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Francis M. Shea Collection

Identifier: MSS-010

Scope Note

Correspondence, meeting minutes, essays and reports, conference materials, federal legislation, grant applications, reference materials, personal information, newspaper clippings, relating to the Judicial Conference Committee on Laws Pertaining to Mental Disorders. This is the collection of Francis M. Shea, who was Chairman of the Committee from 1964 to 1970.


  • 1955 - 1971
  • Majority of material found within 1964 - 1970


Conditions Governing Access

Materials marked confidential will remain restricted, for 50 years from the date of the documents, or until it has been determined that they are no longer sensitive. All law student records are restricted. Special Collections will impose other restrictions, if necessary.


All rights reserved by Georgetown University Law Library unless otherwise noted.

Biographical Note

Francis M. Shea was the chair of the Judicial Conference Committee on Laws Pertaining to Mental Disorders from 1964 to 1970. He was graduate of Harvard Law School in 1928. He was a student of Felix Frankfurter. In 1939 he was Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Division of the Department of Justice under Franklin D. Roosevelt. A position he held for six years before joining Justice Robert H. Jackson in 1945 to prosecute Nazi war criminals in Nuremberg before the International Military Tribunal. He started and practiced law at Shea and Gardner in Washington, DC.


5.2 linear feet (5 banker boxes)

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This collection is arranged into three series.

  1. Series I - Judicial Conference materials
  2. Series II - Miscellaneous Documents
  3. Series III - Duplicates

Processing Information

Special Collections processed these materials: i.e. removed acidic folders and replaced with acid-free folders, removed staples, rubber bands, paper clips and binder clips, and photocopied clippings and other documents suffering from deterioration. Attachments and enclosures are counted as components of original document (rather than as separate items).

Finding Aid for the Francis M. Shea Collection (Coll. 10)
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts Repository

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