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Collection Number: 04866

Collection Title: Alexander Charns Papers, 1930-1990

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Size 60.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 20,000 items)
Abstract Alexander Charns, a lawyer from Durham, N.C., wrote "Cloak and Gavel" (1992), a study of the relationship between the United States Supreme Court and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Photocopies of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) files concerning the relationship between the United States Supreme Court and the FBI. Included are files on individual United States Supreme Court justices; circuit courts; government officials; the American Bar Association; wiretapping; protests and local politics; and the Jencks decision, which relates to testimony by government officials. Also included are photocopies of "official" and "confidential" of J. Edgar Hoover files and papers from a lawsuit filed by Alexander Charns against the FBI in order to gain access to restricted documents.
Creator Charns, Alexander, 1956-
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Alexander Charns Papers #4866, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Alexander Charns of Durham, N.C., on 15 June 1997 (Acc. 97074).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Photocopies of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) files concerning the relationship between the United States Supreme Court and the FBI. Included are files on individual United States Supreme Court justices; circuit courts; government officials; the American Bar Association; wiretapping; protests and local politics; and the Jencks decision, which relates to testimony by government officials. Also included are photocopies of "official" and "confidential" of J. Edgar Hoover files and papers from a lawsuit filed by Alexander Charns against the FBI in order to gain access to restricted documents.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. U.S. Supreme Court Justices, 1930s-1990s.

Arrangement: alphabetically by justice's name.

Folder 1

Black, Hugo #04866, Series: "1. U.S. Supreme Court Justices, 1930s-1990s." Folder 1

Folder 2

Brandeis, Louis #04866, Series: "1. U.S. Supreme Court Justices, 1930s-1990s." Folder 2

Folder 3

Cardozo, Benjamin #04866, Series: "1. U.S. Supreme Court Justices, 1930s-1990s." Folder 3

Folder 4-25

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Folder 25

Clark, Tom #04866, Series: "1. U.S. Supreme Court Justices, 1930s-1990s." Folder 4-25

Folder 26-33

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Folder 32

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Douglas, William #04866, Series: "1. U.S. Supreme Court Justices, 1930s-1990s." Folder 26-33

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Fortas, Abe #04866, Series: "1. U.S. Supreme Court Justices, 1930s-1990s." Folder 34-39

Folder 40-42

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Frankfurther, Felix #04866, Series: "1. U.S. Supreme Court Justices, 1930s-1990s." Folder 40-42

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Folder 48

Goldberg, Arthur #04866, Series: "1. U.S. Supreme Court Justices, 1930s-1990s." Folder 43-48

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Harlan, John Marshall #04866, Series: "1. U.S. Supreme Court Justices, 1930s-1990s." Folder 49-52

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Holmes, Oliver Wendell #04866, Series: "1. U.S. Supreme Court Justices, 1930s-1990s." Folder 53

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Hughes, Charles #04866, Series: "1. U.S. Supreme Court Justices, 1930s-1990s." Folder 54

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Marshall, Thurgood #04866, Series: "1. U.S. Supreme Court Justices, 1930s-1990s." Folder 55-64

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McKenna, Joseph #04866, Series: "1. U.S. Supreme Court Justices, 1930s-1990s." Folder 65

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McReynolds, James #04866, Series: "1. U.S. Supreme Court Justices, 1930s-1990s." Folder 66

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Minton, Sherman #04866, Series: "1. U.S. Supreme Court Justices, 1930s-1990s." Folder 67-68

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Murphy, Frank #04866, Series: "1. U.S. Supreme Court Justices, 1930s-1990s." Folder 69

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Reed, Stanley #04866, Series: "1. U.S. Supreme Court Justices, 1930s-1990s." Folder 70

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Roberts, Owen #04866, Series: "1. U.S. Supreme Court Justices, 1930s-1990s." Folder 71

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Stone, Harlan #04866, Series: "1. U.S. Supreme Court Justices, 1930s-1990s." Folder 72

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Sutherland, George #04866, Series: "1. U.S. Supreme Court Justices, 1930s-1990s." Folder 73

