Warren E. Burger Collection

Photo of Warren E Burger
Chief Justice Warren E. Burger (1907-1995) in his chambers at the Supreme Court, undated. Photo: The Commission on the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution.

The Warren E. Burger Collection consists of the lifetime professional and personal papers and memorabilia of the late Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, as well as related materials acquired by William & Mary. 

The Warren E. Burger papers were given to William & Mary in 1996 by his son, Wade A. Burger. Warren Burger served as the 20th chancellor of William & Mary from 1986-1993. The university is honored to serve as the permanent home of the papers of one of the most influential legal figures of this century, whose papers will become an immeasurable resource for future historians and legal scholars.

A permanent exhibit featuring the Chief Justice's desk and bench chair, as well as selected artifacts and documents, is open to the public in Special Collections. For selected images from the office exhibit and for more information on Warren E. Burger, visit the Warren E. Burger Online Exhibit.

In accordance with the donor agreement, the Warren E. Burger Papers are closed to researchers until at least 2032.*

* The deed of gift specifies that the papers are to remain closed to researchers until 10 years after the last Justice who served with Warren E. Burger on the Supreme Court has passed away, or 2026, whichever comes later.


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