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Wilfred Feinberg Papers, 1936-2011, bulk 1960-2011

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Abstract

The Wilfred Feinberg papers consist of over 200 linear feet of material, primarily dating from his fifty years as a judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Some highlights of the collection include rulings and case files from precedent-setting cases, Feinberg's committee work drafting the 1995 Long Range Plan for the Federal Courts, and a detailed oral history.

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1585
Bib ID 8928418 View CLIO record
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Title Wilfred Feinberg Papers, 1936-2011, bulk 1960-2011
Physical Description 222.71 linear feet (220 record cartons 1 halfwidth document case 2 small artifact boxes and 1 flat box)
Language(s) English .
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Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in nine series.

Description

Summary

The Wilfred Feinberg papers consist of over 200 linear feet of material, primarily dating from his fifty years as a judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Some highlights of the collection include rulings and case files from precedent-setting cases, Feinberg's committee work drafting the 1995 Long Range Plan for the Federal Courts, and a detailed oral history.

  • Series I: Private Practice, 1948-1963

    Prior to Feinberg's appointment as a federal judge in 1961, he was an attorney in private practice in New York. This series includes his official bar admissions; case files, office memoranda, and pleadings from both firms where he worked; and the substantive files of pleadings and research related to the Hudson and Manhattan Railroad Company bankruptcy and reorganization. Within each file, materials are arranged by date.

  • Series II: United States District Court for the Southern District of New York,, 1961-1966

    This series consists of records from Feinberg's service as a district judge, before being elevated to the Second Circuit in 1966. Materials relating to his recess nomination in 1961 and official confirmation in 1962, including correspondence and photographs, are represented. One of his most notable contributions as a district judge was on the electrical equipment antitrust cases, which make up a sizable portion of the series. Also included are the court's sitting schedules and trial calendars, Feinberg's chamber case files, draft and pattern jury charges, motions heard, and rulings. This series is divided into seven subseries.

  • Series III: United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 1955-2011

    This series is the largest in the collection, comprising more than half of the Feinberg material. Feinberg served on the Second Circuit from 1966 through 2011, one of the longest tenures in circuit history, including a term as Chief Judge from 1980 through 1988. He took senior status (a form of semi-retirement) in 1991 and maintained an active hearing schedule until his retirement in 2011. The heart of this series is his case files, which include a number of precedent-setting and noteworthy rulings. A list of cases of particular interest can be found in the note to Subseries III.2.

    This series is divided into nine subseries.

  • Series IV: Subject Files, 1961-2010

    This series consists of topical material related to the functioning of the court, the court's official rules, and Feinberg's research files. It includes materials from both his district court service and his time on the appellate bench. This series includes four subseries: General; Advisory Committee Service; Points of Law; and Rules of Practice and Procedure.

  • Series V: Judicial Conference of the United States, 1974-2007

    The Judicial Conference of the United States is charged by Congress to "serve as the principal policy-making body concerned with the administration of the U.S. Courts." Although the court system is largely decentralized, with each circuit and district having unique customs, practices, and rules, the Judicial Conference is the formal center for procedural recommendations. The Chief Justice of the United States presides over the Conference; other members include the Chief Judges of each circuit and a representative from each district and trade court. Feinberg was Chief Judge of the Second Circuit, and therefore a member of the Judicial Conference, from 1980 through 1988.

    Traditionally, each new Chief Justice begins his tenure with a study of the Judicial Conference and the court system. Upon William Rehnquist's confirmation as Chief Justice, he created the Committee to Study the Judicial Conference, which lasted for a year. Prompted by the reports of the Rehnquist Committee and the Federal Courts Study Committee, Rehnquist created the Long Range Planning Committee as the anticipated first phase in a permanent planning effort. Having served eight years as a member of the Judicial Conference, Feinberg was appointed to the Long Range Planning Committee.

    This series includes comprehensive agendas (including lengthy appendices of supplementary reports), correspondence, drafts, minutes, reports, and research. It is divided into three subseries derived from Feinberg's original filing system: Committee to Study the Judicial Conference; Judicial Conference; and Long Range Planning Committee.

  • Series VI: Professional Development, 1961-2011

    This series includes materials relating to Feinberg's participation in professional organizations and continuing education. Records consist of conference materials, correspondence, directories, educational materials, official membership documents, reports, and workshop materials. This series is divided into three subseries: Bar Associations, Federal Judicial Center, and Legal Societies and Professional Organizations.

  • Series VII: Articles and Speeches, 1961-2011

    This series includes Feinberg's articles and speeches, as well as correspondence and research material relating to them. In addition to correspondence, offprints, reprints, and typescripts, materials include clippings, drafts, and notes. The files of research material collect ideas for potential future topics.

    Feinberg was a prolific writer, particularly in the 1980s, and some of the topics he wrote on frequently include diversity jurisdiction, senior judges, and the history of the Second Circuit. He was also a vigorous opponent of the National Court of Appeals, a proposed restructuring of the federal judiciary that caused substantial controversy in the 1970s. Feinberg's full publications list can be found in his CV in Subseries IX.1.

    Feinberg maintained a "Jokes and Parodies" folder where he would file countless lawyer jokes clipped from Reader's Digest or sent to him by colleagues. Also in the "Jokes and Parodies" file are the song parodies that Feinberg wrote for anniversaries, birthdays, and retirements.

    Although some of Feinberg's speeches were subsequently published in law journals and magazines, this series is particularly useful for its full record of fifty years of speech transcripts. Maintaining Feinberg's original order, the transcripts of both eulogies and speeches are arranged reverse-chronologically and include yearly indexes to speeches with locations and occasions. Many of the typescripts were Feinberg's podium copy and include his notes on delivery.

  • Series VIII: Columbia University Alumni Activity, 1959-2010

    Feinberg spent his postsecondary education at Columbia University, attending Columbia College and Columbia Law School. He is an active alumnus and this series includes more than fifty years of his involvement with Columbia University. Feinberg kept separate records of his alumni activity for the college and the law school, and that arrangement has been maintained. A third subseries consists of records relating to Columbia University more generally, including the umbrella alumni group for all Columbia schools, and material related to President Lee Bollinger and long-time law school professor Maurice Rosenberg.

  • Series IX: Personal, 1936-2011

    This series includes a variety of unofficial and personal records. The bulk of the series is Feinberg's correspondence files, which he maintained separately from the correspondence filed elsewhere in the collection. Similarly, Feinberg maintained a general clippings file separate from the clippings filed by topic found elsewhere in the collection. Also in this series is biographical information maintained and updated by Feinberg's secretary, including publications lists. Personal material includes business records from Feinberg's charity and investment activities outside his job, an oral history of Feinberg conducted in the late 1990s, and photographs. The series is arranged in six subseries.

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Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Wilfred Feinberg Papers, 1936-2011; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Selected Related Material at Other Repositories

Henry Jacob Friendly Papers, Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.

Irving R. Kaufman Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress.

Papers of the Honorable Judge James L. Oakes, Julien and Virginia Cornell Library, Vermont Law School.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers processed by Caitlin Goodman in 2012.

Finding aid written by Caitlin Goodman in 12/2012.

Collection is processed to folder level.

