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Woodruff J. Deem papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 5911

Scope and Contents note

This collection includes the following materials: Microfiche and hard copies from the U.S. Archives concerning Office of Indian Affairs correspondence and the Department of Justice Court of Claims documents dated 1824-1983; the 1938-1940 volumes of the Georgetown Law Review; court transcripts dated 1980; a poster advertising “Mr. Deem and his greatest day in court” dated November 5, 1981; one photograph of the Georgetown University Law School and two photographs of the Roll of Best Advocates plaque; “The Deem Lectures” by Michael Bradbury dated May 30, 1989; newspaper clippings dated 1975-1983; course syllabi, resource document and exam and quiz keys for 1973-1983; court case proceedings and other legal papers concerning Ute Indian tribes, dated 1947-1967; a letter to Woodruff J. Deem from Ernest L. Wilkinson, 1977, concerning the cardiovascular history of Wilkinson’s father; teacher Evalutions of WJ Deem, 1978.


  • 1824-1983


Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Woodruff J. Deem papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Woodruff J. Deem (1913- ) was a lawyer and professor.

Woodruff J. Deem was born December 19, 1913, in Salt Lake City. He graduated from Occidental College in 1936. He studied at Georgetown Law School and graduated in 1940. He served in the United States Army from 1943 to 1946. He married Norrie Dolvin in February 1947. He then worked for Ernest Wilkinson’s Law Firm focusing primarily on Indian Claims Litigation. He worked for Ventura County, California, as the Chief Criminal Prosecutor from 1949-1955 and 1957-1962 and later as the Ventura County District Attorney from 1962-1973. Woodruff also worked as a Professor at Church College Hawaii from 1955-1957 and at the BYU Law School starting in 1973.


2 folders (0.2 linear ft.)

1 oversize folder (0.1 linear ft.)

9 cartons (9 linear ft.)

1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



The papers of Woodruff J. Deem. The papers include three groups: court and legal papers, educational papers, and miscellaneous papers. Court and legal papers include court transcripts and other legal papers, including Georgetown Law Review volumes. The educational papers include teacher evalutions, lecture notes, course syllabi, quiz keys, and other class papers. The miscellaneous papers include a poster, photographs, newspapers clippings, and correspondence.

Custodial History note

Donated by Norrie Deem Zabriskie and Charles L. Deem in various installments beginning in 1989.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Norrie Deem Zabriskie and Charles L. Deem; various installments beginning in 1989.

Appraisal note

20th Century Western and Mormon Americana because of Woody J. Deem's involvement in the west and LDS Church.

Processing Information note

Processed; University Archivist student processor, Melissa Cowles, student processor, and John Murphy, curator; 2008.

Register of Woodruff J. Deem papers
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Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States