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Supreme Court Certiorari Study, 1947-1956 (ICPSR 7611)

Principal Investigator(s): Ulmer, S. Sidney, University of Kentucky


This collection provides data on votes cast in conference by 15 Supreme Court justices on petitions to the court for certiorari during the period 1947-1956. The data were collected from the Harold Burton Papers at the Library of Congress. The file contains a complete enumeration of the court's decisions on the petitions to grant or deny plenary review under its certiorari or appellate jurisdiction for the 1951 term and the 1955 term. A one-third sample of cases is included for the other eight terms during the period. For each petition for certiorari, the data file contains (1) the volume, page, and docket number in the SUPREME COURT REPORTER, (2) the court action on the petition, (3) the docket type (appellate or miscellaneous), and (4) the vote made by each of the 15 justices (e.g., grant or deny the petition, absent from voting, or pass). The 15 justices whose votes were collected are Harold Burton, Wiley Rutledge, Robert H. Jackson, Frank Murphy, William O. Douglas, Felix Frankfurter, Stanley Reed, Hugo Black, Fred Vinson, Sherman Minton, Tom Clark, Earl Warren, John Harlan, William J. Brennan, and Charles E. Whittaker.

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Study Description


Ulmer, S. Sidney. Supreme Court Certiorari Study, 1947-1956. ICPSR07611-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1978. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07611.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07611.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • National Science Foundation

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    appeal procedures, certiorari, judicial review, legal history, Supreme Court decisions, Supreme Court justices, United States Supreme Court

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1947--1956

Date of Collection:   

  • 1970--1971

Universe:    Petitions to the Supreme Court for certiorari on which formal votes were cast in conference during the 1947-1956 terms of the court.

Data Type(s):    aggregate data


Sample:    A complete enumeration for all petitions is included for the 1951 and 1956 terms, and a one-third sample is included for the remaining eight terms. The samples are based on the record made by Justice Harold Burton.

Data Source:

The Harold Burton Papers


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-05-03

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