The Archival Collection of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
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Housed at the John Minor Wisdom Court of Appeals Building, the 5th Circuit Archives comprise a small collection of materials pertinent to the History of the Court. The archives contain collected information of the current and former judges, including photographs, press clippings, memorial proceedings, resolutions and biographical information.
Other information contained in the archives includes material collected during the period of the splitting of the circuit and a collection of photographs which depict the construction of the Court of Appeals Building from 1910-1915. A brief history of the John Minor Wisdom Court of Appeals Building is located on the 5th Circuit Library web site at:
In the summer of 1997 the 5th Circuit Library began an aggressive acquisition program to collect publications of judges currently sitting on the court. These include law review articles, monographs and videotapes of speeches, and congressional testimony. The publications of judges who sat on the court from the late 19th and early 20th century are currently being collected and added to the collection.
Several years ago, the library began the videotaping of oral history interviews of Senior Judges of the court. Once the project is completed, these video tapes will be placed in the archives for viewing.
Due to space limitations, the court is unable to collect or maintain the papers of circuit judges. These are generally left to law schools or Archival Collections within the circuit. These include:
Robert Lynn Batts' papers at the University of Texas Center for American History
The Norman W. Black papers at the Tarlton Law Library
Wayne G. Borah's papers at the Library of Congress
Most of The John M. Brown's papers at the University of Houston Law Library were essentially destroyed in 2001 by flooding from Tropical Storm Allison.  However, about a third of the collection was rescued and preserved (a total of 102 boxes). Information about this part of the collection is located at:
Nathan P. Bryan part of the Philip Keyes Yonge papers at the University of Florida
Charles Clark's papers at the Mississippi State Department of Archives and History Jackson, Miss.
Claude Clayton's papers have been donated to the University of Mississippi Library
The J.P. Coleman Collection at the University of Mississippi
Judge Joseph C. Hutcheson's papers at the University of Texas Law School
Judge Joseph C. Hutcheson's Papers at Rice University Fondren Library Woodson Research Center
Samuel D. Johnson's papers at Baylor University, W.R. Poage Legislative Library
Lewis R. Morgan's papers at the University of Georgia Russell Library of Political Research and Studies
Don A. Pardee papers at Tulane University Howard Tilton Memorial Library
Charles Pickering papers at Mississippi State University Congressional and Political Research Center (closed collection)
Judge Thomas M. Reavley Papers at the East Texas Research Center at Stephen F. Austin State University
John Milton Bryan Simpson papers at the University of Florida
Albert Tate papers at Louisiana State University Hill Memorial Library
Judge Homer Thornberry's papers at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library at the University of Texas.
Jerre S. Williams papers at University of Texas Tarlton Law Library
John Minor Wisdom papers at Tulane University Law School Law Library
This site is maintained by the Fifth Circuit Library System of the U.S. Court of Appeals on behalf of the Federal Judicary.