Finding aid for the James D. Nolan Papers

Repository: Western Reserve Historical Society
Creator: Nolan, James D.
Title: James D. Nolan Papers
Dates: 1958-1968
Extent: 1.00 linear feet (1 container)
Abstract: James D. Nolan was an Ohio political activist during the 1960s. He was active in the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party and was a member of the Citizens League. In 1961, Nolan filed a civil action in United States Sixth District Court to have the 1903 Hanna amendment to the Ohio Constitution voided on grounds that it violated the equal representation article of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution. Nolan won his suit on appeal to the United States Supreme Court in 1964. Nolan became the champion of legislative reapportionment in Ohio, delivering more than 900 speeches over a five year period. In 1966, he ran unsuccessfully for the office of Ohio Secretary of State. The collection consists of correspondence, speeches, reports, newsletters, legal briefs, and newspaper clippings relating primarily to the issue of proportional representation in Ohio, as well as other states. Also included is a small amount of personal material, consisting of biographical and electioneering materials.
MS Number MS 4534
Location: closed stacks
Language: The records are in English