Charles H. Martin collection on Angelo Herndon
Scope and Contents of the Collection
Charles H. Martin collection on Angelo Herndon, circa 1932-circa 1937, was created by Martin while researching his The Angelo Herndon Case and Southern Justice (LSU Press, 1976). The collection consists of copies of original legal documents, including the original trial transcript, briefs of the appeals to the state supreme court and the U.S. Supreme Court for both rounds of appeals, and various court rulings, as well as a few clippings. Martin located the originals in various court archives and at a large Atlanta law firm whose founders were involved in the case.
- Creation: circa 1932-circa 1937
- Martin, Charles H., 1945- (Person)
Restrictions on Access
Collection is open for research use.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Georgia State University is the owner of the physical collection and makes reproductions available for research, subject to the copyright law of the United States and item condition. Georgia State University may or may not own the rights to materials in the collection. It is the researcher's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and obtain permission from the copyright holder before publication, reproduction, or display of the materials beyond what is reasonable under copyright law. Researchers may quote selections from the collection under the fair use provision of copyright law.
An African American member of the Communist Party, Angelo Herndon won national and international fame as a symbol of political justice after his arrest and subsequent conviction by Fulton County authorities on charges of attempting to incite insurrection in July 1932. Herndon’s case traveled a circular route through Georgia’s judicial system, appearing twice before the U.S. Supreme Court, which ultimately granted Herndon his freedom in April 1937. Historian Charles H. Martin (University of Texas-El Paso emeritus), a scholar of Southern, Civil Rights, Texas, and sports history, authored The Angelo Herndon Case and Southern Justice (LSU Press, 1976).
Language of Materials
Charles H. Martin collection on Angelo Herndon, circa 1932-circa 1937, was created by Martin while researching his The Angelo Herndon Case and Southern Justice (LSU Press, 1976) and consists primarily of legal records. Angelo Herndon, a labor organizer convicted in 1932 on charges of attempting to incite insurrection in Atlanta, was freed in 1937 when the U.S. Supreme Court found the Georgia insurrection law unconstitutional.
The files retain their original order.
Donated by Dr. Charles Martin, April 2023.
This collection has not been processed fully.
- Charles H. Martin
- A Guide to the Angelo Herndon Collection at Georgia State University Library
- Hal Hansen
- April 2023
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