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HOLLIS 601613

Brown, Herman LaRue. Papers, 1890-1969: Finding Aid.

Harvard Law School Library
Cambridge, MA 02138


Harvard Law School
1970, 1974

© 2003 The President and Fellows of Harvard College

Summary Information

Repository: Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University
Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: HOLLIS 601613
Creator: Brown, Herman LaRue, 1883-1969
Title: Papers, 1890-1969
Quantity: 23 boxes
Abstract: Papers relating to Brown's work on behalf of civil liberties, legal services for the poor, and various political causes, his service as U.S. Assistant Attorney General, 1917-1919, and in other capacities for Massachusetts and the Federal Government during World War II, his education at Phillips Exeter Academy, Harvard College, and Harvard Law School, and his interest in alumni affairs.

Processing Information:

Prepared by Erika Chadbourn and John J. Feeney, Jr., 1970, 1974.

Acquisition Information:

The papers of [Herman] LaRue Brown were presented to the Harvard Law School Library as a gift in 1970 and 1974, respectively, by his widow, Dorothy Kirchwey Brown.

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 business-day advance notice for retrieval. Consult the Special Collections staff for further information.

Use Restrictions:

Copyright for these papers has not passed into the public domain; this includes the transcript of the taped oral history interview of Larue Brown's reminiscences. Permission to publish is required.

Scope and Content

The 2800 items in the papers of LaRue Brown (1883-1969) span the years 1890 to 1969.
The collection includes correspondence (both letters received and carbons of letters sent), reports, memoranda, minutes of meetings, legal documents, charts, statistical tables, newspaper clippings and other printed items, drafts, legislative documents, lists, photographs, and memorabilia.
The papers related to many facets of LaRue Brown's life and career: his association with educational institutions which he attended and his continued interest in them throughout his life; his professional career as an attorney; his commitment to his vision of equal justice for the poor, and to his staunch defense of civil liberties.
LaRue Brown was one of the founders of the Voluntary Defenders Committee in Boston, Mass., and his papers reflect his work with that Committee (1935-1969) and also his work with the Massachusetts Defenders Committee which he helped establish (1960-1969).
Another important group of papers relates to Brown's association with various civil liberties organizations and committees such as the American Civil Liberties Union, the Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, and the Massachusetts Attorney General's Advisory Committee on Civil Rights-Civil Liberties. Papers relating to these activities, and his involvement in specific cases, cover the period 1937 to 1969. Related to this group are the papers he retained while serving as president of the Boston Bar Association's Bill of Rights Committee (1956-1968).
Other activities of LaRue Brown as represented in his papers were his involvement with A.D.A., with political campaigns, civic institutions, and his service in various capacities during WWI and WWII and the post-war periods.
Biographical items are from his years at Phillips Exeter Academy, Harvard College and Harvard Law School, and of his alumni activities. Of particular interest is a typescript of his taped reminiscences, in fourteen segments, covering the span of his lifetime.
Correspondence is of a professional-personal nature. The only extended correspondence series is his correspondence with Charles C. Burlingham. There are scattered letters of James MacGregor Burns, Edward Duggan, Felix Frankfurter, Erwin N. Griswold, Manley O. Hudson, John F. Kennedy, William B. McAdoo, Elliot L. Richardson, John L. Saltonstall, Jr., Arthur M. Schlesinger, Upton Sinclair, John A. Volpe, and Raymond S. Wilkins.
Small segments of Mr. Brown's papers, particularly those relating to the suffrage movement, are included in the papers of his widow, Dorothy Kirchwey Brown, which are at the Schlesinger Library for the History of Women in America, at Radcliffe College. Mrs. Dorothy Kirchwey Brown died in 1981.

Series List

Historical/Biographical Information

Brown, [Herman] LaRue, lawyer and public servant.



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.
Brown, Herman LaRue, 1883-1969.
Burlingham, Charles Culp, 1858-1959.
Burns, James MacGregor.
Duggan, Edward.
Frankfurter, Felix, 1882-1965.
Griswold, Erwin N. (Erwin Nathaniel), 1904-
Hudson, Manley Ottmer, 1886-
Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963.
McAdoo, William Gibbs, 1863-1941.
Richardson, Elliot L., 1920-
Saltonstall, John L.
Schlesinger, Arthur Meier, 1888-1965.
Sinclair, Upton, 1878-1968.
Volpe, John A.
Wilkins, Raymond S.
Americans for Democratic Action.
Voluntary Defenders.
American Civil Liberties Union.
Civil rights.
Massachusetts -Social policy.
United States -History -1933-1945.