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HOLLIS 601599

Pound, Roscoe. Papers, 1888-1964: Finding Aid.

Harvard Law School Library
Cambridge, MA 02138


Harvard Law School
September 1969

© The President and Fellows of Harvard College

Summary Information

Repository: Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University
Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: HOLLIS 601599
Creator: Pound, Roscoe, 1870-1964
Title: Papers, 1888-1964
Quantity: 257 Boxes, 14 Paige boxes
Abstract: Includes material pertaining to Pound's participation in the Boston and Cleveland crime surveys (1920's), as a member of the National Commission on Law Observance and Enforcement or Wickersham Commission (1929-1931), as a member of the American Bar Association and with various Masonic chapters, and as advisor to the Ministry of Justice in Nanking, China (1940's). Also two typed, bound journals recounting camping trips in West Virginia and to Civil War battlefields (1898, 1912-1917).

Processing Information:

Prepared by Stephen T. Kelly, Charles Harrison, and Randall Packard, September 1969.
Material from Series I and IX was re-organized in 2010. The rationale for this decision can be traced to 1986, the year when the Pound Papers were microfilmed. At the time a decision was made to transfer documents from the 54 paige boxes then comprising Series I to the a new series, Series IX. Series I, therefore, in effect, ceased to exist. This change was only described in the microfilm finding aid. The online finding guide was subsequently incomplete and not fully accurate. With this in mind, a decision was made to return the material from Series IX back to Series I. This would serve to present a complete online finding aid and that would present accurate box and folder information.

Acquisition Information:

The papers of Roscoe Pound were transferred to the Harvard Law School upon the death of Dean Pound in 1964. Under the terms of his will, he left his "tangible property in the nature of personal effects" the President and Fellows of Harvard University to "dispose of in such manner as they deem advisable and appropriate".

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 80,000 items in the personal papers of Roscoe Pound (1870-1964) span the years 1889-1964, with the bulk of the material falling within the period 1910-1964.
The collection includes professional correspondence; teaching notes; drafts of writings, speeches, special lectures; Harvard Law School material such as committee reports and curriculum studies; reports and research on special projects and in special fields of interest outside of Law School commitments; material on special legal cases; material concerning professional and non-professional organizations with which Pound was connected as either a member or a consultant; a small amount of personal, biographical, bibliographical and family material; photographs, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, framed pictures, and a group of miscellaneous memorabilia such as honorary medals, plaques, scrolls, academic gowns, his green eye-shades, etc.
The papers of Roscoe Pound relate to his activities as teacher, administrator, legal scholar, champion in the struggle to raise the standards of the American legal profession and American legal teaching, and high-priest of the forces concerned with the improvement of criminal justice in this country. Series of special interest are his materials on the National Commission on Law Observance and Enforcement of which he was a member, various other crime surveys such as the Boston and Cleveland surveys, his papers concerning his work in comparative law, and his work on the various A.B.A. committees.
Among Roscoe Pound's correspondents were U.S. Presidents, U.S. Supreme Court Justices, judges, deans and faculty members of Law schools in this country and abroad, and most of the prominent legal figures of the 1910-1940 era.
For observations on the papers in general, and individual series in particular, see the Memorandum by Stephen T. Kelly which follows, and the notes preceding each series.

Alternative Form Available:

The Roscoe Pound 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

Pound, Roscoe, botanist, professor of law, law school dean, university professor, legal scholar.


Fellow, A.A.A.S., American Academy of Arts and Science (president 1935-1937)
Member of many professional legal associations, both national and foreign.
Author of many books since 1898 both in the field of botany and law (see bibliographies of Setaro and Strait).

