Case Files Series, 1969-2006 115 boxes
Case files are arranged in alphabetical order by defendant's last name: Robert Bacon Jr., David Junior Brown, Frederick Camacho, Willie Ervin Fisher, Harvey Lee Green Jr., Zane Hill, David Earl Huffstetler, Joseph Timothy Keel (the largest case file at 26 boxes), Gary Wayne Long, James Lewis Martin Jr., Elton Ozell McLaughlin, and Phillip Thomas Robbins Jr.. They typically include some combination of transcripts, affidavits, attorney notes, investigative files, clemency requests, audiovisual materials, petitions, pleadings, testimony (including medical, legal, and eyewitness), correspondence, motions, photographs, Resource Center files, and some electronic records. Each individual's case history is described at beginning of the corresponding file grouping. The majority of the case files consist of 5-9 boxes of materials. The smallest case files at two boxes each are for Camacho and Robbins; the largest are those of Keel and McLaughlin, at 26 and 20 boxes respectively. Folder titles below are original titles as supplied by CDPL staff, and the original order of the files within each case group has been retained. The contents of electronic files have been migrated to a library server; please contact Research Services to use this material.
[Original recordings are closed to research. Use copies must be made before contents can be accessed.]
- Affidavit: any written document in which the signer swears under oath before a notary public or someone authorized to take oaths (like a County Clerk), that the statements in the document are true.
- Appellant: the party who appeals a trial court decision he/she/it has lost.
- Appellee: in some jurisdictions the name used for the party who has won at the trial court level, but the loser (appellant) has appealed the decision to a higher court. Thus the appellee has to file a response to the legal brief filed by the appellant. In many jurisdictions the appellee is called the "respondent."
- Certiorari: a writ (order) of a higher court to a lower court to send all the documents in a case to it so the higher court can review the lower court's decision. Certiorari is most commonly used by the U.S. Supreme Court, which is selective about which cases it will hear on appeal.
- En banc: signifies a decision by the full court of all the appeals judges in jurisdictions where there is more than one three- or four-judge panel. The larger number sit in judgment when the court feels there is a particularly significant issue at stake or when requested by one or both parties to the case and agreed to by the court.
- Habeas corpus: writ (court order) which directs the law enforcement officials (prison administrators, police or sheriff) who have custody of a prisoner to appear in court with the prisoner to help the judge determine whether the prisoner is lawfully in prison or jail.
- In forma pauperis: referring to a party to a lawsuit who gets filing fees waived by filing a declaration of lack of funds (has no money to pay).
- Mandamus: a writ (more modernly called a "writ of mandate") which orders a public agency or governmental body to perform an act required by law when it has neglected or refused to do so.
- Motion of appropriate relief: relief is a generic term for all types of benefits which an order or judgment of court can give a party to a lawsuit, including money award, injunction, return of property, property title, alimony and dozens of other possibilities.
- Motion of summary judgment: a written request for a judgment in the moving party's favor before a lawsuit goes to trial and based on testimony recorded outside court, affidavits (declarations under penalty of perjury), depositions, admissions of fact and/or answers to written interrogatories, claiming that all factual and legal issues can be decided in the moving party's favor.
- Subpoena: a court order requiring a witness to bring documents in the possession or under the control of the witness to a certain place at a certain time. This subpena must be served personally on the person subpenaed. It is a common way to obtain potentially useful evidence, such as documents and business records, in the possession of a third party.
(Definitions taken from law.com website.)
Accessions 99/369, 06/109, 07/030, 07/065, circa 1990s - 2000s 10 boxes, 1 oversize folder
Most of these accessions are unprocessed. Many contain restricted materials and are not available for research until full processing. Contact Research Services with questions about this collection.
Photographs, 2008-2009 2 boxes
Contains the work of five photographers whose images explore the unique environment, context, and people associated with five small family farms in Arizona, California, Iowa, Massachusetts, and North Carolina. Arranged by state, each body of work consists of one set of five 13x16" color digital prints printed on Epson Professional paper, and another set of prints in various sizes, for a total of 50 prints. Captions supplied by photographers; descriptive narratives supplied by Center for Documentary Studies exhibit staff.
These digital sound files form part of the Five Farms documentary project and total over 100 hours of recordings. They capture the thoughts, experiences, and narratives of the five families, as well as the ambient sounds and environments of their farms and other locations such as a farmer's market. Other sound files include theme music composed by Wesley Horner, and closing credits for the 2009 Public Media radio broadcast.
Please contact the Rubenstein Library before coming to use these materials.
Almost half of the collection, Correspondence comprises both business and personal letters. Most of the content consists of Chaloner’s communications with various attorneys in New York, North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia that address his multiple legal battles. The letters discuss his efforts to regain possession of his estate, verdicts from psychologists concerning his mental condition, the circulation of his sonnets on European politics prior to 1914, and congratulations on his receiving a favorable verdict from the U. S. Supreme Court regarding his sanity. Also includes content on the fostering of motion pictures for rural areas. The series contains one nineteenth-century typed transcript of a letter from 1782 regarding the Revolutionary War in Virginia.
Correspondents include: J. W. Bickett, Philip Alexander Bruce, Richard Evelyn Byrd, J. H. Choate, Dr. John Staige Davis, Richard, Donaho, W. A. Dunn, Walter Duranty, John W. Fishburne, Armistead C. Gordon, James Lindsay Gordon, M. M. Habbiston, Charles Hartnett, Thomas N. Hill, Herbert W. Jackson, Joseph Jastrow, Claude Kitchin, J. P. Morris, Lee Slate Overman, W.L. Phelps, William D. Reed, John D. Rhodes, J. M. Stoddard, Morris Streusand, F. H. Treacy, Frederick A. Ware, J. E. White, Micajah Woods, the governors of South Carolina and Georgia, and with the Washington Post.
