Knox, John. Papers, 1920-1980: Finding Aid.
Harvard Law School Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Harvard Law School
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: HOLLIS 601642
Repository: Harvard Law School Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Knox, John
Title: John Knox papers
Quantity: 3 boxes
Language of materials: English
Abstract: This collection contains reminiscences of John Knox of his year as law clerk and private
secretary to Justice James C. McReynolds of the Supreme Court of the United States
. Also included are miscellaneous letters including those of Civil War veterans reminiscing
about their experiences in the Civil War.
Gifts of John Knox from 1976 to 1980.
Access to these papers is governed by the rules and regulations of the Harvard Law
School Library. This collection is open to the public, but is housed off-site at Harvard
Depository and requires 2-day advance notice for retrieval. Consult the Special Collections
staff for further information.
The Harvard Law School Library holds copyright on some, but not all, of the material
in our collections. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection
should be directed to the Special Collections staff. Researchers who obtain permission
to publish from the Harvard Law School Library are also responsible for identifying
and contacting the persons or organizations who hold copyright. Copyright held by
John Knox; may not be published or quoted without his permission.
John Knox, graduate of the University of Chicago (Ph. B 1930); the Northwestern University
School of Law (J.D. 1934); and the Harvard Law School (LL.M. 1936), represented Sears,
Roebuck and Company's largest subsidiary - Allstate Insurance Company - until his
retirement in 1973. A member of the Bars of Illinois, New York and of the Supreme
Court of the United States, Knox is also a member of the Society of Mayflower Descendents,
the Society of Colonial Wars, the Sons of the American Revolution, the Sons of the
Revolution, and the Society of the War of 1812. His club at Harvard was Lincoln's
Inn. During the October 1936 term, he served as Law Clerk and Private Secretary to
Mr. Justice James C. McReynolds of the Supreme Court of the United States.
This collection contains reminiscences of John Knox of his year as Justice McReynolds'
law clerk; also miscellaneous letters, and autographs and letters of Civil War veterans reminiscing about their experiences in the Civil
- 2-3. Some Comments on Chief Justice Charles E. Hughes
Photocopy of typed ms. of JK; also photocopies of notes of CEH addressed to John Knox.
- 2-4. Jenkins, Gertrude. Gertrude Jenkins, secretary to Chief Justice and Mrs. Harlan Fiske Stone.
Folder contains photocopies of letters of Gertrude Jenkins to JK, 1937-1963; also 2 related letters. Also "Comments by John Knox."
- 2-5. A Small Dance at the White House held Saturday, December 29, 1934, during the Administration
of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Part I)
Photocopy of typed ms. by JK, 1976
- 2-6. "Correspondence sent to John Knox during the 1920s and 1930s by Civil War Veterans
concerning their Wartime Experiences between the Years 1861 and 1865"
Photocopies of letters collected and compiled by JK. Given "In Memory of Justice Willis
Van Devanter", 1977
- 2-8. Unpublished Eyewitness Accounts by British Aviators in World War I (all shot down
by Baron Manfred von Richthofen)
Photocopy of a five page excerpt from 50-page manuscript read at the Cliff Dwellers' Club in Chicago, Ill., March 26, 1979. Excerpt is entitled: "The 70th Aerial Victory credited to Baron von Richthofen."
- 2-9. Mrs. Stephen Garrettson Browning
Photocopy of ms. of JK. Mrs. Browning was a Chicago socialite whom JK befriended.
- 2-10. "Henry Munroe Rogers"
Photocopy of biographical sketch of Henry M. Rogers, a Boston lawyer (1839--1937), by JK. Also copies of notes of JMR to JK and of photo
clippings relating to HMR.
- 2-11. Two Prominent Chicagoans who were destroyed by the Stock Market Crash of 1929
Photocopy of pages 51 through 63 of an uncompleted ms. of JK recollecting the 1920s
and early 1930s. 1980.
- 2-12. A Law Student at Harvard calls at the Home of Helen Keller in the Year 1935
Photocopy of typed ms. of JK, 1980. Includes photocopies of miscellaneous items relating
to Helen Keller, including copies of 2 notes of Justice Cardozo addressed to JK in 1937.
- 2-13. "Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes (1841-1935)"
Photocopy of typed "Comments Concerning Six Photographs of the Justice which were
taken on September 16, 1930, at his Summer Home in Beverly Farms, Massachusetts."
Includes photocopies of the six snapshots, 1980
- 2-14. Miscellaneous manuscripts of John Knox
- (1) Some Comments about Social Security in 1981
- (2) A Few Letters Concerning...McReynolds, Stone, and Frankfurter
- (3) Two Letters written by a Confederate and by a Union Veteran of the Civil War approximately
Seventy Years after that great Conflict began in the Year 1861, Photocopies of typed mss. by JK, 1981
- 3-1 to 3-3. Miscellaneous letters and autograph items Photocopies of items collected by John Knox
since the early 1920s.
Includes autographs of Benjamin N. Cardozo; Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.; Louis D. Brandeis; and the exiled German Kaiser Wilhelm.
Cardozo, Benjamin N. (Benjamin Nathan), 1870-1938.
Clerks of court
Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1841-1935
Hughes, Charles Evans, 1862-1948
McReynolds, James C.
Van Devanter, Willis
United States. Supreme Court