Revision Description

2012-12-14 xml document instance created by Caitlin Goodman.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Audiocassettes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Clippings (Information Artifacts) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Correspondence Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Oral history Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Altimari, Frank X (Frank Xavier), 1928-1998 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Alumni Federation of Columbia University Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Anderson, Robert Palmer, 1906-1978 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Appellate courts Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Appellate procedure -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Burger, Warren E., 1907-1995 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cabranes, José A Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Calabresi, Guido, 1932- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cardamone, Richard J., 1925-2015 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia Law School Alumni Association Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University. School of Law Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Court administration Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Court calendars Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Court records Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Federal Judicial Center Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Feinberg, Wilfred, 1920-2014 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Frankel, Marvin E., 1920- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Friendly, Henry J Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gurfein, Murray Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hays, Paul R (Paul Raymond), 1903-1980 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Jacobs, Dennis G., 1944- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Judges Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Judicial Conference of the United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Judicial Conference of the United States. Committee on Long Range Planning Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Katzmann, Robert A Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kaufman, Irving R (Irving Robert), 1910-1992 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kearse, Amalya Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Law -- History Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Leval, Pierre N (Pierre Nelson), 1936- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lumbard, J. Edward (Joseph Edward), 1901-1999 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mahoney, John Daniel Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mansfield, Walter Roe, 1911-1987 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
McLaughlin, Joseph M Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Medina, Harold R (Harold Raymond), 1888-1990 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Meskill, Thomas J., 1928-2007 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Miner, Roger J Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Moore, Leonard P Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mulligan, William Hughes, 1918-1996 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Newman, Jon O (Jon Ormond) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Oakes, James L (James Lowell), 1924- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Parker, Barrington D (Barrington Daniels), 1944- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Parker, Fred I (Fred Irving), 1938- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pierce, Lawrence W (Lawrence Warren), 1924- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pooler, Rosemary S (Rosemary Shankman), 1938- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pratt, George C (George Cheny), 1928- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Raggi, Reena, 1951- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rehnquist, William H., 1924-2005 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rosenberg, Maurice, 1919-1995 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sack, Robert D Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Smith, John Joseph Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sotomayor, Sonia, 1954- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Straub, Chester John, 1937- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Timbers, William Homer Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States. Court of Appeals (2nd Circuit) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States. District Court (New York : Southern District) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States. Supreme Court Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Van Graafeiland, Ellsworth Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Walker, John M., 1940- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Warren, Earl, 1891-1974 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Waterman, Sterry Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Winter, Ralph K., 1935- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

Wilfred Feinberg was born on June 22, 1920 in New York City. His family soon moved to Mount Vernon, NY, where he has remained for much of his life. After graduating from high school, Feinberg attended Columbia College (class of 1940) and enrolled in Columbia Law School before enlisting in the Army during World War II.

During his three years of service in the Signal Corps, Feinberg wrote for Yank magazine and a Signal Corps newsletter, and later wrote a (never published) novel based on his wartime experiences. He reenrolled at Columbia Law School after his Army service and served as editor-in-chief of the Columbia Law Review. Upon graduation in 1946, Feinberg married Shirley Marcus and moved to Philadelphia to clerk for District Judge James P. McGranery, in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

In 1949, after his clerkship, Feinberg returned with his family to New York and joined the firm Kaye Scholer as an associate. After four years, he was offered a junior partner position at McGoldrick, Dannett, Horowitz and Golub, a smaller firm with Columbia Law School connections. Feinberg and his wife became involved in Westchester Democratic politics, leading to his 1958 appointment by Governor W. Averell Harriman as Deputy Superintendent of Banks. As Deputy Superintendent, Feinberg was responsible for regulating union welfare and retail installment credit. After Harriman was defeated by Nelson Rockefeller, Feinberg returned to private practice at McGoldrick, where he remained until his appointment as District Judge in 1961.

In October 1961, Feinberg received a recess appointment from President Kennedy to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. He was officially confirmed in March 1962. One of Feinberg's first experiences on the bench was with the electrical equipment antitrust cases, which were thousands of private suits that were filed after a 1961 grand jury indictment in Philadelphia against equipment manufacturers for price-fixing. The Co-Ordinating Committee for Multiple Litigation, formed by Chief Justice Earl Warren, was formed to unify the pre-trial process and SDNY Chief Judge Sylvester Ryan was appointed to the committee. Ryan, in turn, asked Feinberg to attend the meetings as his proxy, and Feinberg became deeply involved in the procedural aspects of multidistrict litigation.

His work on judicial procedural improvements continued when Chief Justice Warren appointed him to the Advisory Committee on Federal Rules of Civil Procedure in 1965. It was Feinberg's first official involvement in judicial administration, and throughout his career he remained active in issues of judicial administration and procedure, most notably on the Advisory Council for Appellate Justice (1970-1975) and the Long Range Planning Committee (1991-1995), both under the aegis of the Judicial Conference of the United States.

In 1966, President Johnson nominated Feinberg to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and he became one of the youngest judges on the Court of Appeals. As junior judge, Feinberg was responsible for many of the administrative tasks that would become the job of the Circuit Executive upon the position's creation in 1971. He remained interested in court administration, and wrote numerous articles and speeches on the subject.

Feinberg was Chief Judge of the Second Circuit from 1980 through 1988. He assumed senior status in 1991 but remained active on the bench and on a number of judicial committees until his retirement in 2011. In his career on the bench, Feinberg wrote over 1000 opinions. Citations for some of the historically and legally important cases can be found in the notes to Subseries II.2 and Subseries III.2, along with very brief summaries.

Feinberg was an active presence in the Alumni Associations of both Columbia College and Columbia Law School, and includes among his former clerks countless Columbia Law School alumni, including Columbia University President Lee Bollinger. Judge Feinberg retired from the bench in 2011 after fifty years of service. He lives with Shirley in Mount Vernon, New York.

Sources:

Federal Judicial Center, History of the Federal Judiciary. "Wilfred Feinberg."Biographical Directory of Federal Judges.

Interviews of Wilfred Feinberg by Jeffrey Morris, 1996-1997.

Rosenberg, Maurice. "Chief Judge Wilfred Feinberg: A Twenty-Fifth Year Tribute. Columbia Law Review 86 (1986): 1505-1514.

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Series I: Private Practice, 1948-1963

Prior to Feinberg's appointment as a federal judge in 1961, he was an attorney in private practice in New York. This series includes his official bar admissions; case files, office memoranda, and pleadings from both firms where he worked; and the substantive files of pleadings and research related to the Hudson and Manhattan Railroad Company bankruptcy and reorganization. Within each file, materials are arranged by date.



Box 1 Bar Associations and Admissions, 1948-1961, (5 folders)



Box 2-3 Case Files: Memoranda and Briefs, 1950-1961, (11 volumes)



Box 1 Memoranda of Law, 1956-1961, (3 folders)


Hudson and Manhattan Railroad Company Reorganization, 1949-1963



Box 3 Memoranda of Law, 1949-1961, (3 volumes)



Box 1 Allowance Petitions and Application Material, 1955-1961, (6 folders)



Box 3 Hudson and Manhattan Railroad Company v. Stichman, 229 F. (2d) 816,, 1955-1956, (1 volume)



Box 3-4 Memoranda and Briefs, 1955-1959, (4 volumes)



Box 1 Unbound Pleadings, 1959-1963, (3 folders)



Box 4 Plan of Reorganization and Related Documents, 1955-1962, (1 folder)



Box 4-5 Record of Reorganization Proceedings of Hudson and Manhattan Railroad Company,, 1955-1962, (8 volumes)

(includes 7 record volumes and an index)

Series II: United States District Court for the Southern District of New York,, 1961-1966

This series consists of records from Feinberg's service as a district judge, before being elevated to the Second Circuit in 1966. Materials relating to his recess nomination in 1961 and official confirmation in 1962, including correspondence and photographs, are represented. One of his most notable contributions as a district judge was on the electrical equipment antitrust cases, which make up a sizable portion of the series. Also included are the court's sitting schedules and trial calendars, Feinberg's chamber case files, draft and pattern jury charges, motions heard, and rulings. This series is divided into seven subseries.


Subseries II.1: Calendars Reassigned After Court of Appeals Appointment,, 1966

In preparation for his departure from the district court, Feinberg wrote notes and case conference summaries for the district judges scheduled to replace him on ongoing cases. This subseries also includes copies of scheduling calendars, and is arranged by date.



