Westengard, Jens Iverson. Papers, 1885-1945: Finding Aid.
Harvard Law School Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Harvard Law School
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Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: HOLLIS 601676
Repository: Harvard Law School Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Westengard, Jens Iverson,
Title: Papers, 1885-1945
Quantity: 5 boxes
Abstract: This collection contains materials chiefly relating to personal and family affairs,
but also includes miscellaneous material relating to Westengard's work in Siam as
adviser to the government, 1903-1915, and papers and notes relating to his work as
a Harvard Law School professor.
Series I and part of Series II of the Westengard Papers were donated to the Harvard
Law School Library by Julie Grenier in December 1971. Julie Grenier's mother, a close
friend of Mrs. Westengard, was given these materials by Mrs. Westengard. Mrs. Grenier
handed the materials down to her daughter Julie. The Harvard Law School Library's
accession books record the Cases on Admiralty material in Series II of this collection as a gift from the Westengard Estate, received
on March 24, 1954.
Prepared by Virginia Agnew Gartrell, August 1976.
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Westengard, Jens Iverson, lawyer, educator, diplomat, judge.
b. Sept. 14, 1871.
s. Abel A. and Nelsigne D. (Iverson) Westengard.
West Division High School, Chicago, Ill., 1888.
LL.B. Harvard, 1898.
A.M. Harvard (honorary), 1903.
m. Rebecca A. Prosser, London, England, July 16, 1898.
In real estate and banking business, Chicago, 1890-1895.
Practiced law in Boston, 1899-1903.
Instructor of law, 1898; assistant professor of law, 1899-1903; Bemis Professor of
International Law 1915-1918, Harvard Law School.
Assistant general adviser to His Siamese Majesty's Govt. 1903; acting general adviser
Dec. 1905-Feb. 1907 and Feb. 1908-April 1909; general adviser with rank of minister
plenipotentiary, April 1909-Sept. 1915.
Appointed member of Hague Permanent Court of Arbitration 1911.
Judge, Supreme Court of Appeals of Siam, 1911.
Siamese title: Phya Kalyan Maitri; decorated with Grand Cross of the Crown of Siam;
spl. second class of Chula Chom Klao; second class of Order of Ratanaphorn (Siam);
Officer of Legion of Honor (France); Grand Cross of the Order of Dannebrog (Denmark).
d. Sept. 17, 1918, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The Westengard Papers is a collection madeup of documents that vary widely in form
and time period. The materials range from correspondence, which covers the period
from 1885-1921, with one postcard dated as late as 1945, to lecture notes, a compilation
of cases on admiralty, memorial/souvenir monographs from Siam, photographs, and ephemera.
The correspondence of the Westengard Papers is divided in three ways. The first group
is organized by recipient (e.g. wife, son, etc.). The second group is organized by
subject (e.g. official: Siam, biographical, etc.). The third group consists of correspondence
written by people other than Westengard.
The bulk of the correspondence is of a personal nature. Mrs. Westengard was not with
her husband for the majority of the time that he spent in Siam, so there is voluminous
correspondence between the two. The collection is limited in information as to Westengard's
official and diplomatic responsibilities, and deals primarily with items of interest
to Mrs. Westengard as the bulk of the official correspondence was forwarded by JIW
to his wife with his notes of explanation.
Among Westengard's correspondents were: Joseph Henry Beale; Chulalongkorn (Rama V),
King of Siam 1868-1910; Devawongse, Prince (Siam); Charles W. Eliot; Robert L. Raymond;
and Edward Henry Strobel.
Another primary part of this collection are the Westengard's lecture notes and case
compilations, which deal mostly with Harvard Law School Admiralty courses, but there
are also lecture notes for Westengard's course on Torts. The notes are mostly typed,
with manuscripts additions, and pasted or laid-in text of legal documents. While there
are no dates on these materials, it is probable that the Torts notes date from 1916,
when Westengard collaboratively taught with Roscoe Pound, and the notes on Admiralty
likely fall between, 1916-1919, when Westengard was an active Admiralty instructor.
Several memorial books and copies of coronation programs are part of the ephemera
in Westengard collection. All date from Westengard's service in Siam and are bound
in red leather embossed with the Siamese crest or, in the case of the larger volumes,
a metal crest is attached to the front cover.
The Westengard pictures are mostly of the period between 1890 and 1920. Many are
family photos, particularly of Westengard and his son Aubrey. There are also many
photos of Siam and of Siamese Royal and official functions. In addition there is some
miscellaneous memorabilia, which includes decorations, programs, etc. from Siam.
