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Warren E. Burger Online Exhibit


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 of related acquisitions, collected by William & Mary.

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

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

NOTE: In accordance with the donor agreement, the Warren E. Burger Papers will be closed to researchers until at least 2031.*

* 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.