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The Papers of Chief Justice Earl Warren

Identifier: MSS-87-1

Scope and Contents

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.


  • Creation: 1951-1974


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.


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

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.

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Repository Details

Part of the Arthur J. Morris Law Library Special Collections Repository

Arthur J. Morris Law Library
580 Massie Road
University of Virginia
Charlottesville Virginia 22903 United States