Contents and Arrangement

Brief for Appellants for State of Alabama v. Haywood Patterson and Clarence Norris, 1931-1934

1 folder

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Content Warning

These materials include graphic descriptions of physical and sexual violence, racist anti-Black slurs and antisemitic commentary.

Scope and Contents

Joseph R. Brodsky's copy of the brief for appellants for the State of Alabama v. Haywood Patterson and the State of Alabama v. Clarence Norris. These two cases are briefed together because of the three motions that rested on both of the cases: the motion to quash the indictments, the motion for a change of venue, and the motion to quash the venire. This brief for appellants includes the evidence involved in the trials for both Patterson and Norris, the legal propositions common to both of the cases as well as the exceptions regarding each respective defendant, and the conclusion for both cases. These materials also include the appeal from Jackson Circuit Court for both Haywood Patterson and Clarence Norris.


As no original order was discernible, materials were arranged by type/genre.

Collection History


No materials were removed from the collection during 2023 processing.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Megan Bardis in August 2023. Finding aid written by Megan Bardis in August 2023, incorporating some description from the dealer.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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Credit this material:

Brief for Appellants for State of Alabama v. Haywood Patterson and Clarence Norris; Joseph R. Brodsky Records Concerning Haywood Patterson and Clarence Norris v. State of Alabama, C1746, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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