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Shelley L. Dowling papers

Identifier: MS 00369

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Content Description

This collection includes career correspondence, documents, photographs, awards, books, artifacts, and research material (dated from 1904 to 2019) from the 45-year career of Law Librarian Shelley L. Dowling. Included are materials from Dowling's college, graduate school, and Law school. The collection primarily contains materials from the United States Supreme Court where Dowling was Librarian of the Court from 1989 to 2003. Correspondence includes those from professional colleagues, visitors to the Court, and Supreme Court Justices.


  • Creation: 1904-2019

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use

Before publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from the Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Biographical / Historical

Shelley L. Dowling was the Librarian of the United States Supreme Court from 1989 to 2003. She graduaed from Bishop Amat Memorial High School in 1965 and entered Mount Saint Scholastica College. After graduation, she worked in Cornell Library System, Georgetown University Law Library, and other libraries before working for the Court.


20.34 Linear Feet (22 boxes)




The collection is arranged in four series: Series I. Chief justices papers, Series II. Correspondence, Series III. Personal papers,and Series IV. Professional papers.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Shelley L. Dowling, MLS, JD Archive

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository