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COLLECTION Identifier: HOLLIS 8873260

William Hastie photographs

Overview

The collection consists almost exclusively of black and white photographs. There are also a few letters and notes identifying many of the images in the collection. The photos span the years 1905 to 1994, with the bulk of them dating from the period starting with Hastie's appointment as Civilian Aide to Secretary of War Harold Stimson in 1940, through his tenure on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and ending with his death in 1976.

Dates

  • 1905-1994

Physical Description

Extent is approximate.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to these photographs is governed by the rules and regulations of the Harvard Law School Library. Open to the public without restrictions. . This collection requires 2 business-day advance notice for retrieval.

Conditions Governing Use

The Harvard Law School Library does not own the copyright to these unpublished photographs of William Hastie. Permission to publish is required.

Extent

1 collection (ca. 174 photographs in two boxes)
The William Henry Hastie Photographs span the years 1905 to 1994, with the bulk of them falling into the period starting with his appointment as Civilian Aide to Secretary of War Stimson in 1940, through his tenure on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and ending with his death in 1976.

The collection consists almost exclusively of black and white photographs of varying sizes ranging from 3"x4" to 11"x14". There are also a few letters and notes identifying the photographs included with the collection. Where applicable, an attempt was made to refer to relevant manuscripts associated with photos in The William Henry Hastie Papers located in the Harvard Law School Library, Manuscripts Division.

Many of the photos were identified. Of the unidentified photos, an effort was made to research the photos in order to identify them. The main sources used for the research were The William Henry Hastie Papers stored on microfilm in the Harvard Law School Library and the biography of William Hastie by Gilbert Ware entitled, William Hastie: Grace Under Pressure (Oxford University Press, 1984). Unidentified photographs are indicated as such in the inventory. Where possible, dates for undated photographs were estimated from the research. If the research did not indicate a date, none was included in the inventory description.

Negatives from the photos used in the 1984 William H. Hastie Exhibition at the Harvard Law School Library are stored separately in the Art and Visual Materials, Special Collections Department. Photos that have negatives stored here are indicated by the label "[negative]" in the inventory.

Of special interest are the photos taken of William Hastie as the Civilian Aide to Secretary of War visiting a segregated Army training camp located in box 1, folder 2; the photo of Hastie with President Truman in the Virgin Islands (box 1, photo 4-1); the photo of Hastie with President Eisenhower (box 1, photo 12-8); Hastie being sworn in as Governor of the Virgin Islands (box 1, photo 3-10); Hastie being photographed in Philadelphia at the time of his appointment to the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals (box 1, photo 13-4); Hastie as Chief Judge of the Appeals Court (box 2, photo 2-1); and Hastie receiving the Philadelphia Award (box 1, photo 15-7).

Hastie material housed in other repositories is listed at the end of this finding guide.

