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James H. Jarvis Papers

Identifier: MPA-0329

  • Staff Only

This collection contains records of a personal and professional nature. They include records on case related materials, personal correspondence, committee work, and court governance. The records cover Judge Jarvis' life and work in East Tennessee. The records date from 1975 to 2007.


  • 1975 -2007


The material in this collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Modern Political Archives are housed at the Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy. Researchers interested in consulting the MPA collections are advised to contact the Modern Political Archives.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Modern Political Archives.


40 Linear Feet (36 boxes)


This collection includes the personal and professional records of Judge James Howard Jarvis II. Judge Jarvis served on the U.S. District Court, overseeing cases in the Eastern District of Tennessee. The time frame reflected in the records is 1975-2007.

Biographical/Historical Note

Judge James H. Jarvis II (1937-2007) was born in Knoxville before graduating from Maryville High School, the University of Tennessee, and the University of Tennessee School of Law. He served in private practice with his father from 1960 until being named judge of the Law and Equity Court for Blount County in 1972. He was later elected judge of the 30th Judicial Circuit Court in Blount County, serving until be appointed by President Reagan to the U.S. District Court's Eastern District of Tennessee bench in 1984. He succeeded Judge Thomas Gray Hull as chief justice, serving in that capacity from 1991 to 1998. He assumed senior status in 2002 and served in that capacity until his 2007 death at the age of seventy.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA