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St. Clair Adams papers

Identifier: LaRC-291

Scope and Contents

This collection consists primarily of the documents of Richard Leche's defense attorneys. New Orleanian Richard W. Leche, Louisiana governor from 1936 until his resignation in 1939, was later charged with bribery, contempt, income tax evasion, mail fraud, oil fraud and conspiracy to defraud the state. He was convicted of mail fraud and was sentenced in 1940 to ten years in Atlanta federal prison. He was parolled in 1945 and given a full pardon by President Truman in 1952. Most of the papers in the collection concern cases in which St. Clair Adams, Sr. (1878-1945) defended Richard Leche. There are drafts of briefs, motions, pleas, projected questions for witnesses, lists of jurors, notes and supportive data for the defense, anticipated objections for cross examination, and witness testimony in the St. Clair Adams papers


  • 1934-1965
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1939-1940


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. No known restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.


2 Linear Feet

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Arrangement Note

This collection is arranged by subject. It consists of 4 boxes and is 2 linear feet.

Source of Acquisition

Gift of the law firm of St. Clair & St. Clair. Date acquired: 12/04/1964.

Deirdre Barr
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Repository Details

Part of the Tulane University Special Collections Repository

Jones Hall Room 202
6801 Freret Street
New Orleans 70118 US