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Sherman Minton Papers

Dates: 1949-1956.

Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court, 1949-1956.

The papers of Sherman Minton consist of printed and typed drafts of judicial opinions, handwritten notes, memoranda, letters, and other documents pertaining to Minton's service on the U. S. Supreme Court, and particularly to cases in which he delivered the opinion of the Court.

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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Size: 3 linear feet, 11 linear inches (about 6,800 pages).
Access: Open.
Copyright: The donor gave to the U.S. Government her copyright interest in all writings in this collection. Documents created by U.S. government employees in the course of their official duties are also in the public domain. Copyright interest in other documents in the collection presumably belongs to the creators of those documents, or their heirs.
Processed by: Erwin J. Mueller (1966)
Updated by: Alexander Eichstadt (2012) as part of the Truman Library Internship Program.
Supervising Archivists: Randy Sowell and David Clark.


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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

1890 (October 20)Born Sherman Minton, Georgetown, Indiana
1915LL.B., Indiana University
1916LL.M., Yale Law School
1917-1919Captain, U.S. Army
1922-1925Attorney with the firm of Stotsenburg, Weathers and Minton, New Albany, Indiana
1925-1928Attorney with the firm of Shutts and Bowen, Miami, Florida
1933-1934Public Counselor, Indiana Public Service Commission
1935-1941U.S. Senator from Indiana
1941Administrative Assistant to President Franklin D. Roosevelt
1941-1949Judge, U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
1949-1956Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court
1965 (April 9)Died, New Albany, Indiana

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COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The papers of Sherman Minton contain printed and typed drafts of judicial opinions, memoranda, handwritten notes, letters, and other documents regarding certain cases that were brought before the U. S. Supreme Court during Minton's seven-year-tenure as an Associate Justice.

The collection is arranged chronologically by date of decision in each case. Justice Minton was assigned to write the majority opinion and deliver the judgment of the Court in almost all of these cases. In addition to typed and printed drafts of his opinions, the collection includes handwritten notes and memoranda from other Justices stating their positions in the cases or suggesting changes in Minton's drafts. A few letters from the public commenting on Court decisions are also included.

Filed at the end of the Minton Papers is an index to all the letters, memoranda, and notes written by other Supreme Court Justices that appear in the collection.

This collection only documents Minton's involvement in certain Supreme Court cases during his tenure as an Associate Justice. It does not contain material regarding other aspects of Minton's life or career in government.

More information about Sherman Minton can be found at the Truman Library in the papers of George D. Braden and the papers of Harry S. Truman.

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SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Container Nos.Series
1-9SUPREME COURT CASE FILE, 1949-1956
Drafts of judicial opinions, memoranda, handwritten notes, letters, and other documents. Arranged chronologically by date of decision.

