Justice Blackmun's papers were opened to the public on March 4, 2004, the fifth anniversary of his death. Held in the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress, the collection includes over half a million items, many handwritten by Justice Blackmun. Anyone can read them. For legal scholars, this kind of research can only be described as exhilarating and many of the articles in this symposium draw on research from Justice Blackmun's papers. For the public, the release comes at a time when the interest in judges is particularly acute.
Martha Dragich Pearson & Christina E. Wells, Foreword - Reflections on Judging: A Discussion Following the Release of the Blackmun Papers, 70 Mo. L. Rev. 965 (2005)