Locations for much of the correspondence remain on the eastern coast of the United States: New York, New York; White Plains, NY; Concord, North Carolina; Halifax County, NC; Raleigh, NC; the Western State Hospital in Roanoke Rapids, NC; Pennsylvania Hospital for the Insane in Philadelphia, PA; Albemarle County, Virginia; Lynchburg, VA; and Staunton, VA.
Legal Papers consists of legal briefs, appeals, court transcripts, depositions, memos, and notes from Chaloner’s various legal petitions and trails. Included are the cases Thomas T. Sherman v. John Armstrong Chaloner, Chaloner v. Sherman, Chaloner v. New York Evening Post, Chaloner v. United Industrial Company, and Heil J. Evans v. Omer B. Johnson et. al., Ferguson v. Crawford, Chaloner v. Society of the New York Hospital, Miller v. Chaloner, and William Dike Reed v. Chaloner.
Documents within the series come from multiple courts and legal appeals, such as the Southern District Court of New York, the New York Supreme Court, Virginia Western District Court, West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals (2nd Circuit), and the U. S. Supreme Court.
Writings/Drafts comprises manuscript drafts, notes, and some published versions of Chaloner’s assorted publications. Included are treatises on the lunacy laws of various states, Chaloner’s experiments in psychology, a variety of sonnets, and drafts of two plays: Robbery Under Law, and Saul, A Tragedy in Three Acts.
Printed Materials includes an assortment of magazine articles, advertisements, invitations, flyers, invitations, and newspaper clippings. The newspaper clippings are largely confined to the career of Chaloner’s divorced wife, the novelist Amélie Rives, as well as comments caused by the popular phrase Chaloner coined, “Who’s looney now?.”
Personal Materials includes an assortment of postcards, photographs, and financial documents. Postcards and photographs include snapshots, formal portraits, and buildings in Roanoke Rapids, NC. Financial documents include bills, receipts, cancelled checks, and ledger sheets. The ledger sheets include the finances for the Merry Mills, Chaloner’s estate in Albemarle, VA.
The Writings Series is divided into subseries by the titles of Chesler's published works: Women and Madness;Women Money and Power;About Men;With Child;Mothers on Trial; Sacred Bond; and Letters to a Young Feminist. There is also a short subseries of Miscellaneous Writings.
Clippings, flyers, newsletters, and other publicity about various mental health, feminist, and artistic organizations. Contains a small amount of correspondence. Arranged in alphabetical order using Chesler's original folder titles.
The International Committee for Women of the Wall Series documents the work of the organization and the publication of the anthology Women of the Wall: Claiming Sacred Ground through the following subseries: Correspondence, Women of the Wall: Claiming Sacred Ground, Kotel Archive, Administrative Files, Media Files, and Audiocassettes. Original folder titles have been retained, though loose materials were labeled during processing.
On The Issues Series 1987-1998 12 boxes
The On The Issues Series contains correspondence, article and column drafts, pre-published and published issue files, financial materials, meeting notes, and other papers related to the publication of On The Issues, a quarterly feminist magazine. Chesler served as an editor-at-large for the magazine, and she correspondedfrequently and worked closely with its publisher and editor-in-chief, Merle Hoffman.
The Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Series contains Chesler's research and drafts of writings on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, also referred to by the acronyms CFS and CFIDS. There is also material related to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in the On the Issues Series. See box OTI8.
Correspondence, mostly to or from McNeill Smith, and alphabetical files. Other correspondents include Commission and Committee members, lawyers, professors, members of other organizations, and other individuals interested in Committee work. Also includes minutes, affidavit forms, reports, printed material and press releases concerning open meetings. Arranged chronologically within files.
Chiefly correspondence, mostly between McNeill Smith and Committee members. Also includes drafts of reports, transcripts of telephone conversations, clippings, notes and data.
Chiefly correspondence, mostly to or from McNeill Smith. Also includes reports, drafts of reports, questionnaires and other data, printed material, transcripts of telephone conversations, clippings and notes. Printed material includes reports of other organizations including the Southern Regional Council, and government publications. To a lesser extent, newsletters, press releases, and serials. Arranged chronologically in correspondence and alphabetical files. Completed survey forms given to the committee by a North Carolina television station, WFMY-TV, were used as data for the literacy report.
Chiefly correspondence, mostly to or from McNeill Smith and Marion Wright. Also includes drafts of reports, data including questionnaires and other statistics, transcripts of telephone conversations, memoranda, printed material including reports of other organizations and statements of corporate policy, reprints, and notes. Arranged chronologically within correspondence and alphabetical files.
Chiefly correspondence, mostly from McNeill Smith to Cornelius Cotter and other staff members. Includes a series of correspondence in 1961 from a number of lending agencies in North Carolina. Also includes reports, drafts of reports, printed material, questionnaires, reports of other organizations including the U.S. Census Bureau and the Housing and Home Finance Agency of the Urban Renewal Administration, and to a lesser extent statistical charts, clippings, notes, mailing lists and brochures. Arranged chronologically within correspondence and alphabetical files.
Correspondence, mostly between McNeill Smith, Dr. M. B. Bethel and other Committee and subcommittee members. Also includes multiple drafts of reports, reports, and to a lesser extent, transcripts of telephone conversations, minutes of meetings, a bibliography for research, subcommittee membership lists, notes, clippings and printed material. Arranged chronologically within correspondence and alphabetical files.