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Historic Collection of Law Books in the District of Nebraska

The 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. The books were photographed and described by John A. Sharp in October 2016. Mr. Sharp's description is below, and his images of the collection follow.

I have photographed the books John Holdenried salvaged when he was clerking for Judge Urbom (1975 to 1977). As best I can tell, the books came from the chambers of Judge Delehant. . . . I have pasted a list below:

  1. An incomplete set of 8 volumes of “Ruling Case Law” Published by Edward Thompson Company in 1917, edited by William M. McKinney and Burdett A. Rich. The volumes include numbers 17, 18, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, and 28. Each has a “Property of the U.S.” stamp inside the front cover and appear to be discussions of black letter law with case citations, organized topically. I have included a photo of the contents for volume 17, and it is representative of the others.

  2. An incomplete set of 16 Volumes of Roses Notes on United States Reports, plus three Supplement Volumes. This grouping also appears to be published in 1917, although the Supplements are dated 1925. They are also stamped “Property of U.S” and basically include black-letter rules with commentary. When I randomly opened Volume 1, it happened to be a note on Calder vs. Bull and the concept that “retrospective laws in mitigation of punishment not prohibited.”

  3. A “Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure with Notes and Institute Proceedings” dated 1946. Inside the front cover was a grouping of worn/yellowed pages which appears to be a small supplement to the rules dated 1949. On the right side is a handwritten notation “For use in chambers at Lincoln|John W. Delehant.” The book contains a few crossed-out items and handwritten notations, and I have photographed a couple.

  4. A pamphlet containing the rules of Practice for the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska and Rules of the Bankruptcy Court dated September 1955.

  5. A single sheet of paper captioned “Motion to Dismiss” with a quote from Cool v. International Shoe, with handwritten notations/corrections.

  6. “New Federal Procedure and the Courts” by Alexander Holzoff, 1940.

  7. “Rules of Civil Procedure for the District Courts of the United States, and Notes to the Rules,” 1939.

  8. A worn copy of Moores Bankruptcy Manual, Bender, 1939. It looks like this got wet at some point.

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