Guide to the Joseph A. Mallery Papers 1924-1960
Cage 684

Summary Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Mallery, Joseph A.
Joseph A. Mallery Papers
Cage 684
Date [inclusive]
1.0 container.
General Physical Description note
1.25 linear feet of shelf space.
Includes correspondence, election campaign items, newsclippings, legal and personal documents, etc.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description]. Cage 684 , Joseph A. Mallery Papers . Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

Joseph A. Mallery was born near Winlock, Washington, on April 27, 1896. Before attending college he worked as a teacher, principal, and janitor for Scantygrease Grade School. He attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon, for one year and completed his degree at the University of Washington. He received his LL.B. from the law school in 1926. That fall he was elected and served as the prosecuting attorney for Cowlitz county until 1928. In 1928 Mallery became an assistant U.S. district attorney in Tacoma. He worked as an assistant attorney until 1934 when he became a justice of the peace. Shortly thereafter he also served as a police judge in Tacoma. In 1940 he was elected Superior Court judge in Pierce County. Two years later he became a candidate for the state Supreme Court. He won election and served on the bench until 1962. He died twenty years later, March 2, 1982.

For a more in-depth biographical sketch, see: Charles H. Sheldon. The Washington High Bench: A Biographical History of the State Supreme Court, 1889-1991. Pullman: Washington State University Press, 1992.

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Scope and Contents note

The papers consist of correspondence, election campaign materials, news clippings, pamphlets, personal writings, and legal documents, most concerning legal and judicial matters in Washington. A large portion of the papers concern several legal cases during the years from about 1946 to 1948. Other papers concern Justice Mallery's election campaigns.

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Arrangement note

The papers are arranged in informal subject or topical files and simply continue practices used by Justice Mallery.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 2000
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open for research use.

Custodial History note

Charles H. Sheldon had acquired the papers from Justice Mallery about 1980 while doing research on judges and courts in Washington.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The papers of Joseph A. Mallery (Accession number MS2000-10) were transferred to the Washington State University Libraries in March of 2000 by the heirs of Mr. Sheldon, accompanying the papers of Mr. Sheldon.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Additional Washington State University collections of Washington State Supreme Court justices include: Warren W. Tolman, Cage 4619; John Stanley Webster, Cage 459; Orris Lee Hamilton, Cage 495; Robert Thomas Hunter, Cage 25.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People--Trials, litigation, etc.,--Washington (State) -- Archives
  • Washington (State) Supreme Court--History


  • Judges--Washington (State)--Correspondence

Personal Name(s)

  • Belknap, Clark R.--Trials, litigation, etc., -- Archives
  • Berger, George H.--Trials, litigation, etc., -- Archives
  • Feak, J.W., (Jack W.)--Trials, litigation, etc., -- Archives
  • Mallery, Joseph A., 1896-1982 --Archives
  • Millard, William J.--Trials, litigation, etc., -- Archives


  • Civil Rights
  • Government and Politics
  • Reverse discrimination--Trials, litigation, etc.,--Washington (State) -- Archives
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory


Election campaign material 1940-1960 

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Correspondence re: election campaigns 1948 1950 

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Newspaper clippings--elections 1948-1960 

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Correspondence regarding Price v. Evergreen Cemetery Co. decision 1960 

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Newspaper clippings re: Price v. Evergreen Cemetery Co. decision 1960 

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P.U.D. case--legal forms and decisions 1946 

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Correspondence re: P.U.D. case and resulting Millard probe 1947-48 

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Newspaper clippings re: P.U.D. case 1947 

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Newspaper clippings re: Justice Millard probe 1947 

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Newspapers re: Justice Millard probe 1947-1948 

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Special reports re: the Feak case 1948 

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Correspondence on the Feak case to and from Clark R. Belknap, Attorney 1948-1949 

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Correspondence to and from Justice Mallery, re: Feak case 1948-1954 

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Correspondence to Jack Feak re: Feak case 1949 

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Handwritten and typescript notes on the Feak case 1948 

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Legal documents related to the Feak case 1948-1949 

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Legal documents related to the Feak case 1950-1954 

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Newspaper clippings re: Feak case 1948-1950 

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Financial statements including checks, bank statements, and correspondence 1945-1945 

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Marriage licenses, Justice of the Peace court, Tacoma 1939- 1943 

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Newspaper clippings, misc. 1947-1953 

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Writings--economic essays 1933 1936 undated 

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Writings--literary efforts, plays, fictional stories, and poems 1924 undated 

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Personal correspondence 1944-1948 1950 1959 

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Programs for speaking engagements 1947-1951 

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Decisions of the Supreme Court of Washington (publication) 1960 

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Annual Reports of the Prosecuting Attorney of Cowlitz County 1927-1928 

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Washington State Bar News August-October 1947, April 1948 

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Fraternal Order of Eagles--newspaper clippings and flyers 1946 and undated 

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