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Joel Motley collection of Constance Baker Motley papers, 1934-2018

Identifier: Accession 2018-S-0057

Scope and Contents

This addition to the Constance Baker Motley papers contains the materials collected by her son, Joel Motley after her death in 2005. The collection primarily focuses on Motley's professional writing and speeches, containing Motley's judicial opinions from 1977-1997. In addition, the collection includes several annotated Supreme and District Court decisions dating from 1955-1963, as well as booklets concerning racial discrimination in education and housing. The collection also documents commemorative events in Motley's honor after her passing, such as the Constance Baker Motley symposium at Quinnipiac University in 2009.

Dates of Materials

  • 1934-2018


Conditions Governing Access

From the Collection:

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.


4 linear feet (3 record cartons, 1 11x14 OS box, 1 oversize folder. )

Language of Materials


Repository Details

Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063