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Powell, Thomas Reed. Papers, 1905-1955: Finding Aid.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: HOLLIS 601714
Repository: Harvard Law School Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Thomas Reed Powell papers
Date(s): 1905-1955
Quantity: 1 collection (11 Paige boxes (lettered A-H, J) in 25 Hollinger boxes)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Collection consists of papers relating to Powell's career as law teacher and legal scholar, consultant and mediator in legal cases involving tax, insurance, and railroad matters, and as president of the American Political Science Association. It also includes mss. of his humorous prose and verse.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Gift of Thomas Reed Powell, Jr. in 1982.

Processing Information:

Prepared by Edith G. Henderson, 1965.

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 business-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 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.

Historical/Biographical Information



Series List

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Scope and Contents

The Thomas Reed Powell Papers span the years 1905-1955. The collection includes correspondence, memoranda, drafts, notes, briefs, newspaper clippings, telegrams, financial statements, photographs, reports, legislative documents, pamphlets, judicial decisions, petitions, indexes, lists, manuscripts of published and unpublished writings and speeches, and miscellaneous printed material.
The major contingent of Professor Powell's papers (approximately 3,000 items) consists of correspondence (both incoming and copies of outgoing mail) during the period when he was a member of the Harvard Law School faculty, namely 1925-1955. This correspondence is of a professional nature, with colleagues and other professional persons, relating directly to his work as law teacher and legal scholar. Another large group of materials relates to Professor Powell's work as consultant and mediator in legal cases, involving mainly tax, insurance and railroad matters. The third significant group in these papers consists of manuscript material, both professional and non-professional; the latter group includes his various humorous pieces in verse and prose. Professor Powell was president of the American Political Science Association during 1937-1938, and his correspondence relating to this office is included in his papers.
Among Professor Powell's correspondents, besides colleagues on the Harvard Law School and other faculties, were: Arnold, Thurman Wesley, 1891-1969; Beard, Charles Austin, 1874-1948; Biddle, Francis, 1886-1968; Brandeis, Louis Dembitz, 1856-1941; Burlingham, Charles Culp, 1858-1959; Cardozo, Benjamin N., 1870-1938; Clark, Charles Edward, 1889-1963; Dewey, John, 1859-1952; Dickinson, John, 1894-1952; Douglas, William O. (William Orville), 1898-; Frank, Jerome, 1889-1957; Frankfurter, Felix, 1882-1965; Hand, Learned, 1872-1961; Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1841-1935; Jackson, Robert Houghwout, 1892-1954; Laski, Harold Joseph, 1893-1950; MacLeish, Archibald, 1892-; Morse, Wayne Lyman, 1900-; Stone, Harlan Fiske, 1872-1946; Van Doren, Irita, 1891-1966; Wyzanski, Charles E. (Charles Edward), 1906-.

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Additional Index Terms

Constitutional law - Study and teaching.
Law - Study and teaching.
Law teachers.
Railroad law - United States.
Arnold, Thurman Wesley, 1891-1969.
Beard, Charles Austin, 1874-1948.
Biddle, Francis, 1886-1968.
Bikle, Henry Wolf.
Brandeis, Louis Dembitz, 1856-1941.
Burlingham, Charles Culp, 1858-1959.
Buxton, Frank W.
Cardozo, Benjamin N. (Benjamin Nathan), 1870-1938.
Chadbourn, James Harmon, 1905-
Clark, Charles Edward, 1889-1963.
Corwin, Edward Samuel, 1878-1963.
Dewey, John, 1859-1952.
Dickinson, John, 1894-1952.
Dodd, E. Merrick (Edwin Merrick), 1888-1951.
Douglas, William O. (William Orville), 1898-
Everts, William P.
Frank, Jerome, 1889-1957.
Frankfurter, Felix, 1882-1965.
Freund, Paul Abraham, 1908-
Hale, Robert Lee, 1884-
Hand, Learned, 1872-1961.
Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1841-1935.
Jackson, Robert Houghwout, 1892-1954.
Laski, Harold Joseph, 1893-1950.
Light, Charles P.
Llewellyn, Karl N. (Karl Nickerson), 1893-1962.
MacLeish, Archibald, 1892-
McCormack, Alfred.
Morse, Wayne Lyman, 1900-
Pound, Roscoe, 1870-1964.
Powell, Thomas Reed, 1880-1955.
Radin, Max, 1880-1950.
Rutledge, Wiley B., 1894-1949.
Stone, Harlan Fiske, 1872-1946.
Van Doren, Irita, 1891-1966.
Warren, Edward H. (Edward Henry), 1873-1945.
Wyzanski, Charles E. (Charles Edward), 1906-
American Locker Company.
American Political Science Association.
Pennsylvania Railroad.