Lathan vs. Volpe records, 1971-1982  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Lathan, Roosevelt
Lathan vs. Volpe records
1971-1982 (inclusive)
12' 3" linear.
Collection Number
3554 (Accession No. 3554-001)
Records concerning a lawsuit opposing Interstate 90 in Washington State
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
Access Restrictions

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Records stored offsite; advance notice required for use.

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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Lawsuit opposing Interstate 90.

The original lawauit, in which the clubs intervened, was filed by Legal Services on behalf of blacks facing displacement which would result from highway construction. This case was one of the first to test the application of the National Environmental Policy Act to highways. It was appealed several times to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals San Francisco. The plaintiffs eventually lost on their final appeal. The case has variant names, since the plaintiffs changed somewhat during the course of the appeals, as did the U.S. Transportation Secretary, the defendant. Related local cases are also documented.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Legal records (pleadings, transcripts, background files), correpondence, reports, ca. 1971-1982.

Concerns lawsuit opposing Interstate 90 (3rd Lake Washington floating bridge and Seattle and Mercer Island segments), ca. 1971-1980, by various Seattle community clubs.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Plaintiff's rights transferred to the Libraries. This includes rights of community clubs and their attorneys.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Interstate 90
  • Personal Names :
  • Lathan, Roosevelt--Archives
  • Lathan, Roosevelt--Trials, litigation, etc
  • Volpe, John A.--Trials, litigation, etc
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Adams, Brock, 1927-2004 (creator)
    • Adler, Constance A (creator)
    • Brinegar, Claude S. (Claude Stout), 1926- (creator)
    • Goldschmidt, Neil E., 1940- (creator)
    • Leed, Roger M (creator)
    • Tunks, Margaret C (creator)
    • Volpe, John A (creator)
    • Corporate Names :
    • Washington (State). Dept. of Highways (creator)

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)