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Walter Wyatt Collection (MC 68)

Biographical Note

According to Wikipedia, Walter Wyatt (July 20, 1893 – February 26, 1978) was an American lawyer, who served as the twelfth Reporter of Decisions of the U. S. Supreme Court.

Born in Savannah, Georgia, Wyatt received his LL.B. from the University of Virginia in 1917. During World War I, Wyatt worked as legal adviser to the Selective Service System, the federal agency charged with enforcing the newly implemented military draft. From 1922 to 1946, he was an attorney for the Federal Reserve System, ending his career there as General Counsel of the agency, and from 1936 to 1946, he also served as counsel to a related agency, the Federal Open Market Committee. During this period, Wyatt also authored several books on banking law.

Wyatt was appointed as the Supreme Court's Reporter of Decisions on March 1, 1946, after the post had been vacant for two years following the death of Ernest Knaebel. He retroactively edited the volumes of the United States Reports covering those two years, volumes 322 to 325.

Wyatt died in Washington, D.C. in 1978.

Scope and Content

This collection mostly contains material relating to Wyatt's high school days at Columbus High.

Permission to Publish

Permission to publish material from the Walter Wyatt Collection must be obtained from the Columbus State University Archives at Columbus State University. Use of the following credit line for publication or exhibit is required:

Walter Wyatt Collection (MC 68)
Columbus State University Archives
Columbus, Georgia


These materials were given to the CSU archives in several increments from 1993 through 1998 by various family members.

Note to Researchers

Much of his official correspondence and personal papers are stored at the Special Collections Library of the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, Virginia and available for research.

Box and Folder List

Box 1

Item 1 – Walter Wyatt's book of Columbus High Memorabilia, Class of 1913

Item 2 – A letter from Roland Daniel to Walter Wyatt, July 30, 1917

Item 3 – Autobiographical Sketch of John P. Turner, CHS class of 1913

Item 4 – Walter Wyatt's biographical sketch by his daughter Mrs. Macrae

Item 4 – Photographs, clippings, receipts from local businesses, including the Chero-Cola Company

Item 5 – Photographs (13) of Columbus High School faculty and students, circa 1913