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William Gladstone Collection

Identifier: WLU-Coll-0678

Scope and Contents

This collection primarily contains a series of memoranda, correspondence, newspaper articles, and transcripts regarding William Gladstone and his service to the state of Florida. In addition, the collection included a book showcasing Gladstone’s judicial activism, and has since been transferred within the Special Collections Department. A collection of great breadth within the juvenile criminal justice system, it features several policy efforts supported by William Gladstone, including the Youth Environmental Service Program in the state of Florida.


  • Existence: Majority of material found within 1980 - 2015

Conditions Governing Use

The materials from Washington and Lee University Special Collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user assumes full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used should be fully credited with the source. Permission for publication of this material, in part or in full, must be secured with the Head of Special Collections.

Biographical / Historical

William E. Gladstone was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1930 and graduated cum laude from Washington and Lee University in 1952. Three years later, he received his Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School. For the next thirty years, Gladstone practiced law in Dade County, Florida at August, Nimkoff and Gladstone. In 1973, he was elected Circuit Judge for the 11th Judicial Circuit, Florida. Subsequently, he focused on the juvenile and family divisions. From 1982 to 1983, Gladstone served as Special Advisor on matters of juvenile justice and youthful offenders from the judiciary to the Governor and Secretaries of Health Rehabilitative Services and Corrections of the State of Florida. Retiring as full time judge in 1993, Gladstone spent a year with U.S. Senator Bob Graham as Special Advisor and in the meantime designed the Youth Environmental Service. In 1994, he returned to Florida to sit as Senior Judge until 2011, when he fully retired. For more details regarding his career and contributions, please his curriculum vitae which is featured in the control folder.


1 Box (forty-five file folders)

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Repository Details

Part of the Washington and Lee University, University Library Special Collections and Archives Repository

204 W. Washington St.
Lexington VA 24450 USA