Ballantine (Judge Thomas A.), Jr. Papers, 1970-1992

Descriptive Summary

Title
Ballantine (Judge Thomas A.), Jr. Papers, 1970-1992
Creator
Ballantine, Thomas A. Jr., 1926-1992
Repository
University of Louisville

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Thomas Austin Ballantine, Jr., was born in Louisville, Kentucky on September 22, 1926. He grew up in the Highlands area of Louisville. He received a B.A. from the University of Kentucky in 1948, a LL.B. from the University of Louisville in 1954, and began practicing law in Louisville. He was married to Nancy Armstrong, an etiquette columnist for the Courier-Journal and they had four children, Thomas A. III, Joseph A., Brigid, and Nancy Adair.
Ballantine followed in the footsteps of his father, civic leader and Democratic Party leader, Thomas A. Ballantine, Sr., by becoming an active Democratic precinct worker. He served as Deputy Commissioner of the Jefferson Circuit Court from 1958-1962. Then in 1962 he was appointed by Governor Bert Combs to fill an unexpired term on the Jefferson Fiscal Court, where he often opposed Republican County Judge Executive Marlow Cook. He was appointed to the Jefferson Circuit Court by Governor Edward Breathitt in 1964, serving until 1977. President Jimmy Carter appointed Ballantine United States District Judge for the Western District of Kentucky in October 1977, and he became Chief Judge in September 1990.
Ballantine was diagnosed with lung cancer in June 1991 and his failing health forced him to take senior status (semi-retirement) in November of that year. He died on February 18, 1992 at his home.
Scope and Content
The Judge Thomas A. Ballantine, Jr. Collection dates from 1970 to 1992, with bulk dates of 1977 to 1992. Ballantine's papers offer the reader a glimpse into the American legal system through its assortment of "behind-the-scenes" information. In this collection, the researcher will see three aspects to Ballantine's position as a judge - public, political, and business. The smallest part of the collection deals with the public side of his job, represented through actual verdicts and correspondence with the public. The political side comprises the majority of the collection, including anything connected to the political arena, namely political correspondence, various state and federal associations, and conferences and workshops. The third part of his job, the business side, is exemplified through office financial records and legal documents.
The collection is divided into three series, which reflect the three aspects of Ballantine's position. These three series, I - Office Administration, II - Legal Matters, and III - Court Matters, all contain correspondence, printed material, and financial information. The collection totals 4.25 linear feet.

Contents of the Collection

Series I - Office Administration

(1 lft.), Box 1 This first series contains primarily information that deals directly with Judge Ballantine's office. Included in this series are items related to general administration, travel, and office equipment. The majority of the papers deal with financial invoices, printed material, and correspondence. The collection was left in original order.

Office Administration (ADM)

1. ADM 1: Public Interest - correspondence, printed material, February 13, 1986

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2. ADM 1-1: Lawyers Helping Lawyers - correspondence, printed material, 1984-1985

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3. ADM 1-2: Bench-Bar-Media Guidelines - correspondence, printed material, 1970, 1978-1980, 1988

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4. ADM 2: Budget - correspondence, printed material, financial information, 1980, 1984-1990

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5. ADM 3: Office Supplies - correspondence, printed material, literary productions, financial…

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6. ADM 4: Judicial Intern Program - correspondence, printed material, 1984-1986, 1990-1991

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7. ADM 5: Audits - correspondence, 1985-1986, 1989-1991

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8. ADM 6: Miscellaneous Correspondence with Public - correspondence, printed material, literary…

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9. ADM 7: Administrative Office Memos (a) - correspondence, printed material, 1978-1984, 1987-1991

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10. ADM 7: Administrative Office Memos (b) - correspondence, printed material, 1978-1984, 1987-1991

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11. ADM 8: Writs of Mandamus - correspondence, printed material, 1990

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Automation

12. AUT 1: Word Processor - printed material, literary production, financial information, 1983-1990

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13. AUT 2: Five-Year Plan for Automation - correspondence, printed material, financial information…

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14. AUT 3: Facsimile Machines - printed material, 1987, 1989

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15. AUT 4: Typewriter - correspondence, printed material, financial information, 1970, 1972, 1977…

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Miscellaneous

16. Computer-Assisted Legal Research (CALR) - correspondence, printed material, literary production…

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17. Travel Vouchers (Court Personnel) - correspondence, printed material, literary productions…

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18. Travel Vouchers (Tab) (a) - correspondence, printed material, literary productions, financial…

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19. Travel Vouchers (Tab) (b) - correspondence, printed material, literary productions, financial…

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Series II. Legal Matters

(.75 lft.), Boxes 1 - 2, 5 The second series consists of any information that is not court- related and includes budget materials and information from and about various associations and conferences. While much of this series pertains to financial information, there is also a good amount of correspondence, legal documents, and printed materials. This series was left in original order.

