The Hoover Institution Library & Archives has opened 105 boxes of Supreme Court case files from the collection of the Honorable William H. Rehnquist, associate justice from 1972 to 1986 and chief justice from 1986 to 2005. The newly available materials pertain to cases deliberated upon by the court from October 1981 until October 1985. The files contain information on historic cases related to environmentalism, copyright law, ineffective legal counsel, and student rights to privacy in schools.
Born on October 1, 1924, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, William Hubbs Rehnquist served in the Army Air Corps in North Africa during World War II. Once the war ended, he attended Stanford University, where he received a B.A. in political science. He then earned master's degrees from both Stanford and Harvard before completing Stanford Law School in 1952. After completing law school, Rehnquist served as a clerk to Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson. He went on to run a private practice in Phoenix, Arizona before serving as Assistant U.S. Attorney General. Rehnquist was nominated for the Supreme Court by President Richard Nixon in 1971.
Materials in his collection at Hoover include court case files, administrative files, conference files, correspondence, speeches and writings, book manuscripts, invitations, and other materials. It also contains Rehnquist's law school notebooks from his time at Stanford Law School in 1951 and 1952. In total, the collection contains 539 linear feet of archival material. It was donated to the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 2008.