Pre-1968 Transcripts

In March 2005, I visited the U.S. Supreme Court Library, and with librarian Brian Stiglmeier’s help, I was able to browse their small collection of pre-1968 transcripts and duplicate a few of them. Those Selected Pre-1968 Transcripts are now part of our larger collection of Featured Transcripts.

In addition, the Library gave me a document titled “Oral Arguments Available in the U.S. Supreme Court Library Prior to the 1968 Term” (the handwritten notations are mine). A list of the cases in that 2005 document have been reproduced below.

A few notes about the list, from observations I made at the time:

Note that not every case in the list represents a distinct transcript, because some were consolidated for oral argument. Moreover, not every transcript in the list is a unique holding of the Supreme Court Library; most of them are also available on microfiche (eg, the University Publications of America microfiche collection), while others are available in the “Landmark Briefs and Arguments” collection (eg, Adamson v. California, Ashwander v. Tennessee Valley Authority, etc). I’ve made an effort to highlight any cases below that fall outside those collections and therefore may be a unique holding.

It’s also possible that many of the following transcripts are unique insofar as they differ from what’s available on microfiche, because many of the UPA transcripts were recreated after the fact, by transcribing Supreme Court audio tapes deposited at the National Archives, whereas transcripts in the Supreme Court Library’s possession are often copies produced by a court reporter.

Oral Arguments Available in the U.S. Supreme Court Library Prior to the 1968 Term

Selected Pre-1968 Transcripts

The criteria for making these selections was, in part, cases argued before October 1955, since those case were not tape-recorded. See Transcripts for further discussion.

Virginian R. Co. v. Railway Employees

No. 324
300 U.S. 515

Argued Monday, February 8, 1937
Decided Monday, March 29, 1937

300 U.S. 515

Adamson v. California

No. 102
332 U.S. 46

Argued Wednesday, January 15, 1947
Decided Monday, June 23, 1947

332 U.S. 46

Parker v. Illinois

No. 270
333 U.S. 571

Argued Friday, February 13, 1948
Decided Monday, April 5, 1948

333 U.S. 571

AFL v. American Sash & Door Co.

No. 27
335 U.S. 538

Argued Monday, November 8, 1948
Decided Monday, January 3, 1949

335 U.S. 538

AFL v. American Sash & Door Co.

No. 27
335 U.S. 538

Argued Tuesday, November 9, 1948
Decided Monday, January 3, 1949

335 U.S. 538

AFL v. American Sash & Door Co.

No. 27
335 U.S. 538

Argued Tuesday, November 9, 1948
Decided Monday, January 3, 1949

335 U.S. 538

AFL v. American Sash & Door Co.

No. 27
335 U.S. 538

Argued Wednesday, November 10, 1948
Decided Monday, January 3, 1949

335 U.S. 538

Automatic Radio Mfg. Co. v. Hazeltine Research, Inc.

No. 455
339 U.S. 827

Argued Wednesday, April 5, 1950
Decided Monday, June 5, 1950

339 U.S. 827

Rogers v. United States

No. 20
340 U.S. 367

Argued Tuesday, November 7, 1950
Decided Monday, February 26, 1951

340 U.S. 367

Hoffman v. United States

No. 513
341 U.S. 479

Argued Wednesday, April 25, 1951
Decided Monday, May 28, 1951

341 U.S. 479

Radio Corp. of America v. United States

No. 565
341 U.S. 412

Argued Monday, March 26, 1951
Decided Monday, May 28, 1951

341 U.S. 412

Joseph Burstyn, Inc. v. Wilson

No. 522
343 U.S. 495

Argued Thursday, April 24, 1952
Decided Monday, May 26, 1952

343 U.S. 495

Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer

No. 744,745
343 U.S. 579

Argued Monday, May 12, 1952
Decided Monday, June 2, 1952

343 U.S. 579

Barrows v. Jackson

No. 517
346 U.S. 249

Argued Tuesday, April 28, 1953
Decided Monday, June 15, 1953

346 U.S. 249