Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum


Neil Brooks Papers

Dates: 1937-1966.

Associate Solicitor, Department of Agriculture, 1948-1955; Assistant General Counsel, Department of Agriculture, 1955-1969.

The Papers of Neil Brooks consist of legal notebooks, handwritten notes, newspaper clippings, photographs, printed material, lecture notes, and other documents mostly relating to Brooks’s work in the Department of Agriculture.

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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Size: 10 linear inches (about 1000 pages).
Access: Open.
Copyright: The donor gave to the United States all copyrights which she had in writings in this or any other collection of papers at the Truman Library. Documents created by U.S. Government officials in the course of their duties are also in the public domain. Copyright interest in other documents presumably belongs to the creators of those documents, or their heirs.
Processed by: Erwin J. Mueller (1974).
Updated by: Kara Drury (2008) as part of the Truman Library Internship Program.
Supervising Archivists: Randy Sowell and David Clark.


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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

1906 (September 11)Born near Selmer, Tennessee
1927-1928Editor of Tennessee Law Review
1928LL.B., University of Tennessee
1928-1933Private practice with law firm of Wood and Brooks, Selmer, Tennessee
1933-1937Attorney, Reconstruction Finance Corporation, Washington, D.C.
1934Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court bar
1936LL.M., George Washington University
1937-1945Attorney, U.S. Department of Agriculture
1945-1948Chief Attorney, Marketing Division, Department of Agriculture
1948-1955Associate Solicitor, Department of Agriculture
1955-1969Assistant General Counsel, Department of Agriculture
1958Recipient of Superior Service Award from Secretary of Agriculture
1969 (December 26)Died

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COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The papers of Neil Brooks consist of legal notebooks, handwritten notes, memorabilia, newspaper clippings, photographs, printed material, lecture notes, and other documents mostly relating to Brooks’s work as an attorney in the Department of Agriculture.

Included among the materials in this collection are lectures and handwritten notes by Brooks pertaining to his work as a lawyer and law school instructor.

Much of the collection is made up of legal notebooks that were compiled and used by Brooks in the Agriculture Department. These consist of court cases, citations, and judicial opinions relating to statutory interpretation and legal precedent.

Other materials in this collection include newspaper clippings, bulletins, and journal articles which were authored or co-authored by Brooks. The articles deal with legal issues involving agriculture.

Related collections at the Truman Library include the papers of Secretary of Agriculture Clinton Anderson and his successor as Secretary, Charles Brannan.

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SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Container Nos. Series
1-2 SUBJECT FILE, 1937-1966
Handwritten notes, legal notebooks, newspaper clippings, photographs, printed material, and other documents mostly relating to the work done by Neil Brooks in the Department of Agriculture. Arranged alphabetically.

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FOLDER TITLE LIST

Box 1
  • Court Cases - Excerpts of Judicial Opinion
      [1 of 3]
      [2 of 3]
      [3 of 3]
  • Lectures and Notes by Neil Brooks
  • Marketing of Farm Products
  • News Clippings and Bulletins
  • Photographs
  • Publications on U.S. Jurisprudence
      [1 of 2]
Box 2
      [2 of 2]
  • Selected Cases on Statutory Interpretation - U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Testimonial Presented to Neil Brooks by the Cooperative Associations and Federations of Cooperative Associations in the New York Milkshed, 1956

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