- Series: Correspondence
- 1-1 to 1-12. Corr.: Wife 1895-1913
- 1-1. 1895- Jan. 1897
Date: 1895- Jan. 1897
- 1-2. Feb. 1897-1898
Date: Feb. 1897-1898
- 1-3. Jan.-Aug. 1904
Date: Jan.-Aug. 1904
- 1-4. Sept. 1904-1908
Date: Sept. 1904-1908
- 1-5. 1909-Sept. 1910
Date: 1909-Sept. 1910
- 1-6. Oct.-Dec. 1910
Date: Oct.-Dec. 1910
- 1-7. Jan.-Feb. 1911
Date: Jan.-Feb. 1911
- 1-8. March-May 1911
Date: March-May 1911
- 1-9. June-Dec. 1911
Date: June-Dec. 1911
- 1-12. Undated and corr. from Mrs. Westengard to JIW
- 1-13 to 2-2. Corr.: Son 1904-1913
- 1-13. 1904-1910 (loosely chron.)
- 2-1. 1911-1913 (loosely chron.)
- 2-2. Pictures, drawings and postcards from JIW to his son, mostly undated
- 2-3. Corr.: Beale, Joseph H. 1910-1912
- 2-4. Corr.: Eliot, Charles W. 1911-1919
- 2-5. Corr.: Raymond, Robert L. 1906-1919, plus two undated
- 2-6. Corr.: Other Personal 1904-1918, plus undated
- 2-7 to 2-11. Official: Siam
- 2-7. Official and descriptive: Siam 1899-1911 (loosely chron.)
- 2-8. Official and descriptive: Siam 1912-1917; plus undated (loosely chron.)
- 2-9 to 2-11. Letters from the Old King (left in original order)
- 2-12. Other general professional matters, Harvard general 1898-1918 plus undated
- 2-13 to 3-2. Biographical, correspondence, miscellaneous
- 2-13. 1909-1917 plus undated
- 3-1. Sketches; galleys and drafts of biographical sketches, undated
- 3-2. Westengard genealogy (includes some pictures)
- 3-3 to 3-6. Letters of condolensce upon JIW's death, plus notes of thank-you for copies of tributes
by Beale and Raymond
- 3-3. Sept. 1918 (not in chron. order)
Date: Sept. 1918
- 3-4. Oct. 1918 (not in chron. order)
Date: Oct. 1918
- 3-5. Nov.-Dec. 1918 (not in chron. order) plus undated cards
Date: Nov.-Dec. 1918
- 3-6. Jan. 1919-May 1920 (loosely chron.)
Date: Jan. 1919-May 1920
- 3-7 to 3-8. Letters to Mrs. Westengard not from JIW
- 3-7. 1906-1919 (loosely chron.)
- 3-8. 1920-1945 plus undated (loosely chron.)
- 3-9. Letters to son not from JIW
- 3-10. Letters from son to JIW and others, plus some misc.
- 3-11. Memorabilia, newsclippings and misc.
- Series: Books and Lecture Notes
- Cases on Admiralty
JIW's typed and manuscript notes for lectures. Includes some clippings, correspondence,
and other items related to the cases discussed. Consists of three volumes, formerly
bound by metal clasps. First volume contains index.
- 4-1. Cases on Admiralty. (Vol. 1)
- 4-2. Cases on Admiralty. (Vol. 2)
- 4-3. Cases on Admiralty. (Vol. 3) Maritime liens.
- Siamese Memorial Books
- 5-1. Summary of the Programme for the Coronation of His Majesty, Vajiravudh, King of Siam.
R.S. 130 (1911). 3 copies, bound in red leather; Coronation of His Majesty, Vajiravudh, King of Siam, R.S. 130 (1911). Lists of Royal
Guests and their Suites, Special Representatives and their Suites, and the Diplomatic
Corps in Bangkok. 2 copies, bound in red leather.
- 5-2 and 5-3. Programme of the Coronation of His Majesty. R.S. 130 (1911). 2 copies, bound in red leather.
- Lecture Notes
- 5-4. JIW's Lectures Notes on Admiralty. Respondents. Typed and manuscript notes. [ca. 1917?]
- 5-5. JIW's Tort Lecture Notes. Typed, manucript, some laid-in shorthand notes. [ca. 1916?]
- Series: Transferred to the Harvard Law School Library's Art Collection:
- Photos of JIW
- Photos of Jens Aubrey Westengard (son)
- Framed photos
- Family photos
- Small medallions in individual cases
- Hand-woven bag with memorabilia from Siam (cloth, fans)
- Pictures of Siam
- 2 photos of JIW while in Siam
- Transferred to the Harvard Law School Library's Class Notes Collection:
2 bound volumes of class notes, from Westengard's time at Harvard. Notes from Prof.
Ames' lectures on Equity and Prof. Williston's lectures on Contracts.
Diplomatic and consular service, Thai.
Beale, John Henry, 1861-1943.
Chulalongkorn, King of Siam, 1853-1910.
Eliot, Charles William, 1834-1926
Raymond, Robert L.
Strobel, Edward Henry.
Westengard, Jens Iverson, 1871-1918.
Westengard, Rebecca A. Prosser.