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Supreme Court of the United States

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The Justice Tom C. Clark Collection

We are privileged to offer the personal autograph collection of Supreme Court Justice Tom C. Clark.  Justice Clark served as Attorney General of the United States from 1945 to 1949, when President Harry S. Truman appointed him as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.  Shortly after he arrived at the Court, Justice Clark began assembling a collection of autographs of Supreme Court Justices that included those of his colleagues and extended back into the 19th Century. The collection includes personal letters that Justice Clark received from other Justices, including those congratulating him on his appointment to the Court, and internal Supreme Court memoranda among the Justices—material that is extremely rare on the autograph market.  None of this material has ever been offered for sale before.

Listed here are some of the items in the collection.  Many other items will be added soon.

Harold H. Burton and Tom C. Clark - extraordinarily rare internal memorandum from Justice Burton to Justice Clark, asking him to cast Burton’s vote on a loyalty case during the era of McCarthyism, April 1951, with Clarkʼs autographed note of explanation, unframed

Harold H. Burton - autograph letter signed to Justice Clark, thanking him for a copy of the opinions of the Attorneys General from before and during Clarkʼs tenure as Attorney General, 9-7-1949, unframed

James F. Byrnes - typed letter signed to Tom C. Clark in which Byrnes appreciates “my colleagues at home . . . thinking of me” during his work at the second meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers in Paris, 5-18-1946, unframed

Charles Evans Hughes - autograph note signed by Hughes, on his personal calling card, asking the marshal to seat friends in the courtroom, unframed

Joseph R. Lamar - rare autograph note signed on Justice Lamarʼs personal calling card asking the marshal to seat a guest in the courtroom, unframed

Joseph R. Lamar - scarce fountain pen signature of Justice Lamar, from the personal collection of Justice Tom C. Clark, unframed

James C. McReynolds - autograph note directing the Supreme Court marshal to take care of friends, unframed

Sherman Minton - personal autograph letter signed to then-Attorney General Tom C. Clark from Mintonʼs hospitalization at Walter Reed Army Medical Center following a heart attack, thanking Clark for his Christmas remembrance, 1-3-1946, unframed

Stanley F. Reed - superb autograph letter signed to Tom C. Clark congratulating him on his appointment as an Associate Justice, 8-1-1949, unframed

Wiley B. Rutledge - superb autograph letter signed to Tom C. Clark congratulating him on his appointment as Associate Justice, 8-1-1949, unframed

Fred M. Vinson - typed letter signed from the Chief Justice thanking Justice Tom C. Clark for a “novel” birthday gift, 1-27-1950, unframed

Fred M. Vinson - typed letter signed by the Chief Justice to Justice and Mrs. Tom C. Clark, thanking them for a Christmas gift, 1-4-1950, unframed



The Entire Court

1954 Supreme Court - Complete set of engraved Supreme Court cards signed by the Justices of the Warren Court who decided Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark school desegregation case, in 1954, unframed


Chief Justices

Oliver Ellsworth (and Jesse Root) - excellent association autograph document signed authorizing reimbursement to Root for volunteer soldiersʼ wages two days after Washingtonʼs surprise victory at Trenton, New Jersey, 12-28-1776, unframed

Salmon P. Chase - extraordinary autograph album  from the 33rd Congress containing the signatures of Chase, Presidents William Henry Harrison and Franklin Pierce, and other prominent mid-19th Century personalities, including Jefferson Davis and members of the Confederate government, Texas giants Sam Houston and Thomas Jefferson Rusk, and Union and Confederate generals

Edward D. White - scarce autograph letter signed, as Associate Justice, responding to a studentʼs request, 5-31-1895, unframed

William Howard Taft - boldly signed The White House card, signed as President, unframed

Harlan Fiske Stone - virtually pristine signed Supreme Court card, unframed

Warren E. Burger - beautiful formal portrait inscribed and signed to a federal appellate judge and dated as Chief Justice, 10-31-1981, matted

Warren E. Burger - the Chief Justice challenges Harvard law students to surpass their colleagues while congratulating them upon establishment of a Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity chapter at Harvard, 11-10-1981, unframed

William H. Rehnquist - virtually pristine engraved Supreme Court card, boldly signed in black, unframed

Also Available:

Charles Evans Hughes - nice signature on a card, unframed


Associate Justices

Hugo L. Black - superb typed letter by Justice Black regarding his opinion in the Supreme Courtʼs school prayer decision—and referring to the Bible—3-31-1966, unframed

Hugo L. Black - poignant, rare autograph letter signed, on Supreme Court stationery, sending thanks for condolences on the death of his wife, Josephine, 3-12-1952, unframed

David J. Brewer - Justice Brewer writes a lyrical letter to Kansas students about those who settled the state, 5-28-1895, unframed

Harold H. Burton - nice inscribed, signed photograph of Burton dated a month into his term as Senator from Ohio, unframed

James F. Byrnes - scarce signed photograph of Byrnes, as governor of South Carolina, unframed

William R. Day - very scarce typed letter signed by the future Justice extolling “the life and character of our departed friend,” President William McKinley, 3-19-1902, unframed

William O. Douglas - nice cacheted first-day cover honoring the 1950 National Capital Sesquicentennial, signed by Justice Douglas, unframed

John McLean - McLean, as Associate Justice, writes to the cashier of the Bank of the United States in Philadelphia regarding his financial matters, 1-10-1840, unframed

Sherman Minton - superb name-dropping autographed letter signed, as United States Senator, regaling a former colleague with tales of the Senate, 4-25-1939, unframed

Sherman Minton - autographed letter signed 12-14-1939, unframed

Charles Evans Whittaker - scarce typed letter signed by the former Supreme Court Justice sending a signed photo (not present), 2-17-1973, unframed

Byron R. White - formal portrait photograph inscribed and signed to a Supreme Court police officer, matted

Levi Woodbury - manuscript letter signed by Woodbury, as Andrew Jacksonʼs Secretary of the Navy, to future Jackson nemesis Nicholas Biddle, 2-21-1833, unframed

Also Available:

Harry A. Blackmun - signed Supreme Court chambers card

Louis D. Brandeis - hand-addressed envelope, unframed

Pierce Butler - signature dated 10-25-1928, unframed

Howell Jackson - scarce signature, dated 1882, unframed


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