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HOLLIS 8654310

Kaufman, Andrew L. Research notes and materials for the biography of Benjamin Cardozo 1898 - 1998: Finding Aid.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: HOLLIS 8654310
Repository: Harvard Law School Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Kaufman, Andrew L.
Title: Andrew L. Kaufman research notes and materials for the biography of Bernjamin Cardozo
Date(s): 1898-1998
Quantity: 1 collection (10 linear feet in 22 boxes.)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: This collection consists of material collected and created by Andrew L. Kaufman as part of the research for his book, Cardozo (1998).

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Donated by Andrew L. Kaufman to the Harvard Law School Library in 1997.

Processing Information:

Processed by David Read and Anne Lozier, 2001.
Reprocessed by Edwin Moloy in 2013.
The author, Andrew Kaufman, had an original file order that was disrupted during the initial processing of the collection in 2001. In order to re-establish the collection's original order a reprocessing project was started in 2012 and completed in 2013. The reprocessing was done in consultation with the author and every attempt was made to duplicate his original file order. Important changes include: 1) improved identification of Cardozo family material, especially that relating to Cardozo's father, Albert Cardozo, Sr.; 2) Cardozo's work was arranged to represent each distinct phase of his professional career; and 3) consolidating as much material as possible created by George Hellman, a Cardozo biographer in the 1930s. While the resulting finding aid better reflects the overall original order it should be noted that a completely accurate reproduction was not achieved. No material was removed during this project.
Kaufman was careful to identify the source of secondary material as often as possible. To do so, he used abbreviations for a repository on his notes. The following is a list of these abbreviations for some of the primary collections used by Kaufman.
  • AJA – American Jewish Archives
  • C/CC – Columbia Cardozo Collection
  • C/OH -- ColumbiaOral History
  • HLS – Harvard Law School
  • LC(LOC) – Library of Congress
  • NYCBA – New York City BarAssociation
  • RWA – Radcliffe WomansArchive
  • 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 Historical & 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.

    Historical/Biographical Information

    In 1957, on the recommendation of Felix Frankfurter, Harvard University Press contracted Andrew L. Kaufman to write a biography of the historically renowned legal figure, Benjamin Nathan Cardozo, (1870-1938). Cardozo was a lawyer, chief judge of the New York Court of Appeals, and a justice of the United States Supreme Court. Kaufman's book, Cardozo, was published in 1998.
    Kaufman is the Charles Stebbins Fairchild Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Past appointments include: Lecturer on Law, 1965; Professor of Law, 1966; and Associate Dean, 1986-1989. Kaufman received an A.B. from Harvard University in 1951 and his LL.B. from Harvard Law School in 1954. His research interests are Constitutional Law and Professional Ethics. Other publications include Commercial Law, with V. Countryman and Z. Wiseman, 2d ed. (Little, Brown, 1989); Problems in Professional Responsibility, 3d ed. (Little, Brown, 1989).

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    Scope and Contents

    This collection consists of material used by Andrew L. Kaufman as part of the research for his biography of Benjamin N. Cardozo (BNC). Material consists of correspondence, research notes, writings, and interviews (transcripts and audio tapes). There is a mix of both original material created by Kaufman as well as secondary material that he collected from various repositories. (Kaufman should not be held accountable for the accuracy of this secondary material and users are encouraged to check case files themselves.) A distinction between the two sets of material is identified whenever possible. With the exception of Kaufman's interviews and some original correspondence, the bulk of the collection is comprised of copies and transcriptions of material.
    Some of the material consists of copies of correspondence that was either copied by hand or reproduced from dictation into a tape recorded because of restrictions placed on the author by the then owner of the documents. A current researcher should consult the original if they have become available. Cardozo's memoranda to his colleagues, which were made available to the author by the Court of Appeals, but only for note taking, are now available to scholars in the New York State Archives.

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    Additional Index Terms

    United States. Supreme Court -History -20th century.
    Harvard On Line Library Information System (HOLLIS)
    Beale, Joseph Henry, 1861-1943.
    Berger, Raoul, 1901-
    Blackmun, Harry A. (Harry Andrew), 1908-
    Brandeis, Louis Dembitz, 1856-1941.
    Burlingham, Charles Culp, 1858-1959.
    Butler, Nicholas Murray, 1862-1947.
    Cardozo, Benjamin N. (Benjamin Nathan), 1870-1938.
    Chafee, Zechariah, 1885-1957.
    Frank, Jerome, 1889-1957.
    Frankfurter, Felix, 1882-1965.
    Freund, Paul Abraham, 1908-
    Glueck, Sheldon, 1896-
    Griswold, Erwin N. (Erwin Nathaniel), 1904-
    Hand, Augustus Noble, 1869-1954.
    Hand, Learned, 1872-1961.
    Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1841-1935.
    Hudson, Manley Ottmer, 1886-
    Laski, Harold Joseph, 1893-1950.
    Pound, Roscoe, 1870-1964.
    Powell, Thomas Reed, 1880-1955.
    Proskauer, Joseph M. (Joseph Meyer), 1877-1971.
    Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962.
    Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945.
    Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919.
    Stone, Harlan Fiske, 1872-1946.
    Wechsler, Herbert, 1909-
    Wyzanski, Charles E. (Charles Edward), 1906-
    New York (State). Court of Appeals -History.