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.

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

The Fresh Prince of W&L Law

Above, Prince Dimitri George Sidamon-Eristoff as a second year law student at Washington and Lee University in 1924. On the right is the registration information from Sidamon-Eristoff’s first year of law school.   The year 1922 brought royalty to the Washington and Lee University School of Law student body in the person of Georgian Prince… Continue reading The Fresh Prince of W&L Law

Thursday, February 28, 2019

John O. Marsh, Law Class of 1951 – Great American Military Statesman

John Otho Marsh Jr. died earlier this month at age 92. His life in service to his country has few equals. It includes Army service with post-World War II occupation forces; Army Reserve service in Vietnam (while serving in the U. S. Congress!); presidential adviser, in which capacity he was called “the president’s conscience;” longest… Continue reading John O. Marsh, Law Class of 1951 – Great American Military Statesman

Thursday, February 14, 2019

The Powell Family on Valentine’s Day

Above: Valentine from granddaughter, Quincy Smith, to her grandparents, Lewis and Josephine Powell.   Valentine’s Day was always observed in Justice Powell’ family. Some times commercial cards were exchanged, but more often they were impromptu efforts. Here are a selection.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

A Life In Archives

We in the Powell Archives know about life with collections of personal papers from a curatorial point of view. Lyndon Baines Johnson biographer Robert Caro, however, has written a fascinating piece in The New Yorker about spending a good part of his professional life as a researcher in the Johnson papers. (Pictured above, the archives stacks of… Continue reading A Life In Archives