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COLLECTION Identifier: HOLLIS8640758

Ken Gormley research material


This collection contains the research materials Ken Gormley collected while working on his biography of Archibald Cox. Included are taped oral histories and their transcripts, interview notes, and various drafts of chapters and the book.


  • 1960-1995

Conditions Governing Access

Access to these papers is governed by the rules and regulations of the Harvard Law School Library. This collection is open to the public, but is housed off-site at Harvard Depository and requires 2 business-day advance notice for retrieval. Consult the Special Collections staff for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Harvard Law School Library holds copyright on some, but not all, of the material in our collections. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be directed to the Special Collections staff. Researchers who obtain permission to publish from the Harvard Law School Library are also responsible for identifying and contacting the persons or organizations who hold copyright.


7 linear feet (17 boxes)
The Ken Gormley Papers contain the bulk of the research Gormley did in order to write the authorized biography of Archibald Cox, Archibald Cox: Conscience of a Nation. A significant part of the collection relate to the oral histories Gormley collected for research purposes. There are 119 cassette tapes, many of which contain interviews with Cox and his family, and typed transcripts of the interviews.

Also included in the collection are various drafts of the biography, varying from hand-written chapters to complete, typed drafts.

The remainder of the collection contains materials Gormley photocopied from various archives, primarily the John F. Kennedy Library. These papers relate to Cox’s time as Solictor General, 1961-1965, and his association with the Kennedys, John, Robert, and Edward.

Historical/Biographical Information

Ken Gormley received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1980 and completing his B.A. at the University of Pittsburgh. Upon graduating from Harvard Law School took on a number of positions, including: clerking for U.S. District Judge Donald E. Ziegler; teaching at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law; engaging in private practice; serving as Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Legislative Reapportionment Commission; and serving as special clerk to Justice Ralph J. Cappy of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Since 1994 Professor Gormley has been a member of the Duquesne Law faculty.

In 1997, Gormley published his biography of Archibald Cox, Archibald Cox: Conscience of a Nation. He has also published dozens of book chapters and scholarly articles, including pieces in the Stanford Law Review and Michigan Law Review.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to the Harvard Law School by Ken Gormley in 2001.

General note

  1. Cox, Archibald
  2. Gormley, Ken

Processing Information

Processed by Margaret Peachy September 2007
Link to catalog
Ken Gormley. Research Material: Finding Aid
Harvard Law School Library, Cambridge, MA 02138

Repository Details

Part of the Harvard Law School Library, Historical & Special Collections Repository

Harvard Law School Library's Historical & Special Collections (HSC) collects, preserves, and makes available research materials for the study of the law and legal history. HSC holds over 8,000 linear feet of manuscripts, over 100,000 rare books, and more than 70,000 visual images.

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