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Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities Collection

Identifier: MSS-003


The bulk of this collection is composed of U.S. District Court actions, Court of Appeals actions, Grand Jury Subpoena by the Special Prosecutor, and Appellate Actions (including briefs, petitions, orders, memoranda, appeals, subpoenas, judgments, complaints, etc.) concerning President Richard Nixon and the Watergate hearings.

Sherman Cohn’s notes, newspaper, and magazine clippings concerning the hearing are included. At times, the items include supporting materials, and when this is the case the materials together are counted as one.


  • 1957 - 1977
  • Majority of material found within 1972 - 1977



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Biographical Note

Sherman Cohn was "Of Counsel" to Samuel Dash, the chief counsel to the Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities, also know as the "United States Watergate Committee." The committee was established to investigate the Watergate burglaries and the resulting scandal that involved then President Richard Nixon.

Sherman Cohn has been a professor at Georgetown Law since 1965. He graduated from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in 1954. He later received his law degree from Georgetown Law Center in 1957 and his LLM from Georgetown in 1960. Before becoming a professor at the Law Center he was a clerk for Judge Charles Fahy of the D.C. Circuit and in the Appellate Section of the Civil Division of the Department of Justice.


2 linear feet (2 boxes)

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Papers concerning the hearing are divided into four parts: DISTRICT COURT ACTIONS, COURT OF APPEALS ACTIONS, GRAND JURY SUBPOENA BY THE SPECIAL PROSECUTOR. DISTRICT COURT ACTIONS and APPELLATE ACTIONS. Within each part arrangement is chronological. This arrangement was imposed by the donor who included a supporting guide, which assigns numbers to the various actions. The notes follow, with duplicates. Clippings, which were added to the collection at a later date, are at the end of the collection.

Papers concerning the hearings are divided into six series. Each part is arranged in chronological order.

  1. Series I: District Court Actions
  2. Series II: Court of Appeals Actions
  3. Series III: Grand Jury Subpoena by Special Prosecutor
  4. Series IV: Appellate Actions
  5. Series V: Notes and News clippings
  6. Series VI: Duplicates


Special Collections is processing these materials: i.e. removing acidic folders and replacing with acid-free folders, removing staples, paper clips, binder clips, rubber bands, photocopying clippings and paper with tape, and recording each folder content on inventory list.


Finding Aid for the Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities Collection (MSS-003)
Laura Bedard and Hannah Miller
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