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Guide to the Joe W. Burleson deposition MSS.0232

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Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

February 2008

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English

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November 2012
Collection Title:

Joe W. Burleson deposition

Unit ID:

MSS.0232

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.3 Linear feet (1 item, 135 pieces; photocopy)

Dates:

1977 February 3

Abstract:

Tuscaloosa, Alabama Circuit Court deposition, dated 3 February 1977, of the plaintiff in civil action no. 7984, Joe W. Burleson vs. National Broadcasting Co., et al.

Preferred Citation:

Joe W. Burleson deposition, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama.

Scope and Contents note

The collection contains the Tuscaloosa, Alabama Circuit Court deposition, dated 3 February 1977, of the plaintiff in civil action no. 7984, Joe W. Burleson vs. National Broadcasting Co., et al. The deposition concerns his role in the trial of the Scottsboro Boys and the portrayal of the incident in a television movie.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of E. Culpepper Clark, 1977.

Biographical/Historical note

Burleson was the commander of the National Guard troops assigned to provide security to the defendants and their lawyers at each of the Scottsboro trials (there were four: the first trial was held in Scottsboro, the next three in Decatur). Burleson filed a $1.2 million lawsuit against NBC-TV on 15 October 1977, for airing the “Judge Horton” documentary , claiming that the network inaccurately portrayed the troops he commanded during the trials.

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Source(s)

Burleson, Joe W. , 1904- (local)

African Americans (localbroad)

Alabama (localbroad)

Civil Rights and Human Rights (localbroad)

Depositions (aat)

Government, Law and Politics (localbroad)

Scottsboro Trial, Scottsboro, Ala., 1931--Drama (lcsh)

Deposition Box 193