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  • Title: Zurcher v. The Stanford Daily records
    Identifier/Call Number: SC0580
    Contributing Institution: Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.5 Linear feet
    Date (inclusive): 1969-1999
    creator: Stanford Daily.

    Scope and Content

    These records, created by The Stanford Daily as well as their attorneys (Jerome B. Falk, Jr. and Robert H. Mnookin of the Howard, Prim, Rice, Nemerovski, Canday & Pollack law firm and Anthony G. Amsterdam of the Stanford Law School), include correspondence, 1971-80; legal documents (depositions, motions, petitions, briefs, and others), 1974-1978; a notebook on the case's oral argument kept by attorney Jerome B. Falk; transcripts from the trial, 1971-72; and clippings and news articles, 1971-1978. There is also a trial transcript from an earlier case (testimony of Mark Weinberger in People v. Steven Kessler, Oct. 23, 1969) involving The Stanford Daily photographers covering a demonstration.
    Correspondents include attorneys Anthony G. Amsterdam, Robert H. Mnookin, Jerome B. Falk, Jr., and Franklin R. Garfield; Daily editors Felicity Barringer, Edward H. Kohn, and Fred Mann; and Peter G. Stone and Marilyn D. Norek, attorneys for Palo Alto.

    Historical Note

    On April 12, 1971, Palo Alto police officers obtained a warrant to search the offices of the student newspaper The Stanford Daily for photographic evidence of the April 9th Stanford University Hospital sit-in, in which property was damaged and nine officers injured. It was the first known use of a search warrant in an American newspaper office. On May 12, The Daily filed a law suit against James Zurcher, chief of police, and other officers claiming that the search was in violation of First, Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights. The case attracted national attention and became a test of the freedom of the press. Although lower courts upheld the case it was later reversed by the U. S. Supreme Court.

    Preferred Citation:

    [Identification of item], Zurcher v. The Stanford Daily Records (SC0580). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.


    Gift of The Stanford Daily, 1999.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.

    Access Restrictions


    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Falk, Jerome B.
    Kohn, Edward H.
    Mann, Frederick G.
    Mnookin, Robert H.
    Norek, Marilyn D.
    Stone, Peter G.
    Taubman, Felicity Barringer.
    Freedom of the press--Cases.--United States
    Freedom of the press--United States.
    Stanford Daily.