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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 - rare autograph note signed on Justice Lamar’s 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

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

Mahlon Pitney - rare handwritten note by Justice Pitney, on his personal calling card, asking the marshal to seat guests in the courtroom, 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

Potter Stewart - extra fine early Supreme Court card, signed in blue fountain pen, unframed

George Sutherland - bold sentiment and signature from the closing of a letter by Sutherland, who led the conservative opposition to the New Deal, unframed

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

Willis Van Devanter - autograph note on his personal calling card asking the Supreme Court marshal to seat ladies in the courtroom, 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

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

Edward D. White - scarce autograph letter signed, as Associate Justice, responding to a student’s request, 5-31-1895, 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 Court’s 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

William J. Brennan, Jr. - wonderful typed letter signed by Justice Brennan quoting one of his own speeches while sending a favorite quotation by Yeats, 11-19-1976, 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

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

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

Felix Frankfurter - typed letter signed, as Harvard law professor, thanking New York Judge Bernard Shientag for a copy of a lecture, 2-20-1935, 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 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

Charles Evans Whittaker - rare signed photograph of Whittaker, who served but five years on the Court, 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 Jackson’s 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


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