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HOLLIS 601607

Brandeis, Louis Dembitz. Papers, 1881-1966: Finding Aid.

Harvard Law School Library, Cambridge, MA 02138


Harvard Law School

© 2003 The President and Fellows of Harvard College

Summary Information

Repository: Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University
Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: HOLLIS 601607
Creator: Brandeis, Louis Dembitz
Title: Papers, 1881-1966
Quantity: 119 boxes
Abstract: This is a collection of the Associate Justice of U.S. Supreme Court, Louis Dembitz Brandeis. It consists of chiefly working papers (1916-1939) for cases in which Brandeis wrote an opinion.

Processing Information:

Processed by Erika Chadbourn, 1976.

Acquisition Information:

The Papers of Louis Dembitz Brandeis, attorney, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, and public servant, were presented to the Harvard Law School as a gift by Justice Brandeis through the intercession of Justice Felix Frankfurter. The exact date of the physical transfer of these papers has not been ascertained; it is possible that they were in the physical custody of Justice Frankfurter until the late 1950s (see copy of his letter to Elsie Douglas of 19 February 1959 in Curator's Case File under Brandeis).

Access Restrictions:

Access to these papers is governed by the rules and regulations of the Harvard Law School Library. The collection is open to the public, but due to the fragile nature of the originals access to the collection must be through the microfilm copy. USE OF THE ORIGINALS IS NOT PERMITTED. Consult the Special Collections staff for further information.

Use Restrictions:

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.

Scope and Content

The 18,000 items in the Papers of Louis Dembitz Brandeis, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, span the years 1881 to 1966, with the bulk of the collection falling into the period of his Court years, namely 1916 to 1939. The following types of materials are included in these Papers: drafts, both holography and typed; correspondence; lists; tabulations; memoranda; legal documents; research notes; bibliographies; notebooks; printed materials; Xerox and Photostat copies; photos and microfilm.
The Papers consist of Justice Brandeis' working papers for all the cases in which he wrote, including his holograph drafts; the printed opinions as they were returned by the printer and corrected and/or expanded by Brandeis; the final circulations to his "brethren" with their penciled comments on the back; the law clerks' memos and research notes; some correspondence with the other Justices, especially Justice Holmes, and outsiders relating to specific cases. There are only a few items of other correspondence, and some of these copies from collections other than the Harvard Law School's. Some of these correspondents are: James Barr Ames, Benjamin N. Cardozo, Albert Einstein, Henry Ford, Augustus N. Hand, Learned Hand, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., Manley O. Hudson, Ezra Ripley Thayer, James Bradley Thayer.
Of special interest in the Brandeis Papers are two note- books which contain Felix Frankfurter's holograph notes on conversations he had with Brandeis between 1922 and 1926, at Brandeis' summer home in Chatham, Massachusetts. A Xerox set of the typescript of these notes, from the Library of Congress, accompanies the holograph notebooks.
The Brandeis Papers also include Brandeis' bound set of his opinions, his bound index volume to his opinions and his bound digest volume of his opinions, and bound collections of pamphlets on the police power of the National Government. There are two short filmstrips, one of a meeting in St Louis in 1966 commemorating the 50th anniversary of Brandeis appointment to the Supreme Court of the United States.

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Series List

Within each series and/or subseries individual items or folders are identified by box and folder number. For example, the number 5-12 corresponds to box 5, folder 12.

Historical/Biographical Information


Selected Writings:
Also essays in law journals and other publications.

Additional Index Terms

The following catalog entries represent persons, organizations, and topics documented in this collection. An entry for each appears in the Harvard On Line Library Information System (HOLLIS) and other automated bibliographic databases. THIS IS NOT AN INDEX.
Ames, James Barr, 1846-1910.
Cardozo, Benjamin N. (Benjamin Nathan), 1870-1938.
Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955.
Frankfurter, Felix, 1882-1965.
Ford, Henry, 1863-1947.
Hand, Augustus Noble, 1869-1954.
Hand, Learned, 1872-1961.
Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1841-1935.
Hudson, Manley Ottmer, 1886-
Thayer, Ezra Ripley, 1866-1915.
Thayer, James Bradley, 1831-1902.
Law -United States.
United States. Supreme Court.