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Roger Brooke Taney letters

Identifier: MS-0064

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Scope and Contents

Collection consists largely of letters (1838-1856, 58 items) written by Roger Brooke Taney to his son-in-law lawyer James Mason Campbell (1810-1869). Taney writes of family matters with some mention of professional activities from Washington, D.C., Old Point Comfort, Va., and White Sulphur Springs, Va. There are three letters (1819, 1826) to Campbell from his father, and single letters from Philip B. Key (1811), Michael Taney, Jr. (1815), and Henry L. Davis (1831).


  • Creation: 1815-1856


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Please contact Special Collections for more information.

Collection is open for use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Biographical Note

Roger Brooke Taney was an American politician and jurist. He was born in 1777. He served as U.S. Attorney General (1831-33), Secretary of the Treasury (1833-1834), and was the fifth Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (1836-1864). Roger Brooke Taney died in 1864.


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Language of Materials



Roger Brooke Taney (1777-1864) was the fifth Chief Justice of the United States. Collection consists largely of letters (1838-1856, 58 items) written by Taney to his son-in-law lawyer James Mason Campbell (1810-1869).


Collection is arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by Idella Swisher, widow of Hopkins's political science professor, Carl Brent Swisher, in 1973. Professor Swisher may have originally purchased the letters as part of his research on the Taney court.

Existence and Location of Copies

Typed transcripts of some of the letters are available in the repository.

Related Materials

Related material on J. Mason Campbell and Roger Brooke Taney is owned by the Maryland Historical Society.


These are the letters cited as James M. Campbell Manuscripts in Swisher, Carl Brent. "Roger B. Taney." (New York: Macmillan, 1936).

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared by Margaret Burri in 2004.

Roger Brooke Taney papers
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Repository Details

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