Justice Brennan’s Correspondences with Ms. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

March 13th, 2018

During the pendency of Judge Garland’s ill-fated Supreme Court nomination, I sought to discover whether he had any relevant communications with his former boss, Justice Brennan. Alas, Justice Brennan’s correspondences were sealed until June 2017. By that point, no one cared any more about Garland’s correspondences. Except for me.

Last week, during a trip to DC, I made good on a longstanding desire to view Brennan’s papers. At long last, were there any correspondences with a young Merrick Garland? None. Not a single letter that I could find. Nor were there any communications with another famous law clerk, Richard Posner. Perhaps Brennan didn’t file such letters? Who knows. But I did find other fascinating items, which I will blog seriatim.

In this first post, I will reproduce a number of communications between Justice Brennan and Ms. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Methinks WJB had a thing for Jackie, though he would not let Doubleday publicize his praise of a book.