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United States District Courts and Judges of Arkansas, 1836-1960 United States District Courts and Judges of Arkansas, 1836-1960

The history of the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas was released on May 19, 2016, by the University of Arkansas Press.

This project of the Eastern and Western District of Arkansas branches came to fruition after decades of work, thanks to the efforts of Frances Ross of the Eastern District branch. Read more.


District of Nebraska Photographs Historic Book Collection

The U.S. District of Nebraska has documented an historic collection of law books once in the chambers of Judge John W. Delehant, who served on the Court from 1942 to 1972. See the description and images here.

History Workshop

The Historical Society held a history workshop at the Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference in Rogers, Arkansas, on May 3, 2016.

Historical Society President F. Richard Lyford moderated a panel of ten speakers on the topics of fund raising, courthouse exhibits, educational events and programs, court history and biography, and oral history projects.

To see the agenda and speakers, listen to the 1.5 hour workshop, and access handouts, click here. (The workshop immediately follows a 3.5 minute meeting of the Board of Directors.)

Judge Myron H. Bright

In Memoriam: The Honorable Myron H. Bright

On December 12, 2016, U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Myron H. Bright passed away, at the age of 97, after 48 years of service as a federal judge. He was the longest-serving working judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Judge Bright, called a legal giant and champion for equal justice under the law, was revered by judges and lawyers nationwide.

A memorial service was held at North Dakota State University's Reineke Fine Arts Center on December 21, 2016. Click here to watch the service and view photos of tribute. (The video and photos are on the bottom, left of the page. The service is approximately an hour in length and begins after the initial 28 minutes of music.)

Click here to read more about Judge Bright.

U.S. Court of Appeals Holds Judicial Ceremonies

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U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Michael J. Melloy
The Honorable Michael J. Melloy: Portrait Ceremony

U.S. Court of Appeals Judge George G. Fagg
The Honorable George G. Fagg: Memorial Ceremony

U.S. Court of Appeals Judge James B. Loken
The Honorable James B. Loken: Portrait Ceremony

U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Kermit E. Bye
The Honorable Kermit E. Bye: Portrait Ceremony



The Historical Society's mission is to preserve and celebrate the rich history of the federal courts of the seven states that make up the Eighth Circuit. Toward this end, the Historical Society has organized separate branches for each of the United States district courts located in Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota, as well as a branch for the circuit court of appeals that encompasses all of these states.

The Historical Society of the United States Courts in the Eighth Circuit is a not-for-profit corporation organized and operating under the laws of the State of Missouri. It is governed by a board of directors made up of representatives of each of the branches. The Historical Society and its branches are tax exempt organizations pursuant to section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and contributions to the Historical Society are tax deductible. The Historical Society is not a part of, nor is it controlled by, any of the courts, judges or employees of the courts.

The Historical Society welcomes inquiry and participation by all interested persons. For information regarding membership, please contact Joan Voelker, 111 S. 10th Street, Room 22.300, St. Louis, MO 63102, or the branch for your court.


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Updated January 12, 2017
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