Legal And Archival Materials
Petition for Writ of Mandamus in Baltimore City Circuit Court (1935).
Published Opinion: 169 Md. 478 (1936).
There are a number of archival sources that detail the history of the Murray case. One of the most detailed was assembled by the Maryland State Archives and can be found at "From Segregation to Integration: The Donald Murray Case, 1935-1937." [This site requires a password from the State Archives to access and can be requested directly from the Archives].
Additional archival material may be located microfiche in the Papers of the NAACP. Part 3, The Campaign for Educational Equality [series A & B]. Please see our microfiche guide for more details.
The Thurgood Marshall Law Library's African Americans in the Law Special Collection contains several related items:
- 1934 - Post card from Charles Hamilton Houston to Juanita Jackson that alludes to the University of Maryland case and recommends that she "see Thurgood Marshall."
- 1937 - Letter from Murray to Thurgood Marshall seeking advice on how to prepare a petition for the Maryland Law Review.
- 1950 - Letter from Murray to Thurgood Marshall arranging a meeting to discuss 'new' University of Maryland cases.
- 1950 - Letter from Murray to Justice Felix Frankfurter regarding a possible scholarship fund for the son of Charles Hamilton Houston.
BALTIMORE CITY COURT (Court Papers) including: plaintiff's exhibit number 2 (R.A. Pearson to Donald G. Murray) 14 December 1934; petitioner's exhibit A (admission application) n.d.; plaintiff's exhibit number 4 (W. M. Hillegeist to Donald G. Murray) 9 February 1935; plaintiff's exhibit number 5 (Donald G. Murray to the Board of Regents) 5 March 1935; plaintiff's exhibit number 6 (R. A. Pearson to Donald G. Murray) 8 March 1935; petitioner's exhibit A (postal money order) 24 January 1935. MSA C 174-2, MSA SC 2221-11-4.
BALTIMORE CITY COURT (Petition Docket) GCL #13, 1930-1936, p. 284. Docket entry of Petition of Donald G. Murray for a Writ of Mandamus directed to the President, the Registrar, and the Board of Regents of the University of Maryland requiring them to accept the application of the petitioner for admission as a first year student in the Day School of the School of Law of the University of Maryland, 18 April 1935. MSA T 549-10, MSA SC 2221-11-5.
BALTIMORE CITY COURT (Court Papers) Stenographer's Record, Donald G. Murray vs. Raymond A. Pearson, et al. 18 June 1935; plaintiff's exhibit number 10; writ of mandamus 25 June 1935. MSA C 174-2, MSA SC 2221-11-6.
COURT OF APPEALS (Miscellaneous Papers) including number 53 October Term 1935, petition to advance case for an immediate hearing 6 August 1935; number 53 October Term 1935, answer to petition to advance 31 August 1935. MSA S 397-94. COURT OF APPEALS (Opinions) number 53 October Term 1935 (Pearson, et al. vs. Murray) 15 January 1936. MSA S 393-229, MSA SC 2221-11-8.