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MSS 87-1

The Papers of Chief Justice Earl Warren


Personal correspondence, photographs, memorabilia and a shotgun that belonged to Chief Justice Warren, 1951-1974.

1951-1974 [Inclusive]
.3 Linear Feet

Scope & Contents

Collection Description


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

    Biographical / Historical

    Earl Warren (1891-1974) was the 14th Chief Justice of the United States. Before becoming Chief Justice, Warren was Govenor of California as well as a district attorney for Alameda County, California, and Attorney General of California.

    Earl Warren and Wallace Lynn (1897-1990) 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 alos donated it to the Library.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    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.

fileEarl Warren Letters, 1951-57MSS 87-1, Box 1
fileEW Letters, 1958-61MSS 87-1, Box 1
fileEW Letters , 1963-64MSS 87-1, Box 1
fileEW Letters, 1965-70MSS 87-1, Box 1
fileRemarks by Earl Warren at ceremonies for John F. Kennedy at the Capitol, signed by Warren , 1963, November 24MSS 87-1, Box 1
Envelopes (1953-1974)
fileEW Memorabilia, 1961-74MSS 87-1, Box 1
fileClippings and copies of clippings re Earl Warren , 1974, n.d.MSS 87-1, Box 1
itemPhotos of Earl Warren taken at a number of events, n.d.Law Special Collections photographs cabinet
itemPhotos of EW, Wallace Lynn, Pat and Jerry Brown, and friends taken on hunting trips, 1948-65, n.d.Law Special Collections photographs cabinet
itemSnapshots of EW and many others taken on hunting and fishing trips , n.d.Law Special Collections photographs cabinet
itemWallace Lynn and friends on hunting trips on Yuba and Klamath Rivers , 1968Law Special Collections photographs cabinet