Box 1 Part I Calendars, 1966, (14 folders)



Box 6 Trial Assignment Summaries, 1966, (1 folder)


Subseries II.2: Case Files, 1961-1966

Feinberg kept his district case files separated into civil and criminal arrangements, and his original order has been maintained. Each case consists of a folder (or folders) and includes some combination of pre-trial and research notes, amicus curiae from interested agencies and parties, clippings related to the case, correspondence from the parties and the public, inter-judge memoranda, legal precedent research, opinions (both draft and published), other court pleadings, and pre-trial and trial transcripts. Two of Feinberg's noteworthy cases includeDavis v. E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company249 F.Supp. 329 (SDNY 1966) and Zippo Manufacturing Co. v. Rogers Imports, Inc.216 F.Supp. 670 (SDNY 1963).Zippo Manufacturingdealt with a question of copyright infringement, but its enduring relevance has to do with Feinberg's decision that consumer surveys are admissible as evidence.Davis v DuPontis another copyright infringement case regarding a 1960 telecast ofEthan Frome.

The bound docket books are chronological, and include an alphabetical index and a brief summary of each case and its final dispensation. Case files, divided into civil and criminal, are arranged alphabetically by plaintiff name.



Box 6-7 Civil, 1961-1966, (102 folders)



Box 7-8 Criminal, 1961-1966, (26 folders)



Box 5 Docket Books, 1961-1966, (2 volumes)


Subseries II.3: Electrical Cases, 1962-1966

The electrical equipment antitrust cases of the 1960s prompted major developments in judicial policy for complex multidistrict litigation. Grand jury indictments against electrical equipment manufacturers led to criminal convictions for price-fixing in 1961, which prompted more than 2000 private antitrust suits in 35 districts. In response, the Judicial Conference created the nine-member Co-Ordinating Committee for Multiple Litigation, and Feinberg assisted fellow SDNY District Judge Sylvester Ryan with the committee. It was a multiyear administrative undertaking, and this subseries includes substantial correspondence, research material and committee discussions and memoranda, as well as a record of the sizable pleadings and complex scheduling overseen by the Co-Ordinating Committee.



Box 11-12 Correspondence, 1962-1966, (8 folders)


Co-Ordinating Committee for Multiple Litigation, 1963-1966



Box 12 Analyses, 1964-1965, (6 folders)


Box 12 Non-Priority Lines, 1965, (3 folders)



Box 12-13 Other Court Rulings, 1963-1965, (8 folders)



Box 13 Research Material, 1963-1966, (6 folders)


Box 13 Scheduling, 1964-1965, (1 folder)


Box 13 Transfers, 1964-1966, (9 folders)



Box 14 Depositions, 1962-1965, (28 folders)



Box 14-15 Interrogatories, 1962-1964, (12 folders)


Local, 1962-1966



Box 15 General, 1964-1965, (4 folders)


Box 15 Correspondence, 1964-1966, (2 folders)


Box 15 Condenser Cases, 1965-1966, (1 folder)


Box 15 Depositions, 1964, (4 folders)


Box 15 Interrogatories, 1964-1965, (2 folders)


Pleadings, 1962-1965


Box 15 Complaint, 1962, (1 folder)


Box 15 Briefs and Memoranda, 1964-1965, (6 folders)



Box 15-16 Requests to Admit, 1963-1965, (4 folders)



Box 16 Rule 34 Motion, 1964-1965, (2 folders)


Box 16 Pre-Trial Orders, 1963-1966, (23 folders)


Box 16 Stipulations, 1964-1965, (1 folder)


Box 16 Jury Charges, 1964, (2 folders)


Box 16 Trial Notes, 1965, (3 folders)


Box 16 Opinion, 1965, (1 folder)



Box 17 Philadelphia Trial Summaries, 1964-1966, (59 folders)


Pleadings, 1961-1965


Box 17 Complaints, 1961-1962, (2 folder)


Box 17 Motion #1, 1962, (5 folders)



Box 18 Motion #2, 1962, (4 folders)


Box 18 Motion #3, 1962, (3 folders)


Box 18 Defendants' Rule 34 Motion, 1963, (1 folder)


Box 18 Plaintiffs' Rule 34 Motion, 1963, (3 folders)


Box 18 Privilege, 1963, (1 folder)


Box 18 Indirect Purchases, 1965, (1 folder)



Box 18-20 Pre-Trial Orders, 1962-1965, (100 folders)



Box 20 Settlement, 1963-1965, (1 folder)


Subseries II.4: Judicial Appointment, 1961-1962

This subseries relates to Feinberg's October 1961 recess appointment by President Kennedy and his formal nomination and Senate confirmation the following spring. Materials include clippings, letters of congratulations, photographs, and programs. Each file is arranged chronologically.



Box 8 Clippings and Programs, 1961-1962, (1 folder)


Correspondence, 1961-1962


Box 8 General, 1961-1962, (1 folder)


Box 8 Letters of Congratulations and Acknowledgement, 1961, (3 folders)


Box 8 Letters of Reference, 1961, (2 folders)


Box 8 Photographs, 1961, (1 folder)


Subseries II.5: Jury Charges, 1961-1966

Jury charges are the instructions a judge delivers to a jury prior to deliberation regarding the questions of fact at issue. This subseries is divided into civil and criminal jury charges and includes both official New York Pattern Jury Instructions and Feinberg's drafts of case-specific jury instructions. Materials are arranged alphabetically by charge.



Box 8-9 Civil, 1961-1966, (61 folders)



Box 9 Criminal, 1961-1966, (43 folders)


Subseries II.6: Motions, 1961-1965

Motions ruled on by Feinberg are divided by type and filed chronologically by court term. This subseries also includes court calendars and hearing schedules.



Box 224 Calendars for Noticed Motions, 1962-1965, (2 folders)



Box 10-11 Civil, 1961-1965, (12 folders)



Box 11 Criminal, 1962-1964, (6 folders)


Box 11 Reduction of Sentence, 1964, (1 folder)


Box 11 Referred to Pre-Trial Examiners, 1965, (1 folder)


Subseries II.7: Opinions, 1961-1966

This subseries includes final versions of all filed legal memoranda and opinions written by Feinberg. The subseries begins with an alphabetical index by case citation. The opinions and memoranda are filed chronologically by court term.



Box 9 Alphabetical Index to Memoranda and Opinions, 1966, (1 folder)



Box 9-10 Memoranda and Opinions, 1961-1966, (18 folders)

Series III: United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 1955-2011

This series is the largest in the collection, comprising more than half of the Feinberg material. Feinberg served on the Second Circuit from 1966 through 2011, one of the longest tenures in circuit history, including a term as Chief Judge from 1980 through 1988. He took senior status (a form of semi-retirement) in 1991 and maintained an active hearing schedule until his retirement in 2011. The heart of this series is his case files, which include a number of precedent-setting and noteworthy rulings. A list of cases of particular interest can be found in the note to Subseries III.2.

This series is divided into nine subseries.


Subseries III.1: Administrative Materials, 1961-2011

This subseries consists of records relating to the administrative functioning of the Second Circuit. Much of the material dates from Feinberg's tenure as Chief Judge (1980-1988), a position with significant administrative responsibility and chairmanship of the Circuit Judicial Council. Administrative reports and memoranda were written and received throughout Feinberg's tenure on the court, however.

The subseries is divided alphabetically by subject and includes 17 files. Official reports from the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts (the administrative agency for the federal judiciary as a whole) and the Circuit Court Executive (the administrator responsible for the Second Circuit) make up the bulk of this subseries. Materials in this subseries include administrative notices, budget reports, calendars, clippings, inter-judge memoranda on a wide variety of subjects, meeting minutes, records of disciplinary proceedings and disqualifications, statistics, and visiting judge appointments.

Also present are programs and correspondence related to official court ceremonies, including memorials, inductions, and retirements. Judges' salaries were an ongoing concern throughout the judiciary, with judges occasionally returning to private practice in order to secure greater compensation, and the correspondence and clippings related to this issue is valuable. Vacancies on the district level are a frequent concern, and senior judges were particularly valuable for their availability to sit as visiting judges on the Circuit's district courts, as well as other circuits.

