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HOLLIS 601626

Glueck, Sheldon. Papers, 1916-1972: Finding Aid.

Harvard Law School Library, Cambridge, MA 02138
Harvard Law School
December 1973

© 2003 The President and Fellows of Harvard College

Summary Information

Repository: Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University
Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: HOLLIS 601626
Creator: Glueck, Sheldon, 1896-1980
Title: Papers 1916-1972
Quantity: 129 boxes
Abstract: Includes papers relating to Glueck's literary interests as well as material on Glueck's career in criminology and administration of criminal justice, especially the Harvard Law School Survey of Crime and Criminal Justice in Boston, 1926-1933, war crimes and criminals, Glueck's work on the Model Penal Code of the American Law Institute, membership on two advisory committees on Federal rules of criminal procedure (1941-1942, 1960-1966), and his study (1926-1938) of the Belgian Ministry of Justice. The bulk of the collection consists of professional correspondence (1920's-1972), chiefly with professional organizations, public and private agencies, and their respective officials.

Processing Information:

Prepared by Erika S. Chadbourn and Annie M. Campbell, December 1973.

Acquisition Information:

The papers of Sheldon Glueck, criminologist, law professor, scholar, and author, were presented to the Harvard Law School on June 10, 1970 as a gift by Professor Sheldon Glueck.

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:

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.

Scope and Content

The 35,000 items in the papers of Sheldon Glueck (1896-1980) span the years 1916 to 1972.
The collection includes correspondence, memoranda, minutes of meetings, reports, transcripts, press releases, notes, legal documents, telegrams, drafts and outlines of speeches and writings, lecture notes and outlines, lists, bibliographies, index cards, news clippings, printed items, and official documents.
Professor Glueck's special field was criminology and the administration of criminal justice, and his papers relate to his teaching, research and writing in this field, and to his participation in organizations and service as a member of committees, boards and surveys concerned with delinquency, crime, penology and other areas of criminal justice. The papers include notes of Glueck while he was a college student in Washington, D.C., and a graduate student at Harvard (1916-1927), and teaching notes and materials of Glueck's from his time as a professor at Harvard (1926-1963). A large group of materials deals with the work of the so-called Harvard Crime Survey (Harvard Law School Survey of Crime and Criminal Justice in Boston). Glueck was general assistant to Professor Felix Frankfurter who served as director of this survey. This group of papers covers essentially the years 1926-1933. Other important groups of papers relate to Glueck's concern with war crimes and war criminals and his early writings on this problem (1943-1945); his work on the Model Penal Code of the American Law Institute (1955-1956); his service as a member of two advisory committees on Federal rules of criminal procedure (1941-1942, 1960-1966); and his study of the Belgian Ministry of Justice ( 1926-1938).
There is also a sizeable group of literary and other non-legal manuscripts of Glueck, mainly plays, short stories and scripts for the public media, and including correspondence with publishers, literary agents, actors, and actresses.
Of the 35,000 items in the Sheldon Glueck Papers, roughly 27,500 are correspondence items. Correspondence is of a predominantly professional nature; it ranges from the early 1920's to 1972. A great deal of the correspondence is with various professional organizations, public and private agencies, and their respective officials.
Among Sheldon Glueck's correspondents are: Haruo Abe; Sanford Bates; David L. Bazelon; Clifford W. Beers; Alfred Bettman; Jacob Billikopf; Louis Dembitz Brandeis; Benjamin Nathan Cardozo; Henry P. Chandler; Tom Clark; Morris Raphael Cohen; Fernand Collin; Paul Cornil; Homer Cummings; Robert F. Drinan; David L. Edsall; Herbert Brutus Ehrmann; Sanford Fox; Felix Frankfurter; Bernard Glueck; Erwin N. Griswold; Jerome Hall; Learned Hand; Albert J. Harno; William Healy; Carroll C. Hincks; Alexander Holtzoff; E.A. Hooton; Charles Evans Hughs; Alvin S. Johnson; George W. Kirchwey; Richard H. Kuh; Norman D. Lattin; William Draper Lewis; Frank Loveland; Arthur T. Lyman; George F. McGrath; Karl A. Menninger; Justin Miller; Raymond Moley; Fulton Oursler; Winfrad Overholser; John J. Parder; Herbert C. Parsons; Morris Ploscowe; Roscoe Pound; Max Radin; Thorsten Sellin; Harold M. Stephens; Joseph N. Ulman; August Vollmer; Earl G. Warren; Herbert Wechsler; Lewis H. Weinstein; Hans Weiss; Paul Dudley White; Charles E. Wyzanski, Jr.

Alternative Form Available:

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

Series List

Historical/Biographical Information

Glueck, Sheldon, criminologist, law professor, scholar, author.


Author (with Eleanor T. Glueck):
Author (with Livingston Hall):
Member of editorial board:
Consulting editor:
Community Mental Health Journal
Contributor to numerous professional journals.
Author of various dramatic and other literary writings.

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.
Glueck, Sheldon, 1896-
Bates, Sanford, 1884-1972.
Bazelon, David L. (David Lionel), 1909-
Bettman, Alfred.
Billikopf, Jacob, 1883-1950.
Brandeis, Louis Dembitz, 1856-1941.
Cardozo, Benjamin N. (Benjamin Nathan), 1870-1938.
Chandler, Henry P.
Clark, Thomas Campbell, 1899-1977.
Cohen, Morris Raphael, 1880-1947.
Cummings, Homer Stillé, 870-
Ehrmann, Herbert B. (Herbert Brutus), b. 1891
Frankfurter, Felix, 1882-1965.
Glueck, Bernard, 1883-
Griswold, Erwin N. (Erwin Nathaniel), 1904-
Hall, Jerome, 1901-
Hand, Learned, 1872-1961.
Harno, Albert James, 1889-1966.
Hincks, Carroll C.
Hughes, Charles Evans, 1862-1948.
Johnson, Alvin Saunders, 1874-
Kirchwey, George W. (George Washington), 1855-1942.
Lewis, William Draper, 1867-1949.
Menninger, Karl A. (Karl Augustus), 1893-
Miller, Justin.
Moley, Raymond, 1886-
Oursler, Fulton, 1893-1952.
Overholser, Winfred.
Parker, John J., 1931-
Parsons, Herbert Collins, 1862-1941.
Ploscowe, Morris.
Pound, Roscoe, 1870-1964.
Radin, Max, 1880-1950.
Sellin, Thorsten, 1896-
Vollmer, August, 1876-1955.
Warren, Earl, 1891-1974.
Wechsler, Herbert, 1909-
White, Paul Dudley, 1886-1973.
Wyzanski, Charles E. (Charles Edward), 1906-
Law -Study and teaching.
Juvenile delinquency.
War crime trials.
Criminal justice, Administration of
Criminal procedure.
Law teachers.