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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.

Envelopes (1953-1974)