 1959
Letter from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 2 November 1959
Letter from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 12 December 1959
Letter from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 23 February 1960
Letter from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 21 March 1960
Letter from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 25 November 1960
Letter from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 16 September 1961
Letter from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 22 September 1961
Letter from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 21 March 1961
Postcard from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 12 November 1973
Postcard from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 11 September 1973
Letter from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, circa 1958
Earl Warren Letters (1963-1964)
Letter from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 20 March 1963
Letter from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 6 May 1963
Letter from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 23 August 1963
Postcard from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 28 August 1963
Letter from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 12 November 1963
Letter from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 2 December 1963
Letter from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 23 March 1964
Letter from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 21 September 1964
Letter from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 7 November 1964
Letter from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 7 December 1964
Earl Warren Letters (1965-1970)
Letter from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 16 January 1966
Letter from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 8 April 1966
Letter from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 20 April 1966
Letter from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 19 August 1967
Birthday Card from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 30 June 1966
Postcard from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, dated 28 September 1966
Letter from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 6 January 1967
Postcard from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, dated 6 August 1967
Letter from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 16 February 1968
Letter from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, dated 30 March 1968
Letter from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 9 May 1968
Letter from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, dated 25 November 1968
Letter from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 20 January 1970
Letter from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 8 October 1965
Letter from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, dated 23 June 1970
Letter from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 8 December 1965
Letter from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 9 March 1970
Letter from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 11 May 1965
Letter from Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 15 June 1965
Earl Warren Memorabilia (1961-1974)
Admissions Ticket to the Inauguration of President Kennedy and Vice President Johnson, 20 January 1961
Admissions Ticket to the Inauguration Platform at the Inauguration of President Kennedy and Vice President Johnson, 20 January 1961
Identification Cards for Chief Justice Warren and Guests on the Occasion of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip's Visit to the National Presbyterian Church, 20 October 1957
National Presbyterian Church Program for the Occasion of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip's Visit, 20 October 1957
Program for the Inaugural Ceremonies, 20 January 1961
Program for the Inaugural Ceremonies (Alternate Version), 20 January 1961
Invitation to the 48th Annual Dinner of the Alfalfa Club, 21 January 1961
Invitation to the 47th Annual Dinner of the Alfalfa Club, 23 January 1960
Invitation to the 51st Annual Dinner of the Alfalfa Club, 25 January 1964
Program - Memorial Service for Chief Justice Earl Warren Held at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, 12 July 1974
Program - Oroville's "Big Dam Dedication" and Feather River Regatta Days, May 1968
Program - Dedication of the Oroville Dam and lake Oroville, 4 May 1968
Letter from Dr. Ruth Gallagher to Wallace Lynn, Enclosing Clipping of Chief Justice Earl Warren's Death, July 1974
Envelopes (1953-1974)
Envelopes from Chief Justice Earl Warren to Wallace R. Lynn, 1953-1974
Photos of Earl Warren Taken at a Number of Events
Chief Justice Earl Warren Standing with Two Men
Chief Justice Earl Warren Standing Next to Boat
Chief Justice Earl Warren with Laughing Man
Chief Justice Earl Warren at Table, Accompanied by Four Men
Portrait of Earl Warren
Ducks Flying Over California Landscape
Chief Justice Earl Warren with Wallace R. Lynn (and Puppies)
Chief Justice Earl Warren with Wallace R. Lynn Posing with Ducks After A Hunting Trip
Chief Justice Earl Warren and Three Men Eating Dinner
Chief Justice Earl Warren Standing with Three Men
Remarks by Earl Warren at Ceremonies for John F. Kennedy at the Capitol, Signed by Warren
Remarks by Chief Justice Earl Warren Following President Kennedy's Assassination, 24 November 1963
Snapshots of Earl Warren and Many Others Taken on Hunting and Fishing Trips
Five Men Standing In Front Of An Airplane, Undated
Five Men Standing In Field, Undated
Portrait of Blinking Man in Cowboy Hat, Undated
Portrait of Young Man in Suit, Undated
Earl Warren Standing Next To Friend, Undated
Earl Warren Standing Next To Car, Undated
Earl Warren Posing with Three Others, Undated
Earl Warren Dining on Porch with Woman, Undated
Earl Warren Seated, Eating on Porch, Undated
Bear Cr. Summit (Elevation 8488), undated
Earl Warren Smiling and Snacking, Undated
Three Snapshots of a Dining Hall, undated
Warren Home in Oakland, California (?), Undated
Earl Warren and Friend, undated
Group of Men Standing In Front of an Airplane, Undated
Candid Shot of Earl Warren and Friend, circa 1958
Airplane, Undated
Smiling Man, undated
Earl Warren, Smiling and Wearing Sunglasses, undated
Seven Man Standing, Undated
Five Men Standing Under an Airplane Wing, Undated