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Dean Wiley B. Rutledge College of Law Papers

Identifier: RG14.0001.006

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Scope and Contents

This collection is primarily the correspondence of Rutledge and a few reports regarding the routine business of participation in the Iowa Law Review, the American Bar Association, bar admissions, the Iowa Law School Association, the Association of American Law Schools, and the American Law Institute. The material is dated 1923 to 1944, encompassing a broader range than Rutledge's deanship at Iowa.


  • Creation: 1923-1944


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This collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

Wiley Blount Rutledge was born July 20, 1894 in Cloverport, Kentucky. He married Annabel Person in 1917, the same year he was admitted to the Colorado bar. The family grew to include three children, Mary Lou, Jean Ann, and Neal.

Wiley B. Rutledge served as dean of the College of Law at Iowa from 1935 until 1939. He was also a professor of law at the University of Colorado, and professor and dean at Washington University, St. Louis. From Iowa, Rutledge was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and later to the U.S. Supreme Court. Justice Rutledge died September 10, 1949, at age 55.

The many writings on Rutledge's career include a sketch in the Dictionary of American Biography, supplement 4, and articles by Irving Brant and W. Willard Wirtz in the Iowa Law Review, Summer 1950. Both articles also appear in the Indiana Law Review, Summer 1950.


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Method of Acquisition

These papers were transferred to the University of Iowa Libraries in the 1970s.

Related Materials

The law dean records arranged under Rutledge

Processed by Robert Franciosi July 1979, and Earl M. Rogers August 1997.
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Archives Repository

100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242