Contents and Arrangement

Series 2, Court Cases, 1915-1956

16 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Series 2, Case Files, 1921-1956, is arranged alphabetically by case name and includes correspondence, court papers, legal briefs, and other items related to particular court cases in which Hays was a participant. The bulk of this series consists of material regarding the numerous legal motions filed in many high-profile cases involving Hays such as labor disputes in the coal mining districts of Pennsylvania and West Virginia (1922-1935), including the Anthracite Coal Strike of 1922 and right to strike cases taken against Jersey City, NJ mayor Frank "Boss" Hague; John Strachey's deportation case; the Emerson Jennings vs. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania conspiracy case; the Jehovah's Witnesses and the right not to salute the American flag; the case of Stanley E. Faithful vs. the Daily Mirror and other newspapers on charges of libel concerning the circumstances of his daughter's death; and cases relating to communism and sedition in the 1940s. Hays work in various organizations is also represented in this series, including his service on the Mayor's Commission on Conditions in Harlem (formed after police killed a Harlem man under suspicious conditions) and the Committee for Fair Play to Puerto Rico (organized to investigate civil liberties after the Ponce massacre of 1937 in which police killed fifty demonstrating civilians). The general and miscellaneous portions of this series contain printed materials such as briefs, motions, appeals, and petitions for various cases.


No arrangement action taken or arrangement information not recorded at the time of processing.

Collection History


These papers were processed with the generous support of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission and the John Foster and Janet Avery Dulles Fund.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Clement C. Doyle and Shawn O'Neil (members of Princeton's Class of 1995) during the 1994-1995 academic year. Finding aid written by Clement C. Doyle and Shawn O'Neil (members of Princeton's Class of 1995) during the 1994-1995 academic year.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Series 2, Court Cases; Arthur Garfield Hays Papers, MC072, Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
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