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HOLLIS 601614

MacLachlan, James Angell. Papers, 1925-1960: Finding Aid.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: HOLLIS 601614
Repository: Harvard Law School Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: MacLachlan, James Angell, 1891-
Title: James Angell MacLachlan papers
Date(s): 1925-1960
Quantity: 1 collection (20 boxes and 2 Paige boxes)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: This collection includes materials relating chiefly to MacLachlan's activities as teacher, writer, and expert in bankruptcy law. The bulk of the collection (1932-1959) relates to his role as member of the National Bankruptcy Conference. It includes material relating to Harvard Law School matters, JAM's pre-World War II intervention activities, efforts for the Atlantic Union (1949-1959), cases in which he served as counsel, and personal affairs.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

These papers were a gift of Mary Jane Greve (MacLachlan's widow) in 1979.

Processing Information:

Prepared by Kim Webster and Nikki Leger, October, 1979

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

MacLachlan, James Angell, lawyer, educator, legal scholar.




Subjects taught at Harvard Law School:

Series List

Scope and Contents

The 6000 items in the Papers of James Angell MacLachlan (1891-1967), lawyer, educator and legal scholar, span the years 1925 to 1960. The collection includes correspondence (both letters received and carbons of letters sent); agenda and minutes of meetings; memoranda; reports; research notes; outlines; bibliographies; drafts; typed manuscripts of writings; legal and legislative documents; newspaper clippings and other printed material.
The bulk of the MacLachlan Papers relate to his professional activities as teacher, writer and expert in bankruptcy law. His teaching and writing materials, although spotty, are representative of his major field of professional expertise, namely legal aspects of finance such as bankruptcy, credit, creditors' rights, property, price policy, securities and suretyship. This Series, Teaching, Writing and Harvard Miscellany, covers the years 1930 to 1960.
By far the largest Series within these professional papers, one-half of the MacLachlan collection, relates to Professor MacLachlan role and activities as a member of the National Bankruptcy Conference which was founded in 1935, with the aim of modernizing the antiquated U.S. bankruptcy laws of the late 19th Century through amendments. MacLachlan participated in the annual meetings of the Conference, and in the drafting and reviewing of the proposed amendments. he retained a full set of these papers, covering his active years in the Conference, 1932 1959, and including correspondence, agenda and minutes of meetings, drafts, authorities; and legislative bills.
A small group of papers relates to Harvard Law School matters. The remainder of the collection concerns MacLachlan's pre-World War II intervention activities as a private citizen, mainly October 1939 to October 1941; his efforts on behalf of the Atlantic Union Committee in the post-World War II era, covering the years 1949 to 1959; and a group of personal miscellany, 1937 to 1960, including documents relating to legal actions in which MacLachlan served as counsel, and correspondence about personal investments. There also is a smattering of personal Harvard items.
Correspondents include: John Foster Dulles; Felix Frankfurter; Harry S, Gleick; Professor Gokhale of India; Erwin N. Griswold; Charles A, tlorsky; Milton Katz; Estes Kefauver; Milton P. Kupfer; Edmund M. Morgan; Peter B. Olney; Nathan M, Pusey; Owen J. Roberts; Clarence Streit; Jacob A, Weinstein; and Joseph N. Welch.

Paige Boxes 1 and 2

Bills, Amendments to Bills, and Hearings relating to the Bankruptcy Act. Both U. S. House and Senate Bills and Hearings. Mainly printed; unbound and soft-bound. Some marginalia in MacLachlan's hand.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Bankruptcy - United States
Law - Study and teaching
Law teachers
Dulles, John Foster, 1888-1959.
Frankfurter, Felix, 1882-1965.
Gleick, Harry S.
Griswold, Erwin N. (Erwin Nathaniel), 1904-
Horsky, Charles Antone.
Katz, Milton.
Kefauver, Estes, 1903-1963.
Kupfer, Milton P.
MacLachlan, James Angell, 1891-
Morgan, Edmund Morris, 1878-1966.
Olney, Peter B.
Pusey, Nathan Marsh, 1907-
Roberts, Owen J
Streit, Clarence
Weinstein, Jacob A.
Welch, Joseph N.
Atlantic Union Committee
National Bankruptcy Conference