Thurman Arnold Papers Digitized

Thurman Arnold photograph

Thurman Arnold photograph

The AHC has digitized over 7,000 items from the collection of Thurman Wesley Arnold. Arnold, the son of lawyer C.P. Arnold, was born in Laramie, Wyoming, and educated at the University of Wyoming, Princeton, and Harvard, where he earned a law degree in 1914. He practised law briefly in Chicago before serving with the U.S. Army in France during World War I. Arnold returned to Laramie, where he practised law from 1919 to 1927, served as mayor from 1923 to 1924, served one term in the Wyoming House of Representatives (1921) and lectured in the University of Wyoming law school. He was dean of the University of West Virginia College of Law from 1927 to 1930 and taught at Yale from 1930 to 1938.

Arnold was named assistant attorney general of the U.S. in charge of the antitrust division in 1938 and was a Department of Justice representative on the Temporary National Economic Committee from 1938 to 1941. He was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in 1943 and left the bench in 1945 to resume private practice with the Washington, D.C., law firm of Arnold, Fortas & Porter, where he remained active until his death in 1969.

His collection contains 38 boxes of professional and personal correspondence as well as an extensive index to the correspondence (1910-1970); case files of legal documents, correspondence, memorandums, press releases, reports, and notes related to his work with the Antitrust Division (1923-1943); files of notes, galley proofs of opinions, and printed opinions of cases decided by Judge Arnold (1943-1945); drafts, manuscripts, publisher’s correspondence, and reviews of three books; manuscripts of numerous articles and book reviews by Arnold and others; personal financial, legal, and general files (1919-1965); photographs (1895-1950s); professional files (1929-1967); speeches; a scrapbook; biographical information on Arnold and family members; and miscellaneous awards and certificates.

The digitized material from this collection can be accessed through the online inventory at: Digitized items are also browsable and searchable from our Digital Collections website at:

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