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The Archives' goal is to acquire, and make available for public use, manuscripts, printed materials, and visual materials that document the history of the law in general and that of the Howard University School of Law in particular. Specifically, the Archives collect materials relating to civil rights litigation and legislation.

Phineas Indritz Papers: The Archives' most utilized collection is the Phineas Indritz Papers. Mr. Indritz was a Washington area lawyer, who dedicated a good deal of his time to civil rights causes. Much of his papers relate to civil rights cases in the District of Columbia and Montgomery County from the 1940s through the 1990s. This Indritz Papers were processed with the aid of a grant from the National Historic Publications and Records Commission.

Phineas Indritz Papers Finding Aid

"Fats" Waller

The Thomas "Fats" Waller Papers: Thomas "Fats" Waller (1904-1943) was a well known jazz pianist and composer. This small (three cubic feet) collection of Fats Waller materials relate primarily to issues of copyright, royalties and inheritance. Online finding aid forthcoming.

Collections in Processing

The J. Clay Smith, Jr. Collection: J. Clay Smith is a former dean and professor at the Howard University School of Law, and is one of the foremost scholars on African Americans in the law. This collection largely consists of Smith's vertical file on African Americans in the law. It also contains copies of many of Smith's public speeches, and a small amount of ephemera. This collection is still in processing, and is not yet available for use.

The Juan Williams Collection of Thurgood Marshall Materials: Noted author, journalist, and commentator Juan Williams collected or created the materials in this collection in preparation for writing his book Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary. The collection includes numerous interviews, photographs, and ephemera related to Thurgood Marshall. This collection is still in processing, and is not yet available for use.

The Archives also houses several other manuscript collections, including the papers of former faculty, EEOC materials, and an extensive historic law book collection.

For more information about using the Archives, or making a donation to the Archives, please contact Seth Kronemer at 806-8304 or


updated: September 5, 2012


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