Powell Archives

The Lewis F. Powell Jr. Archives comprises the Papers of Lewis F. Powell, Jr., other manuscript collections held by the law library, the rare book collection, and the archives of the School of Law. With the extensive and and unique documentation of the life of this school's most distinguished alumnus as its centerpiece, the Powell Archives welcomes researchers from across the United States and from the international research community. Washington and Lee faculty and students are especially encouraged to use these resources.

Powell Archives News

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

New Look, Same Content

After a lengthy delay, the Powell Archives website has joined the Law Library and the Law School as a whole in migrating to the Ingeniux content management system. There are still links to reestablish and other cleanup to be done, but rest assured that returning users will find all of their favored content here. Supreme… Continue reading New Look, Same Content

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Powell Archives Turns 25

  above — Dean Randall Bezanson, Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr., Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, Josephine R. Powell at Dedication of the Lewis F. Powell Jr Archives. Twenty-five years ago, on April 2-4, 1992, ceremonies, dinners and an academic symposium marked the dedication of the Lewis F. Powell Jr. Archives, and of the addition… Continue reading Powell Archives Turns 25

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Justice Ginsburg and Justice Powell

Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr. had been a Retired Justice for six years when Ruth Bader Ginsburg was nominated to serve on the Supreme Court. They did, however, have some interactions. On learning of the nomination, Powell wrote to her saying, “Your nomination to fill the vacancy on this Court created by Byron White’s retirement… Continue reading Justice Ginsburg and Justice Powell

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Christmas Cards from the Josephine R. Powell Papers

Justice Powell’s wife, Josephine, was a collector. She has, for example, an impressive collection of postcards in her papers. At this time of the year, however, we feature the Christmas cards she saved that came Presidents of the United States and other notables. Enjoy, and happy holidays!