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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:

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 Clark’s autographed note of explanation, unframed

Tom C. Clark and Stanley F. Reed - rare internal correspondence between the Justices regarding a 1951 case—an autograph note by Clark and an autograph note signed by Reed, 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 - 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

James C. McReynolds - fine signature of Justice McReynolds clipped from a letter, unframed

Mahlon Pitney - scarce Court-date signature clipped from a letter, 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

Willis Van Devanter - official Supreme Court certification attesting to the genuineness of the clerk’s signature on a document, 6-9-1933, 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



Chief Justices

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

Oliver Ellsworth and Lt. David Smith - Connecticut pay warrant with excellent Revolutionary War content referring to service at Peekskill, New York, and signed by both Ellsworth and the soldier, 8-5-1777, unframed

Oliver Ellsworth - outstanding association autograph document signed, a warrant to pay a seven-year veteran Connecticut soldier who served in several important campaigns, including the Siege of Yorktown, 5-18-1778, unframed

Oliver Ellsworth - Revolutionary War-dated Connecticut pay warrant authorizing payment to a doctor for treating a sick soldier, 5-16-1777, unframed

Salmon P. Chase - extraordinary autograph album  from the 33rd Congress containing the signatures of Chase, President 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

Melville W. Fuller - poignant black-bordered letter in which the Chief Justice sends thanks for condolences on the death of his wife, 9-20-1904, unframed

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

Fred M. Vinson - personal check, signed as Chief Justice, to pay his wife’s department store account, 3-15-1950, unframed

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

Louis D. Brandeis - large manila envelope hand addressed by Justice Brandeis to send a signed photograph (not present), 12-27-1937, unframed

Tom C. Clark - typed letter signed, with three-line holograph postscript, identifying possible Washington, D.C., leaders for the American Judicature Society’s annual membership drive,4-17-1968, 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 O. Douglas - Douglas sends thanks for comments on his extraordinary foreign policy speech about China, the Soviet Union, and India, 4-28-1955, unframed

Felix Frankfurter - superb, scarce large-format portrait of Justice Frankfurter by Harris & Ewing, inscribed generically and signed, 5-19-1950, unframed

Horace Gray - handwritten letter by Justice Gray extraordinarily seeking outside help on a decision that he was writing, 9-11-1890, unframed

John Marshall Harlan (1899–1971) - infrequently found typed letter signed by the leader of the Warren Court’s conservatives, 9-23-1961, unframed

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. - handwritten letter by Justice Holmes on Supreme Court stationery sending his autograph, 3-17-1927, unframed

Ward Hunt - very scarce autograph letter signed in which Hunt, then a New York state appeals commissioner, questions why he received ten copies the state statutes, 12-29-1871, unframed

Howell E. Jackson - extremely rare handwritten letter—one of only three we have found—sending his regrets for his inability to obtain a job appointment for a friend’s son, 12-7-1885, unframed

Howell E. Jackson - beautiful, scarce signature of Justice Jackson, as Senator from Tennessee, hand dated on an album page, 8-1-1882, 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 regarding a Christmas gift, 12-14-1939, unframed

Frank Murphy - nice bust portrait of Murphy, taken as Associate Justice, inscribed and signed to noted manuscript collector King V. Hostick, unframed

Owen J. Roberts - nice Supreme Court card signed by the FDR appointee, unframed

Sonia Sotomayor - beautiful typed letter signed by the first Hispanic and Latina Justice, expressing how she is “moved by the chord my life experiences have struck in so many,” 12-11-2014, unframed

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

Also Available:

Harry A. Blackmun - signed Supreme Court chambers card

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


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