Within each subject, materials are arranged reverse-chronologically.



Box 131-132 Administrative Office, 1981-2008, (27 folders)

(The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts is the central supporting service to the federal judiciary. Although responsible for all district and circuit courts, as well as the Supreme Court, the Administrative Office includes a large staff that produce both general reports on judicial functions as well as more Circuit-specific materials.)



Box 133 Budget, 1966-2007, (14 folders)



Box 133-136 Ceremonies and Memorials, 1961-2009, (50 folders)



Box 136 Chief Judges, 1972-2010, (6 folders)


Box 136 Circuit Court Executive, 1970-2007, (12 folders)



Box 137 Civil Appeals Management Plan, 1974-2001, (16 folders)

(The Civil Appeals Management Plan (CAMP) was begun in the Second Circuit in 1974 to speed the appellate process of selected cases through pre-argument settlement conferences. It has now spread to all of the Circuit Courts.)



Box 137-139 Clerk's Office, 1971-2008, (38 folders)



Box 139-140 Courtroom and Facilities, 1966-2009, (30 folders)



Box 140 Disqualifications and Recusals, 1966-2009, (6 folders)



Box 141 Personnel, 1971-2010, (14 folders)



Box 141-142 Records and Information Management, 1979-2006, (10 folders)



Box 142-145, 220 Removal and Discipline of Judges, 1972-2010, (65 folders)



Box 145-147 Salaries, 1972-2009, (38 folders)



Box 147-148 Senior Judges, 1970-2011, (22 folders)



Box 148-150 Statistics, 1966-2011, (55 folders)



Box 151 Vacancies and Judgeships, 1971-2005, (17 folders)



Box 151-153 Visiting Judges and Intercircuit Appointments, 1974-2008, (24 folders)


Subseries III.2: Case Files, 1966-2011

This subseries makes up the bulk of the collection, consisting of more than seventy-five record cartons. Feinberg's chambers case files vary in size and detail, but include some combination of the following: annotations, copies of the decision or offprints from theFederal Reporter, drafts of opinions and rulings, motions filed in the case, inter-judge and inter-court case-related memoranda, newsclippings, notes, relevant district court rulings, and research material.

Regular Argument Calendar files are foldered alphabetically by appellant last name. There are three boxes of Non-Argument Calendar files (a separate calendar exclusively for petitions for review of a denial of asylum), arranged chronologically by review panel week, maintaining Feinberg's original order. Docket sheets include an alphabetical index, a brief summary of each of Feinberg's cases, and their final dispensation. From 1965 through 1984 the docket sheets were bound volumes, subsequently they are foldered chronologically.

Some noteworthy cases, as highlighted by Feinberg in his oral history in Subseries IX.4 are listed below, with a very brief summary. The final two parts of the oral history discuss these cases, and a few dozen more, in much greater detail. More extensive lists of noteworthy rulings can be found in Subseries IX.1. Unless otherwise noted, Feinberg wrote the majority opinion:

--United States v. Miller367 F.2d 72 (2d. Cir. 1966), which held that the prosecution of a protestor who burned his draft card to show his opposition to the Vietnam War was indeed constitutional.

--Torrington Co. v. Metal Products Workers Union Local1645 362 F.2d 677 (2d Cir. 1966), a labor arbitration case where the district decision against the union was upheld 2-1. Feinberg's first dissent.

--J.P. Stevens & Co. v. National Labor Relations Board380 F.2d 292 (2d Cir. 1967), the first of a series of cases against J.P. Stevens for violating national labor law. The case inspired the 1979 movieNorma Rae.

--Kelly v. Wyman294 F.Supp. 893 (SDNY 1968), Feinberg was the Circuit Judge on this three-judge court and ruled that welfare recipients were entitled to a hearing before any of their benefits could be terminated. Feinberg's opinion was upheld by the Supreme Court inGoldberg v. Kelly397 U.S. 254 (1970) and the decision is considered a landmark in the welfare rights movement.

--Goetz v. Ansell477 F.2d 636 (2d. Cir. 1973), upholding a high school student's right to refuse to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance.

--In the Matter of Andros Compania Maritima579 F.2d 691 (2d Cir. 1978), a frequently-cited arbitration case that limits when courts can interfere with arbitrators.



Box 21-24 A, 1966-2011, (335 folders)



Box 24-30 B, 1966-2011, (521 folders)



Box 30-36 C, 1966-2011, (556 folders)



Box 36-39 D, 1966-2011, (305 folders)



Box 40-41 E, 1966-2011, (124 folders)



Box 41-44 F, 1966-2011, (258 folders)



Box 44-48 G, 1966-2011, (378 folders)



Box 48-51 H, 1966-2010, (278 folders)



Box 51-52 I, 1966-2011, (98 folders)



Box 52-54 J, 1966-2011, (151 folders)



Box 54-56 K, 1967-2011, (213 folders)



Box 56-60 L, 1966-2011, (313 folders)



Box 60-66 M, 1966-2011, (546 folders)



Box 66-68 N, 1966-2010, (184 folders)



Box 68-69 O, 1966-2011, (126 folders)



Box 69-73 P, 1966-2011, (311 folders)



Box 73 Q, 1966-2006, (13 folders)



Box 73-77 R, 1966-2011, (373 folders)



Box 77-84 S, 1966-2011, (567 folders)



Box 84-86 T, 1966-2009, (210 folders)



Box 86-87 U, 1966-2010, (47 folders)



Box 87-88 V, 1966-2011, (85 folders)



Box 88-91 W, 1966-2010, (273 folders)



Box 91 X, 2005-2006, (1 folder)


Box 91 Y, 1967-2011, (37 folders)



Box 91-92 Z, 1968-2010, (42 folders)



Box 92-95 Non-Argument Calendar, 2005-2010, (76 folders)

(The Non-Argument Calendar was implemented by the Second Circuit in fall 2005 to handle petitions for review of a denial of asylum. Created to lessen the backlog of asylum petitions, it exists outside the normal sitting schedules of the Regular Argument Calendar. Judge Feinberg kept his NAC case files separate and arranged chronologically by panel week, not citation. This arrangement has been maintained, and includes some policy correspondence regarding NAC generally.)



Box 114-119 Docket Sheets, 1965-2011 (61 folders, 22 volumes), 1965-2011

(Bound volumes of docket sheets for 1965-1984 are in boxes 117-119, foldered docket sheets for 1985-2011 are filed chronologically in boxes 114-117)


Subseries III.3: En Banc Files, 1966-2011

En banc cases require a majority vote of the judges in favor of hearing an appeal before the full court, instead of the traditional three judge panel. Although en banc power was granted to the appellate courts in 1948, each circuit court has its own traditions and rules governing en banc procedures. The Second Circuit has been one of the most hesitant to hear a case en banc, so this subseries is substantially smaller than the Subseries III.2, and it has been arranged and described separately to preserve Feinberg's original order. Noteworthy case files include:

--Sostre v. McGinnis442 F.2d 178 (2d Cir. 1971), an en banc hearing to determine the extent (and any violation) of federal constitutional rights of state prisoners. Feinberg wrote a partial dissent in which he argued that there must be a definite limit to solitary confinement, and that Sostre's extended "punitive segregation" violated the Eighth Amendment.

--New York Times Company v. United States44 F.2d 544 (2d Cir. 1971), the Pentagon Papers case. The ruling itself was not especially noteworthy: with Feinberg and two other judges dissenting, the Second Circuit en banc affirmed the Nixon Administration's restraining order against the continued publication of the Papers. After an emergency appeal by theTimesto the Supreme Court, the Second Circuit's ruling was reversed four days later.

