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Horace W. Gilmore Papers

Identifier: UP000549

Scope and Content

The papers of Horace W. Gilmore reflect his work on the Circuit Court bench and his involvement in judicial and community affairs.

Important subjects covered in the collection are: Equal Employment Opportunity Juvenile Delinquency Negro-Police Relations Police Department Racism Summer Programs

Important correspondents include: Richard Enrich B.J. George Jr. Mildred Jeffery Robert Richardson G. Mennen Williams Correspondence with justices of Michigan Supreme Court

Series Description: Series I: Correspondence, meetings, clippings, and other materials relating to the Citizens Committee for Equal Opportunity, the Episcopal Society for Cultural and Racial Unity and the Grosse Pointe Human Relations Council.

Series II: Correspondence, meetings, proposals, recommendations and other materials relating to changes in the constitution and the convention.

Series III: Correspondence memos, meetings relating to the Joint Commission for the Reorganization of Union Courts.

Series IV: Correspondence, meetings and conferences, material relating to publication of code, and resolutions and drafts.

Series V: The 9th and 10th Annual Judicial Conference of the State of Michigan.

Series VI: Correspondence, meetings and other material relating to Judicial selection and tenure

Series VII: Correspondence and other material on the Juvenile Court; Correspondence and drafts relating to "The Constitution and the Juvenile Court" an article by H.W. Gilmore and some material on the Juvenile Court, Hearing Officers Training Program.

Series VIII: Correspondence program and agenda relating to the Police Administration Conference, Wayne State University held in 1967.

Series IX: Correspondence, articles and Summer Program 1965 relating to Detroit Police In Service Training.

Series X: Correspondence, meetings, personal notes, material on the book Michigan Civil Procedure before Trial and material relating to the Circuit Court.


  • 1957 - 1969


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


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Horace W. Gilmore was born in Circleville, Ohio in 1918. After his early education in Ohio, he entered the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, subsequently earning a law degree in 1942. After a combination of private and public legal practice, Mr. Gilmore was appointed to the bench by Governor G. Mennen Williams at the end of 1956 and has since served in that position.

In addition to his work in the 3rd Judicial Circuit, Judge Gilmore has served as Chairman of the Committee to Revise the Criminal Code. He helped organize and lead Michigan's Commission on Crime, Delinquency, and Criminal Administration and also was involved in the Constitutional Convention, numerous Police Training Conferences and other judicial conferences.

Additionally Judge Gilmore has been actively involved in community affairs, serving on the Citizens Committee for Equal Opportunity being chairman of the Police-Community Relations Sub-Committee. He also served on the Grosse Pointe Human Relations Council as well as participating in the Episcopal Society for Cultural and Racial Unity.


8 Linear Feet (16 MB)


Correspondence, pamphlets, booklets, newsletters, clippings, reports, and notes collected by Mr. Gilmore, who has been active politically in Detroit and Michigan. In 1952 he was special assistant U.S. attorney for the Office of Price Stabilization under Philip A. Hart; from 1955-56 he served as deputy attorney general of Michigan; from 1956 to the present he has been a Wayne County Circuit Court judge; from 1965-68 he helped to organize the Detroit Citizens Committee for Equal Opportunity and led its Police-Community Subcommittee; since 1965, he has chaired the Michigan Committee for Revision of the Criminal Code; he has been a member of the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice since 1967, leading the commission's Task Force on Administration of Justice. In 1969 he was elected a member of the Judicial Tenure Commission; from 1970-71 he headed the Round Table of Jews and Christians Institute of Police-Community Relations; and from 1971-72 he was president of NARCO (Narcotics Addiction Rehabilitation Coordinating Organization). Subjects include police training, criminal code revision, community relations, the 1967 Detroit riot and civil rights, and Detroit community projects. Major correspondents are Richard Emrich, Mildred Jeffrey, and G. Mennen Williams.


Arranged in 10 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-7), Series 2 (Boxes 7-8), Series 3 (Boxes 8-9), Series 4 (Boxes 9-12), Series 5 (Box 13), Series 6 (Box 13), Series 7 (Boxes 13-14), Series 8 (Box 14), Series 9 (Box 14), and Series 10 (Boxes 14-16). Folders are arranged alphabetically, chronologically, and by organization, or a combination there of, depending on the series.

Series 1 is further subdivided into 3 subseries and Series 10 is futher divided into 5 subseries.


The papers of Horace W. Gilmore were placed in the Archives of Labor History and Urban Affairs in April 1972 by Judge H. W. Gilmore.

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