200th Anniversary of the War of 1812

It’s been too easy to overlook the War of 1812 in our history.  In a year filled with important historical anniversaries, it would be a shame to likewise miss the observance of the 200th year since  “America’s second war of independence” began.

Virginia’s part in the war should also be remembered.  This illustration is the beginning of and act of assembly from 1813 pertaining to financing Virginia’s part in the war.  This comes from a volume in the Charles E. Burks portion of our Rare Book Collection.


“Title IX” and the Grove City v. Bell Case

This Saturday, June 23, marks the 40thanniversary of the law commonly known as Title IX, which mandated equal opportunity for women to participate in collegiate athletics.  Some ten years after this legislation, the Supreme Court took up the case of Grove City College v. Bell.  This case extended Title IX protections to women in schools that only accepted indirect federal funds – basic education grants in this instance.  Get a behind the scene look at the Court’s deliberative process by looking at Justice Powell’Grove City case file.

United States v. United States District Court: 40 Years Ago

Justice Powell wrote for the Court in eight opinions announced in June 1972.  U. S. v. U. S. D. C., however, may have been the most important, and was certainly the most unexpected, particularly for President Nixon.  (It was announced on June 19, 1972. Was Nixon’s reaction part of the 18 1/2 minute gap on the June 20th oval office recording?  Unlikely, but we will never know.)

Less than a year earlier, citizen Powell had written an article for the Richmond Times-Dispatchthat included a vigorous defense of the “inherent power of the President” to wiretap without a court order in cases of national security.  Here Justice Powell wrote for a unanimous Court in rejecting warrantless wiretaps in domestic security cases.

In Powell’s file for this case, you can read the research materials that may have changed his mind.  You can also see how Justice Douglas convinced the Chief Justice to allow Powell to write this opinion.

Archives Acquires Materials from Granddaughter of H. St. G. Tucker

The archives was fortunate to recently acquire books and other materials handed down to the granddaughter of Henry St. George Tucker.  The titles are as follows:

Tucker, Beverly.   A Series of Lectures on the Science of Government (1845) (HST autograph)

Tucker, Beverly.   The Principles of Pleading (1846) (HST autograph)

Tucker, St. George.  Blackstone’s Commentaries (1803)  3 vols.  (v. 1, 3, 4)

Tucker, St. George.  Tucker’s Blackstone .  This is a vanity binding of v. 2 with the index placed in the front.  Highly annotated

Tucker, John Randolph.  American  Bar Association Address (1893)  brittle.  Vanity binding with printed front title “For Henry St. George Tucker From his Father Henry St. George Tucker.”

Letters of John Randolph (1834)

Passmore, Rev. Joseph C.  Bishop Butler’s Ethical Discourses (1855)

Tucker, John Randolph.  MSS Address Book