In addition to cases that were approved and heard en banc, this subseries includes discussions of en banc protocol and judges' poll responses to petitions for review and hearing en banc.



Box 96-103 Case Files, 1966-2011, (192 folders)



Box 103-106 Petitions for Rehearing and Poll Requests, 1968-2005, (60 folders)



Box 106 Protocols, 1968-2010, (14 folders)


Subseries III.4: Judges' Meetings, 1955-2011

This subseries includes agendas, correspondence, minutes, and programs from a number of formal and informal groups of the judges of the Second Circuit.

Open to all judges, the Circuit Court Agenda Luncheons were an informal judicial journal club, the quarterly Court Meetings served a more official administrative purpose, and the annual court retreats combined administrative business and social time for the judges. The Judicial Conference of the Second Judicial Circuit is the largest of the circuit meetings, a formal annual meeting that includes all of the appellate judges of the Second Circuit, as well as administrators and the district, bankruptcy, and magistrate judges within the Second Circuit. The Judicial Council of the Second Circuit is the official governing body of the circuit, comprised of the Chief Judge, a panel of appellate judges, and a representative from each of the district courts.

Within the subseries, each file's folders are arranged reverse-chronologically to maintain Feinberg's original order.



Box 127 Circuit Court Agenda Luncheons, 2003-2005, (1 folder)


Court Meetings, 1981-2011


Box 127 Agendas, 1997-2011, (54 folders)



Box 128 Correspondence and Meeting Minutes, 1981-2008, (10 folders)


Box 128 Court Retreats, 1998-2006, (7 folders)


Judicial Conference of the Second Judicial Circuit, 1955-2011



Box 128-129 Conference Programs, 1955-2002, (8 folders)



Box 129 Correspondence and Memoranda, 1992-2011, (9 folders)


Judicial Circuit Council, 1966-2005


Box 129 Correspondence and Memoranda, 1966-1996, (7 folders)



Box 130 District Court Administration, 1970-2005, (19 folders)



Box 131 Meeting Minutes and Agendas, 1966-1996, (15 folders)


Subseries III.5: Motions, 1993-2011

Motions ruled on by Feinberg are divided by type and filed reverse-chronologically by calendar week. Materials do not always include the motion itself, but each motion folder includes any recommendations submitted by the Staff Attorneys' Office, inter-judge memoranda, and copies of filed orders.



Box 106-107 Anders Motions, 1999-2010, (23 folders)



Box 107-110 Pro Se Motions, 1994-2011, (68 folders)



Box 110-113 Substantive Motions, 1993-2011, (91 folders)



Box 113-114 Successive Petitions, 1999-2011, (42 folders)


Subseries III.6: Opinions, 1965-2009

Although this subseries deals with Feinberg's opinions, it includes very few reprints or drafts of his published opinions. Materials include administrative files regarding opinion composition, limited memoranda regarding opinion protocol, statistics of both Feinberg's opinions and the rulings of the Court as a whole, and drafts of his unpublished opinions. Also included in this subseries are lists of Feinberg's significant opinions, as suggested by his law clerks. Further lists of noteworthy rulings can be found in Subseries IX.1, and discussions of them can be found in his oral history in Subseries IX.4.

Materials are arranged reverse-chronologically.



Box 119 Correspondence, 1983-2002, (1 folder)


Box 119 Significant Opinions, 1972-1995, (1 folder)


Statistics, 1965-2009


Box 119 Career Statistics, 1965-2004, (1 folder)


Box 119 Opinion Citation Lists by Term, 1965-2009, (2 folders)


Box 119 Opinions Not Filed 60 Days After Argument, 1986-2001, (5 folders)



Box 120 Three Judge Court, 1966-1988, (7 folders)


Box 120 Unpublished Memoranda and Opinions, 1970-2008, (4 folders)


Subseries III.7: Pro Se, 1966-2008

This subseries includes materials relating to those litigants who represented (or wished to represent) themselves without an attorney. Pro Se hearings were held on a separate calendar and administered by the Pro Se Clerk. Records include correspondence, memoranda, reports, scheduling, and statistics from the Clerk's office, as well as pro se applications and litigant correspondence misdirected to Judge Feinberg's chambers instead of the Clerk of Court.

Materials are filed reverse-chronologically except for Litigant Correspondence, which is filed alphabetically by correspondent name.


Box 120 Appointment of Counsel and Schedules, 1970-2000, (3 folders)



Box 120-122 Litigant Correspondence, 1979-2004, (33 folders)

(Arranged alphabetically by litigant surname)



Box 122 Pro Se Clerk, 1966-2003, (5 folders)


Box 122 Statistics, 1985-2008, (3 folders)


Subseries III.8: Second Circuit Appointment, 1965-1966

This subseries includes official correspondence related to Judge Feinberg's nomination to the Court of Appeals, congratulations from Feinberg's friends and colleagues, and induction programs from the ceremony. Materials are arranged reverse-chronologically.


Box 122 Nomination, 1965-1967, (1 folder)


Box 122 Congratulations and Acknowledgements, 1965-1966, (3 folders)


Box 122 Induction Programs, 1966, (1 folder)


Subseries III.9: Sitting Schedules and Calendars, 1966-2011

The bulk of materials relating to the court calendar and scheduling is in this subseries and includes calendars, memoranda, minutes, procedural and protocol information, reports and statistics. Calendars include information for weeks where Feinberg was not sitting. Each file is arranged reverse-chronologically.



Box 122-123 Assignments, 1966-2010, (10 folders)



Box 123 Calendaring Memoranda, 1981-2009, (6 folders)



Box 123-124 Disposition of Cases Heard, 1985-2011, (88 folders)



Box 124-126 Panel Minutes and Reports, 1984-2002, (34 folders)



Box 126 Pending Cases Ready for Argument, 2001-2006, (6 folders)


Box 126 Weekly Calendars, 1966-2002, (20 folders)

Series IV: Subject Files, 1961-2010

This series consists of topical material related to the functioning of the court, the court's official rules, and Feinberg's research files. It includes materials from both his district court service and his time on the appellate bench. This series includes four subseries: General; Advisory Committee Service; Points of Law; and Rules of Practice and Procedure.


Subseries IV.1: General, 1962-2010

This subseries includes subject files related to the court's functioning. The bulk of the materials are memoranda between the judges and the Clerk and Circuit Executive, as well as reports and statistics. There are thirteen topical files in this subseries, and material within each file is arranged reverse-chronologically.



Box 173 Attorney Grievance Committee, 1979-2009, (9 folders)



Box 173-175 Bankruptcy, 1973-2008, (27 folders)



Box 220-221 Committee Reports, 1964-2008, (12 folders)

(Includes assorted correspondence and reports from minor committees and commissions with which Judge Feinberg was associated)



Box 175 Congressional Judiciary Committees, 1962-1999, (10 folders)



Box 175-176 Criminal Justice Act, 1984-2007, (10 folders)



Box 176 Judicial Ethics, 1969-2010, (6 folders)


Box 176 Juries, 1963-1989, (7 folders)



Box 176-178 Law Clerks, 1974-2010, (30 folders)



Box 178 Magistrates, 1968-2000, (6 folders)



Box 178-179 Sentencing, 1973-2008, (13 folders)



Box 179-180 Significant Issues in Cases Heard, 1990-2010, (21 folders)



Box 180 Speedy Trial Act, 1970-1987, (9 folders)



Box 180-181 Supreme Court of the United States, 1969-2011, (11 folders)


Subseries IV.2: Advisory Committee Service, 1968-2001

This subseries includes Feinberg's official committee service, excepting his work on the Judicial Conference's Long Range Planning Committee, which can be found in Subseries V.3. Committee reports from informal committees, Second Circuit standing committees, and committees where Feinberg was not a member can be found in Subseries IV.1.

