National Historical Publications & Records Commission

The Papers of Louis D. Brandeis

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Louis Brandeis. Courtesy Brandeis University.


University of Louisville

State University of New York Press (main series),

University of Oklahoma Press (Brandeis-Frankfurter Letters)

Additional information (see individual volumes below) and microfilm at

A selective edition of the letters of Louis Dembitz Brandeis (1856 – 1941), associate justice on the Supreme Court of the United States from 1916 to 1939. Brandeis was the first Jew to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court. His decisions affirmed individual liberty and privacy and opposed unchecked governmental power. He graduated from Harvard Law School at the age of 20, and quickly became known as "the people’s lawyer" for fighting for workers' rights and breaking up monopolies. President Woodrow Wilson appointed him to the Supreme Court in 1916, and his decisions affirmed individual liberty and opposed unchecked governmental power. The NHPRC also funded a microfilm edition, 184 reels, 104-page guide.

Complete in seven volumes.

Urban Reformer, 1870–1907

People’s Attorney, 1907–1912

Progressive and Zionist, 1913–1915

Mr. Justice Brandeis, 1916–1921 (

Elder Statesman, 1921–1941

The Family Letters of Louis D. Brandies,

“Half Brother, Half Son”: The Letters of Louis D. Brandeis to Felix Frankfurter

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