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Activities of Federal Court Historical Societies

An update on the activities of federal court historical societies was the subject of a post on the Legal History Blog. The Eighth Circuit Historical Society is described as “very active,” having recently produced or assisted with court histories, judicial biographies, traveling and permanent displays, and online videos. For more on this and to read what other federal court historical societies are doing, click here.

Judge Myron H. Bright Judge Bright's Memoir

U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Myron H. Bright's autobiography was published in January 2015 by the North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies Press.

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And Justice for All: A History of the Federal District Court of Eastern MissouriEastern District of Missouri Publishes Court’s History

And Justice for All: A History of the Federal District Court of Eastern Missouri was written by Burton A. Boxerman and published on September 15, 2014 by the Southeast Missouri State University Press.

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History of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit | Judge Morris S. Arnold | Judge Richard S. Arnold | Judge Myron H. Bright | Judge John R. Gibson | Judge Gerald W. Heaney | Judge Theodore McMillian  | Judge Donald R. Ross

Judge Rensselaer Russell Nelson (Minnesota) | Judge Charles A. Shaw (Missouri Eastern)
Judge Warren K. Urbom (Nebraska) | Judge Ross A. Walters (Iowa Southern)

Circuit Librarian Ann Fessenden

Chief Standing Bear | Celebrating 50 of the Right to Counsel: Gideon v. Wainwright and the Criminal Justice Act of 1964 (Judge Morris Arnold and Jenniffer Horan)

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.

Many of the files on this site are in PDF format and require Adobe Acrobat for access.

Updated July 28, 2015
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