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Duross Fitzpatrick Papers

Duross Fitzpatrick Papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Duross Fitzpatrick Papers
Creator: Fitzpatrick, Duross
Inclusive Dates: 1918-2008
Bulk Dates: 1983-2001
Language(s): English
Extent: 7 box(es) (5.75 linear feet and 5 audiovisual items)
Collection Number: RBRL247DF
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: Duross Fitzpatrick (1934-2008) served as a United States District Judge for the Middle District of Georgia (1985-2001). His papers document his judicial career and his engagement with the broader legal community and includes correspondence, legal notes, clippings, oral histories, photographs, awards, and audiovisual materials.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

Duross Fitzpatrick was born on October 19, 1934, in Macon, Georgia. He attended school in Cochran, Georgia, before attending The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Fitzpatrick then transferred to the University of Georgia where he earned his B.S. in Forestry in 1961 and an LL.B from the School of Law in 1966. He married Beverly O'Connor, and the couple had two children, Mark and Devon.

Fitzpatrick served in the United States Marine Corps (1954-1957) and was discharged at the rank of sergeant. He then went on to work as a forester with Royal Wood, Inc. (1961-1963) and with the U.S. Forest Service in Prineville, Oregon (1963).

Fitzpatrick was admitted to practice law in Georgia in 1965 and went on to serve as an associate with the Elliott & Davis law firm in Macon (1966-67) and in private practice in Cochran (1967-1985). He was a senior partner at Fitzpatrick & Mullis in Cochran (1983-1985).

On November 13, 1985, Ronald Reagan nominated Fitzpatrick to serve as a United States District Judge for the Middle District of Georgia. Following confirmation, he was sworn in on December 31, 1985. He later served as Chief Judge of the Middle District from February 1995 to February 2001. He became Senior Judge in 2001. In addition, he was a longtime member of the State Bar of Georgia and served as president (1984-1985).

Fitzpatrick died on January 8, 2008, in Jeffersonville, Georgia.

Scope and Content

The Duross Fitzpatrick Papers document his career as a United States District Judge for the Middle District of Georgia, his engagement with the broader legal community and his interest in family, military and community history. The papers include correspondence, legal notes, clippings, oral histories, photographs, certificates, and audiovisual materials.

Organization and Arrangement

The papers are arranged in five series: I. Correspondence, II. United States District Court and Legal Career, III. Oral Histories and Interviews, and IV. Personal and Family.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Reference copies of the audiovisual recordings are available upon request. Research requests will be filled as soon as possible and will be dependent upon the condition of the recordings.

Preferred citation

Duross Fitzpatrick Papers, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

Copyright Information

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User Restrictions

Library acts as "fair use" reproduction agent.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding Aid prepared by Mat Darby, 2015.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Audiovisual materials
Bar associations -- Georgia.
Fitzpatrick, Duross
Judges -- Georgia.
Oral histories.
Twiggs County (Ga.)
United States -- District Court (Georgia : Middle District)

Related Collections in this Repository

Lewis R. Morgan Papers

Related Collections in Other Repositories

Records of U.S. District and Other Courts in Georgia, National Archives and Records Administration, Atlanta, Georgia

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


Series I. Correspondence

2 box(es)
Series I. Correspondence documents Fitzpatrick's personal and often informal communications with family, friends and acquaintances concerning the law, the military, county history, social engagements and a number of other interests and routine matters.
11-9Personal File, 1983-1985
110-25Personal File, 1995-2001
21Special Letters, 1978-1997
22Letters, 1983-1999
23-8Correspondence, 1995-2004
29-18[Correspondence, clippings, and other material], 1954-2008

Series II. United States District Court and Legal Career

3 box(es)
Series II. United States District Court and Legal Career documents Fitzpatrick's tenure as a federal judge and, to some degree, his engagement with the broader legal community. Of note are materials documenting the cases that came before him as well as correspondence related to the federal court and its administration.
219Swearing-In Ceremony - The Honorable Duross Fitzpatrick, 1986 January 22
220-23Duross Fitzpatrick - Cases Tried, 1986-1995
31-3Federal District Court Miscellaneous Matters, 1986-1993
34-5[American] Inns of Court, 2001-2004
36State Bar Annual Meeting - Savannah, 2005 June 9
37[Duross Fitzpatrick biographical information], undated
38Georgia State Bar Journal, 1984 August
39The Journal of Southern Legal History, 2008
5Certificates of recognition, 1984-2005
6State Bar of Georgia President's gavel, 1985
7Sign: "Duross Fitzpatrick/Attorney at Law/Daniel L. Clark, Associate/137" , undated
UC RBRL/247/DF/VHS0001Swearing-in Ceremony, United States District Court, Macon, Georgia, 1986 January 22 ( 1 moving_image(s) )

Series III. Oral Histories and Interviews

1 box(es)
Series III. Oral Histories and Interviews includes transcripts and audiocassettes of oral histories Fitzpatrick conducted with family members and friends. The oral histories document the Fitzpatrick family and other relations, the military and World War II, and Twiggs County, Georgia, specifically Tarversville and Jeffersonville. Of particular note is an oral history with Fitzpatrick himself covering his life and career.
Reference copies of the audiovisual recordings are available upon request. Research requests will be filled as soon as possible and will be dependent upon the condition of the recordings.
310Oral History by the Honorable Judge Duross Fitzpatrick, 2005 November 23
311Memories of Mark Fitzpatrick, 1979 June 20
312Interview with Jim Shannon, 1995 November 16
313Reminiscences of George W. Faulk, undated
314A Conversation with Wimberly Hughes and Miller Hightower, 1988 November 23
315A Conversation with Annie Lou Baker, 1993 May 29
316Interview with Irvin Hendricks, 1998 January 14
317Oral History of Irvin Fernald, 1998 June 24
318A Conversation with Jane Armstrong Newell, 2001 July 3
319Recollections of George Robertson, 2003 November 3
UC RBRL/247/DF/CS0001Mark Fitzgerald Interview, 1980 January 02 ( 1 sound_recording(s) )
UC RBRL/247/DF/CS0002[Wimberly Hughes and Miller Hightower], 1988 November 23 ( 1 sound_recording(s) )
UC RBRL/247/DF/CS0003[Annie Lou Baker] , 1993 May 29 ( 1 sound_recording(s) )
UC RBRL/247/DF/CS0004[George Robertson], 2003 November 3 ( 1 sound_recording(s) )
UC RBRL/247/DF/CS0005George W. Faulk, undated ( 1 sound_recording(s) )

Series IV. Personal and Family

1 box(es)
Series IV. Personal and Family includes photographs of Fitzpatrick and his family throughout his life and career, certificates recognizing his many accomplishments, and files covering his interests outside the legal profession.
320-21George Washington's Birthday, 1998-1999
322Marine Corps, 2003-2004
323Palaver Papers, 1992-2002
324-26Palaver Speeches, 1995-2002
41Family, 1918-1979
42School and Family, 1943-1959
43River, circa 1952
44Marine Corps, 1953-1955
45Forestry, circa 1961
46Portraits and candids, 1972-1986
47Duross Fitzpatrick Family, 1979-1995
48Events and Ceremonies, 1984-2006
5Sigma Alpha Epsilon, 1958-1960
5Portraits, circa 1960, 1985
5Mark W. Fitzpatrick and Duross Fitzpatrick, circa 1985
5Mark W. Fitzgerald State Senate commission, 1961
5State Board of Registration for Foresters certificate, 1963
5University of Georgia School of Law diploma, 1969