Professional and personal correspondence – Administrative memoranda from the Department of Justice, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia; United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; Judicial Conference of the United States, Administrative Office of the United States Courts; Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation; RLW “memos to the file”, orders; memoranda, correspondence. Includes children thank-you notes to RLW for inviting them to his chambers (May, August 2002), 2002
Scope and Contents
The papers maintained their original organization:
Chambers Manuals and Jury Instructions – Sample documents used in Judge Williams' chambers.
Chrono Files – 1988–2010: We received 6 cartons (became 5 cartons after weeding duplicates and some administrative stuff) of chronological files dated 1988-2011. These documents were found in chronological order but completely mixed. Personal files, clerks' memos, memoranda from the Justice Department, opinions, orders, etc. Correspondence, both professional and personal, newspaper clippings, prisoners' correspondence, documents from the judicial, etc. Researchers will be able to read many important judicial topics, as well as see the day-to-day management of Judge Williams’ chambers, and other not so professional, but important, matters. After 1993, these files seemed to be better organized and there are fewer personal documents.
Sitting with the 4ths: Files related to Judge Williams sitting with the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, covering most of his years on the bench. These files are organized chronologically.
Holding Court Out of Town: Memoranda and other files related to cases heard by Judge Williams outside the Eastern District of Virginia EDVA.
Miscellaneous files: As its title implies, these files are a mixture of documents, organized in alphabetical order.
Old LC Notes: Digital files containing bench memoranda from Judge Williams' law clerks, and public documents about his cases, covering the years 1981-1992. Many of these files are copies of documents in the official record, such as opinions and orders. Please see: Old LC Notes list in ….
Memorabilia – scrapbooks
From the Collection: 34 Linear Feet (85 archival boxes, plus some oversized items)
Language of Materials
From the Collection: English