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Nicholas deBelleville Katzenbach Scrapbooks

Identifier: MSS-4342

Scope and Contents

Two scrapbooks containing seven black and white photographs, about 218 original or photocopied newspaper and magazine clippings, thirty-five teletype reports, and some ephemera documenting Nicholas deBelleville Katzenbach’s career and civil rights in the United States from 1962 to 1965. Katzenbach was appointed as United States Deputy Attorney General by John F. Kennedy in April 1962 and later as United States Attorney General appointed by Lyndon B. Johnson in September 1964. He actively participated in the "Stand at the Schoolhouse Door" opposite Governor George Wallace at the University of Alabama. The materials also document Katzenbach’s support of the Civil Rights bill of 1964. The first scrapbook covers 1962 through 1964 and includes six of the seven photographs. The second scrapbook covers 1965 and includes one photograph and material concerning crime and poverty.


  • 1962 - 1965


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Biographical / Historical

Nicholas deBelleville Katzenbach (1922-2012) was a lawyer who served in the U.S. Department of Justice as Assistant Attorney General of the Office of Legal Counsel in 1961-1962 and as United States Deputy Attorney General under Attorney General Robert Kennedy in 1962. Katzenbach is well known for his role in the integration of the University of Alabama and the University of Mississippi. He was an advocate of the Civil Rights bill of 1964 and collected materials concerning civil rights in the United States during his service. Katzenbach later served as United States Attorney General during the Johnson Administration, 1964-1966. He is also known for advising Johnson on the creation of the Warren Commission investigating the assassination of John F. Kennedy.


0.5 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Spanish; Castilian


Guide to Nicholas deBelleville Katzenbach Scrapbooks
Finding aid created by Kendall Hallberg, January 2023.
January 2023
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266