Eugene Gressman papers: 1935-1967
Summary Information
Title: Eugene Gressman papers
Creator: Gressman, Eugene, 1917-
Inclusive dates: 1935-1967
Extent: 1 linear foot
Abstract:
Law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Frank Murphy, and Washington, D.C. attorney. Diary, 1943-1944, relating to the Supreme Court, and miscellaneous notes, correspondence and newspaper clippings; also papers of Justice Murphy collected by Gressman, including notes of cabinet meetings, and of conferences and telephone calls; and correspondence, 1937-1949, between Frank Murphy and Felix Frankfurter.
Call number: 851417 Aa 2
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
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Finding aid created by Thomas E. Powers

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection was donated by Judge Eugene Gressman (donor no. 1088).

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Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Eugene Gressman papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Biography

Eugene Gressman was born April 18, 1917 in Lansing, Michigan. He graduated from the University of Michigan (A.B., 1938; J.D., 1940). After his admission to the Michigan Bar in 1940, Gressman worked as an attorney with the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, 1940-1943. From here, he became law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Frank Murphy, serving from 1943 to 1948. Following Murphy's death, Gressman worked with different Washington law firms.

As a result of his work with Frank Murphy, Gressman became a national authority on practice and procedure before the United States Supreme Court. He was both a writer and teacher on the law. He co-authored the leading lawyers guide to Supreme Court practice and procedure entitled Supreme Court Practice. He has also written articles and pamphlets on the topic, as well as on other federal constitutional and statutory issues. In addition, he has co-authored a constitutional law textbook, and authored part of a treatise on federal jurisdiction. As professor, he has taught courses in constitutional law, federal jurisdiction, professional responsibility and seminars in Supreme Court practice. He has taught some or all of these courses at the North Carolina, Seton Hall, Fordham, Michigan, Ohio State, Indiana at Indianapolis, Catholic and George Washington University law schools.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of two kinds of materials: papers of Frank Murphy that Gressman accumulated as clerk to the Supreme Court Justice; and Gressman's own papers. The greater part of the collection are the papers of Frank Murphy, dating from 1935 to 1948, with the bulk of the files falling in the period of 1939 to 1941, when Murphy was US Attorney General and the first year of his tenure on the Supreme Court bench. Always conscious of history, Murphy made valuable notes on the cabinet meetings he attended and his meetings and conversations with various public figures. These individuals include Hugo Black, Louis Brandeis, William J. Donovan, Carter Glass, Charles E. Hughes, Cordell Hull, Joseph P. Kennedy, John L. Lewis, Sir Robert Menzies, Manuel Quezon, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Francis B. Sayre, Harlan F. Stone and Sumner Welles. Also of importance are the several files of letters exchanged between Frank Murphy and Justice Felix Frankfurter.

Gressman's own papers are much smaller, but these also relate to his association with Frank Murphy, including notes that he made preparatory to writing a proposed biography of Murphy. Gressman's diary on his time spent as Murphy clerk of the Supreme Court is dated July 1943 to April 1944.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.


  • Philippines -- History -- 1898-1946.
  • United States -- Politics and government -- 1933-1945.
  • United States -- Politics and government -- 1945-1989.
  • World War, 1939-1945.
  • Diaries.
  • Black, Hugo LaFayette, 1886-1971.
  • Brandeis, Louis Dembitz, 1856-1941.
  • Democratic Party (Mich.)
  • Donovan, William J. (William Joseph), 1883-1959.
  • Glass, Carter, 1858-1946.
  • Gressman, Eugene, 1917-2010.
  • Hughes, Charles Evans, 1862-1948.
  • Hull, Cordell, 1871-1955.
  • Kennedy, Joseph P. (Joseph Patrick), 1888-1969.
  • Lewis, John Llewellyn, 1880-1969.
  • Menzies, Robert Gordon, Sir, 1894-1978.
  • Murphy, Frank, 1890-1949.
  • Quezon, Manuel Luis, 1878-1944.
  • Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945.
  • Sayre, Francis Bowes, 1885-1972.
  • Stone, Harlan Fiske, 1872-1946.
  • United States. Attorney General.
  • United States. Supreme Court.
  • Welles, Sumner, 1892-1961.
  • Frankfurter, Felix, 1882-1965.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
Murphy: Philippine High Commissioner [series]
Box   1  
Notes of the Philippine High Commissioner 1935
Box   1  
Notes of the Philippine High Commissioner 1936
Box   1  
Notes from voyage of Frank Murphy from Manila to Detroit May 13, 1936
 
Murphy: Michigan Governor [series]
Box   1  
Notes of conference between Frank Murphy and President Roosevelt January 11, 1938
 
