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Lévitt, Albert. Papers, 1817-1968: Finding Aid.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: HOLLIS601641
Repository: Harvard Law School Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Lévitt, Albert, 1887-1968
Title: Albert Lévitt papers
Date(s): 1817-1968
Quantity: 1 collection (44 boxes and 16 Paige boxes)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Materials used and collected by Lévitt for his study of the crisis in Rhodesia following its Unilateral Declaration of Independence, November 11, 1965, together with his proposals for and efforts in behalf of a reconciliation between Rhodesia and Great Britain. The 1974 addition to the collection includes papers relating to Lévitt's teaching career, court papers, study and research material on international treaties and nationality and comparative law, and miscellaneous personal and professional papers.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

In 1968 the heirs of Albert Lévitt, teacher, ordained minister, lawyer, government official, judge and author, presented to the Harvard Law School, as a gift, a sizeable group of Judge Lévitt's papers, reflecting mainly his interest and research in international law and international affairs.

Processing Information:

Processed by Erika S. Chadbourn and John J. Feeney, Jr., September 1968, November 1974

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.

Existence and Location of Copies:

The Albert Lévitt Papers is available on microfilm; see the HOLLIS record for more information. Researchers are required to use the microfilm copy of the collection.

Historical/Biographical Information

Lévitt, Albert, lawyer, judge, public servant.


Code of International Criminal Law, 1928
How to Study Law, 1928
The Law of Community Property of California, 1951
The President and International Affairs of the United States
The Public Utilities of Connecticut, 1931
Vaticanism: The Political Principles of the Catholic Church
Associate editor:
Central Law Journal, St. Louis, 1921-1930.


Series List

Scope and Contents

The 5500 items in the papers of Judge Albert Lévitt (1887-1968) span the years 1927-1937 and 1965-1968; a small number of research items used by Judge Lévitt date back to the early 1920s and to the 1800s.
The collection includes correspondence, notes, memoranda, reports, minutes of meetings, bibliographies, government and legal documents, drafts, newspaper clippings, photographs, an outline of an uncompleted manuscript, files of index cards, partial files of newspapers, pamphlets, copies of magazines, printed parliamentary debates, and books. The books are association copies, and most of them have either marginal annotations, marginal check-marks, and/or slips marking special places of reference. All of the parliamentary debates are marked with both slips and check-marks.
The papers cover two distinct periods of Judge Lévitt's life. The first group covers roughly the years 1927-1937 when he taught at the Brooklyn Law School of St. Lawrence University (1927-1930), his professional and political activities in Connecticut from 1930-1933, and his service as a Special Assistant Attorney General of the U.S. (1933-1935, 1936-1937), as a Representative of the U.S. Department of Justice on a Committee of Advisors on the Codification of Nationality Laws of the U.S. (1933-1935), and as a Judge of the U.S. District Court of the Virgin Islands (1935-1936). These papers contain his study of, and research materials in, international treaties, nationality and comparative law; his court papers; and some personal/professional miscellany.
The second group consists mainly of research material which Judge Lévitt collected and received in connection with his study of the crisis in Rhodesia following its Unilateral Declaration of Independence on November 11, 1965, and with his proposals and efforts for a reconciliation between Rhodesia and the British Crown.
Among Judge Lévitt's correspondents were: Sir Hugh Beadle, Chief Justice, High Court of Rhodesia; Clifford Dupont, Officer Administering the Government, Rhodesia; D.W. Lardner-Burke, Minister of Justice, Rhodesia; Oliver Sprague; Sir Robert Tredgold, Rhodesia; Sir Roy Welensky, Prime Minister, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland; Patrick Wall, M.P., House of Commons, Great Britian.
The arrangement which Judge Lévitt had imposed upon his files, including Series titles and folder headings, has been preserved.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

International law.
Law - Study and teaching.
Law teachers.
United States - Insular possessions
United States - Territories and possessions.
Zimbabwe - Unilateral Declaration of Independence.
Beadle, Hugh, Sir.
Dupont, Clifford, 1905-1978.
Lardner-Burke, Desmond William, 1909-
Tredgold, Robert C. (Robert Clarkson), Sir, 1899-
Wall, Patrick.
Welensky, Roy, Sir, 1907-
Lévitt, Albert, 1887-1968.