Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Staunton, Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals clerk papers

Abstract

The Staunton, Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals clerk papers (dated 1870-1890; 0.35 cubic feet; 12 folders) comprises correspondence, receipts, and legal papers that document the activities of the Staunton, Virginia session of hearings for the Supreme Court of Appeals in the late nineteenth century.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Staunton, Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals clerk papers
Extent
0.35 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Clerks of court
Correspondence.
Court administration -- Virginia
Court records -- Virginia.
Judicial process -- Virginia
Arrangement
Collection is arranged chronologically. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0206: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Staunton, Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals clerk papers, 1870-1890, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
No biographical information available for John Pais, Joseph Waddell, and Major Jason B. Dorman.
In 1870, the Commonwealth of Virginia revised their constitution and required that annual sessions of the Supreme Court of Appeals (now the Supreme Court of Virginia) be held away from Richmond in the localities of Wytheville, Staunton, and Winchester. These sessions are to allow attorneys not to travel to Richmond to present their cases as well as providing a greater level of visibility of the court outside of the capital. This mandate continued well into the twentieth century, with sessions held in Staunton as late as September 1970. The clerk of the court maintains records of qualified attorneys, the decisions of the court, and other administrative records. They also receive, process, and maintain permanent records of all appeals and other official documents filed with the court.
Source: Wikipedia contributors. (2018). Supreme Court of Virginia. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supreme_Court_of_Virginia
American Letters collector Wade Hall (1934-2015) was a native of Union Springs, Alabama. Starting in 1962, he lived in Louisville, where he taught English and chaired the English and Humanities/Arts programs at Kentucky Southern College and Bellarmine University. He also taught at the University of Illinois and the University of Florida. He held degrees from Troy State University (B.S.), the University of Alabama (M.A.), and the University of Illinois (Ph.D.). He served for two years in the U.S. Army in the mid-fifties. Dr. Hall was the author of books, monographs, articles, plays, and reviews relating to Kentucky, Alabama, and Southern history and literature. His most recent books include A Visit with Harlan Hubbard; High Upon a Hill: A History of Bellarmine College; A Song in Native Pastures: Randy Atcher's Life in Country Music; and Waters of Life from Conecuh Ridge.
Scope and Content
The Staunton, Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals clerk papers (dated 1870-1890; 0.35 cubic feet; 12 folders) comprise correspondence, receipts, and legal papers that document the activities of the Staunton, Virginia session of hearings for the Supreme Court of Appeals in the late nineteenth century. Over the course of the two decades covered in the collection, there are three identifiable clerks of the court: John Paris, Joseph Waddell, and Major Jason B. Dorman, by whom the collection is organized. The first section is when John Paris is identified as clerk, from 1870-1876, second is Joseph Waddell, from 1878-1879, and finally Major Jason B. Dorman, from 1883-1890. All papers in each of the three sections are primarily letters from attorneys concerning receipt of payment and requests for printed copies of cases or legal decision, additionally there are a few receipts from the Office of the Auditor of Public Accounts for printing costs, tax bills, and transcripts of court cases. Major Jason B. Dorman has a few additional personal papers that include a bill of sale and an advertisement for insurance.
The Staunton, Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals clerk papers are part of the Wade Hall Collection of American letters, which includes correspondence and diaries from all over North America covering the time period of the Civil to Korean Wars. The materials were collected by Wade Hall and document everyday men and women.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access The collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

Supreme Court of Appeals clerk John Paris, 1870-1871

  • Box 260, folder 1
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Supreme Court of Appeals clerk John Paris, 1872-1874

  • Box 260, folder 2
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Supreme Court of Appeals clerk John Paris, 1875-1876

  • Box 260, folder 3
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Supreme Court of Appeals clerk Joseph Waddell, 1878-1879

  • Box 260, folder 4
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Supreme Court of Appeals clerk Major Jason B. Dorman, 1883

  • Box 260, folder 5
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Supreme Court of Appeals clerk Major Jason B. Dorman, 1884

  • Box 260, folder 6
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Supreme Court of Appeals clerk Major Jason B. Dorman, 1885

  • Box 260, folder 7
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Supreme Court of Appeals clerk Major Jason B. Dorman, 1886

  • Box 260, folder 8
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Supreme Court of Appeals clerk Major Jason B. Dorman, 1887

  • Box 260, folder 9
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Supreme Court of Appeals clerk Major Jason B. Dorman, 1888

  • Box 260, folder 10
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Supreme Court of Appeals clerk Major Jason B. Dorman, 1889-1890

  • Box 260, folder 11
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Personal papers of Major Jason B. Dorman, 1871, 1888

  • Box 260, folder 12
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