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
Use Restrictions: There are no restrictions.

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


  • 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


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


  • 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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