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HOLLIS 601669

Leach, W. Barton (Walter Barton), 1900 -1971. Papers, 1920-1971: Finding Aid.

Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University


Harvard Law School
August 1973

© 2003 The President and Fellows of Harvard College

Summary Information

Repository: Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University
Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: HOLLIS 601669
Creator: Leach, W. Barton (Walter Barton), 1900-1971
Title: Papers, 1920-1971.
Quantity: 66 boxes.
Abstract: Contents of this collection relate to Leach's teaching career, professional activities, service in the Air Force during World War II, and involvement in national defense matters. Includes material relating to his role as consultant to the Air Force, 1946-1966, his work with Harvard University's Defense Policy Seminar, which he founded, and drafts of an incomplete autobiography.

Processing Information:

Processed by Danny Brudney, August 1973.

Acquisition Information:

The papers of Walter Barton Leach, professor of law, legal scholar, and consultant on military affairs to the U.S. Government and the Armed Services, were presented as a gift to the President and Fellows of Harvard College by Professor Leach's widow, Blanche C. Leach. The letter of gift, dated 24 October 1972, states that this gift "is intended for the use and benefit of the Harvard Law School".

Access Restrictions:

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.
In addition, access is governed by the terms of access as set forth by Mrs. Blanche C. Leach in her letter of October 24, 1972, addressed to professor Morris L. Cohen, Librarian of the Harvard Law School Library (for copy see Case File).


Copyright for these papers has not passed into the public domain. Permission to publish is required.

Scope and Content

The 16,000 items in the papers of Walter Barton Leach (1900-1971) span the years 1920 to 1971, with the bulk of the papers falling within the 1940 to 1970 period. The collection includes correspondence; memoranda; minutes of meetings; reports; transcripts; press releases; government and other forms and form letters; official documents; legislative bills; financial statements; drafts and outlines of speeches and writings; typed manuscripts; proof sheets; lecture notes; lists; tables; news clippings; printed items; photographs; one phonograph record.
The papers of Walter Barton Leach relate to his professional life and activities as law teacher and legal scholar (1930-1971); his service in the American Air Forces during World War II (1942-1945); his role as a consultant to the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Department of the Air Force (1946-1966); his founding and work with the so-called Defense Policy Seminar, established at Harvard University in 1954; and his involvement in national defense matters beginning in the early 1950's. There are drafts of several sections of an autobiography which 4dBL had planned but which was not completed. The Leach Papers also include manuscripts of most of his published and unpublished speeches and occasional pieces such as anecdotes and poems.
The correspondence files of WBL include both letters received and carbons of letters sent. There is a complete file of carbons, the so-called "dictation file", in chronological order, covering the years 1958 through 1970; carbons are bound, each volume covering a six-months' period. Among Professor Leach's correspondents were:

Series List/Description

This collection is grouped into two contingencies. The first is arranged in eight series. The second is arranged into four of the initial given eight series.

Historical/Biographical Information


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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.
Amory, Robert, 1915-
Bowie, Robert R.
Brooke, Edward William, 1919-
Brown, Harold, 1915-
Clark, Joseph S.
Conant, James Bryant, 1893-1978
Cox, Archibald, 1912-
Cutter, R. Ammi.
Douglas, James H.
Drinan, Robert F.
Dupuy, Trevor Nevitt, 1916-
Ehrmann, Herbert B. (Herbert Brutus), 1891-
Finletter, Thomas Knight, 1893-
Frankfurter, Felix, 1882-1965.
Gavin, James Maurice, 1907-
Goodhardt, Arthur Lehman.
Green, Murray G.
Harlan, John M. (John Marshall), 1899-1971
Herter, Christian Archibald, 1895-1966
Kennedy, Edward Moore, 1932-
Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963.
Kennedy, Robert F. 1925-1968.
Kissinger, Henry, 1923-
Kuter, Laurence S.
Leach, W. Barton (Walter Barton), 1900-
LeMay, Curtis E.
Lodge, Henry Cabot, 1902-
Logan, James K.
Martin, Glen W. O.
Montgomery of Alamein, Bernard Law Montgomery, Viscount,
Norstad, Lauris
Pace, Frank
Power, Thomas S.
Pusey, Nathan Marsh, 1907-
Quarles, Donald A.
Rodell, Fred, 1907-
Saltonstall, Leverett, 1892-
Slessor, John Cotesworth, Sir, 1897-
Symington, Stuart
Taylor, Telford
Tuchman, Barbara Wertheim
Twining, Nathan B.
Vandenberg, Hoyt S.
Wilkins, Raymond S.
Wyzanski, Charles E. (Charles Edward), 1906-
Zuckert, Eugene M.
Harvard University - Defense Policy Seminar
Law teachers
United States - Air Force
United States - Defenses


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