The Advisory Committee on Civil Rules and Federal Courts Study Committee were under the aegis of the Judicial Conference. The Advisory Committee on Experimentation in the Law, Advisory Council for Appellate Justice, and Committee on Future Needs and Practices were sponsored by the Federal Judicial Center. Materials in this subseries include clippings, correspondence and memoranda, drafts, meeting minutes, programs, reports, and statistics. Within each file, materials are arranged reverse-chronologically.



Box 181-182 Advisory Committee on Civil Rules, 1964-1970, (17 folders)



Box 182 Advisory Committee on Experimentation in the Law, 1978-1985, (13 folders)



Box 182-183 Advisory Council for Appellate Justice, 1971-1975, (33 folders)



Box 183 American Bar Association Special Committees, 1975-1986, (7 folders)


Box 183 Committee on Future Needs and Practices, 1991-1994, (5 folders)



Box 183-184 Federal Courts Study Committee, 1988-1991, (11 folders)



Box 184 New York City Bar Special Committees, 1978-1983, (6 folders)


Box 184 State-Federal Judicial Council, 1968-2001, (7 folders)


Subseries IV.3: Points of Law, 1961-2010

Feinberg maintained a subject file for points of law, arranged alphabetically by topic, where he filed offprints of case rulings responsive to the topic. The bulk of the offprints come from Second Circuit decisions, but other courts are represented. Many of the labeled folders are empty but have been retained to maintain Feinberg's research system. In addition to offprints, folders occasionally include carbons of Feinberg's opinions and notes.



Box 153 Index; A, 1963-2009, (66 folders)



Box 154 A-C, 2000-2010, (96 folders)



Box 155 C-D, 1970-2010, (85 folders)



Box 156 D-E, 1971-2009, (43 folders)



Box 157 E-F, 1966-2010, (108 folders)



Box 158 F-H, 1971-2009, (74 folders)



Box 159 I, 1963-2010, (47 folders)



Box 160 I-L, 1961-2010, (76 folders)



Box 161 L-P, 1969-2009, (90 folders)



Box 162 P-R, 1991-2009, (69 folders)



Box 163 R-S, 1975-2008, (56 folders)



Box 164 S, 1971-2010, (62 folders)



Box 165 S-T, 1971-2009, (54 folders)



Box 166 T-W, 1965-2008, (65 folders)



Box 167 W-Z, 1966-2003, (20 folders)


Subseries IV.4: Rules of Practice and Procedure, 1961-2010

This subseries includes copies of rules and amendments that govern the functioning of the court system as a whole, the Second Circuit specifically, and the Circuit's bankruptcy and district courts. The subseries is divided into nine files, one for each set of rules (five federal, three circuit, and one local by district) and within each file folders are arranged numerically by rule number.


Box 167 Admiralty Rules, 2000, (5 folders)



Box 167-168 Circuit Court Procedure, 1966-2008, (19 folders)



Box 168 Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, 1969-2009, (21 folders)


Box 168 Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, 1989-2003, (2 folders)



Box 168-170 Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, 1961-2007, (68 folders)



Box 170 Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, 1963-2004, (40 folders)



Box 170-171 Federal Rules of Evidence, 1983-2004, (45 folders)



Box 171-173 Local Rules-Circuit Court, 1971-2010, (44 folders)



Box 173 Local Rules-District Courts, 1964-1991, (16 folders)

Series V: Judicial Conference of the United States, 1974-2007

The Judicial Conference of the United States is charged by Congress to "serve as the principal policy-making body concerned with the administration of the U.S. Courts." Although the court system is largely decentralized, with each circuit and district having unique customs, practices, and rules, the Judicial Conference is the formal center for procedural recommendations. The Chief Justice of the United States presides over the Conference; other members include the Chief Judges of each circuit and a representative from each district and trade court. Feinberg was Chief Judge of the Second Circuit, and therefore a member of the Judicial Conference, from 1980 through 1988.

Traditionally, each new Chief Justice begins his tenure with a study of the Judicial Conference and the court system. Upon William Rehnquist's confirmation as Chief Justice, he created the Committee to Study the Judicial Conference, which lasted for a year. Prompted by the reports of the Rehnquist Committee and the Federal Courts Study Committee, Rehnquist created the Long Range Planning Committee as the anticipated first phase in a permanent planning effort. Having served eight years as a member of the Judicial Conference, Feinberg was appointed to the Long Range Planning Committee.

This series includes comprehensive agendas (including lengthy appendices of supplementary reports), correspondence, drafts, minutes, reports, and research. It is divided into three subseries derived from Feinberg's original filing system: Committee to Study the Judicial Conference; Judicial Conference; and Long Range Planning Committee.


Subseries V.1: Committee to Study the Judicial Conference, 1986-1987

The Committee to Study the Judicial Conference was created shortly after William Rehnquist was confirmed as Chief Justice. Materials in this subseries include correspondence, drafts, meeting agendas, meeting programs, and reports. This subseries is arranged reverse-chronologically.



Box 206 Correspondence, 1986-1987, (4 folders)



Box 207 Meeting Agendas, 1986-1987, (3 folder)


Box 207 Reports, 1986-1987, (6 folders)


Box 207 Requests for Comment, 1986-1987, (7 folders)


Subseries V.2: Judicial Conference, 1974-2007

The Judicial Conference is made up of the Chief Justice, the Chief Judges of each circuit, and representatives from the district and trade courts. The Conference meets twice a year to discuss procedure and policy within the court system, and following the full conference the Chief Judges of the circuits have a separate meeting. Feinberg served as Chief Judge from 1980 through 1988 and therefore was a member of the Conference for that period. He also received courtesy copies of reports and correspondence both before and after his tenure as Chief Judge.

This subseries includes correspondence, meeting agendas (each with sizable appendices containing reports from court committees and administrative offices), meeting minutes, reports, and research materials. Within each file, materials are arranged reverse-chronologically


Box 207 Correspondence, 1974-2007, (13 folders)



Box 208 Judiciary Budget Reports, 1982-1990, (6 folders)



Box 208-212 Meeting Agendas, 1980-1988, (76 folders)



Box 212-213 Post-Conference Chief Judges' Meetings, 1980-1988, (18 folders)



Box 213-214 Supplementary Reports, 1980-1988, (17 folders)


Subseries V.3: Long Range Planning Committee, 1989-2007

The Long Range Planning Committee was created by the Judicial Conference in response to the recommendations of the Federal Courts Study Committee. In addition to Judge Feinberg, the committee consisted of three other appellate judges, three district judges, a bankruptcy judge, and a magistrate. Created in 1990 the committee published its formally approved plan in December 1995 after a multi-phase process of meetings, research, reports, and requests for comment. There now exists within the Administrative Office of the United States Courts a permanent Long-Range Planning Office that accounts for subseries correspondence between 1996 and 2007.

This subseries includes correspondence (both between committee members and among the wider judicial system and affiliated groups and professions), meeting agendas, research materials, subcommittee reports, and the proposed Long Range Plan for the Federal Courts that was submitted for public comment and Judicial Conference approval. The approved Long Range Plan for the Federal Courts is not included, but a PDF is availablehereon the United States Court website.

Within each file, materials are arranged reverse-chronologically.



Box 214-215 Correspondence, 1989-2007, (32 folders)



Box 215-216 Meeting Agendas, 1991-1994, (24 folders)



Box 217 Meeting Planning, 1992-1996, (22 folders)



Box 217-219 Subcommittee Reports, 1991-1995, (49 folders)



Box 219-220 Supplementary Research Materials, 1992-1995, (24 folders)



Box 220 Proposed Long Range Plan for the Federal Courts, 1994, (1 folder)

Series VI: Professional Development, 1961-2011

This series includes materials relating to Feinberg's participation in professional organizations and continuing education. Records consist of conference materials, correspondence, directories, educational materials, official membership documents, reports, and workshop materials. This series is divided into three subseries: Bar Associations, Federal Judicial Center, and Legal Societies and Professional Organizations.


