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HOLLIS 601671

Maguire, John MacArthur. Papers, 1924 - 1973: Finding Aid.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: HOLLIS 601671
Repository: Harvard Law School Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Maguire, John MacArthur, 1888-
Title: John MacArthur Maguire papers
Date(s): 1924-1973
Quantity: 42 boxes
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Content of collection concerns Maguire's career as lawyer and professor of law at Harvard Law School, together with personal, biographical and genealogical material, papers relating to rules of evidence in Israel and New Jersey, and material relating to his student days and other associations with Colorado College, Colorado Springs.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Gift of Mary Hume Maguire in 1977.

Processing Information:

Processed by David Boyle, Kim Webster, and Erika Chadbourn, July, 1978.

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

MAGUIRE, JOHN MacARTHUR, lawyer, educator, legal scholar


Member, American, Massachusetts, Boston bar associations, Phi Beta Kappa


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Scope and Contents

The 12,000 items in the Papers of John MacArthur Maguire (1888-1978), attorney, educator and legal scholar, span the years 1924 to 1973. The collection includes correspondence; memoranda; minutes of meetings; reports; research notes; legal documents; holograph drafts and typed manuscripts of writings; lecture notes; bibliographies; lists; tabulations; printed items; student papers.
The bulk of the Maguire Papers relates to Professor Maguire's professional life as law teacher and legal scholar. This group contains correspondence with colleagues at Harvard and other institutions, students, alumni, law review editors, publishers, and journalists; teaching notes for his courses and seminars in evidence and taxation; subject files in the field of taxation; detailed evaluations of papers handed in by students in his Taxation seminars; files concerning his participation in professional organizations and their committees such as the American Association of Law Libraries, American Association of University Professors, American Bar Association, and American Law Institute. Other folders reflect his contributions to the drafting of the Evidence Bill for Israel and his critique of the revised rules of Evidence as proposed by a special commission called by the State of New Jersey.
Among Professor Maguire's professional correspondents were: Archibald Cox; Felix Frankfurter; Erwin Nathaniel Griswold; William Draper Lewis; Edmund Morris Morgan; Clarence Morris; Roscoe Pound; Reginald Heber Smith; Roger J. Traynor; Hermann Weitnauer; Joseph N. Welch.
A certain amount of Professor Maguire's correspondence is of a personal nature, with friends of his Colorado College days, family friends in the East Coast area, owners of camps and resorts which the Maguires visited in the Adirondacks, in the West and in Canada during summer vacations, with suppliers of equipment for his favorite hobbies, fishing and photography, and with former employees in his office and in his household. A group of Harvard and biographical miscellany relates to Maguire's association with various student, alumni and other non-teaching activities of Colorado College and Harvard University; this group also includes some genealogical material.

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Additional Index Terms

Evidence (Law) - Study and teaching
Law - Study and teaching
Law teachers
Cox, Archibald, 1912-
Frankfurter, Felix, 1882-1965
Griswold, Erwin N. (Erwin Nathaniel), 1904-
Lewis, William Draper, 1867-1949
Maguire, John MacArthur, 1888-1978
Morgan, Edmund Morris, 1878-1966
Morris, Clarence, 1903-
Pound, Roscoe, 1870-1964
Smith, Reginald Heber, 1889-1966
Traynor, Roger J.
Weitnauer, Hermann.
Welch, Joseph N.
American Law Institute
Colorado College