Guide to the Robert Thomas Hunter Papers 1959-1976
Cage 25

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Hunter, Robert Thomas
Title
Robert Thomas Hunter Papers
ID
Cage 25
Date [inclusive]
1959-1976
Extent
1200.0 items.
General Physical Description note
3 linear feet of shelf space.
Language
English
Abstract
Correspondence, reports, memoranda, agendas, articles, proposed legislation, court and attorney's rules, and other papers, much of which is related to the Washington State Judicial Council and the Bench-Bar-Press Committee of Washington, as well as efforts to revise the judicial article of the Washington State Constitution. Principal correspondents include Court Administrator A.C. Bise, Court Clerk W.M. Lowry, Washington State Judicial Council Executive Secretary L.V. Rieke, Newspaper Editor Hu Blonk, and Fellow Justice Robert C. Finley.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description]. Cage 25, Robert Thomas Hunter Papers. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

Robert Thomas Hunter was born in Lawton, Oklahoma on September 29, 1907. He graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in law in 1934 and was admitted to the Washington Bar and established a private practice in 1935. Hunter served as Justice of the Peace in Grand Coulee from 1936 to 1946. He became Superior Court Judge for Grant and Douglas counties in 1946 and served in that capacity until 1957. In 1957 he was appointed to the Washington State Supreme Court, a position he retained through subsequent elections until his retirement in 1977. Hunter served as Chief Justice of the Court from 1969 to 1970.

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Scope and Contents note

The Robert T. Hunter papers include correspondence, memoranda, reports, agendas, minutes, judicial conference material and committee notes.

The principal correspondents throughout the papers are: Albert C. Bise, Supreme Court Administrator; William M. Lowry, Clerk of the Supreme Court; Luvern V. Rieke, executive secretary of the Washington Judicial Council and Professor of Law at the university of Washington; Hu Blonk, managing editor of the Wenatchee Daily World; and Robert C. Finley, Justice of the Washington State Supreme Court.

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Arrangement note

The papers are arranged in five series: Washington State Judicial Council, Bench-Bar-Press Committee, Revision of the Judicial Article of the State Constitution, Judicial Conference, and some miscellaneous papers. The Judicial Council series concerns the activities of the Washington State Judicial Council during the period 1967 through 1970. This material includes correspondence, memoranda, reports, agendas (1969-1970), minutes and some exhibits. The correspondence subseries is arranged chronologically by year, as are the agendas for the council meetings. The Bench-Bar-Press Committee material consists primarily of correspondence and memoranda arranged in yearly chronological order during the period 1969-1970. The series on the revision of the Judicial Article for the Washington State Constitution includes correspondence, memoranda, reports, proposed revisions of the judicial article, proposed legislation and journal articles. This material covers the period from 1967 through 1970. The series on judicial conferences, 1966 through 1970, includes agendas, correspondence, reports, memoranda, papers presented at various conferences as well as proposed judicial legislation. The miscellaneous series consists of correspondence, memoranda, reports, personal resumes, financial material, contracts for publishing Supreme Court decisions, affidavits, proposed legislation and court rules. In this series, the folders have been arranged chronologically from 1959 to 1976; but, maintaining the original order, the papers within a folder have not been rearranged in chronological order.

Although the collection covers the period from 1959 through 1976, the bulk of the material is from the period 1967 through 1970. The original order has been maintained throughout the collection where possible, primarily in the first four series.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 1977

http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open for research use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The papers of Robert T. Hunter (b. 1915) were donated to the Washington State University Library in January 1977, by the Honorable Robert T. Hunter (MS77-3). Folders 79-82 were added in June, 1983.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Bench-Bar-Press Committee of Washington
  • Judicial Council of the State of Washington

Geographic Name(s)

  • Washington (State). Constitution
  • Washington (State). Supreme Court

Occupation(s)

  • Judges--Washington (State)--Correspondence

Personal Name(s)

  • Bise, Albert C.
  • Blonk, Hu
  • Finley, Robert Corpening
  • Hunter, Robert Thomas --Archives
  • Lowry, William M.
  • Rieke, Luvern V.

Subject(s)

  • Government and Politics
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Judicial Council 

Correspondence, memoranda, reports: 

Folder Folder

 1967-1968   30.0 items.

1 1

 1967-1968   25.0 items.

1 2

 1969-1970   60.0 items.

1 3

 1969-1970   60.0 items.

1 4
Folder Folder

Grand Jury Committee 1969-1970   33.0 items.

1 5

Report: Crime, Law and Correction: Assessments and Recommendations September 1969   1.0 item.

1 6

Report: Traffic Bail in Washington State July 1969   1.0 item.

1 7

Agendas: 

Folder Folder

 March 28-29, 1969   1.0 item.

2 8

 June 20-21, 1969   1.0 item.

2 9

 June 21, 1969   1.0 item.

2 10

 September 20, 1969   1.0 item.

2 11

 December 13, 1969   7.0 items.

2 12

 March 14, 1970   1.0 item.

2 13

 June 12-13, 1970   1.0 item.

2 14

 August 21, 1970   1.0 item.

2 15

 August 29, 1970   1.0 item.

2 16

 September 1, 1970   1.0 item.

2 17

 October 2-3, 1970   1.0 item.