Boys' Haven

20. Boys' Haven (a) - printed material, financial information, legal documents, notes, 1981-87…

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21. Boys' Haven (b) - printed material, financial information, legal documents, notes, 1981-87…

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Budget

22. Budget Decentralization - correspondence, printed material, financial information, 1990

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23. Budget Decentralization (a) - correspondence, printed material, financial information, 1991

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24. Budget Decentralization (b) - correspondence, printed material, financial information, 1991

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25. Budget Decentralization - correspondence, printed material, financial information, 1992

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26. Budget Decentralization - correspondence, printed material, financial information, 1993

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27. Special Process Servers - correspondence, 1981

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Associations

1. Federal Judge Association - correspondence, printed material, membership directory, 1989-1990

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2. Federal Bar Association - correspondence, printed material, 1989

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3. Chief Judge Files - Senior Judge Allen Certification - correspondence, printed material, 1990…

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Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)

4. EEO - correspondence, printed material, 1981-1990

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Judicial Conferences (JDC)

5. Planning Committee - Judicial Conference, Louisville - correspondence, printed material…

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6. JDC 1: Judicial Conference of the United States - correspondence, printed material, financial…

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7. JDC 2: Judicial Conference of the Sixth Circuit - correspondence, printed material, 1978-1979…

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LAW

8. LAW 1: Pending Legislation - correspondence, printed material, financial information, 1978-1986

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9. LAW 3: Criminal Justice Act (CJA) - correspondence, printed material, charts, 1978-1991

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10. LAW: Miscellaneous - correspondence, printed material, financial information, 1986-1991

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11. Law Books - correspondence, printed material, financial information, notes, 1977-1991

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MGT

12. MGT 2: Local Rules - correspondence, printed material, notes, 1987-1991

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13. Local Rules - correspondence, printed material, 1989-1992

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14. MGT 4: Federal Public Defender - correspondence, printed material, notes, lists, 1979, 1990

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15. MGT 6: Federal Rules - correspondence, printed material, 1979, 1983, 1986-1988, 1991

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Series III. Court Matters

(2.5 lft.), Boxes 2 - 5 The final series deals with all court-related materials, including the budget, the Department of Justice, judicial councils, and the Sixth Circuit. The majority of this series contains financial information, printed material, and correspondence. This series was left in original order.

Attorneys (ATT)

16. ATT 1: Attorneys Admitted - practice admission forms, 1981-1986

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17. ATT 2: Attorneys Suspended or Disbarred - correspondence, printed material, financial…

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Court Reporters (COR)

18. COR 1: Court Reporters - correspondence, printed material, notes, 1978-1992

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District Court (DCT)

19. DCT 1-3: Federal Judicial Workload Statistics (a) - correspondence, reports, charts, 1987-1990

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20. DCT 1-3: Federal Judicial Workload Statistics (b) - correspondence, reports, charts, 1987-1990

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21. DCT 3: Excess CJA Vouchers (a) - correspondence, printed material, financial information, notes…

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22. DCT 3: Excess CJA Vouchers (b) - correspondence, printed material, financial information, notes…

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23. DCT 5: Juries (a) - correspondence, financial information, charts, 1978-1979, 1987-1991

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24. DCT 5: Juries (b) - correspondence, financial information, charts, 1978-1979, 1987-1991

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Department of Justice (DOJ)

1. DOJ 1: Bureau of Prisoners - correspondence, printed material, 1978, 1988, 1990-1991

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2. DOJ 2: U.S. Marshall - correspondence, printed material, 1978-1986

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3. DOJ 2-1: Protection and Security - correspondence, printed material, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1987, 1989…

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Expert Services (EXP)

4. EXP 1: Court-Appointed Psychiatrists - correspondence, financial information, notes, 1978, 1980…

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5. EXP 2: Other Experts - correspondence, 1983-1988

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Magistrate (MAG)

6. MAG 1: US Magistrate (a) - correspondence, printed material, financial information, surveys…

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7. MAG 1: US Magistrate (b) - correspondence, printed material, financial information, surveys…

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8. MAG 1: US Magistrate (c) - correspondence, printed material, financial information, surveys…

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9. MAG 1: US Magistrate (d) - correspondence, printed material, financial information, surveys…

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10. Magistrate Judge - Louisville - correspondence, printed material, literary productions, lists…

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Sixth Circuit District Judges Association (SCA)

11. SCA 1: UL Law Alumni Foundation Board of Trustees (a) - correspondence, printed material…

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12. SCA 1: UL Law Alumni Foundation Board of Trustees (b) - correspondence, printed material…

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13. SCA 1: UL Law Alumni Foundation Board of Trustees (c) - correspondence, printed material…

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14. SCA 2: Boys' Haven - correspondence, 1982-1984, 1990 RESTRICTED

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15. SCA 3: District Judges' Association (DJA) - correspondence, resolutions, notes, 1973-1974, 1976…

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16. SCA 3-1: Liaison Committee Between Sixth and Ninth Circuit District Judges' Association…

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17. SCA 3-2: Resolution Committee DJA - correspondence, printed material, legal documents, minutes…

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Sixth District

18. Civic - Sixth District Designation - correspondence, printed material, case reports, 1986

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19. Sixth Circuit Designations (a) - correspondence, financial information, case reports, legal…

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20. Sixth Circuit Designations (b) - correspondence, financial information, case reports, legal…

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21. Sixth Circuit Designations - correspondence, printed material, case reports, legal documents…

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22. Sixth Circuit Designations (a) - correspondence, printed material, case reports, legal documents…

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23. Sixth Circuit Designations (b) - correspondence, printed material, case reports, legal documents…

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24. Sixth Circuit Designations (c) - correspondence, printed material, case reports, legal documents…

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Pretrial Services (PTS)

1. PTS 6 - Sentencing - correspondence, printed material, financial information, resolutions, lists…

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Miscellaneous

2. Practice in Federal Courts (standards for admission, disciplinary procedures, miscellaneous…

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3. Judicial Council (a) - correspondence, printed material, financial information, legal documents…

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4. Judicial Council (b) - correspondence, printed material, financial information, legal documents…

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5. Judicial Council (c) - correspondence, printed material, financial information, legal documents…

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6. Judicial Council (d) - correspondence, printed material, financial information, legal documents…

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