Transcriptions of Conversations between

JUSTICE WILLIAM O. DOUGLAS

and

PROFESSOR WALTER F. MURPHY

Tape Recorded during 1961 - 1963

Transcribed by Jennifer Griffin
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY LIBRARY
1981

2000 Princeton University Library



A Note on the Web Mounting of the William O. Douglas oral history interview transcript:

William O. Douglas or his interviewer, Princeton University professor of political science, Walter F. Murphy, never proofed the following series of interview transcripts. Transcribed directly from cassette tapes recorded in the early 1960s, the interviews were closed until Douglas’s death in 1980. This year Princeton student Laura McPherson ’00, under my supervision, converted the paper copy to electronic form. She utilized Caere’s Omnipage 8.0, and then converted the text to HTML with Microsoft FrontPage. In employing Caere’s optical character recognition software, many “stealth typos” were created – words were read incorrectly but as other legitimate words, thereby eluding the spell checker (for example “Justice Tom Clark” was read as “Justice Tan Clark”). We have attempted to find and eliminate all of these. However, if there are any questions, the original typed transcript may be consulted in person at the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, or you may contact the library at mudd@princeton.edu. Please note that the following web pages do not have a 1:1 correspondence with the original typed transcript. References should be made to the interview cassette number, with some contextual information as to where in the interview the passage occurs. In addition, soon you may listen to the digital versions of the original tapes via Northwestern University’s History and Politics Out Loud web site to make your own decisions on any questionable portions.

Daniel J. Linke
Assistant Archivist

July 28, 2000


Cassette List

Cassette 1 (pages 1 - 24) December 20, 1961
Cassette 2 (pages 25 - 46) December 20, 1961
Cassette 3 (pages 47 - 67) December 20, 27, 1961
Cassette 4 (pages 68 - 81) December 27, 1961
Cassette 5 (pages 82 - 102) December 27, 1961
Cassette 6 (pages 103 - 124) January 18, 1962
Cassette 7a (pages 125 - 145) January 18, 1962
Cassette 7b (pages 146 - 160) January 18, 1962 (?)
Cassette 8 (pages 161 - 181) May 23, 1962
Cassette 9 (pages 182 - 203) May 23, 1962
Cassette 10 (pages 204 - 225) June 9, 1962
Cassette 11 (pages 226 - 243) June 9, 1962
Cassette 12 (pages 244 - 264) December 18, 1962
Cassette 13 (pages 265 - 285) December 17, 1962
Cassette 14 (pages 286 - 307) April 5, 1963
Cassette 15 (pages 308 - 328) April 5, 1963
Cassette 16 (pages 329 - 350) June 5, 1963
Cassette 17 (pages 351 - 362) June 5, 1963
Cassette 18 (pages 363 - 379) December 10, 1963