Subseries VI.1: Bar Associations, 1961-2010

Feinberg was a member of the New York City Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association, and all three groups are represented in this subseries. Maintaining his original order, the subseries is divided by document type, and each section includes items from all of the bar organizations. Records in this subseries include admissions and membership records (although his first admissions are in Series I), correspondence, programs, reports, and workshop and educational materials.

Within each file, records are arranged reverse-chronologically.



Box 185 Admissions, 1964-1979, (1 folder)


Box 185 Correspondence, 1961-2010, (13 folders)


Box 185 Legal Education, 1989-1990, (3 folders)



Box 185-186 Reports, 1981-2003, (5 folders)



Box 186 Workshops, 1991-1999, (10 folders)


Subseries VI.2: Federal Judicial Center, 1976-2008

The Federal Judicial Center, formed in 1967, is the official educational organization for the federal courts. While materials from Feinberg's service on Federal Judicial Center committees is in Subseries IV.2, this subseries includes educational and research material from FJC conferences and workshops. Records consist of agendas, correspondence, manuals, programs, research publication, and reports. Records are divided into three files by document type, maintaining Feinberg's original order, and arranged reverse-chronologically.


Box 186 Correspondence, 1985-2008, (8 folders)



Box 187 Manuals and Reports, 1985-1999, (4 folders)


Box 187 Workshops and Conferences, 1976-2008, (11 folders)


Subseries VI.3: Legal Societies and Professional Organizations, 1961-2011

This subseries collects records from a number of lesser professional groups and organizations. It consists of various biographical directories and judicial almanacs that included entries on Feinberg, along with twelve non-profit and continuing education groups that Feinberg occasionally participated in. Materials are primarily correspondence (including form renewals and questionnaires) and meeting and conference programs. The subseries is arranged alphabetically by organization name, then reverse-chronologically.


Box 187 Almanacs and Directories, 1961-2011, (10 folders)



Box 188 American Historical Association-Project '87, 1978-1987, (2 folders)


Box 188 American Inns of Court, 1986-2008, (3 folders)


Box 188 American Judicature Society-Devitt Awards, 1983-2010, (7 folders)


Box 188 American Law Institute, 1970-2007, (7 folders)


Box 188 Fair Trial Free Press, 1979-1989, (2 folders)



Box 189 Federal Judges' Association, 1986-2008, (5 folders)


Box 189 Ford Foundation-Study of Law and Justice, 1971-1982, (3 folders)


Box 189 International Bar Association, 1985-1986, (4 folders)


Box 189 Judiciary Leadership Development Council, 1993-1999, (2 folders)


Box 189 Legal Aid Society, 1981-2000, (5 folders)


Box 189 National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade, 1993-2001, (3 folders)


Box 189 New York Public Library-Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution,, 1985-1987, (4 folders)

Series VII: Articles and Speeches, 1961-2011

This series includes Feinberg's articles and speeches, as well as correspondence and research material relating to them. In addition to correspondence, offprints, reprints, and typescripts, materials include clippings, drafts, and notes. The files of research material collect ideas for potential future topics.

Feinberg was a prolific writer, particularly in the 1980s, and some of the topics he wrote on frequently include diversity jurisdiction, senior judges, and the history of the Second Circuit. He was also a vigorous opponent of the National Court of Appeals, a proposed restructuring of the federal judiciary that caused substantial controversy in the 1970s. Feinberg's full publications list can be found in his CV in Subseries IX.1.

Feinberg maintained a "Jokes and Parodies" folder where he would file countless lawyer jokes clipped from Reader's Digest or sent to him by colleagues. Also in the "Jokes and Parodies" file are the song parodies that Feinberg wrote for anniversaries, birthdays, and retirements.

Although some of Feinberg's speeches were subsequently published in law journals and magazines, this series is particularly useful for its full record of fifty years of speech transcripts. Maintaining Feinberg's original order, the transcripts of both eulogies and speeches are arranged reverse-chronologically and include yearly indexes to speeches with locations and occasions. Many of the typescripts were Feinberg's podium copy and include his notes on delivery.


Articles, 1969-2011



Box 190 Drafts and Related Correspondence, 1975-1997, (19 folders)


Box 190 Reprints and Typescripts, 1969-1996, (19 folders)



Box 191 Research Materials, 1975-2011, (7 folders)



Box 192 Eulogies, 1961-2008, (3 folders)


Box 192 Jokes and Parodies, 1970-2006, (6 folders)


Speeches, 1961-2011



Box 191 Correspondence, 1967-1996, (11 folders)



Box 191-192 Drafts, 1972-2007, (18 folders)



Box 192 Notes and Clippings, 1964-1999, (14 folders)



Box 192-193 Speech Transcripts, 1961-2011, (23 folders)

Series VIII: Columbia University Alumni Activity, 1959-2010

Feinberg spent his postsecondary education at Columbia University, attending Columbia College and Columbia Law School. He is an active alumnus and this series includes more than fifty years of his involvement with Columbia University. Feinberg kept separate records of his alumni activity for the college and the law school, and that arrangement has been maintained. A third subseries consists of records relating to Columbia University more generally, including the umbrella alumni group for all Columbia schools, and material related to President Lee Bollinger and long-time law school professor Maurice Rosenberg.


Subseries VIII.1: Columbia College, 1959-2008

Columbia College is one of the two undergraduate schools at Columbia University. Feinberg graduated from Columbia College in 1940 and remained active in the alumni association, serving on the Board of Directors. Records in this subseries include clippings, correspondence, meeting agendas, memoranda, minutes, reports, reunion programs, and statistics. Materials are arranged reverse-chronologically.



Box 193-194 Correspondence, 1965-2008, (23 folders)



Box 194 Committee Minutes and Reports, 1966-1977, (16 folders)


Box 194 Governance, 1959-1999, (12 folders)



Box 195 Reunions, 1990-2005, (7 folders)


Subseries VIII.2: Columbia Law School, 1962-2010

Feinberg enrolled in Columbia Law School in 1940 and, after a three year break for his Army service, graduated in 1946. While at Columbia Law School he was the editor-in-chief of the Law Review and after graduating became active in the alumni association. Throughout his career, he made sure that one of his two law clerks was a Columbia Law School graduate. He served on the Columbia Law School Alumni Association Board of Directors and was a member of the nomination committee for the Medal for Excellence. Of particular note is the file on the Feinberg Prize and Scholarship, which includes material on the Wilfred Feinberg Prize (established 1998) and Wilfred Feinberg Scholarship in Law (established 2010), both created by some of Feinberg's former law clerks.

Records include agendas, clippings, correspondence, memoranda, programs, and reports. Within each file, materials are arranged reverse-chronologically.


Box 195 Correspondence, 1967-2010, (18 folders)



Box 196 Committees, 1962-1994, (16 folders)


Box 196 Conferences, 1965-1984, (9 folders)


Box 196 Feinberg Prize and Scholarship, 1998-2010, (3 folders)

(The Wilfred Feinberg Prize, established in 1998 and the Wilfred Feinberg Scholarship in Law, established in 2010 were created by a group of Feinberg's former law clerks.)



Box 196-197 Governance, 1964-2006, (15 folders)



Box 197 Medal for Excellence, 1972-2008, (6 folders)


Subseries VIII.3: Columbia University, 1970-2008

This subseries includes Columbia-related material that is not specific to Columbia College or Columbia Law School. The subseries is divided into three sections: Alumni Federation; Correspondence with President Lee Bollinger; and Maurice Rosenberg. Within each section materials are arranged reverse-chronologically.

The Alumni Federation (superseded by the Columbia Alumni Association in 2005) is the umbrella alumni group responsible for Columbia University as a whole and materials in this file include clippings, correspondence, and meeting programs.

