Supreme Court of the United States

Sandra Day O’Connor:
First Woman on the Supreme Court


Online Exhibition Objects

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Online Exhibition Objects

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor
Justice Sandra Day O’Connor
© Toshi Kazama
Original black-and-white resin-coated silver gelatin print
14 x 11 in. (1981.113)

Lazy B Headquarters
Lazy B Headquarters
Courtesy of the O’Connor Family

Sandra Day at age 12
Sandra Day at age 12
Courtesy of the O’Connor Family

Ada Mae Day holding her son, Alan Day, seated beside her daughters, Ann and Sandra Day, age 11
Ada Mae Day holding her son, Alan Day, seated beside her daughters, Ann and Sandra Day, age 11
Courtesy of the O’Connor Family

A Lazy B windmill
A Lazy B windmill
Courtesy of the O’Connor Family

Sandra Day riding her horse, Chico, on the Lazy B Ranch
Sandra Day riding her horse, Chico, on the Lazy B Ranch
Courtesy of the O’Connor Family

Friends from the Radford School for Girls visiting the Lazy B
Friends from the Radford School for Girls visiting the Lazy B
Courtesy of the O’Connor Family

Staff of the Stanford Law Review, 1952
Staff of the Stanford Law Review, 1952
Photograph courtesy of Stanford University
Black-and-white resin-coated silver gelatin copy print
8 x 10 in. (1994.276.2)

Certificate presented to Sandra Day as part of her induction into the Stanford Chapter of the Order of the Coif, 1952
Certificate presented to Sandra Day as part of her induction into the Stanford Chapter of the Order of the Coif, 1952
Paper, ink
13 ½ x 11 ½ in. (2017.59.47)

Stanford Law Review Board of Editors Certificate, 1951-1952
Stanford Law Review Board of Editors Certificate, 1951-1952
Paper, ink
10 x 6 ½ in. (2020.38.32)

The O’Connors’ share a toast at their wedding reception, December 20, 1952
The O’Connors share a toast at their wedding reception, December 20, 1952
Courtesy of the O’Connor Family

The O’Connors’ participate in a cake-cutting ceremony at their wedding reception, December 20, 1952
The O’Connors participate in a cake-cutting ceremony at their wedding reception, December 20, 1952
Courtesy of the O’Connor Family

Bar Admission Certificate presented to “Mrs. John Jay O’Connor,” admitting her as an Attorney and Counselor of the Northern District of California, 1953
Bar Admission Certificate presented to “Mrs. John Jay O’Connor,” admitting her as an Attorney and Counselor of the Northern District of California, 1953
Paper, ink
10 3/8 x 11 7/8 in. (2017.59.75)

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Day pay a visit to the O’Connors in Frankfurt, Germany
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Day pay a visit to the O’Connors in Frankfurt, Germany
Courtesy of the O’Connor Family

Sandra Day O’Connor’s campaign pamphlet for the Arizona State Senate
Sandra Day O’Connor’s campaign pamphlet for the Arizona State Senate
Paper, ink
11 x 8 3/8 in. (2017.59.84.1)

Sandra Day O’Connor’s campaign pamphlet for the Arizona State Senate
Sandra Day O’Connor’s campaign pamphlet for the Arizona State Senate
Paper, ink
8 1/2 x 4 in. (2017.59.83)

Sandra Day O'Connor and Family
Sandra Day O’Connor and Family
Jim Ray
Fiber-based silver gelatin print
7 x 5 in. (1981.116.2)

Sandra Day O’Connor’s appointment certificate as assistant state attorney general, 1965
Sandra Day O’Connor’s appointment certificate as assistant state attorney general, 1965
Paper, ink
12 x 9 in. (2020.38.33)

Alternate Delegate Republican National Convention badge, 1972
Alternate Delegate Republican National Convention badge, 1972
Metal, textile
3 1/8 x 2 x 1/4 in. (2020.38.16)

Formal group photograph of Judge O’Connor and her colleagues on the Arizona Court of Appeals, c. 1979
Formal group photograph of Judge O’Connor and her colleagues on the Arizona Court of Appeals, c. 1979
Chromogenic color print
15 1/4 x 17 3/4 in. (2017.59.52)

Invitation to Sandra Day O’Connor’s swearing in ceremony at the Arizona Court of Appeals
Invitation to Sandra Day O’Connor’s swearing in ceremony at the Arizona Court of Appeals
Courtesy of the O’Connor Family
Paper, ink

Supreme Court Nominee Sandra Day O'Connor during her confirmation hearings, September 1981
Supreme Court Nominee Sandra Day O’Connor during her confirmation hearings, September 1981
Photograph by Joe Silverman / Consolidated News Photos

Chief Justice Warren E. Burger administers the Judicial Oath to Judge Sandra Day O’Connor while her husband, John J. O’Connor, holds the family Bibles, 1981
Chief Justice Warren E. Burger administers the Judicial Oath to Judge Sandra Day O’Connor while her husband, John J. O’Connor, holds the family Bibles, 1981
Photograph by Michael Evans, The White House
Original chromogenic color print
8 x 10 in. (1981.16.1)
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor in her Chambers, 1991
Justice Sandra Day O’Connor in her Chambers, 1991
Photograph by Lynn Johnson
Original chromogenic color print
8 x 10 in. (2005.9.19)
Messenger Tim Moore assists Justice Sandra Day O'Connor with her robe in the Justices’ Robing Room, c. 1986
Messenger Tim Moore assists Justice Sandra Day O’Connor with her robe in the Justices’ Robing Room, c. 1986
Photograph by Lynn Johnson
Chromogenic color print
(1981.118)
Judicial robe worn by Justice O’Connor, 1995-2005
Judicial robe worn by Justice O’Connor, 1995-2005
Silk
51 1/2 x 16 in. (2017.59.92)
Jabot robe worn by Justice O’Connor, 1995-2005
Jabot worn by Justice O’Connor, 1995-2005
Lace
16 x 12 1/8 in. (2017.59.93)
Justice O'Connor rafting on the Shenandoah River, June 25, 1991
Justice O’Connor rafting on the Shenandoah River, June 25, 1991
Courtesy of River and Trail Outfitters
Original black-and-white resin-coated silver gelatin print
8 x 10 in. (1981.120)
T-shirt designed for Justice O’Connor’s morning aerobics class, 1981
T-shirt designed for Justice O’Connor’s morning aerobics class, 1981
Cotton
25 x 26 in. (2020.38.13)
Dedication of a bronze statue of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor at the Sandra Day O'Connor Courthouse in Phoenix, Arizona, 2002
Dedication of a bronze statue of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor at the Sandra Day O’Connor Courthouse in Phoenix, Arizona, 2002
Courtesy of Lisa Loeffler
Original chromogenic color print
10 x 8 in. (2002.45.2)
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama
Photograph by Samantha Appleton, The White House
Chromogenic color print
8 x 9 1/2 in. (2017.59.26)
Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded to Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, 2009
Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded to Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, 2009
Gold, textile
2 in x 2 in x 1 in (2017.59.95.1)

 

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