Manuscript Collections - Courts Oulahan Papers

Oct 18, 2021

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1 linear foot, 9 linear inches (4 manuscript boxes)
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Courts Oulahan served as research director of the Legal Task Force, Second Hoover Commission, 1954‑1955, and for four years as special assistant to the General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel of the Atomic Energy Commission, 1958‑1962. He was born on December 5, 1920 in Washington, D.C. Oulahan received his law degree from Yale in 1942 and practiced law in Washington, D.C. and Cleveland. He served in the Navy from 1942 to 1945 and the Navy Reserve from 1951-1953.


These papers document Oulahan’s work for the Atomic Energy Commission and the Second Hoover Commission. The collection contains memoranda, reports, speeches, articles, press releases, directives, minutes, and clippings.

Folder List

Box      Contents

1          Atomic Energy Commission – Deputy General Counsel Files
                     General, 1959‑1966 (6 folders)

2                   General, 1959‑1966
?                   Clippings Found in The Man Who Would Be God, 1963‑1985
                     Correspondence and Printed Material, 1950‑1965
                     The Regulatory Program of the Atomic Energy Commission, Nov 1960
            Second Hoover Commission
                     Legal Services & Procedure Task Force – Commission Action: Hollister
                              Comments; Federal Trade Commission; Subcommittee Drafts Code;
                              Comparative Print, 1955
                     Directives, Apr‑Dec 1954
                     Legal Services and Procedure Task Force Group 3 ‑ Working Papers, 1953‑1955

3                   Jurisdiction & Delegation of Authority ‑ Raven Memorandum, 1954
                     Memorandum of Task Force Meetings, Sep 8‑9, 1954
                     Minutes of Meetings, Feb-Oct, 1954
                     Press Releases, 1954-1955 (2 folders)

4                   Printed Material: Speech Outlines, Booklets, Articles, Pamphlets, etc., 1954‑1957
                     Report ‑ Final ‑ PART VI, 1955
                     Status of the Hoover Report 1949‑53. Published by Citizens Committee for the
                              Hoover Report, 1953 (2 vols)
                     Task Force Reports, 1954‑1955
                     Task Group 4 ‑ Working Papers, 1954