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E. Riley Anderson Papers

 Collection — Box: 1-68
Identifier: MPA-0366

  • Staff Only

The collection includes mostly professional records related to Anderson's time as a judge. The records include reports, opinons, newspaper articles, VHS tapes, and related materials. The majority of the materials date from 1987 to 2006. The materials relate specifically to the State of Tennessee. In addition to court opinions, the collection includes numerous files on Judge Anderson's professional association work such as SCALES and Inns of Court.


  • 1987-2006


The material in this collection is in English.

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68 boxes


The E. Riley Anderson Collection contains the records of Judge E. Riley Anderson, a Tennessee-native lawyer and jurist who served as Chief Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court. The records focus on judicial decisions in the State of Tennessee. The time periods covered extend from the 1980s to the first decade of the 21 century. The list of boxes and folders in the collection is in a separate PDF document.

Biographical/Historical Note

E. Riley Anderson (August 10, 1932 – July 4, 2018) was a Tennessee-native lawyer and jurist. After graduating from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1957, Judge Anderson spent three decades in private practice in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where he also served in numerous civic positions such as on the charter commission. In 1987, Governor McWherter appointed Anderson to the State Court of Appeals. In 1990, he was elected to the Tennessee Supreme Court, serving through 2006 including five years as Chief Justice. Judge Anderson also founded the Supreme Court Advancing Legal Education for Students (SCALES) program which introduced high school students to the judiciary system through mock judicial sessions with real judges. His work with Supreme SCALES earned Judge Anderson the Sandra Day O'Connor Award for Advancement in Civic Education.

Other Finding Aids

A full container list for this collection can be found as a pdf.

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