Guide to the Lucile Lomen Collection

compiled by Heather Backman
Stanford University Libraries Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Stanford, California
February 2011
Copyright © 2011 The Board of Trustees of Stanford University. All rights reserved.

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Overview

Call Number: SC0776
Title: Lucile Lomen collection
Dates: 1920-2004
Physical Description: 2 linear feet (4 boxes)
Summary: This collection includes correspondence by, to, and about Lucile Lomen; legal materials such as case notes, briefs, and legal decisions; newspaper, magazine, and journal clippings or excerpts; writings authored by Lomen; General Electric documents and publications, including some on their nuclear aircraft propulsion program; and autobiographical letters, essays and interview transcripts.
Language(s): The materials are in English.
Repository: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Stanford University Libraries
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-6064
Email: speccollref@stanford.edu
Phone: (650) 725-1022
URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/spc.html

Administrative Information

Provenance

This collection was given to the Stanford University Archives by Ann Sandstrom and Jennie Berry Chandra in 2005.

Information about Access

This collection is open for research; materials must be requested at least 48 hours in advance of intended use.

Ownership & Copyright

All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94304-6064. Consent is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/pubserv/permissions.html.
Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Cite As

[Identification of item], Lucile Lomen Collection (SC0776). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Biographical/Historical Sketch

Lucile Lomen was born in Nome, Alaska on August 21, 1920, the second of five children of Alfred and Mildred (nee Lehmann) Lomen. At least partially inspired by her grandfather, Gudbran J. Lomen, as a young girl, she decided that she wanted to become a lawyer. Her family moved to Seattle in 1934, where she graduated from Queen Anne High School in 1937. She was awarded a one-year scholarship to Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, which she attended and from which she graduated with honors in 1941. Upon her graduation from the University of Washington Law School in 1944, she was elected to the Order of the Coif.
A few months before her graduation from law school, Lomen was selected by Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas to serve as his law clerk for the October 1944 term. When she reported for duty in September 1944, she became the first woman to clerk for a Supreme Court Justice.
After one busy year in Washington, Lomen returned to Seattle, where she worked in the Washington state Attorney General's office. She remained at this job for three years, save for a trip to Europe with her maternal grandparents from the summer of 1946 to early 1947. In 1948, Lomen left the Attorney General's office to work for General Electric. Initially employed as a lawyer in Richland, Washington, Lomen served in many different capacities in several different states during her tenure with the company. She retired in 1983 and remained on the East Coast, where she was then living, for a few years before returning to Seattle, where she died on June 21, 1996.

Description of the Collection

This collection includes correspondence by, to, and about Lucile Lomen; legal materials such as case notes, briefs, and legal decisions; newspaper, magazine, and journal clippings or excerpts; writings authored by Lomen; General Electric documents and publications, including some on their nuclear aircraft propulsion program; and autobiographical letters, essays and interview transcripts. Correspondence addressed to Lomen is from Edith Allen, Walter Beals, Vera and Vern Countryman, William O. Douglas, Tom Edwards, Judson F. Falknor, John M. Ferren, Helen Gaylord, Donald G. Graham, Eugene Gressman, Julia Benton Hopkins and Helen Vincent Dolan, Mr. and Mrs. Thorulf Lehmann (Lomen's grandparents), Chester Maxey, William G. McLaren, Conrad Oberdorfer, Vilhjalmur Stefansson, Smith Troy, and Mabel Walker Willebrandt.
Other materials of note in this collection include a single-page essay entitled "October Term 1944," about her experience at the Supreme Court; her May 1991 Whitman oral history interview; and Lomen's outgoing correspondence during her trip to Europe, 1946-1947. Also included in the collection is the correspondence of Jennie Berry Chandra, 2004, who assembled some of the materials in this collection in the course of her research on Lomen.

Access Terms

Beals, Walter B.
Countryman, Vern.
Douglas, William O. (William Orville), 1898-
Ferren, John M.
General Electric Company.
Gressmen, Eugene.
Lomen, Lucile.
Maxey, Chester Collins, 1890-
Oberdorfer, Conrad W.
Stefansson, Vilhjalmur, 1879-1962.
United States. Supreme Court.
Law clerks--United States


Collection Contents

Box 1, Folder 1

Autobiographical/Biographical Materials

Box 1, Folder 2

Photo

Box 1, Folder 3

Report Cards

Box 1, Folder 4

Honors, Recommendations, Achievements

Box 1, Folder 5

Whitman Interview 1991 May

Box 1, Folder 6

Whitman Interview 1994 Jun

Box 1, Folder 7

Whitman Interview 1994 Oct

Box 1, Folder 8

Materials Relating to Lomen's Death

Box 1, Folder 9

Correspondence Relating to Douglas' Selection of Lomen

Box 1, Folder 10

Certificate of Appointment as Clerk

Box 1, Folder 11

Notes and Memos from Lomen's Time in Supreme Court

Box 1, Folder 12

Cases in Which Lomen Was Involved 1946-1949

Box 1, Folder 13

Habeas Corpus Memos 1946 Jul-1949 May

Box 1, Folder 14

Briefs -- Washington Cases 11827-29643

Box 1, Folder 15

Briefs -- Washington Cases 29934-30281

Box 2, Folder 1

Briefs -- Washington Cases 30461-30480

Box 2, Folder 2

Briefs -- Washington Cases 30486-30601

Box 2, Folder 3

Briefs -- Washington Cases in Which Lomen's Involvement Is Unclear

Box 2, Folder 4

Materials Related to Lomen's Hiring By GE 1948

Box 2, Folder 5

Career -- GE

Box 2, Folder 6

GE Evaluations, Paperwork, Other Papers about Lomen's Position/Work

Box 2, Folder 7

GE Nuclear Aircraft Propulsion Program

Box 2, Folder 8

GE WWII War Claims

Box 2, Folder 9

Career -- General Learning Corporation, Elfun

Box 2, Folder 10

Application to Massachusetts Bar

Box 2, Folder 11

Application to New York Bar

Box 2, Folder 12

Douglas Letters of Recommendation

Box 2, Folder 13

Business Cards

Box 2, Folder 14

Miscellaneous Career-Related

Box 3, Folder 1

Correspondence -- Incoming -- Author Unknown

Box 3, Folder 2

Correspondence -- Incoming from Douglas

Box 3, Folder 3

Correspondence -- Incoming

Box 3, Folder 4

Correspondence -- Outgoing

Box 3, Folder 5

Correspondence with Ray Pierre

Box 3, Folder 6

Diary 1946 Jul-Aug

Box 3, Folder 7

Correspondence from Europe 1946 Aug-Sep

Box 3, Folder 8

Correspondence from Europe 1946 Oct-Nov

Box 3, Folder 9

Correspondence from Europe 1946 Dec

Box 3, Folder 10

Correspondence from Europe 1947 Jan-Feb

Box 3, Folder 11

Miscellaneous Europe Correspondence and Papers

Box 3, Folder 12

Thesis

Box 3, Folder 13

Articles by Lomen

Box 3, Folder 14

Speeches and Opinions

Box 3, Folder 15

Clippings late 1930s-1945

Box 3, Folder 16

Clippings 1948-1952

Box 4, Folder 1

Clippings 1953-1958

Box 4, Folder 2

Clippings 1960-1991

Box 4, Folder 3

Clippings 1997-2002

Box 4, Folder 4

Speeches and Scholarly Articles Mentioning Lomen

Box 4, Folder 5

Sources Citing "Privileges and Immunities under the Fourteenth Amendment"

Box 4, Folder 6

Correspondence about Lomen

Box 4, Folder 7

Jennie Berry Correspondence

Box 4, Folder 8

Ann Sandstrom-Dean Roland Hjorth Correspondence

Box 4, Folder 9

Miscellaneous Documents

Box 4, Folder 10

Miscellaneous Library of Congress Photocopies

Box 4, Folder 11

William O. Douglas Correspondence

Box 4, Folder 12

Miscellaneous Whitman College Material

Box 4, Folder 13

Miscellaneous Documents Not Mentioning Lomen