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.
Acheson, Dean, 1893-1971.
Ayers, George D.
Balogh, Elemér, 1881-1955.
Bates, Henry M.
Belli, Melvin M., 1907-
Brandeis, Louis Dembitz, 1856-1941.
Buckner, Emory R. (Emory Roy), 1877-1941
Burger, Warren E., 1907-
Cardozo, Benjamin N. (Benjamin Nathan), 1870-1938.
Chafee, Zechariah, 1885-1957.
Chiang, May-ling Soong, 1897-
Clemens, Cyril.
Cohen, Morris Raphael, 1880-1947.
Cook, Walter Wheeler, 1873-1943.
Coolidge, Calvin, 1872-1933.
Cotton, Joseph R.
Dobie, Armistead Mason, 1881-
Douglas, William O. (William Orville), 1898-
Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963.
Edgerton, Henry White.
Ehrmann, Herbert B. (Herbert Brutus), b. 1891
Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969.
Eliot, Charles W. (Charles William), 1899-
Filene, E. A. (Edward Albert), 1860-1937.
Fisher, Walter T.
Forster, Henry A.
Fosdick, Raymond Blaine, 1883-
Frank, Jerome, 1889-1957.
Frankfurter, Felix, 1882-1965.
Freund, Ernst, 1864-1932.
Fuller, Lon L., 1902-
Glueck, Sheldon, 1896-
Goldmark, Josephine Clara, 1877-1950.
Goldwater, Barry M. (Barry Morris), 1909-
Goodhart, Arthur L. (Arthur Lehman), 1891-
Goodrich, Herbert Funk, 1889-1962.
Grinnell, Frank W. (Frank Washburn), 1873-1964.
Griswold, Erwin N. (Erwin Nathaniel), 1904-
Hale, Richard Walden, 1909-
Hand, Learned, 1872-1961.
Hapgood, Norman.
Hart, Albert Bushnell, 1854-1943.
Hershey, Omer Fennimore, 1867-
Hill, Arthur Dehon.
Hocking, William Ernest, 1873-1966.
Hohfeld, Wesley Newcomb, 1879-1918.
Holdsworth, William Searle, Sir, 1871-1944.
Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1841-1935.
Hooker, George E.
Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964.
Hough, Charles H.
Houston, Charles Hamilton, 1895-1950.
Howe, Mark De Wolfe, 1906-1967.
Howland, Charles P.
Hughes, Charles Evans, 1862-1948.
Ickes, Harold L. (Harold LeClair), 1874-1952.
James, Eldon Revare, 1875-1949.
Kates, Albert M.
Keedy, Edwin Roulette, 1880-
Kellogg, Paul U., 1879-
Kocourek, Albert, 1875-
Laski, Harold Joseph, 1893-1950.
Lippmann, Walter, 1889-1974.
Lowell, A. Lawrence (Abbott Lawrence), 1856-1943.
Mack, Julian W. (Julian William), 1866-1943.
MacLeish, Archibald, 1892-
Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-
Nutter, George R.
Osborne, George E., 1894-
Pollock, Frederick, Sir, 1845-1937.
Pound, Ezra, 1885-1972.
Pound, Olivia.
Pound, Roscoe, 1870-1964.
Powell, Thomas Reed, 1880-1955.
Radin, Max, 1880-1950.
Rawle, Francis, 1846-1930.
Reed, Alfred Zantzinger, 1875-1949.
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945.
Saltonstall, Leverett, 1892-
Scott, Austin Wakeman, 1884-
Seavey, Warren Abner, 1880-1966.
Seligman, Eustace.
Smith, Reginald Heber, 1889-1966.
Smith, Young B.
Stone, Harlan Fiske, 1872-1946.
Storey, Moorfield, 1845-1929.
Taft, William H. (William Howard), 1857-1930
Taussig, F. W. (Frank William), 1859-1940.
Thayer, Ezra Ripley, 1866-1915.
Van Briesen, Arthur.
Van Devanter, Willis, 1859-1941.
Vanderbilt, Arthur T., 1888-1957.
Warren, Earl, 1891-1974.
Welch, Joseph N.
Wickersham, George W.
Wigmore, John Henry, 1863-1943.
Wilkins, Roy, 1901-
Wu, Ching-hsiung, 1899-
Yntema, Hessel E.
United States. Wickersham Commission.
Botany - Nebraska.
Law - Study and teaching.
Law schools - United States.
Law teachers.
Jurisprudence - Study and teaching.
Justice, Administration of - China.
Justice, Administration of - United States.
Civil rights.
Cleveland Crime Survey.
Criminal law.
Harvard Law School Crime Survey.