Historical/Biographical Information

  • 1904, Nov. 17 Born, Knoxville, TennesseeSon of William Henry and Roberta (Child) Hastie
  • 1921 Graduated from Dunbar High School, Washington, D.C.
  • 1925 A.B., Amherst College, magna cum laude; member Omega Psi Phi fraternity, Phi Beta Kappa
  • 1925-1927 Taught mathematics and scientific subjects at Manual Training School, Bordentown, N.J.
  • 1930 LL.B., Harvard Law School; S.J.D., 1933
  • 1930-1937 Member of faculty, Howard University School of Law
  • 1931 Admitted to the Bar of the District of Columbia; joined law firm of Houston & Houston
  • 1933-1937 Assistant Solicitor, U.S. Department of the Interior
  • 1937-1939 U.S. District Judge (Virgin Islands)
  • 1939-1946 Dean, Howard University School of Law
  • 1940-1943 Civilian Aide to the Secretary of War
  • 1943 Awarded NAACP's Spingarn medal
  • 1943, Dec. 25 Married Beryl Lockhart; children: Karen Roberta (Mrs. Wesley Samuel Williams, Jr.), William Henry, Jr.
  • 1946-1949 Governor of the Virgin Islands
  • 1949-1968 Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals (3rd Circuit)
  • 1968-1971 Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals (3rd Circuit)
  • 1971-1976 Senior Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals (3rd Circuit)
  • 1952 Elected Fellow of the Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • 1964-1969 Member, and late Chairman, of President's Commission on White House Fellows
  • 1975 Received Philadelphia Award
  • 1976, Apr. 14 Died, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1904, Nov. 17
Born, Knoxville, Tennessee
Son of William Henry and Roberta (Child) Hastie
1921
Graduated from Dunbar High School, Washington, D.C.
1925
A.B., Amherst College, magna cum laude; member Omega Psi Phi fraternity, Phi Beta Kappa
1925-1927
Taught mathematics and scientific subjects at Manual Training School, Bordentown, N.J.
1930
LL.B., Harvard Law School; S.J.D., 1933
1930-1937
Member of faculty, Howard University School of Law
1931
Admitted to the Bar of the District of Columbia; joined law firm of Houston & Houston
1933-1937
Assistant Solicitor, U.S. Department of the Interior
1937-1939
U.S. District Judge (Virgin Islands)
1939-1946
Dean, Howard University School of Law
1940-1943
Civilian Aide to the Secretary of War
1943
Awarded NAACP's Spingarn medal
1943, Dec. 25
Married Beryl Lockhart; children: Karen Roberta (Mrs. Wesley Samuel Williams, Jr.), William Henry, Jr.
1946-1949
Governor of the Virgin Islands
1949-1968
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals (3rd Circuit)
1968-1971
Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals (3rd Circuit)
1971-1976
Senior Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals (3rd Circuit)
1952
Elected Fellow of the Academy of Arts and Sciences
1964-1969
Member, and late Chairman, of President's Commission on White House Fellows
1975
Received Philadelphia Award
1976, Apr. 14
Died, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Box List

The collection is organized by size in two boxes. Within folders, the photographs are arranged chronologically, when possible.
  1. Box 1: Folder 1. Early years, 1904-1940.1904-1940.

    Photos from the early part of Judge Hastie's life, 1904-1940,including a photo of his mother.

  2. Box 1:Folder 2. Civilian Aide to Secretary of War, 1940-1943.1940-1943.

    Hastie as Civilian Aide to Secretary of War Henry L. Stimsonvisiting a segregated U.S. Army training camp.

  3. Box 1: Folder 3. Governor of the Virgin Islands - Arrival, 1946.1946.

    Governor Hastie's arrival to the Virgin Islands. Mainly photos ofthe Inauguration Day Parade on May 16, 1946.

  4. Box 1: Folder 4. President Truman's visit to the Virgin Islands, 1948.1948.

    A photoof Governor Hastie with President Harry S. Truman during thePresident's visit to the Virgin Islands on February 22, 1948.

  5. Box 1: Folder 5. Governor of the Virgin Islands - Mayor O'Dwyer'svisit, 1948.1948.

    Variousphotos of New York Mayor William O'Dwyer's visit to the VirginIslands and Puerto Rico in July, 1948.

  6. Box1: Folder 6. Governor of the Virgin Islands - Unidentifiedvisitors, 1949.1949.

    Governor Hastie greeting a group of unidentified visitors to theVirgin Islands, April 27, 1949.

  7. Box 1:Folder 7. Governor of the Virgin Islands - Naval visits, 1947-1949.1947-1949.

    Governor Hastie aboard Navel vessels that visited the VirginIslands during his tenure there.

  8. Box 1:Folder 8. Governor of the Virgin Islands - Miscellaneous, 1946-1949.1946-1949.

    Photos of Governor Hastie during his tenure as governor to theVirgin Islands. Includes a few unidentified conferences, Hastie inthe Government House, and a photo of Hastie at the San JoseProject

  9. Box 1: Folder 9. Campaigning for President Truman, 1948.1948.

    Photosof Governor Hastie during the Truman campaign. Mainly taken duringhis stop in Buffalo, NY; but also includes a photo from Toledo, OH,and photos from an unidentified airport.

