Guide to the Robert C. Finley Papers 1951-1976
Cage 176

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Finley, Robert C.
Title
Robert C. Finley Papers
ID
Cage 176
Date [inclusive]
1951-1976
Extent
440.0 items.
General Physical Description note
1.5 linear feet of shelf space.
Language
English
Abstract
Speeches, publications, newspaper clippings, biographical material and some photographs.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description]. Cage 176, Robert C. Finley Papers. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

Robert Corpening Finley was born in Marion, North Carolina on November 7, 1905. He attended public schools in Asheville, North Carolina and graduated from high school in 1923. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Duke University in 1930 and his law degree from the same school in 1934. While working for the federal government in Washington, D.C., he attended Georgetown University and received his Master of Laws degree in 1936. Finley worked for a number of federal agencies in the Roosevelt "New Deal" administration: Federal Housing Administration, 1934-1935; Alcohol Control Administration, 1935-1937; Department of Justice, probation officer for U. S. District Court, Bureau of Prisons, Western District of North Carolina, 1937-1938; and, Department of Justice, Alien Property, Custodian and Claims Division, 1938-1940. In 1940 Finley moved to Olympia to take a position as Assistant Attorney General for the State of Washington. He served in that position until 1942. He continued to serve the state of Washington in various capacities until 1945 when he entered private law practice in Seattle and Renton. In the fall of 1950 Finley was elected to the Washington State Supreme Court. While on the Court he served as Chief Justice from 1961 to 1962 and again from 1967 to 1968. He was a possible nominee to the U. S. Supreme Court in 1963 and from 1967 to 1970. Judge Finley served on the high court of Washington until his death on March 23, 1976.

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Scope and Contents note

The papers of Robert C. Finley include speeches, publications, newspaper clippings, biographical material, photographs, and correspondence. The biographical information contained in the first folder includes a life history in the form of the Judge's personal resume as well as a complete listing of publications, awards, and organizations through 1973.

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Arrangement note

The bulk of the collection consists of speeches made by Judge Finley between 1951 and 1973. These speeches are arranged chronologically. Some of the speeches were published and also appear among the journal, magazine and newspaper articles. Public documents include material relating to the public disclosure law and also to the Judge's testimony in April of 1967 before a Senate sub-committee on improvements in the judicial machinery. The corespondence in this collection concerns Finley's possible appointment to the U. S. Supreme Court.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 1984

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 C. Finley were donated to the Washington State University Libraries in January 1977 by Mrs. Robert C. Finley (MS77-2) and an additional accession was received in September 1978 (MS78-39).

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Washington (State). Supreme Court

Occupation(s)

  • Judges--Washington (State)--Biography

Personal Name(s)

  • Finley, Robert Corpening --Archives
  • Finley, Robert Corpening Mrs. waps

Subject(s)

  • Government and Politics
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Biographical Information   13 items.

1 1

Correspondence   7.0 items.

1 2

Public Official Disclosure Act, Draft Material 1973   35 items.

1 3

Public Disclosure Initiative 276, Copies of Filings   9.0 items.

1 4

Journal Publications   10 items.

1 5

Testimony and Statement Before Senate Sub-committee on Improvements in Judicial Machinery April 21, 1967   2.0 items.

1 6

Magazine Articles 1969   3.0 items.

1 7

The North Carolina Bar Magazine 1959   4.0 items.

1 8

Newspaper Clippings   48 items.

1 9

Pamphlets and Congressional Record (Senate) February 20, 1967   3.0 items.

1 10

Photographs: Washington State Supreme Court Justices   4.0 items.

1 11

Photographs: Tokyo Judicial Building   10 items.

1 12

Speeches 1950   6.0 items.

2 13

Speeches 1960-1962   8.0 items.

2 14

Speeches 1964-1966   7.0 items.

2 15

Speeches 1967-1968   7.0 items.

2 16

Speeches 1970-1973   3.0 items.

2 17

Speeches undated   12 items.

2 18

U. S. Supreme Court 1963-1964   150 items.

3 19

U. S. Supreme Court 1967   100 items.

3 20

U. S. Supreme Court (Fortas Vacancy) 1962-1970   100 items.

3 21