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Taft, William Howard #04866, Series: "1. U.S. Supreme Court Justices, 1930s-1990s." Folder 74

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Van Devanter, Willis #04866, Series: "1. U.S. Supreme Court Justices, 1930s-1990s." Folder 75

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Vinson, Frederick #04866, Series: "1. U.S. Supreme Court Justices, 1930s-1990s." Folder 76

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Warren, Earl #04866, Series: "1. U.S. Supreme Court Justices, 1930s-1990s." Folder 77-92

Folder 93

Whittaker, Charles #04866, Series: "1. U.S. Supreme Court Justices, 1930s-1990s." Folder 93

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Folder 100

Supreme Court Exhibits #04866, Series: "1. U.S. Supreme Court Justices, 1930s-1990s." Folder 94-100

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 2. Circuit Courts and Government Officials, 1930s-1990s.

Arrangement: by court number and alphabetically by government official's name.

Folder 101

D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals #04866, Series: "2. Circuit Courts and Government Officials, 1930s-1990s." Folder 101

Folder 102

2nd Circuit Court of Appeals #04866, Series: "2. Circuit Courts and Government Officials, 1930s-1990s." Folder 102

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4th Circuit Court of Appeals #04866, Series: "2. Circuit Courts and Government Officials, 1930s-1990s." Folder 103

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6th Circuit Court of Appeals #04866, Series: "2. Circuit Courts and Government Officials, 1930s-1990s." Folder 104

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7th Circuit Court of Appeals #04866, Series: "2. Circuit Courts and Government Officials, 1930s-1990s." Folder 105

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8th Circuit Court of Appeals #04866, Series: "2. Circuit Courts and Government Officials, 1930s-1990s." Folder 106

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9th Circuit Court of Appeals #04866, Series: "2. Circuit Courts and Government Officials, 1930s-1990s." Folder 107-113

Folder 114

10th Circuit Court of Appeals #04866, Series: "2. Circuit Courts and Government Officials, 1930s-1990s." Folder 114

Folder 115

Byrnes, James: Director of War Mobilization #04866, Series: "2. Circuit Courts and Government Officials, 1930s-1990s." Folder 115

Folder 116

Crook, Philip: chief, U.S. Supreme Court police force #04866, Series: "2. Circuit Courts and Government Officials, 1930s-1990s." Folder 116

Folder 117

Cropley, Charles Elmore: clerk, U.S. Supreme Court #04866, Series: "2. Circuit Courts and Government Officials, 1930s-1990s." Folder 117

Folder 118

Dilli, Reginald: deputy clerk, U.S. Supreme Court #04866, Series: "2. Circuit Courts and Government Officials, 1930s-1990s." Folder 118

Folder 119

Eskridge, Chauncey: Chicago attorney #04866, Series: "2. Circuit Courts and Government Officials, 1930s-1990s." Folder 119

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Haynsworth, Clement: judge, U. S. circuit court #04866, Series: "2. Circuit Courts and Government Officials, 1930s-1990s." Folder 120

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Lippitt, T. Perry: marshal, U. S. Supreme Court #04866, Series: "2. Circuit Courts and Government Officials, 1930s-1990s." Folder 121

Folder 122

McGowan, Carl: judge, U. S. circuit court #04866, Series: "2. Circuit Courts and Government Officials, 1930s-1990s." Folder 122

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Medina, Harold: judge, U. S. circuit court #04866, Series: "2. Circuit Courts and Government Officials, 1930s-1990s." Folder 123

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Folder 125

Mitchell, John: U.S. Attorney General #04866, Series: "2. Circuit Courts and Government Officials, 1930s-1990s." Folder 124-125

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Folder 127

Parker, John: judge, U. S. circuit court #04866, Series: "2. Circuit Courts and Government Officials, 1930s-1990s." Folder 126-127

Folder 128

Shenker, Israel: reporter, New York Times #04866, Series: "2. Circuit Courts and Government Officials, 1930s-1990s." Folder 128

Folder 129

Smith, Willis: U.S. Senator #04866, Series: "2. Circuit Courts and Government Officials, 1930s-1990s." Folder 129

