Gilmore, Grant. Papers, 1882-1981: Finding Aid.
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Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: HOLLIS 601632
Repository: Harvard Law School Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Gilmore, Grant
Title: Grant Gilmore papers
Quantity: 4 boxes
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Mainly manuscripts of miscellaneous writings of Grant Gilmore, student papers, and
his research for vol. III of the Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. biography begun by Mark
DeWolfe Howe (vol. I and II).
The papers of Grant Gilmore were donated to the Law School by his wife, Dr. Helen
R. Gilmore, December 29, 1982.
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School Library. This collection is open to the public, but is housed off-site at Harvard
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Grant Gilmore, 1910-1982 law professor.
Yale, A.B. 1931, Ph.D. 1936, LL.B. 1942.
Practiced law in N.Y., 1942-1944.
Prof. Yale, 1946-1965;
Prof. Chicago, 1965-1973;
Sterling Prof. Yale, 1973-1978;
Prof. Vermont, 1978-1982.
Author of Death of Contract and other works.
Notes, bibliographies, copies of reported opinions, copies of student papers, transcripts, copies of lectures and correspondence. Mainly manuscripts of miscellaneous writings of Grant Gilmore, student papers, and his research for
vol. III of the Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. biography begun by Mark DeWolfe Howe (vol.
I and II).
- 1-1. Xerox copies of Oliver Wendall Holmes Supreme Court opinions, with red underlinings.
- 1-2. Copies of OWH letters requested by researchers, including correspondence from researchers.
- 1-3 to 1-5. Letters from GG colleagues concerning progress of OWH biography; requests from researchers
for permission to view OWH papers at Harvard Law School.
- 1-6. Gilmore, Grant. " Contract Code" material (3 pts.)
- 1-7. Gilmore, Grant. Ms. of book (lectures?) on OWH (six chapters, Conclusion, 1 unidentified
chapter) typescript. 1 unidentified essay (lecture?, chapter?).
- 2-8. Felix Frankfurter - OWH items from Library of Congress. Includes photocopy of unpublished manuscript attributed to Alger Hiss regarding his
observations of Holmes during the October Term 1929. Original is housed in the Library
of Congress Frankfurter Collection, Box 225, Folder 4123.
- 2-9 to 2-10. Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court bibliography, prepared for GG by Edith Henderson.
Part typed; part photocopies of notes Mark Dewolfe Howe had placed in 8 vol. set of OWH's bound opinions.
- 2-11. Notes of GG on OWH's early Massachusetts opinions (holograph).
Case briefs and comments.
- 2-12 to 2-27. Student papers on OWH written at Vermont Law School, Jurisprudence Seminar, Spring 1981.
- 2-28. Eleanor Little's transcript of OWH's reading list, 1881-1902 (copy).
- 3-31. Gilmore, Grant. Unidentified essay or lecture on contract (10 years after DEATH OF
Typescript, 47 pp.
- 3-32 to 3-36. Published and unpublished pieces on OWH and the OWH period, collected by or sent to
Some of these are student papers written at Yale Law School.
- 3-37. Sigler, Richard E. Student paper analyzing two articles written by Arthur L. Corbin (critical analysis);
includes letter of Professor A.J. Waters, for whom paper was written.
- 3-38. Kellogg, Frederic Rogers "The Formation of Holmes' Philosophy", 1981.
Photocopy of typed ms.; 101 pp. plus footnotes.
- 3-39 to 3-40. Bogen, David S. "The Free Speech Metamorphosis of Mr. Justice Holmes".
Photocopy of typed ms; 74 pp. plus 74 pages of footnotes.
- 3-41. Caemint Food, Inc. v. Lloyd Brasileiro
Slip sheet of case; correspondence.
- 4-42 to 4-48. Gilmore, Grant. Untitled ms. on Progressivism.
Photocopy of typescript of ms: Table of Contents, Preface; Chapters 1 through 6 (each
numbered separately), with footnotes.
- 4-49. Gilmore, Grant. "The Life, Death and Resurrection of the Common Law in the United States".
Typed ms., with corrections; 11 pp. (marked: Private and confidential draft-not to
be published). Dated September 1976
- 4-50. Gilmore, Grant. Untitled ms. of essay on OWH.
Photocopy of typescript; 68 pp.
- 4-51. Marasinghe, M.L. "An Historical Introduction to the Doctrine of Subrogation".
Photocopy of article, incl. copy of English legal case.
- 4-52. Grant Gilmore miscellany. 4 items
- 4-53 to 4-54. Notes on law review literature relating to OWH.
Typed notes on index cards.
- 4-55 to 4-56. Oliver Wendell Holmes. " An Inventory to his Papers at the Harvard Law School." Carbon
Henderson, Edith G.
Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1841-1935.