2 18
Folder Folder

Minutes September 30, 1970   3.0 items.

3 19

Old Business (Exhibits for Agenda Items 1-35) 1966-1968   28.0 items.

3 20

New Business 1968-1976   14.0 items.

3 21

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Series 2: Bench-Bar-Press Committee 

Correspondence, memoranda, reports: 

Folder Folder

 1969   71.0 items.

3 22

 1969   105.0 items.

3 23

 1969-1970   46.0 items.

3 24

 1970   42.0 items.

3 25

 1970   86.0 items.

3 26

 May, 1970   26.0 items.

3 27
Folder Folder

News Items from ABA 1970   5.0 items.

3 28

Membership lists, Subcommittees 1970   3.0 items.

3 29

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Series 3: Judicial Article of the Washington Constitution 

Folder Folder

Memo on judicial reform from Hunter December 28, 1970   8.0 items.

4 30

Memo to Hunter from Langabeer on judiciary constitutional power November 25, 1970   2.0 items.

4 31

Alternative proposals for revision of judicial article of state constitution August 22, 1969   1.0 item.

4 32

Proposed constitutional amendment September 24-26, 1970   1.0 item.

4 33

Report of committee on the Revision of the Judicial Article undated   1.0 item.

4 34

Report to Task Force Committee on Court Improvement September 30, 1970   2.0 items.

4 35

Crisis in the Supreme Court, by Hugh J. Rosellini 1968   1.0 item.

4 36

List of people who received letter re court liaison meeting March 21, 1970   1.0 item.

4 37

Memo by H. T. Roe, re groups interested in revision of the judicial article January 28, 1970   1.0 item.

4 38

Superior Court Judges Association, Committee on revision of the judicial article undated 

4 39

Proposed revision of the judicial article July 21, 1967 November 30, 1970   2.0 items.

4 40

Membership of joint Bench/Bar Committee to study revision of the judicial article April 25, 1967   1.0 item.

4 41

Correspondence on Senate Resolution, s/273-70 February 1970   3.0 items.

4 42

Judicial reform correspondence November 1967   5.0 items.

4 43

Court Liaison Committee meeting January 20, 1970   1.0 item.

4 44

Proposed Judicial Article June 12, 1968   3.0 items.

4 45

Citizens committee on Washington Courts September 25, 1969   2.0 items.

4 46

Correspondence: Court Liaison Committee February 1970   3.0 items.

4 47

Proposals for Judicial Article Reform 1966-1967   4.0 items.

4 48

ABA Model Judicial Article February 10, 1967   1.0 item.

4 49

Improving procedures for Appellate Review-- The Michigan Experience undated   1.0 item.

4 50

Washington Magistrates Association, Judicial Article Revision May 28, 1970   1.0 item.

4 51

Court of Appeals information December 1970   2.0 items.

4 52

Memo to Hunter, constitutional power of the judiciary December 21, 1970   3.0 items.

4 53

Court Management Systems February 1970   3.0 items.

4 54

Correspondence, Revision of Judicial Article February 1970   2.0 items.

4 55

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Series 4: Judicial Conferences 

Folder Folder

Conference on Uniform Juvenile Court Rules February 4, 1968   26.0 items.

4 56

National Conference of State Trial Judges 1969-1970   5.0 items.

4 57

Judicial Conference 1968-1970   50.0 items.

4 58

Conference of Chief Justices 1966-1970   50.0 items.

4 59

Judicial Conference--14th Annual Meeting of Superior Court Judges Association September 9-11, 1970   33.0 items.

4 60

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Series 5: Miscellaneous 

Folder Folder

Seminar File 1959-1965   37.0 items.

5 61

Law Library (correspondence, memoranda, personal resumes) 1962-1967   53.0 items.

5 62

Law Library (Biennial Budget Estimates, correspondence) 1970   6.0 items.

5 63

Spokane Public Defender System 1966-1968   4.0 items.

5 64

Bancroft-Whitney Contracts 1967-1970   85.0 items.

5 65

Federal Court Relations 1968-1969   3.0 items.

5 66

Superior Court Judges Association, Legislation 1968-1970   6.0 items.

5 67

Affidavits of Prejudice 1969-1970   8.0 items.

5 68

Correspondence (Miscellaneous), Chief Justice's Office 1969-1970   73.0 items.

5 69

Justice Court 1969-1970   3.0 items.

5 70

Model Accounting and Reporting System, Chief Justice's Office 1969-1970   20.0 items.

5 71

Pro-Tem Judges, selection, terms 1969   4.0 items.

6 72

The Small Claim: An Interim Report on Washington Procedure August 1969   1.0 item.

6 73

Juvenile Court Rules 1970   11.0 items.

6 74

Uniform Juvenile Court Code 1970   6.0 items.

6 75

Discipline Rules for Attorneys 1974-1975   4.0 items.

6 76

Amendments to Superior Court Criminal Code 1976   1.0 item.

6 77

Proposed Rules for Judicial Information System Committee 1976   1.0 item.

6 78

Chief Justice's Office - Minutes 1969-1970   24.0 items.

6 79

Clippings and Other Press Materials 1969-1970   16.0 items.

6 80

Election Materials 1970 1975   5.0 items.

6 81

Memorandum re: Initiative and Referendum 1970   1.0 item.

6 82

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