Joseph A. Mallery Papers, 1924-1960  PDF  XML

Overview of the Collection

Mallery, Joseph A.
Joseph A. Mallery Papers
1924-1960 (inclusive)
1 container., (1.25 linear feet of shelf space.)
Collection Number
Cage 684
Includes correspondence, election campaign items, newsclippings, legal and personal documents, etc.
Washington State University Libraries, Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections.
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Terrell Library Suite 12
Pullman WA
Telephone: 509-335-6691
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Joseph A. Mallery was born near Winlock, Washington, on April 27, 1896. Before attending college he worked as a teacher, principal, and janitor for Scantygrease Grade School. He attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon, for one year and completed his degree at the University of Washington. He received his LL.B. from the law school in 1926. That fall he was elected and served as the prosecuting attorney for Cowlitz county until 1928. In 1928 Mallery became an assistant U.S. district attorney in Tacoma. He worked as an assistant attorney until 1934 when he became a justice of the peace. Shortly thereafter he also served as a police judge in Tacoma. In 1940 he was elected Superior Court judge in Pierce County. Two years later he became a candidate for the state Supreme Court. He won election and served on the bench until 1962. He died twenty years later, March 2, 1982.

For a more in-depth biographical sketch, see: Charles H. Sheldon. The Washington High Bench: A Biographical History of the State Supreme Court, 1889-1991. Pullman: Washington State University Press, 1992.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The papers consist of correspondence, election campaign materials, news clippings, pamphlets, personal writings, and legal documents, most concerning legal and judicial matters in Washington. A large portion of the papers concern several legal cases during the years from about 1946 to 1948. Other papers concern Justice Mallery's election campaigns.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item Description]. Cage 684 , Joseph A. Mallery Papers . Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


The papers are arranged in informal subject or topical files and simply continue practices used by Justice Mallery.

Custodial History

Charles H. Sheldon had acquired the papers from Justice Mallery about 1980 while doing research on judges and courts in Washington.

Acquisition Information

The papers of Joseph A. Mallery (Accession number MS2000-10) were transferred to the Washington State University Libraries in March of 2000 by the heirs of Mr. Sheldon, accompanying the papers of Mr. Sheldon.

Related Materials

Additional Washington State University collections of Washington State Supreme Court justices include: Warren W. Tolman, Cage 4619; John Stanley Webster, Cage 459; Orris Lee Hamilton, Cage 495; Robert Thomas Hunter, Cage 25.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Container(s) Description Dates
1 / 1 Election campaign material 1940-1960
1 / 2 Correspondence re: election campaigns 1948, 1950
1 / 3 Newspaper clippings--elections 1948-1960
1 / 4 Correspondence regarding Price v. Evergreen Cemetery Co. decision 1960
1 / 5 Newspaper clippings re: Price v. Evergreen Cemetery Co. decision 1960
1 / 6 P.U.D. case--legal forms and decisions 1946
1 / 7 Correspondence re: P.U.D. case and resulting Millard probe 1947-48
1 / 8 Newspaper clippings re: P.U.D. case 1947
1 / 9 Newspaper clippings re: Justice Millard probe 1947
1 / 10 Newspapers re: Justice Millard probe 1947-1948
1 / 11 Special reports re: the Feak case 1948
1 / 12 Correspondence on the Feak case to and from Clark R. Belknap, Attorney 1948-1949
1 / 13 Correspondence to and from Justice Mallery, re: Feak case 1948-1954
1 / 14 Correspondence to Jack Feak re: Feak case 1949
1 / 15 Handwritten and typescript notes on the Feak case 1948
1 / 16 Legal documents related to the Feak case 1948-1949
1 / 17 Legal documents related to the Feak case 1950-1954
1 / 18 Newspaper clippings re: Feak case 1948-1950
1 / 19 Financial statements including checks, bank statements, and correspondence 1945-1945
1 / 20 Marriage licenses, Justice of the Peace court, Tacoma 1939- 1943
1 / 21 Newspaper clippings, misc. 1947-1953
1 / 22 Writings--economic essays 1933, 1936, undated
1 / 23 Writings--literary efforts, plays, fictional stories, and poems 1924, undated
1 / 24 Personal correspondence 1944-1948, 1950, 1959
1 / 25 Programs for speaking engagements 1947-1951
1 / 26 Decisions of the Supreme Court of Washington (publication) 1960
1 / 27 Annual Reports of the Prosecuting Attorney of Cowlitz County 1927-1928
1 / 28 Washington State Bar News August-October 1947, April 1948
1 / 29 Fraternal Order of Eagles--newspaper clippings and flyers 1946 and undated

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Reverse discrimination--Trials, litigation, etc.,--Washington (State) -- Archives

Personal Names

  • Belknap, Clark R.--Trials, litigation, etc., -- Archives
  • Berger, George H.--Trials, litigation, etc., -- Archives
  • Feak, J.W., (Jack W.)--Trials, litigation, etc., -- Archives
  • Mallery, Joseph A., 1896-1982 --Archives (creator)
  • Millard, William J.--Trials, litigation, etc., -- Archives

Corporate Names

  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People--Trials, litigation, etc.,--Washington (State) -- Archives
  • Washington (State) Supreme Court--History


  • Judges--Washington (State)--Correspondence

Titles within the Collection

  • Washington state bar news, Vol. 1 (1947) waps