Folder 130

Swygert, Luther: U. S. assistant attorney general #04866, Series: "2. Circuit Courts and Government Officials, 1930s-1990s." Folder 130

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Tamm, Edward: judge, U. S. circuit court #04866, Series: "2. Circuit Courts and Government Officials, 1930s-1990s." Folder 131-138

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Willey, Harold: clerk, U. S. Supreme Court #04866, Series: "2. Circuit Courts and Government Officials, 1930s-1990s." Folder 139

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Waring, J. Waties: judge, U. S. circuit court #04866, Series: "2. Circuit Courts and Government Officials, 1930s-1990s." Folder 140

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Williams, Edward Bennett: attorney general #04866, Series: "2. Circuit Courts and Government Officials, 1930s-1990s." Folder 141-145

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Williams, Gerhard: U. S. assistant secretary of state #04866, Series: "2. Circuit Courts and Government Officials, 1930s-1990s." Folder 146

Folder 147

Wright, J. Sicelly: U. S. assistant attorney general #04866, Series: "2. Circuit Courts and Government Officials, 1930s-1990s." Folder 147

Folder 148-149

Folder 148

Folder 149

Wyzanski, Charles: judge, U. S. circuit court #04866, Series: "2. Circuit Courts and Government Officials, 1930s-1990s." Folder 148-149

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Arrangement: by file number.

Folder 150

American Bar Association, general #04866, Series: "3. American Bar Association, 1930s-1990s." Folder 150

Folder 151-158

Folder 151

Folder 152

Folder 153

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Folder 158

ABA, 63-383 sections 1-8 #04866, Series: "3. American Bar Association, 1930s-1990s." Folder 151-158

Folder 159

ABA, 63-383-41x #04866, Series: "3. American Bar Association, 1930s-1990s." Folder 159

Folder 160

ABA, 63-383-118 #04866, Series: "3. American Bar Association, 1930s-1990s." Folder 160

Folder 161

ABA, 63-383-185 #04866, Series: "3. American Bar Association, 1930s-1990s." Folder 161

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ABA, 94-1-369 sections 1-5 #04866, Series: "3. American Bar Association, 1930s-1990s." Folder 162-207

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Arrangement: by file number.

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Wiretapping, general #04866, Series: "4. Wiretapping, 1930s-1990s." Folder 208-211

Folder 212-273

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Wiretapping, 62-12114 volumes 1-62 #04866, Series: "4. Wiretapping, 1930s-1990s." Folder 212-273

Folder 274

Wiretapping, 62-12114 supplemental release #04866, Series: "4. Wiretapping, 1930s-1990s." Folder 274

Folder 275

Wiretapping, 62-12114 June mail #04866, Series: "4. Wiretapping, 1930s-1990s." Folder 275

Folder 276

Wiretapping, 62-1410-66-6200 #04866, Series: "4. Wiretapping, 1930s-1990s." Folder 276

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Arrangement: by file number.

Folder 308-311

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Jencks decision, general #04866, Series: "6. Jencks Decision, 1930s-1990s." Folder 308-311

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Jencks decision, 62-104029 volumes 1-14 #04866, Series: "6. Jencks Decision, 1930s-1990s." Folder 312-326

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 7. Charns Suit, 1930s-1990s.

Charns's files on his lawsuit to acquire closed FBI documents.

Folder 327-337

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Charns suit, general #04866, Series: "7. Charns Suit, 1930s-1990s." Folder 327-337

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Tolson settlement #04866, Series: "7. Charns Suit, 1930s-1990s." Folder 338-349

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FBI FOIA policies #04866, Series: "7. Charns Suit, 1930s-1990s." Folder 350-358

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Arrangement: by file number.

Photocopies of FBI files released to Charns after his successful lawsuit. These are labeled JEH O&C. They are referred to in the suit as J. Edgar Hoover official and confidential files.

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J. Edgar Hoover files, 1930s-1990s. #04866, Series: "8. J. Edgar Hoover Files, 1930s-1990s." Folder 359-472

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