Middle District of Florida Historical Society

Repository description: The Middle District of Florida Historical Society has sponsored an oral history project on federal judges of the Middle District Court, whose jurisdiction includes Tampa, Orlando, and Jacksonville. About a dozen interviews were conducted by staff members at the University of Florida’s Samuel Proctor Oral History Program.

Regulatory significance: No specific information about the content of interviews are available in the finding aid, but this collection could likely contain information on federal regulations as applied and enforced in Florida.

Interview dates: 1987-2009

Digital access: No online access

Physical access: Interview materials should be on location at the historical society in Orlando, Florida, but researchers are encouraged to call in advance of any visit.

Linkhttp://mdflhistoricalcommittee.com/donate/archives/finding-aids/hsa2010-02

Historical Society for the District of Columbia Circuit

Collection description: The historical society has conducted and maintains interviews with judges and lawyers who have influenced the DC circuit. Many of the interviews, conducted by volunteer attorneys trained by the DC circuit historical society, are quite long and were conducted over multiple days.

Regulatory significance: Not all interviews have regulatory significance, but many judges discuss rulings related to federal agencies and commissions. Further work needed to sort through which interviews are particularly relevant.

Location: Copies of the oral histories are kept at three locations: the Judges’ Library at the E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse; the Manuscript Reading Room of the Library of Congress; and the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

Dates: 1990s – present

Access: Only a handful are under seal, such as one conducted with Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Digital access: Most transcripts are available online, as well as photos of judges and biographical sketches.

URL: http://www.dcchs.org/OralHistory.asp

Interviewees: at least 76

Library of the U.S. Courts of the Seventh Circuit

Collection description: Oral history interviews with judges of the Seventh Circuit have been conducted by volunteer attorneys since 1984. They focus on the biographies of the interviewed judges.

Regulatory significance: Of the five interviews available online, only a small portion relate to regulation. Prentice Marshall discusses his time as a hearing officer for the Illinois Fair Employment Practices Commission. Allen Sharp briefly discusses an environmental case brought against U.S. Steel.

Location: Seventh Circuit Library Collection, Chicago.

Dates: 1984 – Present

Access: Open to the public

Digital access: Five transcripts are available online, with judges Prentice H. Marshall, James Moran, James Benton Parsons, and Allen Sharp.

URL: http://www.lb7.uscourts.gov/bios.html

Interviewees: at least 31

Ninth Judicial Circuit Historial Society

Repository description: The Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society has a collection of more than 150 oral history interviews with judges and lawyers who played significant roles with the circuit, which covers the states in the western U.S. including Alaska and Hawaii. Copies of many of the interviews are available at other repositories, particularly the Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley.

Regulatory significance: No specific information about the content of interviews are available in the finding aid, but this collection could likely contain information on federal regulations as applied and enforced in the U.S. West. This is likely a significant source for judicial rulings on environmental and land-use regulation.

Interview dates: 1987 – present

Digital access: No online access

Physical access: Copies of interview materials may be requested from the historical society, located in Pasadena, California. Visitors must contact the organization in advance. Some materials are available at other institutions. See the finding aide for specifics.

Linkhttp://www.njchs.org/oralhistory/index.php