United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan Oral Histories
 


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United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan oral histories

The materials in this online repository form part of a larger United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan oral histories record group held by the Bentley Historical Library. For a more complete index to the materials, please consult the collection's online finding aid.

For questions or more information, please contact the Bentley Historical Library's Division of Reference and Access Services

Abstract:
Organization dedicated to promoting the history of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Contains digital files of transcripts and chronologies from the Federal Court Oral History Project.

History:
The Historical Society for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan was established in 1992. The goal of the organization is to promote an awareness of the history and significance of the federal United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The District has been a part of the Eighth Circuit court since 1863. The court is divided into two divisions, the North Division which is centered in Bay City and the South Division which is located in Ann Arbor, Detroit and Flint. It is one of the largest district courts in the United States and has been involved legal cases addressing a number of important issues including industrialization and urbanization laws, the trade union movement and civil rights and civil liberties cases. The Historical Society seeks to preserve the history of the court and the judges who have served. It publishes a newsletter, “The Court Legacy”, which focuses on influential people and cases in the history of the court. The Historical Society also maintains a museum on the first floor of the Detroit courthouse featuring documents and artifacts donated by judges. In 1992, the Historical Society partnered with Dr. Philip Mason, a Distinguished Professor of History at Wayne State University, to develop an oral history project for the court. The project collected oral histories from active and retired judges, the wives of former judges as well as others associated with the court. The oral histories addressed a wide range of topics with participants including the early life, education, personal interests, experiences working in the law and significant cases they addressed while on the court.

Please note:

Copyright has been transferred to the Regents of the University of Michigan.



Access to digitized sound recordings may be limited to the reading room of the Bentley Historical Library, located on the Ann Arbor campus of the University of Michigan.

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  • Historical Society for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. (2017)

    Access restricted; see individual files Zip file (1.7GB) Zip file (281.4KB)
  • Historical Society for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. (2017)

    Access restricted; see individual files Zip file (287.8KB) Zip file (221.5KB)

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