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FOLDER TITLE LIST

    SUPREME COURT CASE FILE, 1949-1956
Box 1
  • Commissioner of Internal Revenue v. Connelly, 338 U.S. 258 (1949), decided November 7, 1949 - No. 57.
  • Colgate-Palmolive v. National Labor Relations Board, 338 U.S. 355 (1949), decided December 5, 1949 - No. 47.
  • United States ex. Rel. Knauff v. Shaughnessy, 338 U.S. 537 (1949), decided January 16, 1950 - No. 54.
  • Bryan v. United States, 338 U.S. 552 (1949), decided January 16, 1950 - No.178.
  • United States v. Alexander Lawrence Alpers, 338 U.S. 680 (1949), decided February 6, 1950 - No. 217.
  • United States v. Rabinowitz, 339 U.S. 56 (1949), decided February 20, 1950 - No. 293.
  • Reider v. Thompson, 339 U.S. 113 (1949), decided March 13, 1950 - No. 403.
  • Standard-Vacuum Oil v. United States, 339 U.S. 157 (1949), decided March 27, 1950 - No. 18.
Box 2
  • Eugene Dennis v. United States, 339 U.S. 162 (1949), decided March 27, 1950 - No. 14.
  • United States & Interstate Commerce Commission v. U.S. Smelting, 339 U.S. 186 (1949), decided March 27, 1950 - No. 173.
  • Building Service Employees v. Gazzam, 339 U.S. 532 (1949), decided May 8, 1950 - No. 449.
  • Automatic Radio v. Hazeltine, 339 U.S. 827 (1949), decided June 5, 1950 - No. 455.
  • United States v. Security Trust, 340 U.S. 47 (1950), decided October 13, 1950 - Nos. 10-13.
  • Fogarty v. United States, 340 U.S. 8 (1950), decided November 6, 1950 - No. 6.
  • Ackerman v. United States, 340 U.S. 193 (1950), decided December 11, 1950 - Nos. 35-36.
Box 3
  • Alabama Railway v. United States, 340 U.S. 216 (1950), decided January 2, 1951 - Nos. 45-48.
  • National Labor Relations Board v. Gullet Gin, 340 U.S. 361 (1950), decided January 16, 1951 - No. 122.
  • Moore v. Chesapeake & Ohio Railway Company, 340 U.S. 573 (1950), decided February 26, 1951 - No. 318.
  • Paul Moser v. United States, 341 U.S. 41 (1950), decided April 9, 1951 - No. 301.
  • Bowman Dairy v. United States, 341 U.S. 214 (1950), decided April 30, 1951 - No. 435.
  • Panhandle v. Michigan Public Service Commission, 341 U.S. 329 (1950), decided May 14, 1951 - No. 486.
  • United States v. Wunderlich, 342 U.S. 98 (1951), decided November 26, 1951 - No. 11.
  • United States v. Kelly, 342 U.S. 193 (1951), decided January 2, 1952 - No. 209.
  • Pillsbury v. United Engraving, 342 U.S. 197 (1951), decided January 2 1952 - No. 229.
  • United States v. Halseth, 342 U.S. 277 (1951), decided January 7, 1952 - No. 91.
Box 4
  • Adler v. Board of Education, 342 U.S. 485 (1951), decided March 3, 1952 - No. 8.
  • Blackmar v. Guerre, 342 U.S. 512 (1951), decided March 3, 1952 - No. 361.
  • Buck v. California, 343 U.S. 99 (1951), decided March 10, 1952 - No. 165.
  • Uebersee Finanz v. McGrath, 343 U.S. 205 (1951), decided April 7, 1952 - No. 178.
  • Swift v. United States, 343 U.S. 373 (1951), decided May 5, 1952 - No. 282.
  • Stembridge v. Georgia, 343 U.S. 541 (1951), decided May 26, 1952 - No. 474.
  • United States v. Beacon Brass, 344 U.S. 43 (1952), decided November 10, 1952 - No. 30.
Box 5
  • Montgomery Building & Construction Trades Council v. Ledbetter Erection Co., 344 U.S. 178 (1952), decided December 8, 1952 - No. 43
  • Schwartz v. Texas, 344 U.S. 199 (1952), decided December 15, 1952 - No. 41.
  • Brock v. North Carolina, 344 U.S. 424 (1952), decided February 2, 1953 - No. 34.
  • Lutwak v. United States, 344 U.S. 604 (1952), decided February 9, 1953 - No. 66.
  • Howard v. Sinking Fund, 344 U.S. 624 (1952), decided February 9, 1953 - No. 295.
  • Ramspeck v. Federal Trial Examiners, 345 U.S. 128 (1952), decided March 9, 1953 - No. 278.
  • United States v. Gilbert Associates, 345 U.S. 361 (1952), decided April 6, 1953 - No. 440.
  • Callanan Road Improvement v. United States, 345 U.S. 507 (1952), decided May 4, 1953 - No. 488.
  • Polizzi v. Cowles, 345 U.S. 663 (1952), decided June 11, 1953 - No. 287.
Box 6
  • Barrows v. Jackson, 346 U.S. 249 (1952), decided June 15, 1953 - No. 517
  • Atchinson, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad v. Public Utilities Commission, 346 U.S. 346 (1953), decided November 9, 1953 - Nos. 22, 43.
  • United States v. Debrow, 346 U.S. 374 (1953), decided November 16, 1953 - Nos. 51-55.
  • Public Utilities Commission v. United Airlines, 346 U.S. 402 (1953), decided November 30, 1953 - No. 87.
  • Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad v. Stude, 346 U.S. 574 (1953), decided January 18, 1954 - No. 209.
  • United States v. New Britain, 347 U.S. 81 (1953), decided February 1, 1954 - No. 92.
  • Remmer v. United States, 347 U.S. 227 (1953), decided March 8, 1954 - No. 304.
  • Phillips Petroleum v. Wisconsin, 347 U.S. 672 (1953), decided June 7, 1954 - Nos. 280, 281, 418.
Box 7
  • McAllister v. United States, 348 U.S. 19 (1954), decided November 8, 1954 - No. 23.
  • Sullivan v. United States, 348 U.S. 170 (1954), decided December 6, 1954.
  • October Term, 1954: Per Curiams by Associate Justice Minton.
  • United States v. Acri, 348 U.S. 211 (1954), decided January 10, 1955 - No. 33.
  • United States v. Liverpool & London & Globe Insurance Company, 348 U.S. 215 (1954), decided January 10, 1955 - No. 34.
  • United States v. Scovil et al, 348 U.S. 218 (1954), decided January 10, 1955 - No. 35.
  • Lewis v. United States, 348 U.S. 419 (1954), decided March 14, 1955 - No. 203.
  • Norwood v. Kirkpatrick, 349 U.S. 29 (1954), decided April 11, 1955 - No. 337.
Box 8
  • United States v. Anderson, Clayton & Company, 350 U.S. 55 (1955), decided November 7, 1955.
  • Local Union No. 25 v. New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Company, 350 U.S. 155 (1955), decided January 9, 1956 - No. 33.
  • Remmer v. United States, 350 U.S. 377 (1955), decided March 5, 1956 - No. 156.
  • Doud et al v. Hodge, 350 U.S. 485 (1955), decided March 26, 1956 - No. 129.
  • Armstrong v. Armstrong, 350 U.S. 568 (1955), decided April 9, 1956 - No. 38.
Box 9
  • American Airlines v. North American Airlines, 350 U.S. 79 (1955), decided April 23, 1956 - No. 410.
  • Southern Pacific Company v. Gileo, 351 U.S. 493 (1955), decided June 11, 1956 - No. 257.
  • Cole v. Young, 351 U.S. 536 (1955), decided June 11, 1956 - No. 442.
  • Reed v. Pennsylvania Railroad Company, 351 U.S. 502 (1955), decided June 11, 1956 - No. 621.
  • List of Letters, Notes, Etc. from U.S. Supreme Court Justices in the Minton Papers.

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