Access to the Justices' Papers: A Better Balance

37 Pages Posted: 12 Jan 2018 Last revised: 6 Sep 2018

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Susan David deMaine

Associate Director, Ruth Lilly Law Library, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Date Written: September 5, 2018

Abstract

This article explores the history of Supreme Court Justices’ papers and their status as private property. It discusses questions of access, the public’s interest in understanding the Court and its decisions, and the effect of the Justices’ papers on scholarship and popular research. Several options for encouraging greater openness are proposed.

Keywords: U.S. Supreme Court, archival collections, deeds of gift, public papers

Suggested Citation

deMaine, Susan David, Access to the Justices' Papers: A Better Balance (September 5, 2018). 110 Law Library Journal 185 (2018); Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Research Paper No. 2018-1. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3100437

Susan David DeMaine (Contact Author)

Associate Director, Ruth Lilly Law Library, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law ( email )

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