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Judge Deanell Reece Tacha Collection

Call Number: RH MS 1370


This collection contains the personal papers of Deanell Reece Tacha (including photographs, flyers, awards, plaques, videos, and CDs) from 1971-2011. Much of the material concerns her time in the White House Fellows program, her involvement in the 'Bleeding Kansas' sesquicentennial project, correspondence regarding her 10th Circuit Court Judge appointment, and various other legal correspondence.


  • Creation: approximately 1971 - 2011


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determinse use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Deanell Reece Tacha

Deanell Reece Tacha was born on January 26, 1946 in Goodland, Kansas. She recieved her B.A. from the University of Kansas in 1968 and her law degree from the University of Michigan in 1971.

From 1971-1972 she was a White House Fellow, serving as special assistant to the Secretary of Labor. From 1974-1985 she was on the faculty of the University of Kansas School of Law, including serving as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs from 1981-1985.

She was appointed to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on October 31, 1985 by President Ronald Reagan and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on December 16, 1985. She served as Chief Judge of the Circuit from 2001 to 2008. She retired from the bench and began a position as Dean of Pepperdine University School of Law on June 1, 2011.


5 Linear Feet (5 cubic foot boxes + 6 oversize boxes, 3 VHS tapes, 1 DVD, 3 CDs)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

RH MS 1370

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Deanell Reece Tacha, 2011.

Guide to the Judge Deanell Reece Tacha Collection
Judge Deanell Reece Tacha Collection
Finding aid prepared by rr, 2015. Finding aid encoded by rr, 2015. Finding aid revised by mmj, 2023.
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Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Judge Deanell Reece Tacha Collection, RH MS 1370, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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