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HOLLIS 601645

Landis, James McCauley, 1899-1964. James Landis collection of United States Security and Exchange Commission Records.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: HOLLIS 601645
Repository: Harvard Law School Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: James McCauley Landis, 1899-1964.
Title: James McCauley Landis collection of United States Security and Exchange Commission Records
Date(s): 1924-1945.
Quantity: 26 boxes (4 Paige boxes)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Contents relate to Landis' activities as a member and subsequent chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (1934-1947), Landis as dean of Harvard Law School (1937-1946), the U.S. Emergency Board (Carriers and Employees, 1938), and Landis as a trial examiner for the U.S. Dept. of Labor in the deportation case of Harry Bridges (1939).

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

The Papers of James McCauley Landis (1899-1964) were transferred to the Harvard Law School Library on August 28, 1946. No record of this transfer exists, but it is assumed that these files were left behing by Landis when he resigned the Harvard Law School deanship in 1946. A small group of letters written by JML to Jean P. Smith between 1924 and 1927 (and excerpted by the recipient) was given to the Library by Miss Smith in 1972 (see case file).
An additinal group of 5 boxes was discovered in 2012. Most of the material in these boxes was created during Landis' time working for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, there is material from the Bretton Woods Conference (officially known at the United Nations Monetary and Financial Conference) dating to 1944.

Processing Information:

Processed by Erika S. Chadbourn, March 1973.
Series IX and X processed in January 2013 by Edwin Moloy.

Conditions Governing Access:

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.

Conditions Governing Use:

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 Historical & 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. Literary rights in the unpublished writings of James McCauley Landis in these Papers and in other collections in the custody of the Harvard Law School Library rest with the heirs of James McCauley Landis and/or his assignees.

Related Materials

Records related to Landis's servce as Dean of Harvard Law School may be found in, Harvard Law School, Office of the Dean. Records of the Office of the Dean, 1910-1982. HOLLIS 000604043. THis collection is held by the Harvard University Archives.

Historical/Biographical Information

Chronology


Editor: Selected readings on the law of contracts, 1931.

Author:

Series List/Description

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.

Scope and Contents

The materials in the Papers of James McCauley Landis span the years 1924 to 1945. A small group of research materials covers U.S. Supreme Court decisions going back to the year 1790.
The collection includes correspondence, both incoming letters and carbons of letters sent; drafts of writings; reports; research notes; legislative documents; legal documents; printed items; newspaper clippings.
The major portion of this material relates to James M. Landis' service in three governmental bodies, namely (a) his activities as a member and subsequent chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission between 1934 and 1937; (b) his participation, as a member of the U.S. Emergency Board (carriers and employees, 1938), in the drafting of a report on the wage controversy between railroad management and labor during the 1938 railway strike; and (c) his work as a special trial examiner for the U.S. Department of Labor in the deportation case of Harry R. Bridges in the fall of 1939 ( BRIDGES v. CALIFORNIA 14 Calif. 2d 464). Three boxes of material from the Bretton Woods conference were added to the collection in 2012. This material was found along with additonal SEC documents in 2012.
There is also a small group of miscellany, of which a group of letters written by JML to Jean P. Smith between 1924 and 1927 (and excerpted by the recipient) is of biographical interest; the replies to these letters are not included. The Papers contain two folders of correspondence with Sam Rayburn and two folders of correspondence with Franklin Delano Roosevelt, President of the United States. There is also a small folder of correspondence between Landis in his capacity as dean with Charles C. Burlingham, prominent New York City attorney and member of the Harvard Law School Visiting Committee between 1937 and 1945. Otherwise there are no extensive correspondence series in these Papers.
The bulk of the Landis Papers was deposited with the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress.

PAIGE BOXES

Paige Box 1 SEC General (Looseleaf Binders)

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Arbitrators, Industrial.
Law teachers.
United States. -Public utility holding company act, 1935.
United Nations Monetary and Financial Conference (1944 : Bretton Woods, N.H.)
Bridges, Harry, 1901-
Burlingham, Charles Culp, 1858-1959.
Smith, Jean P.
Landis, James McCauley, 1899-1964.
United States. -Securities and Exchange Commission.

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