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.
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.
Interviewees: at least 76
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.
Interviewees: at least 31
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.