Murphy: US Attorney General January 1939-January 1940 [series]
Box   1  
Copy of letter from Cliff Prevost concerning Murphy and the Detroit grand jury circa September 1939
Box   1  
Notes of Cabinet Meeting September 1, 1939
Box   1  
Notes of Cabinet Meeting September 4, 1939
Box   1  
Letter from Robert Conway concerning Secretary Hull and German invasion of Po September 4, 1939
Box   1  
Notes of Cabinet Meeting September 7, 1939
Box   1  
Notes of Cabinet Meeting September 15, 1939
Box   1  
Notes on opening of special session of Congress September 21, 1939
Box   1  
Notes of Cabinet Meeting September 22, 1939
Box   1  
Notes of National Defense Meeting September 26, 1939
Box   1  
Notes of Judicial Conference and luncheon at Mrs. E.W. McLean September 28, 1939
Box   1  
Notes of Cabinet Meeting September 29, 1939
Box   1  
Notes of tea with FDR celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Supreme Court October 2, 1939
Box   1  
Notes of Cabinet Meeting October 5, 1939
Box   1  
Notes of Cabinet Meeting October 13, 1939
Box   1  
Notes of Cabinet Meeting October 19, 1939
Box   1  
Notes of Cabinet Meeting October 26, 1939
Box   1  
Notes of Cabinet Meeting October 27, 1939
Box   1  
Notes of Cabinet Meeting October 31, 1939
Box   1  
Notes of Civil Service Meeting November 1, 1939
Box   1  
Notes of meeting with Carter November 3, 1939
Box   1  
Notes of Cabinet Meeting November 3, 1939
Box   1  
Notes of meeting with Swiss Minister, Dr. Charles Bruggman November 7, 1939
Box   1  
Notes of telephone conversation with President Roosevelt November 9, 1939
Box   1  
Notes of Cabinet Meeting November 10, 1939
Box   1  
Notes of Langollen weekend November 11-November 13, 1939
Box   1  
Notes of telephone conversation with President Roosevelt November 13, 1939
Box   1  
Notes of Cabinet Meeting November 16, 1939
Box   1  
Notes of conversation with President Roosevelt November 22, 1939
Box   1  
Notes of luncheon conference with John L. Lewis November 29, 1939
Box   1  
Notes of Cabinet Meeting December 1, 1939
Box   1  
Notes of appointment with President Roosevelt December 5, 1939
Box   1  
Notes of Cabinet Meeting December 8, 1939
Box   1  
Notes of conference with President Roosevelt December 9, 1939
Box   1  
Notes of Diplomatic Reception at the White House December 14, 1939
Box   1  
Notes December 19, 1939, December 28, 1939 of Cabinet Meeting 1939
Box   1  
Notes of Presidential press conference and conference with President Roosevelt January 2, 1940
Box   1  
Notes concerning opening of 77th Congress January 3, 1940
Box   1  
Notes concerning appointment to Supreme Court, and congratulations of Joseph P. Kennedy January 4, 1940
Box   1  
Notes of Cabinet Meeting January 5, 1940
Box   1  
Notes of Cabinet Meeting January 12, 1940
Box   1  
Notes of conversation with President Roosevelt January 17, 1940
 
Murphy: US Supreme Court Justice February 1940-1949 [series]
Box   1  
Notes of Frank Murphy on Supreme Court activities January-April 1940
Box   1  
Notes of Frank Murphy, on question of free speech and other freedoms March 31, 1940
Box   1  
Notes of telephone conversation with President Roosevelt April 2, 1940
Box   1  
Notes of visit with Justice Brandeis April 19, 1940
Box   1  
Notes of conference between President Roosevelt and Frank Murphy October 24, 1940
Box   1  
Diary notes of Frank Murphy, including meetings with Joseph P. Kennedy and Sumner Welles November-December 1940
Box   1  
Diary notes of Frank Murphy, including meetings with President Roosevelt, Felix Frankfurter, R.G. Menzies, Charles Evans Hughes, and Joseph P. Kennedy 1941
Box   1  
Notes of conference between President Roosevelt and Frank Murphy February 25, 1941
Box   1  
Notes of visit with President Roosevelt May 15, 1941
Box   1  
Notes of visit with President Roosevelt May 29, 1941
Box   1  
Notes of visit with President Roosevelt June 4, 1941
Box   1  
Notes of visit with Col. William J. Donovan June 8, 1941
Box   1  
Notes of luncheon conference between President Roosevelt and Frank Murphy June 18, 1941
Box   1  
Telegram of President Roosevelt to Frank Murphy June 26, 1941
Box   1  
Notes of luncheon with President Roosevelt July 18, 1941
Box   1  
Diary notes of Frank Murphy, including meetings with President Roosevelt, Harlan Stone, Francis B. Sayre, and Manuel Quezon 1942
Box   1  
Notes on Supreme Court case concerning President's powers during war time [Ex parte Quirin] July 29, 1942
Box   1  
Diary notes of Frank Murphy, including meetings with President Roosevelt and Cordell Hull 1943
Box   1  
Notes of meeting between President Roosevelt and members of the Supreme Court October 16, 1944
Box   1  
Notes 1944, 1948 of Justices Hugo Black and Wiley B. Rutledge to Frank Murphy on Supreme Court 1944-1948
 
Other Frank Murphy Papers [series]
Box   1  
Correspondence between Frank Murphy and Felix Frankfurter 1937-1949 (4 folders)
Box   1  
Notes and autobiographical material of Frank Murphy
Box   1  
Miscellaneous papers of Frank Murphy (2 folders)
Box   1  
Newspaper clippings concerning Frank Murphy
 
Eugene Gressman papers [series]
Box   1  
Notes of Eugene Gressman for use in a proposed biography of Frank Murphy undated
Box   1  
Correspondence of Eugene Gressman 1943-1967
Box   1  
Gressman diary July 1943-April 1944