Guide to the Robert Thomas Hunter Papers
1959-1976

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Creator: Hunter, Robert Thomas
Title: Robert Thomas Hunter Papers
Dates: 1959-1976 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 6 containers. (3 linear feet of shelf space.) (1200 items.)
Collection Number: Cage 25
Summary: 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.
Repository: Washington State University Libraries
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections

Pullman, WA 99164-5610 USA
(509) 335-6691
http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/masc/
mascref@wsu.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical 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.

Content Description

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.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

This collection is open for research use.

Preferred Citation :  

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

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

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.

Acquisition Information :  

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.


Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Series 1: Judicial Council
Container(s)
Description
Correspondence, memoranda, reports:
Folder
Folder
1 1 1967-1968
30 items.
1 2 1967-1968
25 items.
1 3 1969-1970
60 items.
1 4 1969-1970
60 items.
Folder
Folder
1 5 Grand Jury Committee, 1969-1970
33 items.
1 6 Report: Crime, Law and Correction: Assessments and Recommendations, September 1969
1 item.
1 7 Report: Traffic Bail in Washington State, July 1969
1 item.
Agendas:
Folder
Folder
2 8 March 28-29, 1969
1 item.
2 9 June 20-21, 1969
1 item.
2 10 June 21, 1969
1 item.
2 11 September 20, 1969
1 item.
2 12 December 13, 1969
7 items.
2 13 March 14, 1970
1 item.
2 14 June 12-13, 1970
1 item.
2 15 August 21, 1970
1 item.
2 16 August 29, 1970
1 item.
2 17 September 1, 1970
1 item.
2 18 October 2-3, 1970
1 item.
3 19 Minutes, September 30, 1970
3 items.
3 20 Old Business (Exhibits for Agenda Items 1-35), 1966-1968
28 items.
3 21 New Business, 1968-1976
14 items.

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Series 2: Bench-Bar-Press Committee
Container(s)
Description
Correspondence, memoranda, reports:
Folder
Folder
3 22 1969
71 items.
3 23 1969
105 items.
3 24 1969-1970
46 items.
3 25 1970
42 items.
3 26 1970
86 items.
3 27 May, 1970
26 items.
Folder
Folder
3 28 News Items from ABA, 1970
5 items.
3 29 Membership lists, Subcommittees, 1970
3 items.

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Series 3: Judicial Article of the Washington Constitution
Container(s)
Description
Folder
Folder
4 30 Memo on judicial reform from Hunter, December 28, 1970
8 items.
4 31 Memo to Hunter from Langabeer on judiciary constitutional power, November 25, 1970
2 items.
4 32 Alternative proposals for revision of judicial article of state constitution, August 22, 1969
1 item.
4 33 Proposed constitutional amendment, September 24-26, 1970
1 item.
4 34 Report of committee on the Revision of the Judicial Article, undated
1 item.
4 35 Report to Task Force Committee on Court Improvement, September 30, 1970
2 items.
4 36 Crisis in the Supreme Court, by Hugh J. Rosellini, 1968
1 item.
4 37 List of people who received letter re court liaison meeting, March 21, 1970
1 item.
4 38 Memo by H. T. Roe, re groups interested in revision of the judicial article, January 28, 1970
1 item.
4 39 Superior Court Judges Association, Committee on revision of the judicial article, undated
4 40 Proposed revision of the judicial article, July 21, 1967; , November 30, 1970
2 items.
4 41 Membership of joint Bench/Bar Committee to study revision of the judicial article, April 25, 1967
1 item.
4 42 Correspondence on Senate Resolution, s/273-70, February 1970
3 items.
4 43 Judicial reform correspondence, November 1967
5 items.
4 44 Court Liaison Committee meeting, January 20, 1970
1 item.
4 45 Proposed Judicial Article, June 12, 1968
3 items.
4 46 Citizens committee on Washington Courts, September 25, 1969
2 items.
4 47 Correspondence: Court Liaison Committee, February 1970
3 items.
4 48 Proposals for Judicial Article Reform, 1966-1967
4 items.
4 49 ABA Model Judicial Article, February 10, 1967
1 item.
4 50 Improving procedures for Appellate Review-- The Michigan Experience, undated
1 item.
4 51 Washington Magistrates Association, Judicial Article Revision, May 28, 1970
1 item.
4 52 Court of Appeals information, December 1970
2 items.
4 53 Memo to Hunter, constitutional power of the judiciary, December 21, 1970
3 items.
4 54 Court Management Systems, February 1970
3 items.
4 55 Correspondence, Revision of Judicial Article, February 1970
2 items.

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Series 4: Judicial Conferences
Container(s)
Description
Folder
Folder
4 56 Conference on Uniform Juvenile Court Rules, February 4, 1968
26 items.
4 57 National Conference of State Trial Judges, 1969-1970
5 items.
4 58 Judicial Conference, 1968-1970
50 items.
4 59 Conference of Chief Justices, 1966-1970
50 items.
4 60 Judicial Conference--14th Annual Meeting of Superior Court Judges Association, September 9-11, 1970
33 items.

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Series 5: Miscellaneous
Container(s)
Description
Folder
Folder
5 61 Seminar File, 1959-1965
37 items.
5 62 Law Library (correspondence, memoranda, personal resumes), 1962-1967
53 items.
5 63 Law Library (Biennial Budget Estimates, correspondence), 1970
6 items.
5 64 Spokane Public Defender System, 1966-1968
4 items.
5 65 Bancroft-Whitney Contracts, 1967-1970
85 items.
5 66 Federal Court Relations, 1968-1969
3 items.
5 67 Superior Court Judges Association, Legislation, 1968-1970
6 items.
5 68 Affidavits of Prejudice, 1969-1970
8 items.
5 69 Correspondence (Miscellaneous), Chief Justice's Office, 1969-1970
73 items.
5 70 Justice Court, 1969-1970
3 items.
5 71 Model Accounting and Reporting System, Chief Justice's Office, 1969-1970
20 items.
6 72 Pro-Tem Judges, selection, terms, 1969
4 items.
6 73 The Small Claim: An Interim Report on Washington Procedure, August 1969
1 item.
6 74 Juvenile Court Rules, 1970
11 items.
6 75 Uniform Juvenile Court Code, 1970
6 items.
6 76 Discipline Rules for Attorneys, 1974-1975
4 items.
6 77 Amendments to Superior Court Criminal Code, 1976
1 item.
6 78 Proposed Rules for Judicial Information System Committee, 1976
1 item.
6 79 Chief Justice's Office - Minutes, 1969-1970
24 items.
6 80 Clippings and Other Press Materials, 1969-1970
16 items.
6 81 Election Materials, 1970; , 1975
5 items.
6 82 Memorandum re: Initiative and Referendum, 1970
1 item.

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Subjects

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

  • Personal Names :
  • Bise, Albert C.
  • Blonk, Hu
  • Finley, Robert Corpening
  • Hunter, Robert Thomas --Archives  ( creator)
  • Lowry, William M.
  • Rieke, Luvern V.
  • Corporate Names :
  • Bench-Bar-Press Committee of Washington
  • Judicial Council of the State of Washington
  • Geographical Names :
  • Washington (State). Constitution
  • Washington (State). Supreme Court
  • Occupations :
  • Judges--Washington (State)--Correspondence

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