Scope and Content
Title: Walter Bordwell Papers ,
Date (inclusive): 1835-1929 (inclusive), 1890-1912 (bulk)
Collection number: Special Collections M0256
4 linear ft.
Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
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Gift of Walter B. Lull, 1976.
[Identification of item] Walter Bordwell Papers , M0256, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford,
Scope and Content
The Judge Walter Bordwell Papers concern both his private and professional life as lawyer and judge. The collection spans
the years 1835-1929, with the bulk of the material occurring from 1890-1912, during which his career was most active. There
is little material from 1915-1925 - the years betwen his retiring as Los Angeles Superior Court Judge and his death. The material
is grouped and arranged generally, but not strictly, in alphabetical order. Items within the groups are arranged chronologically
but with attached items left attached.
The first half of the collection (boxes 1-4) deals with his personnal holdings. Included are diaries, memorandum books, financial
records and receipts, business cards, a Bible, and a 1928-29 edition of
Whos's Who in California, in which is a biographical sketch of Bordwell. There is little personal correspondence, most of which is between him and his
cousin Charles Bordwell during the years 1897-1902. There is no original photograph of Judge Bordwell; there are, however,
several articles with pictures of him dispersed throughout the newspaper clippings.
Material from his professional life is contained in the second half of the collection (boxes 5-8). Included are his certificates
to practice law, correspondence, pamphlets, dockets, lists, handwritten drafts, and marriage contracts. His most publicized
case within the collection is the McNamara Brothers - Burning of the L.A.
Times Building Investigation. Although few of the actual court proceedings for this trial are included, there is a variety of correspondence
from the public to the Judge, newspaper clippings, and a journal kept by the Judge during the trial. Much information is also
contained on the Helena M. Granger vs. Henry W. Robinson case.
Included within the bulk of newspapers are a considerable number of clippings on World War II events.
Notable correspondents and others involved with his cases include Clarence Darrow, Governor James Hawley of Idaho, and U.S
Senator John D. Works.
Index of Names (Box - Folder)
Bordwell, J. L.
Bordwell, Mrs. Walter,
Bordwell, Midad (?)
German American Savings Bank
(2-4, 2-11, 5-11, 5-15)
Granger, Helena M.
Hawley, Governor James
(2-12, 5-2, 5-16)
McNamara, J.J. & J.B.
McNamara, John A.
Robinson, Henry W.
Robinson, Eliza A.
Satterwhite, Thomas D.
Windsor, Herbert E.
(2-2, 5-7, 5-2)
Winternitz, J.U. Dr. Oscar Winternitz
Works, Senator John D.