African Americans in the Law Collection

A Project of the Thurgood Marshall Law Library, The University of Maryland School of Law

Postcard. Painting of Richland County Court House, Columbia, SC. Charles Hamilton Houston to Juanita Jackson. 1934. Gift of Prof. Larry Gibson. The African Americans in the Law Special Collection seeks to document the development and growth of the African American legal community in Maryland from 1877 to date. The Library will accomplish this through the acquisition, cataloging, arrangement and preservation of original manuscripts, both personal and professional, that reflect the unique challenges and exceptional contributions of African American legal practitioners. Organizational records, rare books and secondary sources will also be acquired. Major collections include the Legal Papers of Dallas Nicholas and William Gosnell, The Papers of the NAACP, The Papers of William H. Hastie, the Baltimore Afro American newspaper on microfilm, the papers of Baltimore activist Lena Lee, the personal and professional papers of faculty member Larry Gibson, and The Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. Collection.

In addition valuable secondary sources including E-books from Netlibrary on civil rights law and history, documentaries such as Color at the Bar and Eyes on the Prize, specialized bibliographies such as "Years of Violence: Urban Civil Unrest of the 1960s" and numerous books on the African American legal experience are available through the library's online catalog.

Hang tag. Kurt Schmoke for State's Attorney. Larry Gibson Collection.

The Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. Collection
The collection consists of photographs, pamphlets, speech transcripts and newspaper clippings by and about Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr.

Color at the Bar (video)
The Thurgood Marshall Law Library and Maryland Public Television present Color at the Bar. Originally produced in 2001 by MPT and the Monumental Bar Association this video examines how African American attorneys secured the right to practice law in Maryland.

Continuing the Legacy of Leadership: School of Law Black Alumni Reunion and Symposium - 2003
In 2003 the University of Maryland School of Law invited back all of its African American alumni for a school wide celebration of their contribution to the Maryland and national legal community.

Constance Baker Motley Collection
This collection consists of select material purchased from the Constance Baker Motley Papers in the Smith College Library.

Crafting Victories: Campaign Materials from the Collection of Larry Gibson
A guide to resources and materials dealing with Maryland politics with a particular focus on the changing role and influence of local African American political leadership.

Donald Gaines Murray
An online research guide to materials and resources about the effort to integrate the University of Maryland Carey School of Law.

Hairspray in Context: Race, Rock 'n Roll and Baltimore
An online examination of the real events that inspired the John Waters movie and musical.

Legal Papers of Dallas Nicholas and William Gosnell
Information on an archival collection of the business and legal papers of two twentieth century African American attorneys, Dallas Nicholas and William Gosnell. Finding aid is available for onsite use only.

The Lena Lee Collection
The collection consists of photographs, pamphlets, letters, speech transcripts and newspaper clippings by and about Lena Lee.

Papers of the NAACP
An online research guide to the Library’s electronic and microfilm collections of select NAACP papers.   The library's subscription includes the NAACP’s Major Campaigns: Education, Voting, Housing, Employment, Armed Forces, Scottsboro, Anti-Lynching, Criminal Justice, Peonage, Labor, Segregation and Discrimination Complaints and Responses and Legal Department Files.  Select NAACP papers may also be searched by subject in the library's online catalog.  

Thurgood Marshall Bibliography
A research guide and biographical synopsis for Justice Thurgood Marshall.

University of Maryland School of Law - Black Alumni. Second Reunion and Symposium.
Internet site for the 2008 event.

William Hastie Papers on Microfilm
Microfilm edition of the papers of William Hastie, a prominent African American jurist and statesman.

Hollywood Ten Memorandum, 1949. Library Purchase.

Bell v. Maryland brief of appellee, Court of Appeals (1961).










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