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Warren, Charles. Papers, 1885-1954: Finding Aid.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: HOLLIS601716
Repository: Harvard Law School Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Warren, Charles, 1868-1954
Title: Charles Warren papers
Date(s): 1885-1954
Quantity: 36 boxes
Language of materials: English
Abstract: The Papers of Charles Warren reflect Warren's professional work in several legal cases as well as a researcher, writer, and lecturer. Included are materials relating to Warren's work as special master in the cases of New Mexico v. Texas (State boundary dispute), Utah v. United States (re: navigability of Colorado, Green, and San Juan rivers), and Texas v. New Mexico (re: irrigation rights on the Rio Grande); research notes on the history of the Supreme Court, and on other aspects of American legal history; typescripts of short stories by Warren. Most of the correspondence in the collection consists of incoming letters written in response to a book, article, or printed lecture by Warren.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Gift and transfer.

Processing Information:

None available.

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 and 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 and 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.

Biographical note

Charles Warren, constitutional authority and historian, was born in Boston on March 9, 1868. He received an A.B. from Harvard in 1889 and graduated from the Harvard Law School in 1892. In 1904, he married Annie Louise Bliss. They had no children.
In 1893, Warren served as private secretary to Massachusetts Governor William E. Russell, and the following year he was a founder of the Immigration Restriction League. From 1905 to 1911, he served as chairman of the Massachusetts State Civil Service Commission.
In 1914, Warren was appointed assistant attorney general of the United States. He became an expert on the problems of neutrality and international law, and argued or briefed 39 cases before the Supreme Court before resigning the post in 1918. After the war, Warren served as special master for several Supreme Court cases involving boundary lines and water rights.
A prolific and influential writer, Warren's works included The History of the Harvard Law School and Early Legal Conditions in America (1909), History of the American Bar, Colonial and Federal, to 1860 (1911), as well as numerous articles in law journals, and lighter works, including short stories. His 3-volume The Supreme Court in United States History (1922), won the Pulitzer Prize for history in 1923.
During WWII, Warren served on the President's War Relief Control Board. After the war, he retired from public affairs.
-Warren died in Washington on August 16, 1954.

Series List

The order in which these papers were received has been preserved as much as possible. They have been divided into five series:

Scope and Contents

The Charles Warren collection includes court briefs, testimony in cases on which Warren served as special master, notebooks, clippings, printed articles, autographs, and correspondence. Warren's notes, taken in the course of researching his writings, are generally fragmentary and undated. There is one folder (unboxed) of engravings of 18th and 19th century legal figures. The collection contains virtually nothing of a personal nature.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Colorado River (Colo.-Mexico) -Navigation.
Green River (Wyo.-Utah) -Navigation.
Irrigation -Rio Grande Valley.
Law -United States -History.
Lawyers -United States.
New Mexico -Boundaries.
San Juan River (Colo.-Utah) -Navigation.
Texas -Boundaries.
Trail (B.C.)
United States -Politics and government -20th century.
Powell, Thomas Reed, 1880-1955.
United States -Supreme Court.
Warren, Charles, 1868-1954.