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The papers of William Henry Hastie relate to his professional career, mainly starting with 1937, until his death in 1976; to his interest in and championship of civic causes; and to his efforts in behalf of anti-discrimination. There are small groups of drafts of speeches and of biographical material, the latter relating to his various appointments, and to academic and civic honors.
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.