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12, Comments of Chief Justice Bruce Littlejohn at Ceremonies Incident to Swearing-in of Honorable Ernest A. Finney, Jr. as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court - Columbia, SC

From the Collection:

The collection consists of 20 linear feet of records, 1861, and 1906 to 2007, chiefly 1935 to 1998, arranged in eight series — Public, Personal, Clippings, Judicial Papers, Miscellaneous, Audiovisual, Vertical File Materials, and Oversize Materials.

Public Papers document Littlejohn's legislative career as member and Speaker of the South Carolina House of Representatives, 1936 to 1943 and 1946 to 1949, as well as his active participation and leadership in several local and national conferences and committees related to his service as resident judge of the Seventh Judicial Circuit of South Carolina, 1949 to 1967, his tenure as associate justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court, 1967 to 1984, and Chief Justice, 1984 to 1985. Public papers also contain Littlejohn's speeches covering a broad range of political, legal and judicial topics.

Personal papers primarily concern Littlejohn's political campaigns and writings. Campaign files reflect his exhaustive and successful efforts throughout 1948 and 1949 to gather support for his election as Speaker and as resident judge of the Seventh Circuit, as well as his campaign for associate justice of the Supreme Court. Material relating to Littlejohn's writing includes correspondence, drafts of Laugh with the Judge and Littlejohn’s Half-Century at the Bench and Bar, as well as drafts of articles written for local and national legal journals and newsletters. Judicial papers contain correspondence, notes, and case rosters compiled during Littlejohn's years on the judiciary.

Public Papers General Papers, 1936 to 1998, .5 ft., contains documents generated during Littlejohn's political and judicial careers. Papers relating to his legislative career include correspondence with colleagues in the General Assembly, letters written to colleagues during his campaign for re-election to the Assembly and for Speaker, and correspondence regarding committee appointments, and other legal and political issues. Papers relating to his early days as circuit court judge consist primarily of correspondence with other attorneys and clerks between 1949 and 1958.

Conferences and Seminars, 1967 to 1988, 3.25 ft., illustrates Littlejohn's concern for the integrity of his profession through correspondence, notes, minutes, schedules and background material that reflects his participation in local, state, and national gatherings. Papers between 1981 and 1989 document his role in Continuing Legal Education seminars sponsored in part by the South Carolina Bar Association. His contributions to the South Carolina Judicial Conference, 1969 to 1988, are described in notes and correspondence with fellow members. Other material represents Littlejohn's attendance at American Bar Association conferences, including Appellate Judges seminars and State Trial Judges seminars between 1962 and 1985. Material from his service on the Implementation Committee of the Judicial Conference of the U.S. between 1981 and 1985, and the National Center for State Courts' Conference of Chief Justices between 1971 and 1985 is also represented. Subjects such as judicial ethics and dispute resolution are included in material from several independent seminars.

Speeches, 1938 to 1993, consists of handwritten and typed manuscripts covering a wide range of political topics and social events. The earliest items are campaign speeches presented by a young, ambitious Bruce Littlejohn to live audiences and radio listeners during his 1938, 1940, 1942 and 1948 General Assembly election campaigns. Littlejohn spoke at several conferences and gatherings throughout the 1960s on topics including crime, law enforcement, the role of the judiciary, and community involvement. Littlejohn's speeches from the 1970s reflect his growing commitment to judicial reform. Speeches between 1980 and 1989 further illustrate this commitment, and address topics such as judicial ethics, lawyer competency, professional responsibility, continuing legal education, sentencing disparities and arbitration. A 1993 speech honors Roger Milliken on his induction into the South Carolina Hall of Fame.

Topical Files, 1960 to 1989, 2 ft., reflects Littlejohn's numerous professional contributions and interests. His work on behalf of judicial reform is evident in material generated during his participation in a number of South Carolina Supreme Court special committees, which studied and proposed guidelines to ensure the quality and integrity of practicing attorneys, as well rules for appellate, circuit, and family courts. Papers also document his service on the Sentencing Alternatives Advisory Committee of the Department of Parole and Community Corrections.

Personal Papers include correspondence and other records of a personal nature. Included among the personal Topical Files in the Littlejohn Family file are two Civil War letters. A letter, 13 June 1861 from E.B. Logan notes “We have hard times we Drill 6 times a day it is thought we will have a fight in about 20 days.” A letter, 16 Dec. 1861, from Jas. R. Warmoth, Pocotaligo, describes a battle on Hilton Head Island. Other topical files include Awards and Certificates, genealogical information, and records of reunions of the USC Law School, Littlejohn‟s participation in the International War Crimes Commission during World War II, the 1964 Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, and the Democratic Party of South Carolina, 1964 to 1967.

Campaign Files, 1936 to 1984, 2 ft., documents Littlejohn's successful efforts in his 1949 elections as Speaker and Circuit Court Judge, his 1967 election as Supreme Court Associate Justice, and his 1982 re-election. Material covering the 1967 election is arranged by county, as Littlejohn originally organized it.

Writings, 1964 to 1988, 3 ft., includes drafts of Laugh with the Judge and Littlejohn’s Half-Century at the Bench and Bar, followed by notes, reference material, and correspondence between Littlejohn and his editors and publishers. Drafts and published articles dating from 1985 through early 1992 document Littlejohn's contributions to several publications, including a regular series published in the South Carolina State Bar's newsletter The Transcript, titled “Chatting with the Bar.” Also included are letters, article drafts and notes compiled during Littlejohn's service on the editorial committee of the Trial Judges Journal, a quarterly publication of the American Bar Association's National Conference of State Trial Judges. Littlejohn served on the committee from 1964 to1967.

Clippings, 1935 to 1994, 1.75 ft., contains material that highlights Littlejohn's early legislative election campaigns and his judicial career, as well as topical material reflecting Littlejohn's personal and professional interests. Particularly noteworthy is an oversized scrapbook containing clippings from South Carolina newspapers such as the Spartanburg Herald, Greenville News, and Columbia Record, chronicling Littlejohn's activities in the General Assembly, election as Speaker, and election and early days as Seventh Circuit Judge.

Judicial Papers, 1965 to 1994, 2.5 ft., consists of correspondence, notes, case rosters, and case-related documents compiled during Littlejohn's years on the bench. Correspondence with attorneys and other justices regarding cases and legal principles supplements the official public record. Littlejohn's notes and annotated documents offer insights into the intellectual process that resulted in his printed legal opinions. Case rosters are also annotated, reflecting Littlejohn's daily activities. Case-related documents include orders and opinions.

Audiovisual consists of audiocassettes, records, and reels; negatives and photographs; VHS and one DVD of various materials. The audio cassettes have been fully digitized and consist of speeches and interviews Littlejohn made including commencement addresses to Converse College and Limestone College. Photographs include family pictures as well as four scrapbooks and photographs from Littlejohn's service in World War II.

Vertical File Materials, 1966 to 2007, 0.2 ft., contain information gathered by SCPC relating to Littlejohn and may duplicate information already present in the collection.

The Oversized Materials subseries includes several large format photographs of the Supreme Court of South Carolina, two state resolutions, and a citation for the Honorary Degree of a Doctor of Laws from the University of South Carolina.


  • 1985


Library Use Only


From the Collection: 20 Linear Feet


Repository Details

Part of the South Carolina Political Collections Repository

Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library
1322 Greene St.
University of South Carolina
Columbia SC 29208 USA