Lee Bollinger, the 19th President of Columbia University, is a fellow Columbia Law School alumnus, and one of Feinberg's law clerks (1971-1972). Although Feinberg and Bollinger kept in touch throughout the years, Feinberg's dedicated correspondence file was created in 2002, after Bollinger's inauguration as President of Columbia University.

Maurice Rosenberg was a classmate of Feinberg's at Columbia Law School and then a professor there for almost forty years. He and Feinberg were close (Rosenberg wrote "Chief Judge Wilfred Feinberg: A Twenty-Fifth Year Tribute" for theColumbia Law Reviewin 1986), although the bulk of their personal correspondence can be found in Subseries IX.3. The Rosenberg materials include letters of nomination and recommendation from Feinberg regarding Rosenberg's consideration for a variety of awards, correspondence and programs from Rosenberg's memorial service in 1995, and records relating to the Maurice Rosenberg Memorial Lecture established at Columbia in 1996.


Box 197 Alumni Federation, 1970-2003, (9 folders)


Box 197 Correspondence with President Lee Bollinger, 2002-2007, (2 folders)


Box 197 Maurice Rosenberg, 1991-2008, (3 folders)

Series IX: Personal, 1936-2011

This series includes a variety of unofficial and personal records. The bulk of the series is Feinberg's correspondence files, which he maintained separately from the correspondence filed elsewhere in the collection. Similarly, Feinberg maintained a general clippings file separate from the clippings filed by topic found elsewhere in the collection. Also in this series is biographical information maintained and updated by Feinberg's secretary, including publications lists. Personal material includes business records from Feinberg's charity and investment activities outside his job, an oral history of Feinberg conducted in the late 1990s, and photographs. The series is arranged in six subseries.


Subseries IX.1: Biographical Materials, 1936-2010

This subseries consists of biographical and autobiographical information collected by Feinberg. The subseries includes four sections. Bibliographies and CVs include autobiographical blurbs, biographical directory forms, publication lists, and resumes from throughout Feinberg's career. The section also includes Feinberg's high school diploma, Columbia transcripts, and government disclosure forms from his tenure as New York State Deputy Superintendent of Banks. The day planners date from the last few years of Feinberg's judicial service, but primarily detail outside appointments. There is a substantive file for honors, which include Feinberg's high school diploma along with professional recognitions like the Devitt Award, the Learned Hand Medal, and honorary doctorates from Columbia and Syracuse. The lists of noteworthy rulings, arranged by year and compiled by his law clerks, is of particular note. Within each file, materials are arranged reverse-chronologically.



Box 198 Bibliographies and CVs, 1940-2003, (3 folders)


Box 198 Day Planners, 2006-2010, (5 folders)


Box 198 Honors, 1936-2001, (15 folders)


Box 198 Lists of Noteworthy Rulings, 1986-1999, (2 folders)


Subseries IX.2: Business and Investment Activities, 1950-1992

This subseries includes Feinberg's records of his extracurricular business activities. Much of it is related to tax rules and suburban property investments from the 1950s, but the subseries also includes information on Feinberg's political activity as a Democratic booster in Westchester in the 1950s and 1960s. Also in this subseries are catalogs, correspondence, and programs from the Feinberg Graduate School, part of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, and established by Feinberg's brother Abraham. Although the Feinberg Graduate School was Abraham Feinberg's project, Wilfred Feinberg did visit Israel for the dedication and received material from the school throughout the years.


Box 198 The Feinberg Graduate School, 1966-1992, (5 folders)


Box 198 Gurman Memorial Fund, 1964-1967, (1 folder)


Box 198 Hampton Gardens, 1950-1958, (4 folders)



Box 198-199 Harrison Factors, 1958-1965, (8 folders)



Box 199 Pasadena Homes, 1951-1962, (10 folders)



Box 199, 224 Political Work, 1959-1967, (3 folders)



Box 199 Taxes, 1950-1979, (13 folders)


Subseries IX.3: Correspondence, 1952-2011

This subseries makes up the bulk of Series IX. Although there is correspondence represented in almost every subseries in the collection, Subseries IX.3 collects a number of correspondence files that Feinberg maintained separately. The largest is Feinberg's file of Personal Correspondence, which includes correspondence from classmates, colleagues, family, friends, and law clerks. Although correspondence from fellow judges is interfiled in Personal Correspondence, Feinberg also created a file for Unofficial Correspondence with Judges that has been kept separate to maintain his original arrangement. Of particular note is the file for Judge Henry Friendly Biographies, which includes interview transcripts from two book projects on Feinberg's former colleague. Other files in Subseries IX.3 are Invitations; Law Clerks; Letters of Reference; and Mayor's Office. This subseries is arranged reverse-chronologically.



Box 199-201 Invitations, 1969-2011, (62 folders)



Box 201 Judge Henry Friendly Biographies, 1997-2011, (4 folders)

(In the late 1990s Judge Feinberg corresponded with and was interviewed by Jeffrey Handelman, who was preparing a (never-published) biography of Feinberg's former colleague Judge Henry Friendly. In the late 2000s Judge Feinberg again participated with a different biographer, David Dorsen, whose book on Friendly was published in 2012. This file includes interview transcripts from each period, as well as correspondence regarding Friendly and the biographies.)



Box 202 Law Clerks, 1977-1997, (7 folders)


Box 202 Letters of Reference, 1974-2006, (11 folders)


Box 202 May or's Office, 1986-2007, (1 folder)



Box 202-204 Personal, 1952-2011, (50 folders)



Box 204-205 Unofficial Correspondence with Judges, 1998-2011, (9 folders)


Subseries IX.4: Oral History, 1993-2005

In late 1996 and early 1997, the law professor and legal historian Jeffrey Morris met with Feinberg to complete a detailed oral history. The six meetings were divided roughly by topic, and dealt with Feinberg's biography, his former colleagues on the bench, his work in judicial administration, the history of the circuit, and important cases he decided. The subseries includes approved final copies of the interview transcripts as well as drafts and annotated and corrected transcript copies. There is also correspondence between Morris and Feinberg's chambers. The recordings of the interviews themselves are available on thirteen audiocassettes.



Box 205 Correspondence and Notes, 1993-2005, (5 folders)



Box 205, 222-223 Recordings, 1996-1997, (13 audiocassettes, 3 diskettes)

(The recording of Judge Feinberg's oral history was spread over six sessions, roughly divided by topic. Interview outlines can be found in the Correspondence and Notes file, while both the approved transcripts and draft versions are in the Transcripts file.)



Box 205 Transcripts, 1996-1997, (10 folders)


Subseries IX.5: Photographs, 1946-2009

This subseries includes most of the photographs in the collection, although a few photographs from Feinberg's judicial appointment in 1961 can be found in Subseries II.4. There is a small collection of correspondence related to the photographs, primarily letters of enclosure and court announcements of official portraits. The subseries also includes negatives and a CD with snapshots in .jpeg format (although the photos are also represented in the subseries as prints).

The photographs include official portraits of Feinberg and the court and informal snapshots of Feinberg and his wife and colleagues at a variety of events, including a number of photographs from Columbia reunions. Aside from the folder of related correspondence, the photographs are arranged by event (if known) and filed chronologically.


Box 205 Correspondence, 1973-2002, (1 folder)


Box 205 Negatives and Prints, 1946-2009, (25 folders)


Subseries IX.6: Clippings and Public Relations, 1956-2004

Although files of clippings can be found throughout the collection, this subseries consists of the separate clippings file that Feinberg maintained. All clippings have been preservation photocopied and arranged chronologically. The subseries also includes Feinberg's lists of newspaper and press contacts for his personal use and public relations material produced by the Second Circuit, primarily press releases.



Box 205-206 Clippings, 1956-1999, (35 folders)

(Although earlier years include the original article clipping as well as the use photocopy, more recent articles consist of only the photocopy)



Box 206 Contact Lists, 1962-1989, (1 folder)


Box 206 Press and Public Relations, 1974-2004, (11 folders)