  10. Box 1: Folder 10. Governor's Conference in Denver, CO, 1949.1949.

    Photosof Governor Hastie in Denver for the Governor's Conference.

  11. Box 1: Folder 11. Unidentified New York Conference.

    Photos of Judge Hastie at an unidentified conference in NewYork at the Harlem Labor Center. Not dated.

  12. Box 1: Folder 12. Various conferences, ca. 1946-1970.1946-1970.

    Photos taken at a number of conferences that Judge Hastieattended. Includes an Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Banquet honoring JudgeHastie, Judge Hastie with President Eisenhower at the FreedomFulfillment Conference in 1954, the John Marshall BicentennialConference in 1955, a visit to India, and the African Rule of LawConference in 1961.

  13. Box 1: Folder 13. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, 1949-1976.1949-1976.

    Judge Hastie first taking the bench on the Third District CircuitCourt of Appeals in 1949 and as Chief Judge of the Court, ca.1970.

  14. Box 1: Folder 14. At CBS, 1954.1954.

    JudgeHastie during the production of a radio documentary entitled, " The High Mountain".

  15. Box 1: Folder 15. Receiving honorary degrees andawards.

    Photos of Judge Hastie receivingvarious awards and honorary degrees including honorary degrees fromYale, Bates, and Harvard; and the Philadelphia Award in 1975.

  16. Box 1: Folder 16. Miscellaneous portraits.

    Photo portraits and photos of portrait paintings of JudgeHastie.

  17. Box 1: Folder 17. Family photos.

    Photos ofJudge Hastie and his family.

  1. Box 2: Oversize

Physical Location

Art and Visual Materials Collection stacks.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift as part of the Papers of William Henry Hastie, donated by Hastie's children, Karen Hastie Williams and William Henry, Jr., December 15, 1979.

Hastie Material in Other Repositories:

Harvard Law School LibraryManuscript Division

Papers of William Hastie presented to the Harvard Law School Library by Judge Hastie's daughter, Karen Hastie Williams, and his son, William Henry Hastie, Jr. The papers in this collection span the years 1916 to 1976, with the bulk of the papers falling into the period from his nomination to the bench of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit by President Harry S. Truman, October 15, 1949, to the time of his death, April 14, 1976.

Library of CongressWashington, D.C.

Hastie items are scattered throughout the following collections: The William Lepere Houston Papers; The Harold L. Ickes Papers; The Harold L. Ickes Diaries; The Records of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; The Records of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.; The Arthur Barnett Spingarn Papers; and The Roy Wilkins Papers.

National ArchivesWashington, D.C.

Scattered items in The Territorial Papers of the United States.

A. Mercer Daniel Law LibrarySchool of Law, Howard UniversityWashington, D.C.

Hastie's own bound or loose-leaf sets of the following: Federal Reporter, 2nd Series, 1949-1975; selected volumes of Federal Supplement, Federal Rules; selected opinions of the U.S. Emergency Court of Appeals; selected opinions of the Office of Price Administration; and items relating to the Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules. Also files of clippings.

Moreland-Springarn Research CenterHoward UniversityWashington, D.C.

File of photographic items relating to Howard Law School buildings, faculty, and deans. Also two files of photocopies of news clippings relating to Hastie's career and achievements.

William Henry Hastie Memorial RoomBeck Cultural Exchange Center, Inc. Knoxville,Tennessee

Photographs, awards, citations, plaques, clippings, and other memorabilia relating to Hastie's personal and professional life; also a selection of books from Hastie's personal non-judicial library.

Processing Information

Processed by Steven R. Smith and Joel Pravda, Summer, 1998.
Link to catalog
Title
Hastie, William. Photographs, 1905-1994: Finding Aid.
Author
Harvard Law School Library, Cambridge, MA 02138
EAD ID
law00065

Repository Details

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